ASML buys back half of its shares issued from convertible bonds
Press release - Veldhoven, the Netherlands, October 16, 2006
ASML Holding NV (ASML) today announced that it will issue 30.8 million ordinary shares to satisfy the conversion rights exercised under its convertible bonds due October 15, 2006. In all, 99.99% of the bonds were converted.
Of the 30.8 million shares issuable upon conversion of the bonds, 14.9 million shares were bought back pursuant to the call option transaction announced on October 9, 2006. The net effect of the call option transaction will be to reduce the number of new shares issued to 15.9 million shares.
ASML has paid USD $347.5 million in cash for this share buyback and the underlying call options.
ASML is the world's leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or chips. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and Nasdaq under the symbol 'ASML'.
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