HILLSBORO, Ore., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI Company
(Nasdaq: FEIC) announced today that it has terminated discussions with Carl
Zeiss SMT, a unit of Carl Zeiss AG regarding the potential acquisition of FEI
by Carl Zeiss SMT. The discussions were initiated by Carl Zeiss.
Commenting on this announcement, Vahe Sarkissian, chairman, president and
CEO of FEI stated, "We are renewing our focus on generating improved operating
results in 2006, building on our market focus and restructuring activities of
2005. Our potential as a leader in tools for nanotechnology is very large,
and we are concentrating on taking advantage of that potential, generating
positive shareholder returns in the process."
FEI's Tools for Nanotech(TM), featuring focused ion- and electron-beam
technologies, deliver 3D characterization, analysis and modification
capabilities with resolution down to the sub-Angstrom level. With R&D centers
in North America and Europe and sales and service operations in more than 50
countries around the world, FEI is bringing the nanoscale within the grasp of
leading researchers and manufacturers and helping to turn some of the biggest
ideas of this century into reality. More information can be found on the FEI
website at: http://www.feicompany.com .
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This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to certain
discussions between FEI and Carl Zeiss and the company's current focus.
Factors that could affect these forward-looking statements include, but are
not limited to, changes in FEI's strategic direction, market developments and
opportunities, the competitive landscape, product and technological
developments and general economic conditions. Please also refer to the
company's Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, Forms 8-K and other filings with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information on these factors
and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
the forward-looking statements. FEI assumes no duty to update any forward-
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