Zurich/Switzerland and Syracuse, New York—May 4, 2006 — INFICON (SWX Swiss Exchange: IFCN) today announced that its shareholders, voting at the company's Annual General Meeting in Zürich, Switzerland, approved a capital reduction by reducing the nominal value of INFICON registered shares from CHF 10.00 to CHF 5.00. The repayment of the par value is planned for July 31, 2006.
INFICON's shareholders also agreed to a resolution for the distribution of a gross dividend of CHF 5.00 per registered share for the business year 2005 with an ex-dividend date of May 9, 2006.
In further business, INFICON shareholders approved an increase of the Conditional Share Capital to a maximum aggregate amount of CHF 1.3 million through the issuance of a maximum of 260,000 registered shares. The Conditional Share Capital of the company had been a maximum aggregate amount of CHF 479,630 through the issuance of a maximum of 95,926 registered shares.
All other resolutions put before INFICON's shareholders were approved, including the re-election to the board of directors of Richard Fischer, Mario Fontana and Paul Otth for a three-year term.
INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications. This analysis, measurement and control products are vital to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users in the complex manufacturing of semiconductors, flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage media and precision optics. INFICON also provides essential instrumentation for gas leak detection to the air conditioning/refrigeration industries and toxic chemical analysis for emergency response and security markets. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, INFICON has world-class manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe and worldwide offices in the U.S., China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit the Company's website at www.inficon.com.
Betty Ann Kram, +1-315-434-1122
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Bernhard Schweizer, +41-43-366-5511