|08:29 EDT||ASML||ASML affirms FY14 sales view of at least EUR5.6B|
ASML President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Wennink said, "We are on track to meet our full-year 2014 forecast of at least EUR 5.6B of net sales. In the third quarter, we delivered a good profit margin on net sales that fell just short of our previous guidance due to a couple of system shipments shifting into Q4, which does not impact our full-year guidance. Looking ahead, we see a solid start to 2015. In memory, we expect higher sales in H1 driven by the strong backlog. In logic, the ramp of 20/16/14 nanometer nodes is expected to continue, but the timing and volume depends on the business allocations by our customers' customers." As part of ASML's policy to return excess cash to shareholders through dividend and regularly timed share buybacks, ASML has announced its intention to purchase up to EUR 1.0B of its shares in 2013-2014. Through September 28, ASML has acquired 11.8M shares under this program for a total consideration of EUR 776M.