VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands and SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ASML Holding NV (ASML) and Cymer, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) today announce that the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice has cleared the previously announced merger between Cymer and affiliates of ASML. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090406/LA94420LOGO) Clearance of the merger has previously been granted by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as the Taiwanese, German and Israeli antitrust authorities. Furthermore, Cymer stockholders have approved the merger agreement. Completion of the merger remains subject to additional customary closing conditions and receipt of approvals under competition laws in South Korea and Japan. Cymer and ASML continue to expect the transaction to close in the first half of 2013. About ASMLASML is one of the world's leading providers 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. ASML has 8,500 employees on payroll (expressed in full time equivalents), serving chip manufacturers in more than 55 locations in 16 countries. More information about our company, our products and technology, and career opportunities is available on our website: www.asml.comAbout CymerCymer is an industry leader in developing lithography light sources, used by chipmakers worldwide to pattern advanced semiconductor chips. Cymer's light sources have been widely adopted by the world's top chipmakers and its installed base comprises approximately 3,900 systems. Continuing its legacy of leadership, Cymer is currently pioneering the industry's transition to EUV lithography, the next viable step on the technology roadmap for the creation of smaller, faster chips. The company is headquartered in San Diego, CA, has more than 1,200 employees on payroll (expressed in full time equivalents) and supports its customers from numerous offices around the globe. Cymer maintains a Web site to which it regularly posts press releases, SEC filings, and additional information about Cymer. Interested persons can also subscribe to automated e-mail alerts or RSS feeds. Please visit www.cymer.com.