Filed by Lam Research Corporation
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Novellus Systems, Inc.
Commission File No.: 000-17157
Excerpts from transcript of Lam Research Corporation earnings call April 18, 2012
MARTIN ANSTICE (LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION)
Prior to opening this call for Q&A, I will provide a brief update on the status of the Novellus acquisition. As you may have read in our proxy statement, we have scheduled our special shareholders meeting for May 10th and thus far, we have received regulatory approvals from all required countries with the exception of China. We continue to expect that the acquisition will close within the June quarter.
At this point, integration planning is well underway and is progressing as planned:
Weve established an integration team comprised with executives and senior level employees from both companies and supplement that where valuable with experienced external resources;
We have completed an assessment of each companys culture, organizational structures and business processes in detail and determined there are more similarities than differences, weve made and communicated decisions related to these subjects through both companies already;
We have defined a set of objectives around prioritized areas of focus to begin immediately on day one following transaction closure and as weve discussed in the past, ensuring this transaction is seamless for our customers remains a critical priority;
We have validated our opportunity to achieve our target of 100 million dollars in annualized cost synergies exiting 2013 which we plan to commence at some level immediately on closing and accelerate over the six quarter period.
Through these activities, it is fair to say we are now more confident in the strategic rationale of this transaction and the value proposition we believe it brings our customers and shareholders.
C.J. MUSE (BARCLAYS CAPITAL)
Okay. Very helpful and as my follow-up, you talked about the May 10th vote and I guess curious how should we think about the timing of when you can get back into the market and repurchase, start repurchasing shares? How does that fit in with the vote?
ERNIE MADDOCK (LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION)
C.J., this is Ernie. Provided nothing unusual happens subsequent to the vote, and by unusual I mean that if we go into the vote without China approval and it isnt obtained between the vote and two days after the vote, we expect to be in the market on Monday, May 14th, I believe it is. If something unusual happens, China approves after the vote, it would delay us by a day or two but were talking a matter of days after the vote that we would be in the market.
CHRISTOPHER BLANSETT (J.P. MORGAN)
Thanks, gentlemen. Martin, I wanted to question you about the cost savings you see as you integrate the two companies, youve had a lot of time now to really continue to work on the planning on that. What are your thoughts on confidence that the $100 million number is still valid or if theres more savings youre discovering.
MARTIN ANSTICE (LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION)
My confidence is its pretty solid, frankly, and thats a very strong statement in the context of the reality, and the reality is were not one company yet, so we still have some things to learn despite the fact that we have integration teams working together. Were certainly working through substantially working through concepts into very specific strategies and very detailed plans. That process will conclude in the next month or so and certainly the areas of cost reduction that we have identified and previously communicated still appear to be valid and until we communicate something different, then the presumption is the $100 million that we have stated is the plan and the commitment and one of confidence by the company.
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