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EANS-News: DEWB sells Nanda Technologies GmbH

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Subtitle: U.S. semiconductor equipment supplier Nanometrics acquires specialist
for macro defect inspection

Jena, Germany, 25. November 2011 (euro adhoc) - Deutsche Effecten- und
Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB), Jena, Germany, today announced the
sale of its investment holding Nanda Technologies GmbH, Unterschleißheim. Buyer
is Nanometrics Incorporated, Milpitas/CA, USA, a leading supplier of metrology
and inspection systems for the manufacturing of semiconductors. Nanometrics
acquires Nanda for a cash consideration of USD 23 million. DEWB has been
invested in Nanda since 2008 and at last held a stake of 24 percent in the
Company. Besides DEWB, the group of investors also included the Swiss business
angel network b-to-v led by Dr. Christian Reitberger, KfW, Capital-E, Ventegis
Capital AG, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Bayern Kapital and the management team. With
the sale DEWB contributes a seven-digit million Euro amount towards earnings.

"During the last years, Nanda developed its cutting-edge inspection tool and
launched it successfully in the market. With recent acquisitions of top-tier
semiconductors as customers, the company is now at the next stage of
development. We are very pleased to have won an established player in the
metrology market as Nanometrics as buyer," commented Falk Nuber, Member of the
Management Board of DEWB.

The sale of Nanda is the third successful exit of DEWB within the last six
months. DEWB plans to close the business year with a significant annual surplus.

About DEWB 
Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB AG, ISIN:
DE0008041005) is a listed private equity house that specialises in young and
established medium-sized companies. The investment focus is on strong growth
companies from the areas of photonics and sensor systems for which DEWB provides
support through shareholders' equity, expertise in corporate development and its
sector network. The regional focus lies in the German speaking countries (D, A,
CH). Since 1997 DEWB has invested more than 360 million Euros in 55 companies
and realized more than 440 million Euros through 41 exits, eight of which were
in the form of IPOs. The company is located in Jena, one of the most successful
technology and science regions in Germany, with a long tradition in the field of
optical technologies and one of the most important European centres for
photonics.

Contact: 
Marco Scheidler
DEWB AG
Phone: +49 (0) 3641 573 3600
Fax: +49 (0) 3641 573 3610
E-Mail: ir@dewb-vc.com
www.dewb-vc.com

About Nanda
Nanda Technologies designs, sells and manufactures fully automated wafer
inspection systems used in the semiconductor fabrication process. Based on an
innovative full-wafer technology, the Nanda system is able to inspect wafers at
extremely high throughput while maintaining the sensitivity required to monitor
critical process excursions. Nanda Technologies was founded in 2006 by seasoned
executives of the capital metrology equipment industry and is a supplier to
semiconductor manufacturers worldwide. Its 27 employees are located in Munich,
Germany. More information is available at www.nanda-tech.com.

About Nanometrics
Nanometrics is a leading provider of advanced, high-performance process control
metrology and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of
semiconductors, high-brightness LEDs, data storage devices and solar
photovoltaics. Nanometrics´ automated and integrated metrology and inspection
systems provide for control of critical dimensions, device structures, overlay
registration, topography, thin film properties, including film thickness as well
as optical, electrical and material properties. The company´s process control
solutions are deployed throughout the fabrication process, from
front-end-of-line substrate manufacturing, to high-volume production of
semiconductors and other devices, to advanced wafer-scale packaging
applications. Nanometrics´ systems enable device manufacturers to improve
yields, increase productivity and lower their manufacturing costs. The company
maintains its headquarters in Milpitas, California, with sales and service
offices worldwide. Nanometrics is traded on NASDAQ Select Global Market under
the symbol NANO. Nanometrics´ website is www.nanometrics.com.


Further inquiry note:
Marco Scheidler
Tel.: +49 (0) 3641 573-3600
E-Mail: marco.scheidler@dewb-vc.com

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company:     Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsges. AG
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phone:       +49 (0)3641 573 3600
FAX:         +49 (0)3641 573 3610
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ISIN:        DE0008041005
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             Standard: Frankfurt 
language:   English
 



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