With a turnover of almost 6.8 billion euros, ASML has put down a record in 2016. Net income amounted to nearly one and a half billion. The last quarter of the year contributed with a turnover of 1.9 billion euros (about 150 million more than expected, a gross margin of more than 47%) considerably to this. The margin over 2016 amounted to 44.8%, slightly less than in 2015. This is related to the impact of the acquisition of HMI. Due to the good results, the dividend rises: shareholders will receive € 1.20 per share.

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