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TSMC approves NT$45 billion bond sale

By Kevin Chen  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s (TSMC, 台積電) board yesterday approved a proposal to issue unsecured corporate bonds in Taiwan for an amount not exceeding NT$45 billion (US$1.5 billion) to help expand production capacity, a company statement said.

The planned bond sale comes as the world’s largest contract chipmaker is stepping up capital spending on new technologies to safeguard its market leadership.

On April 26, TSMC announced an increase in capital spending for this year to a record US$8.5 billion after customers complained of a shortage of 28-nanometer chips used for mobile devices such as smartphones.

The bond issue follows last year’s sale of NT$18 billion in debt, which was TSMC’s first bond sale in nine years.

The company’s board yesterday approved other spending plans on advanced technology and research and development for this year, the statement said.

TSMC plans to spend US$3.18 billion to expand and upgrade its advanced technology capacity for 12-inch wafer fabs and equipment, and it plans to invest another US$233.2 million in research and development, the statement said.

On May 10, TSMC spokesperson Elizabeth Sun (孫又文) said the company planned to spend more than US$1 billion on research and development this year, after allocating US$1.12 billion to research and development last year.

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