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TSMC to award extra bonuses

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chip-maker, announced on Saturday it will give additional bonuses to employees this year.

At the company’s annual sports event, TSMC chairman Morris Chang (張忠謀) said the company will give NT$12,000 to each employee — about 28,000 — who started working for the chip maker before May 30.

In the third quarter, TSMC recorded a high in earnings with its net profit up 17.9 percent from a quarter earlier to NT$49.30 billion (US$1.69 billion), while its consolidated sales beat the company’s estimate to reach NT$141.38 billion, up 10.4 percent quarter-on-quarter.

Chang said TSMC’s sales are expected to top NT$500 billion this year, up sharply from the NT$128 million recorded in 1987, when the company was established.

Prices may stabilize: steelmaker

China Steel Corp (中鋼), the nation’s largest integrated steelmaker, said on Saturday that there are signs that steel product prices will soon bottom out in several major world markets because of an increase in demand in the fourth quarter.

China Steel chairman Tsou Juo-chi (鄒若齊) said orders for the company’s steel plates in the fourth quarter have risen by 3 to 5 percent from a quarter earlier, when companies streamlined their inventories because of the sluggish global economy.

Thanks to the recovery in orders, Tsou said product prices in the US, China and Japan have stabilized to some extent, and the hope is that prices will begin to rebound by the end of this quarter.

In addition, China’s government appears ready to further stimulate its slowing economy after the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th National Congress, which begins on Nov. 8, he said.

Gourmet Master boosts profits

Gourmet Master Co (美食達人), operator of the 85oC cafe chain, said on Saturday it posted a 5 percent increase in net profit for the third quarter despite the weakness of economic fundamentals.

During the July-September period, Gourmet Master recorded NT$260 million in net profit, with earnings per share (EPS) at NT$1.8, while its consolidated sales rose 8 percent from the second quarter to NT$3.45 billion, which was also up 2 percent from a year earlier.

In the first nine months of this year, the company posted NT$838 million in net profit, up 5 percent year-on-year, with EPS at NT$5.8, while consolidated sales during the period rose 21 percent from a year ago to NT$9.95 billion.

Amtran profits soar

Amtran Technology Co (瑞軒科技), which supplies flat-panel TVs for Vizio Inc and other TV brands, said on Friday its net profits soared 83 percent to NT$1.31 billion in the first nine months from NT$660 million a year ago. The figure surpassed the NT$1.2 billion Amtran made for the whole of last year.

Gross margin was 10.5 percent in the first three quarters, while operating margin hit 2.4 percent in the nine-month period.

In the first three quarters, Amtran shipped 4.4 million units of flat-screen TV sets, down slightly from 4.41 million in the same period last year.

Revenues totaled NT$45.3 billion in the first three quarters.

Sale aims to help sector: TIGF

The Taiwan Insurance Guaranty Fund (TIGF, 保險安定基金) said on Saturday that the planned public sale of loss-making Kuo Hua Life Insurance Co (國華人壽), which has been in government receivership since August 2009, was aimed at helping to support the development of the local insurance sector.

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