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G-Tech fund-raising likely for iTV: Yuanta

By Kevin Chen  /  Staff reporter

G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp’s (正達) recent announcement of a new fund-raising scheme is likely to support its near-term capital spending and pave the way for the production by the firm of Apple Inc’s iTV, Yuanta Securities Corp (元大證券) said in a client note.

Steve Huang (黃柏璁), a researcher at Yuanta Securities, said G-Tech’s announcement on Wednesday that it is issuing no more than 129.5 million new shares came as the company also applied for regulatory approval to issue NT$1.5 billion (US$50.4 million) in convertible bonds in November.

In June, shareholders also agreed the Miaoli County-based maker of cover and coating glass for touch panels could issue a maximum of 50 million new shares.

“Given the significant amount of cash required, we believe these fund-raising proposals are likely to support highly capital intensive projects which G-Tech has never done before, such as iTV,” Huang wrote in the note after G-Tech’s announcement.

The company currently supplies cover glass products for the iPad and the iPad Mini, as well as anti-reflection (AR) coating glass for the iMac.

However, Huang said it is too early to be so sure of the potential earnings contribution of the iTV, urging investors to wait for more signs of a solid and complete component supply chain for the new gadget, which combines the features of an iPad tablet with those of a television and is likely to be launched next year, with initial shipments forecast to be 5 million units a year, or 2 to 3 percent of the global TV market.

“The iTV business requires [many] processes, including fund-raising schemes and land purchases,” Huang wrote. “Capacity constriction [including 16 more AR coating lines] will not likely be finalized until the second half of 2014, before potential earnings contribution can be seen in the first half of 2015.”

During the first half of the year, G-Tech reported a net loss of NT$188.63 million, or a loss per share of NT$1.28, due to lower factory utilization rates, a weak cover glass yield rate and inventory writedowns.

Yuanta forecast the company’s sales this quarter would be flat or decline by up to 5 percent from last quarter’s NT$2.61 billion, with a loss per share of NT$0.4 compared with a loss per share of NT$1.59 last quarter.

G-Tech shares fell 0.32 percent to NT$62.3 on Wednesday after the company said earlier in the day in separate filings to the Taiwan Stock Exchange that its board had approved plans to issue as many as 129.5 million new shares, including 100 million shares in a rights issue or as global depositary receipts, and 29.5 million shares in a private placement.

Huang forecast the company’s fund-raising proposals, if fully executed, could create new funds of between NT$9 billion and NT$10 billion, with a potential share capital dilution of up to 60 percent.

G-Tech had NT$3.63 billion in cash and cash equivalents as of the end of June, total assets of NT$18.5 billion and total liabilities of NT$8.6 billion, according to its balance sheet.

The company has a heavy capital spending plan of NT$4 billion this year.

G-Tech president Alex Jiang (江嘉彬) said the company might defer some of this year’s spending to next year, such as that earmarked for 3D forming glass production, possibly pushing up next year’s spending to NT$6 billion, the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) reported on Thursday.

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