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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

SMARTPHONES

HTC to replace screens

HTC Corp (宏達電) on Tuesday in the US announced a new after-care service for customers there that offers a one-time, free cracked-screen replacement for every new purchase of any smartphone in its HTC One flagship series. The service, called “HTC Advantage,” also promises that owners of the HTC One, HTC One Mini and HTC One Max can receive major Android updates for two years from the day they purchase the phone, along with free additional online storage of 25GB to 50GB, the company said in a statement. Also on Tuesday, HTC sent media invitations for press conferences in New York and London on March 25, where the handset maker is expected to unveil the successor to the HTC One, codenamed “M8.”

SEMICONDUCTORS

TSMC dividend same as 2012

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, on Tuesday proposed to issue the same cash dividend for last year as for 2012, even though net income hit a record high last year. The company’s board approved to issue a cash dividend of NT$3 per share for last year, lower than the NT$3.5 some foreign institutional investors had anticipated due to the chipmaker’s record earnings per share of NT$7.26 last year. The dividend yield was 2.77 percent, based on TSMC’s Tuesday close of NT$108. The dividend payout ratio was 41.32 percent, compared with 46.80 percent in 2012.

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