TSMC raises sales bar
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, yesterday reported consolidated sales of NT$80.74 billion (US$2.65 billion) for last month, its fourth consecutive month of record highs. The figure was 7.9 percent higher than in September and 55.9 percent higher than a year ago, the company said. For the first 10 months of the year, TSMC’s consolidated sales were NT$621.02 billion, up 23.5 percent from the same period last year.
Hon Hai posts big growth
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), which assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc, yesterday reported 22.58 percent annual growth in revenue for last month, bringing the figure to NT$467 billion from NT$382.62 billion. That represents a 12.35 percent increase from September’s NT$415.41 billion. In the first 10 months, revenue climbed 5.82 percent to NT$3.18 trillion, compared with NT$3 trillion in the same period last year.
Simplo eyes record quarter
Simplo Technology Co Ltd (新普) yesterday said its net profit in the first three quarters of the year had inched up to NT$2.37 billion from NT$2.34 billion a year ago. That translated into earnings per share of NT$7.69 during the period, compared with NT$7.14 a year earlier.
‘BIG LOSS’: This year might see the last generation of Huawei’s Kirin chips, as their production would stop next month because they are made using US technology Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co (華為) is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to US sanctions and would be forced to stop production of its own most advanced chips, a company executive has said, in a sign of growing damage to Huawei’s business from US pressure. Huawei, one of the biggest producers of smartphones and network equipment, is at the center of US-Chinese tension over technology and security. Washington last year cut off Huawei’s access to US components and technology, and those penalties were tightened in May, when the White House barred vendors worldwide from using US
CORPORATE SCANDAL: Cathay Life has invested NT$13.3 billion in Bank Mayapada since 2015, but the latest loss of NT$8.8 billion has completely written off its investment Cathay Life Insurance Co (國泰人壽) yesterday said it would recognize an investment loss of NT$8.8 billion (US$298.1 million) in Indonesia’s Bank Mayapada Internasional Tbk PT due to concerns about the lender’s operations amid a corporate scandal. The company said it would revise its earnings result for June, from a net profit of NT$6.52 billion to a net loss of NT$520 million, its first monthly loss over the past 17 months. After booking an investment loss of NT$5.2 billion in Bank Mayapada earlier this year, Cathay Life has so far recognized total investment losses of NT$14 billion in the lender, executive vice president
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) yesterday reported that revenue last month expanded 25 percent annually, but fell 12.8 percent month-on-month to NT$105.96 billion (US$3.59 billion). In the first seven months of this year, the chipmaker’s revenue surged 33.6 percent to NT$727.26 billion, compared with NT$544.46 billion a year earlier. TSMC has said it aims to grow its revenue by more than 20 percent this year. The company has since May 15 stopped taking new orders from Huawei Technologies Co (華為), its second-biggest customer after Apple Inc, due to the US’ restrictions on exports containing US technologies. TSMC has no plans to
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