Foreign reserves rise
Foreign-exchange reserves stood at US$436.73 billion at the end of last month, up US$864 million from August, the central bank said yesterday in a statement, attributing the gain to successful investment and management strategies. The latest data also showed that foreign portfolio managers held US$316.2 billion worth of domestic equities and bonds last month, accounting for 72 percent of total foreign-exchange reserves, the central bank said.
Largan revenue improves
Camera lens supplier Largan Precision Co (大立光) yesterday reported revenue of NT$4.95 billion (US$157.79 million) for last month, its highest monthly figure since November last year. Revenue grew 3 percent from the previous month, but fell 10 percent from a year earlier, the firm said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange. By shipment breakdown, 10 megapixel and above lenses accounted for 60 to 70 percent of its total shipments last month, while 8-megapixel products contributed between 20 and 30 percent, the firm said.
Catcher reports revenue fall
Metal casings supplier Catcher Technology Co (可成科技) yesterday reported revenue of NT$7.72 billion for last month. That was 3.26 percent less than last year’s NT$7.98 billion, but 10.3 percent more than the previous month’s NT$7 billion, the company said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Last month’s revenue marked the company’s highest monthly performance in the past 10 months, company data showed. In the first nine months of this year, Catcher’s revenue contracted 6.5 percent to NT$55.098 billion.
Lextar monthly sales expand
Lextar Corp (隆達), which makes upstream LED chips and provides downstream packaging services, yesterday said its sales last month expanded month-on-month dues to peak season demand for LED backlight units and lighting applications. Sales hit NT$1.24 billion, up 5.15 percent from August, the company said in a statement. However, sales declined 2.82 percent from a year earlier. Accumulated sales in the first nine months of this year fell 1.54 percent annually to NT$10.46 billion, company data showed.
TPK revenue falls 23.6%
Touchpanel maker TPK Holding Co (宸鴻) yesterday reported that third-quarter revenue decreased 23.6 percent to NT$26.17 billion from the previous year, but rose 53.2 percent from the second quarter. That brought revenue in the first three quarters of the year to NT$64.49 billion, down 25.81 percent from the same period last year, due to lower-than-expected demand for tablets and wearable devices.
Chilisin sales improve
Power inductor maker Chilisin Electronics Corp (奇力新) yesterday reported better-than-expected sales for last quarter on the back of rapid growth in electronics products for automobiles and a recovery in China’s smartphone market. Consolidated sales grew 27.1 percent year-on-year and 3.1 percent month-on-month to NT$525 million last month, a record for the company. That helped sales in the third quarter reach NT$1.52 billion, up 21.1 percent from the previous quarter and 25.3 percent from a year earlier, the company said.
CLIENTS’ RIGHTS: Banking Bureau Deputy Director-General Lin Chih-chi said the buyer and Citibank Taiwan would need to disclose changes to branch operations DBS Bank Taiwan (星展台灣), the local unit of Singapore-based DBS Group Holdings Ltd, has reportedly won a bid to acquire Citibank Taiwan Ltd’s (花旗台灣) consumer banking business, but the two companies declined to confirm the report yesterday. Citibank Taiwan’s consumer banking business is to be sold for about NT$60 billion (US$2.17 billion) to DBS Taiwan, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News reported on Sunday. DBS Taiwan and its parent company are expediting the negotiations with the seller’s US-based parent company, while other local bidders, including Fubon Financial Holding Co (富邦金控) and Cathay Financial Holding Co (國泰金控), have dropped their bids, the report said. Citibank
Intel Corp yesterday said it has placed its first order with ASML Holding NV to purchase the semiconductor industry’s first TWINSCAN EXE: 5200 system, as the US chip giant aims to compete with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) in advancing to 2-nanometer process technology. The Dutch semiconductor equipment maker’s TWINSCAN EXE:5200 system is an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) high-volume production system with a high numerical aperture (NA) that can produce 220 wafers per hour, more than the 150 wafers that its previous generation TWINSCAN EXE:5000 system can handle. ASML aims to launch the new system in 2024. ASML president and chief
MediaTek Inc (聯發科), the world’s biggest 5G chip supplier, saw its ranking rise by one notch to No. 7 last year among world semiconductor vendors, as it benefited from the rapid 5G smartphone uptake in China after Huawei Technologies Co (華為) was forced to exit the market, Gartner Inc said in a report yesterday. MediaTek’s revenue soared 58.8 percent to US$17.45 billion last year from US$10.99 billion in 2020, outpacing the global semiconductor industry’s growth of 25 percent, according to Gartner’s tally. That gave MediaTek a 3 percent market share. The Hsinchu-based chip company ranked No. 8 in 2020, behind Texas Instruments
Siltronic AG cast doubt on a planned US$5.3 billion takeover by GlobalWafers Co (環球晶圓), saying the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action’s feedback so far was opaque and offered no clear resolution on how to win approval for the deal. During recent discussions, the companies did not receive any information as to whether and under which conditions a clearance for the takeover might be issued, the German company said in a regulatory filing on Friday following a news report on remedies the companies have offered. In the ministry’s view “in this case, a mitigation agreement is apparently not suitable