Hiroca income falls 29.58%
Automotive components maker Hiroca Holdings Ltd (廣華控股) yesterday reported net income of NT$546.11 million (US$17.71 million) for last year, down 29.58 percent from a year earlier due to higher operating expenses, impairment charges and foreign-exchange losses. Earnings per share were NT$6.51. Cumulative sales increased 1.19 percent year-on-year to NT$8.06 billion. Hiroca, which produces automotive interior trim parts, as well as plastic, fabric and leather decorations, said its board has proposed distributing a cash dividend of NT$3.5 per share, which represents a payout ratio of 53.8 percent. With the company’s shares yesterday closing at NT$77.3 in Taipei trading, the proposed dividend suggests a yield of 4.53 percent.
Yang Ming still in the red
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp (陽明海運) yesterday said its volumes for last year increased 11 percent year-on-year to 5.23 million twenty-foot-equivalent units and consolidated revenue rose 8.21 percent to NT$141.83 billion, but the company was still in the red, with a net loss of NT$6.59 billion, or losses per share of NT$2.53. The company attributed the losses to higher global bunker fuel prices, which increased by 31.17 percent compared with the previous year.
China Electric buys building
China Electric Manufacturing Corp (中國電器), which sells lighting products under the TOA (東亞) brand, yesterday said its property development subsidiary has reached an agreement with Hong Kong-based Best Combo Ltd (盛至) to purchase an office building in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖) for NT$1.45 billion. The building is being used by Next TV (壹電視). Meanwhile, the company said it is planning a capital reduction scheme to adjust its capital structure and increase shareholder returns. China Electric plans to reduce its paid-in capital by 10 percent to NT$398 million, while returning NT$1 per share to shareholders, as well as a proposed cash dividend of NT$0.15 per share, it said.
Subsidiaries to be merged
King’s Town Bank Co Ltd (京城銀行) yesterday said its board of directors has approved a plan to merge two wholly owned subsidiaries to expand customer services, strengthen customer protection and integrate resources to achieve synergies. King’s Town said in a regulatory filing that the integration of Tainan Life Insurance Agent Co Ltd (台南人身保險代理人) and Fu Chen Property Insurance Agent Co Ltd (府城財產保險代理人) is expected to reduce operational costs and have a positive impact on net value and earnings per share. The effective date of the merger has been set for June 3, King’s Town said.
GDP to grow at least 2%
GDP growth for this year is to remain above 2 percent due to firming domestic demand and investment, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (台灣經濟研究院) president Chang Chien-yi (張建一) said. While Chang acknowledged that this year’s growth momentum would be weaker than last year, when growth was 2.63 percent, there are also positive developments that should keep growth from slumping below 2 percent. Chang said most domestic enterprises have prepared for the challenges, while the government’s policy of attracting overseas Taiwanese businesses to return to Taiwan is expected to spur domestic demand, he said.
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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