Passive components maker Walsin Technology Corp (華新科技) yesterday reported that pretax profit last quarter dropped 30.43 percent to NT$1.44 billion (US$47.37 million), from NT$2.07 billion the previous quarter, due to lower prices.
An outbreak of COVID-19 in China is expected to affect the global economy in the first two quarters of this year, which would create short-term headwinds for the company, according to a presentation Walsin prepared for an investors’ conference yesterday, which was not open to the media.
The company did not elaborate on the short-term effects of the epidemic.
In the presentation, Walsin said that 5G-enabled networking devices and automotive applications would continue to drive demand for passive components.
The company reported revenue of NT$29.94 billion for last year, with China, the biggest market, accounting for more than 70 percent of its total revenue.
Operating profit last quarter dropped 18.12 percent quarter-on-quarter from NT$1.49 billion to NT$1.22 billion, with operating margin dipping from 20.55 percent to 18.74 percent — the smallest quarterly contraction in about two years, as falling inventory and supply constraints helped buoy prices.
For last year as a whole, Walsin’s pretax profit plummeted about 65 percent to NT$8.97 billion, compared with NT$25.61 billion in 2018. Pretax earnings per share fell to NT$18.46, from a record high of NT$52.96.
Separately yesterday, Yageo Corp (國巨), the world’s third-largest supplier of chip resistors, said that a shortage of passive components has worsened, as few employees returned to work after the Lunar New Year holiday due to COVID-19-induced lockdowns in China.
Yageo said it hopes that the situation will improve at the end of this month, when more employees return to work.
The company originally aimed to lift factory utilization to about 70 percent next quarter, but said that it now faces difficulty boosting it due to the severe labor shortage, and clients are seeing inventories running at less-than-normal levels.
“The company’s top priority is to satisfy customer demand,” a Yageo official said by telephone.
Yageo declined to comment on local media reports about price hikes of between 70 percent and 80 percent for its chip resistors, starting next month.
The firm earlier this month raised prices by 50 percent for multilayer ceramic capacitors, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News reported yesterday, citing industry sources.
Yageo is scheduled to hold an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting today to sign off on a plan to issue 80 million new common shares in the form of global depository receipts.
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