Staff writer, with agencies

Sat, Mar 30, 2013 - Page 14

TAIEX breaks 7,900 barrier

The TAIEX closed above 7,900 for the first time in nearly two weeks yesterday, even though turnover was the lowest for any session this month.

The weighted index closed up 51.73 points, or 0.66 percent, at 7,918.61. Turnover totaled NT$56.94 billion (US$1.90 billion).

Hannstar back in the black

Local LCD panel maker HannStar Display Corp (瀚宇彩晶) yesterday posted net profits of NT$171 million, or earnings per share of NT$0.06, for the fourth quarter of last year on improving gross margin.

That made HannStar the first local flat-panel maker to post quarterly net profits amid an industry slump over the past two years.

HannStar lost NT$328 million in the third quarter and NT$1.84 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Gross margin jumped to 26 percent last quarter, compared with 14 percent in the third quarter of last year and 3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The average selling price dropped to US$57 last quarter, from US$60 the previous quarter, while shipments fell 4.5 percent quarter-on-quarter to 5.14 million units, the company said.

Operating margin also rose to 14 percent last quarter, from 5 percent in the prior quarter and minus-8 percent the previous year.

Futures tax to be cut on Monday

The Ministry of Finance announced yesterday that the futures transaction tax would be cut by 50 percent to 0.00002 percent from 0.00004 percent from Monday next week to the end of 2015.

The cut is expected to create 400 to 500 job opportunities, with potential tax losses from the cut expected to be recovered after two years, the ministry said.

Green Energy stays in the red

Green Energy Technology Inc (綠能科技), the nation’s biggest solar wafer maker, said on Thursday that its quarterly losses widened to NT$1.03 billion last quarter, from a loss of NT$779 million in the third quarter of last year.

The company blamed consistently falling solar wafer prices for the loss.

For the whole of last year, Green Energy lost NT$3.57 billion, compared with a loss of NT$2.33 billion the previous year.

The company is scheduled to hold an annual shareholders’ meeting on June 25 to seek approval of its annual financial statement.

Debt crisis hits Taiwan Takisawa

Taiwan Takisawa Technology Co Ltd (瀧澤科), one of the nation’s largest designers and assemblers of computerized numerical control lathes and machining centers, posted NT$131.44 million in net profits for last year, down 11.38 percent from NT$148.32 million the previous year, according to a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

Earnings per share fell to NT$1.85 last year, from NT$2.29 the previous year, according to the filing.

The company attributed the decline to the global economic slowdown, primarily the debt crisis in Europe, along with growing competition from its Chinese rivals.

NT dollar ends week higher

The New Taiwan dollar closed up 0.4 percent, or NT$0.065, at NT$29.875 against its US counterpart yesterday.

That saw the local currency rise 0.1 percent during the five-day trading period. Turnover was US$517 million.

The central bank has sold the local currency just before the close of trading on most days in the past year, traders who asked not to be identified said.