FOOD & BEVERAGE
Gourmet doubles income
Gourmet Master Co (美食達人), the operator of cafe and bakery chain 85°C (85度C), saw its net income last year doubled to NT$1.14 billion (US$34.60 million) from the previous year’s NT$527 million thanks to the company’s focus on organizational restructuring, cost control and brand building. Earnings per share were NT$8.07 last year, compared with the NT$3.74 recorded a year earlier. Total sales rose from NT$17.92 billion in 2014 to NT$20.46 billion last year, as store remodeling was progressing well in both Taiwan and China, the company said.
Gamania sales increase
Gamania Digital Entertainment Co (遊戲橘子) on Friday said sales rose 7 percent annually to NT$9.68 billion last year, but net income grew by 316 percent to NT$390 million, the highest in nine years. Earnings per share were NT$2.46, the online games publisher said. Gamania attributed the increases to the launches of several new gaming titles last year, as well as contribution from its e-commerce subsidiary, Jollywiz Digital Technology Co (樂利數位).
VIA swings to profit
Chip designer VIA Technologies Inc (威盛科技) on Friday said it swung into profit last year, thanks to the contribution of non-operating income of NT$2.63 billion. The company reported the first profitable year since 2005, with net profit of NT$823 million or earnings per share of NT$1.72. It still reported a net loss of NT$1.71 billion on an operating basis, with consolidated sales contracting by 27.39 percent to NT$4.73 billion. Last year, the company sold its handset chip subsidiary, VIA Telecom Co (威睿電通), to Intel Corp for an unspecific amount.
DEJA VU: Echoing the probe into real-estate giant Evergrande Group, the bank is under Beijing police scrutiny after last week, telling investors it is ‘severely insolvent’ Chinese authorities said they recently opened criminal investigations into Zhongzhi Enterprise Group Co’s (中植企業) money management business, days after the embattled shadow banking giant revealed a shortfall of US$36.4 billion in its balance sheet. Police in Beijing said in a statement on WeChat that they took “criminal mandatory measures” against multiple suspects, identifying one by their last name, Xie (解). They urged investors to report cases or provide leads to the authorities, including filing complaints online. Xie Zhikun (解直錕), the group’s founder, died in 2021, but several of his relatives are executives at the company. The statement did not elaborate on what
CONSIDERATIONS: The NSTC instructed the park to assist laid-off workers and urge companies to use furlough programs to ease the effects of falling demand Firms in the Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區), which houses major tech companies, reported laying off 496 employees last month amid weakened global demand, Hsinchu Science Park Bureau director-general Wayne Wang (王永壯) said yesterday. Wang told a news conference that 48 companies in the science park laid off employees last month, including one hard disk supplier which let go 241 employees as part of a plant closure due to falling demand. Other companies reported sporadic layoffs as they adjusted to weakening demand, he said. Wang made the remarks after local media reported the layoffs over the weekend. Although the global economy is struggling with high
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck have promised to solve investment subsidy issues for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) and Intel Corp, despite the country’s budget woes. Uncertainty over the funding to TSMC and Intel has arisen after a ruling by the German Federal Constitutional Court, which cast doubt over subsidies for construction of local semiconductor chip plants. On Nov. 15, the court ruled that the German government’s decision last year to reallocate 60 billion euros (US$65.74 billion) of unused funding from COVID-19 pandemic support measures to its Climate and Transformation Fund
NEW TREAD: The Taiwanese shoe brand paired with TSMC to turn silicon waste into a circular economy good, following its success making shoes from coffee grounds Ccilu International Inc (馳綠國際), a Taiwan-based footwear brand, has become the first company in the world to turn silicon waste from contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) into eco-friendly shoes. Last year, the global footwear industry saw the first pair of pressure-relief slippers made from recycled silicon waste by Ccilu. The brand continued to unveil follow-up collections, including sports shoes and massage slippers made from the same materials. In an interview with CNA, Ccilu CEO Wilson Hsu (許佳鳴) recalled the company’s innovation of the first pair of slippers made from silicon waste after its silicon waste treatment partner, Semisils Applied Materials