TSMC Reports Fourth Quarter EPS of NT$3.08

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., January 15, 2015 -- TSMC today announced consolidated revenue of NT$222.52 billion, net income of NT$79.99 billion, and diluted earnings per share of NT$3.08 (US$0.50 per ADR unit) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.

Year-over-year, fourth quarter revenue increased 52.6% while net income and diluted EPS both increased 78.5%. Compared to third quarter 2014, fourth quarter results represent a 6.4% increase in revenue, and a 4.8% increase in net income. All figures were prepared in accordance with TIFRS on a consolidated basis.

In US dollars, fourth quarter revenue increased 3.7% from the previous quarter and increased 46.4% year-over-year.

Gross margin for the quarter was 49.7%, operating margin was 39.6%, and net profit margin was 35.9%.

Shipments of 20-nanometer process technology accounted for 21% of total wafer revenues. 28-nanometer accounted for 30% of total wafer revenues. Advanced technologies, defined as 28-nanometer and 20-nanometer technologies, accounted for 51% of total wafer revenues.

“The strong demand for TSMC’s advanced technologies continued into the fourth quarter. Our 20-nanometer production was ramped-up at record speed and reached 21 percent of our fourth quarter revenue,” said Lora Ho, SVP and Chief Financial Officer of TSMC. “Despite a slightly weaker demand due to seasonality, we anticipate a more favorable exchange rate in the first quarter which will moderate the impact from seasonality. Based on our current business outlook and exchange rate assumption of 1 US dollar to 31.80 NT dollars, management expects overall performance for first quarter 2015 to be as follows”:

• Revenue is expected to be between NT$221 billion and NT$224 billion;

• Gross profit margin is expected to be between 48.5% and 50.5%;

• Operating profit margin is expected to be between 38.5% and 40.5%.

TSMC further expects the capital expenditures for 2015 to be between US$11.5 billion and US$12 billion.

About TSMC
TSMC is the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry’s leading process technology and the foundry’s largest portfolio of process-proven libraries, IPs, design tools and reference flows. The Company’s owned capacity in 2014 was about 8.2 million (12-inch equivalent) wafers, including capacity from three advanced 12-inch GIGAFAB™ facilities, four eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC’s wholly owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC China. TSMC is the first foundry to provide both 20nm and 16nm production capabilities. Its corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please visit http://www.tsmc.com.