TSMC Reports Fourth Quarter EPS of NT$3.83

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., Jan 18, 2018 -- TSMC today announced consolidated revenue of NT$277.57 billion, net income of NT$99.29 billion, and diluted earnings per share of NT$3.83 (US$0.64 per ADR unit) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017.

Year-over-year, fourth quarter revenue increased 5.9% while net income and diluted EPS both slightly decreased 0.9%. The decreases in net income and EPS were mainly due to the strong appreciation of NT dollars, which affected the operating profit margin rate negatively by about two percentage points. Compared to third quarter 2017, fourth quarter results represented a 10.1% increase in revenue and a 10.4% increase in net income. All figures were prepared in accordance with TIFRS on a consolidated basis.

In US dollars, fourth quarter revenue was $9.21 billion, which increased 10.7% from the previous quarter and increased 11.6% year-over-year.

Gross margin for the quarter was 50.0%, operating margin was 39.2%, and net profit margin was 35.8%.

In the fourth quarter, shipments of 10-nanometer accounted for 25% of total wafer revenue; 16/20-nanometer process technology accounted for 20% of total wafer revenue; and advanced technologies, defined as 28-nanometer and more advanced technologies, accounted for 63% of total wafer revenue.

“Our fourth quarter business was supported by major mobile product launches and continuing demand for cryptocurrency mining,” said Lora Ho, SVP and Chief Financial Officer of TSMC. “Moving into first quarter 2018, we expect the strong demand for cryptocurrency mining will continue while mobile product seasonality will dampen our business in this quarter. Based on our current business outlook, management expects the overall performance for first quarter 2018 to be as follows”:

• Revenue is expected to be between US$8.40 billion and US$8.50 billion; And, based on the exchange rate assumption of 1 US dollar to 29.6 NT dollars,

• Gross profit margin is expected to be between 49.5% and 51.5%;

• Operating profit margin is expected to be between 38% and 40%.

The management further expects the 2018 capital budget to be between US$10.5 billion and US$11 billion.