Chipmakers report rise in sales
Apr 11, 2005
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co said its March sales rose 2.4 percent month-to-month to NT$17.61 billion (US$558 million) from NT$17.20 billion in February.
But the March figure represented a decline of 11.8 percent year-on-year, said the world's largest made-to-order chipmaker.
The increase in sales were due to higher wafer shipments amid expanding demand, said Lora Ho, TSMC vice president and chief financial officer, in a statement.
Parent sales in the first quarter to March fell 3.2 percent from a year earlier to NT$55.65 billion, it said.
At an investor conference in January, TSMC said that it expected its wafer shipments in the first quarter to sustain a single-digit percentage point fall sequentially against a largely flat average selling price.
The company had also projected an overall utilization rate of about 78 percent and a gross profit margin in the range of 38-40 percent for the period.
TSMC rival United Microelectronics Corp said sales rose 14 percent to NT$7.01 billion in March from NT$6.14 billion a monthly earlier but were down 22.19 percent from a year ago.
Parent sales in the first quarter to March fell 19.90 percent to NT$20.29 billion dollars from NT$25.33 billion dollars in the previous quarter, said the world's second-largest maker of made-to-order semiconductor chips.
UMC said it expected wafer shipments in the first quarter to March to fall 17 percent from the previous quarter.