United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), reportedly the second-biggest silicon foundry globally, announced net income generated by parent company of NT$4.56 billion (US$147.19 million), or NT$0.36 per ordinary share, in Q4, 2014, surging 56.5% from the previous quarter to beat the NT$0.25-0.3 per share expected by the market.
The net income helped float the attributable net income for 2014 to NT$12.14 billion (US$391.64 million), or NT$0.97 per share, also topping market expectations.
Also the company projects its revenue for Q1, 2015 to rise 3-5% quarter on quarter to hit new high, in contrast to a 5% decrease projected by the market, due to sustained growth in the company's wafer shipments and average selling price.
In Q4, 2014 the company had consolidated revenue of NT$37.23 billion (US$1.20 billion), rising 5.7% from a quarter earlier to hit new high. Its gross margin rate gained 5.9 of a percentage point to 27.4%, exceeding 25% projected by the market, with operating income of NT$4.53 billion (US$146.19 million), spiking 168.6% from the third quarter.
Throughout last year, the company posted revenue of NT$140.01 billion (US$4.51 billion), growing 13.1% to hit new high. Its average gross margin rate rose to 22.8% and operating income shot up 149.9% from that in 2013 to NT$10.07 billion (US$325.03 million).
UMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) P.W. Yen said the company's revenue of NT$34.74 billion (US$1.12 billion) from foundry service in Q4, 2014 included a lump-sum royalty fee of around five billion yen (US$42.73 million) paid by Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd. for using the company's 40 nanometer process, hence pushing up the company's gross margin rate for foundry service and operating income rate to 30.2% and 14.6%, respectively.
Its capacity utilization rate ran at 93% in Q4, 2014, with 7% of its production on 28-nanometer process and output using high-K metal gate (HKMG) process to outnumber output using poly-SiON process.
Yen says, excluding the Fujitsu royalty fee, the company's operating income from foundry service soared at annual rate of 74% throughout 2014 mostly due to significant growth in wafer shipment and 28nm process capacity.
This year, the company plans to invest US$1.8 billion to boost 28nm process capacity and develop 14nm FinFET process.
UMC's Quarterly Results for 2014 and Forecast for Q1 ‘15
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|| Wafer shipment to increase 2-3%, average selling price to increase 3%, foundry service gross margin rate at 25%, capacity utilization at 90%, new business operation to lose NT$170M
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