LONDON – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., the world's largest chipmaking foundry, announced a net profit of NT$31.58 billion (about $1.05 billion) on consolidated revenue of NT$104.71 billion (about $3.5 billion), for the fourth quarter of 2011. ended Dec. 31, 2011.
Year-over-year, fourth quarter revenue decreased 4.9 percent while net income decreased 22.5 percent, TSMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) said. Compared to third quarter of 2011, fourth quarter of 2011 results represent a 1.7 percent decrease in revenue, and a 3.9 percent increase in net income.
The company said it expects to spend about $6 billion on capital expenditure in 2012, down about 18 percent from the 2011 capex of $7.3 billion.
The company also gave a breakdown of how the various manufacturing process nodes contribute to sales. The leading 28-nm node accounted for 2 percent of revenues in Q4; 40-nm was 27 percent and 65-nm accounted for 30 percent. The 65-nm and more advance nodes therefore accounted for 59 percent of wafer revenues, TSMC said. Larger, trailing edge geometries accounted for 41 percent of wafer revenues.
"Although the outlook of the global economy remains uncertain, we expect the demand for our wafers to be stronger than seasonal for the first quarter," said Lora Ho, CFO at TSMC, in a statement.
The company predicted 1Q12 revenues of between NT$103 billion and NT$105 billion, which is more or less flat with 4Q11.
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