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TSMC, UMC slip further behind 2004, despite July sales

Posted: 11 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wafer? semiconductor?

Taiwan's top two foundries, Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. Ltd and United Microelectronics Corp., both reported sales revenues for July that were up on the previous month. However, both companies also continued to lose ground compared with their sales performances in 2004.

Lora Ho, TSMC vice president and chief financial officer, commented: "Due to continued demand recovery from our customers, wafer shipments for July 2005 increased over June 2005." However, despite a third straight month of sales increases at both foundries, comparison with the strong sales in 2004 means the rate at which the foundries are falling behind 2004 is increasing, although not rapidly.

The foundries fortunes are expected to turn around soon as the second half of 2004 was unseasonally weak due to the beginning of an inventory correction which is thought has been worked through.

For the first seven months of 2005 TSMC's sales are 7.2 percent behind 2004 sales for the same period. This holds out the prospect that with a strong fourth quarter TSMC could achieve a growth year. With sales for the first seven months of 2005 running 28.8 percent behind where they were in 2004, UMC has a much steeper mountain to climb.

TSMC reported July revenues were up 3.7 percent from June to NT$20.85 billion (about $652 million), but down 9.9 percent from a year earlier. As a result TSMC achieved net sales for the first seven months of 2005 of NT$135.02 billion (about $4.22 billion) 7.2 percent down on TSMC's first seven month's revenue in 2004.

UMC posted June sales of NT$7.065 billion, up 6.9 percent from June but down 36.9 percent from the same month last year. UMC's sales for the first seven half were NT$46.79 billion (about $1.46 billion) 28.8 percent down on the company's first seven month's sales in 2004.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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