: Taiwan Semi reports stronger-than-forecast profit

by | Oct 13, 2022 | Stock Market

Third-party silicon-wafer manufacturer reported Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reported a stronger-than-forecast 80% increase in profit for the third quarter. The chipmaker said earnings rose to NT$281 billion from NT$156 billion. TSMC
TSM,
+1.04%
reported earnings of $1.79 per American depositary receipt compared with $1.08 per ADR in the year-ago period. Revenue in dollar terms rose 36% to $20.23 billion.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast earnings of $1.65 per ADR and revenue of $19.44 billion. TSMC
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-0.63%
shares trading in Taipei slipped 0.6%. For the fourth quarter, TSMC executives guided for revenue between $19.9 billion and $20.7 billion, while analysts were modeling $19.84 billion on average, according to FactSet. The company also guided for an operating margin between 49% and 51%. TSMC supplies chip makers who do not have their own fabrication plants, known as fabs, such as Nvidia Corp.
NVDA,
-0.74%,
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
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+0.38%,
and Apple Inc.
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-0.46%.
Some companies do operate their own fabs like Intel Corp.
INTC,
+1.16%,
Micron Technology Inc.
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-1.79%,
and Texas Instruments Inc.
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-1.24%
Shares of TSMC were battered Tuesday following a report that customers are cancelling orders and that the fab’s filled capacity will fall over the next six months. ADRs of TSMC have dropped nearly 47% this year alone. Read: Chip stocks could suffer worst year ever as effects of shortage-turned-glut spread The year has been especially rough on the semiconductor industry, with a 44% freefall on the PHLX Semiconductor Index
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-0.90%,
which currently counts $332.48 billion TSMC as the largest market cap company among its 30 components. The Hsinchu, Taiwan-based third-party fab has spent the year swapping that top spot with Nvidia, which is currently valued at $283.35 billion and still presides as the largest U.S. chip maker by market cap, with Broadcom Inc.
AVGO,
-0.04%
trailing at $180.85 billion. Also trailing is the SOX index’s performance, compared with the S&P 500 index’s
SPX,
-0.33%
25% tumble and the 33% drop on the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index
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-7.51%.
Investor optimism has all but run out for semis as analysts chase a trajectory that threatens to make 2022 the worst year ever for chip-related stocks as PC shipments suffer their steepest decline on record. Hours before TSMC reported earnings, Applied Materials Inc.
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-0.38%,
which supplies fabs with the complicated machinery required in cleanrooms, warned that widened restrictions on products it can sell to China will cost it upwards of $1 billion in sales spread over a six-month period. The company is the latest to join “the $1 billion” group that has formed over the past few months. Applied Materials’ warning follows one from one of the better performing chip makers this year, AMD, which shaved $1 billion off its forecast as sales to PC vendors plummet, continuing what has become the missing $1 billion trend this quarter. Read: Chip stocks crushed to two-year low as more tech, AI ban to China add to woes At the end of September, memory-chip maker Micron said the “unprecedented” market downcycle wore a $1-billion-dollar-sized hole in their pocket for the quarter, and in late August, Nvidia cut $1 billion from its forecast.

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