Taiwanese Chip Manufacturers See Rise in 3Q Gross Profit

Taiwanese upstream LED chip manufacturers’ 3Q13 financial results showed gross profit margin improvements. Companies with improvements included Epistar, Optotech, Genesis Photonics, Epileds, Tyntek and others. Genesis Photonics and Tyntek made a complete turnaround in gross profit for the quarter. Epistar and Optotech both showed growth for three consecutive quarters, while Epileds maintained a positive performance for three quarters. However, Forepi, Tekcore, and Arima Optoelectronics still suffered from gross losses.

Companies that maintained profits were LED lighting manufacturer Epileds, who maintained a positive performance for three quarters, and Optotech, who showed growth for three quarters through support of shareholder Nichia. EPS for the two companies reached NT $0.18 and NT $0.22 respectively. Epistar 3Q gross profit rose 16.09 percent but research fees had grown. In addition to non-business recognized loss on valuation of financial liability of NT $300 million, 3Q had a surprising turn from profit to loss with single quarter loss in stock price of NT $0.09. Genesis Photonics and Tyntek both showed positive 3Q gross profit performance but still suffered quarterly losses due to fees.

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