UMC Reports First Quarter 2016 Results
United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC) (TWSE: 2303) ("UMC" or "The Company"), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced its consolidated operating results for the first quarter of 2016.
First quarter consolidated revenue was NT$34.40 billion, up 1.6% sequentially from NT$33.85 billion in 4Q15 and down 8.6% YoY from NT$37.65 billion in 1Q15. 1Q16 consolidated gross margin was 14.6%. Net income attributable to the stockholders of the parent was NT$0.21 billion, with earnings per ordinary share of NT$0.02.
Mr. Po-Wen Yen, CEO of UMC, said "In the first quarter of 2016, our foundry revenue grew 2.1% sequentially to NT$34.31 billion. Foundry operating margin was 0.5%. Overall capacity utilization was 82%, bringing wafer shipments to 1.43 million 8-inch equivalent wafers. Towards the end of 2015, we saw signs that the inventory cycle was hitting bottom. Since then, the inventory correction has completed its course, with normal seasonal patterns resuming for 1H16. On February 6, just as Chinese New Year was beginning, Southern Taiwan experienced a severe earthquake that impacted UMC's 300mm Fab 12A in Tainan Science Park. However, due to UMC's stringent safety protocols, efficient execution of our earthquake recovery SOP and dedicated personnel, we returned to normal production in just a few working days to sustain 1Q16 revenues within our original guidance. In compliance with our ISO 22301 certification, UMC's business continuity practices ensured accountability on property damage as well as the safety & health of our employees. We will continue to ensure a state of readiness by implementing disaster protocols that introduce business continuity elements within our foundry operations."
CEO Yen continued, "UMC recently announced an agreement with ARM to develop multiple physical IP platforms to accelerate customers' implementation of ARM Artisan IP on our 55nm ultra low power, 40nm and 28nm technologies for mobile, embedded and IoT chip designs. The partnership will further strengthen UMC's IP portfolio to deliver optimized design support solutions across a broad range of applications. Looking into 2Q16, new product launches in wireless devices will serve as a positive catalyst, leading to stronger end market demand. As a result, we foresee a significant increase in 28nm shipments for the second quarter. We also expect to receive many new 28nm tape outs during 2016 that include mobile and consumer applications, which will further diversify our 28nm product pipeline and contribute to 28nm revenue growth. While we continue to work towards business growth and market share expansion, the Board of Directors recently proposed to distribute a NT$0.55 per share cash dividend to achieve a balance between shareholders' interests and company expansion. We continue to believe that our efforts in advanced and specialty processes will serve as a long-term catalyst to bring new prosperity and profitability for UMC employees, customers and shareholders."
Summary of Operating Results
Consolidated revenues in 1Q16 rose 1.6% sequentially to NT$34.40 billion, including NT$34.31 billion from the foundry segment. Gross profit during the quarter declined 27.9% QoQ to NT$5.03 billion, or 14.6% of revenue. Operating expenses remained at NT$5.07 billion resulting in an operating loss of NT$16 million. Net non-operating income decreased 94.9% QoQ to NT$46 million. Net income attributable to stockholders of the parent in 1Q16 was NT$210 million.
Earnings per ordinary share for the quarter was NT$0.02. Earnings per ADS were US$0.003. The basic weighted average number of outstanding shares in 1Q16 was 12,408,239,978, compared with 12,407,897,412 shares in 4Q15 and 12,526,260,458 shares in 1Q15. The diluted weighted average number of outstanding shares was 12,492,270,589 in 1Q16, compared with 13,601,975,910 shares in 4Q15 and 12,660,046,525 shares in 1Q15. The fully diluted share count on March 31, 2016 was approximately 13,858,726,000. On March 31, 2016, UMC held 334 million treasury shares acquired from the 15th and 16th share buy-back programs.
Detailed Financials Section
Consolidated revenues increased 1.6% in 1Q16 to NT$34.40 billion, reflecting early year seasonality. Cost of goods sold increased 9.3% to NT$29.37 billion due to a 7.5% increase in depreciation and a 10.3% increase in other manufacturing costs including costs associated with the February 6, 2016 earthquake. 1Q16 gross profit decreased 27.9% sequentially to NT$5.03 billion, due to the increase in cost of goods sold. Operating expenses remained at NT$5.07 billion. R&D expenses represented 9.0% of operating revenues. Operating loss was NT$16 million for the quarter.
Net non-operating income in 1Q16 was NT$46 million, including a NT$223 million gain on disposal of investment, which was offset by an exchange loss of NT$167 million.
Cash inflow from operating activities reached NT$11.45 billion. Net cash outflow from investing activities totaled NT$19.30 billion, including NT$20.48 billion CAPEX spending for the foundry segment, resulting in a free cash outflow of NT$9.04 billion during 1Q16. Cash inflow from financing activities reached NT$14.54 billion, mainly due to the acquisition of United Semiconductor (Xiamen), leading to the increase in other financial liabilities of NT$13.63 billion. Net cash inflow for 1Q16 was NT$6.25 billion. Over the next 12 months, the company expects to repay NT$4.34 billion in bank loans.
Cash and cash equivalents increased to NT$59.54 billion, mainly due to the capital injection for United Semiconductor (Xiamen). The days of inventory decreased 6 days to 52 days.
Current liabilities decreased to NT$41.63 billion, primarily reflecting the decrease in payable on equipment. Long-term investment liabilities increased to NT$19.28 billion. Total liabilities increased to NT$116.49 billion, leading to a debt to equity ratio of 51%.
Analysis of Revenue2 for Foundry Segment
Revenue contribution from Asia Pacific increased to 45% in 1Q16, as the region showed an increase in computer segment revenues.
The earthquake on February 6, 2016 disrupted UMC's Fab 12A operations, decreasing 28nm revenue contribution to 8% in 1Q16.
Fabless customers accounted for 91% of revenue in 1Q16.
Revenue from the computer segment increased to 15% during 1Q16, primarily driven by the increasing demand from storage and display applications. Sales from the communication segment declined to 48%.
(1) Computer consists of ICs such as CPU, GPU, HDD controllers, DVD/CD-RW control ICs, PC chipset, audio codec, keyboard controller, monitor scaler, USB, I/O chipset. Communication consists of handset components, broadband, WLAN, bluetooth, Ethernet, LAN, DSP, etc. Consumer consists of ICs used for DVD players, DTV, STB, MP3/MP4, flash controller, game consoles, DSC, smart cards, toys, etc.
Blended ASP Trend for Foundry Segment
Blended average selling price (ASP) slightly decreased in 1Q16.
(To view ASP trend, visit http://www.umc.com/english/investors/1Q16_ASP_trend.asp)
Shipment and Utilization Rate3 for Foundry Segment
Wafer shipments increased 3.5% to 1,432K in 1Q16. Quarterly capacity increased to 1,692K, resulting in an overall utilization rate of 82% for the quarter.
Capacity4 for Foundry Segment
Overall capacity during the first quarter increased to 1,692K 8-inch equivalent wafers. Estimated capacity in the second quarter will increase 1.8% sequentially to 1,723K 8-inch equivalent wafers, mainly due to capacity deployment at Fab 12A and Fab 8F.
(1)One 6-inch wafer is converted into 0.5625(62/82) 8-inch equivalent wafer; one 12-inch wafer is converted into 2.25(122/82) 8-inch equivalent wafers. Capacity total figures are expressed in 8-inch equivalent wafers.
CAPEX for Foundry Segment
CAPEX spending in 1Q16 totaled US$612 million. Full year 2016 CAPEX plan is budgeted for US$2.2 billion, with 95% deployed for 300mm expansion
Second Quarter of 2016 Outlook & Guidance
Recent Developments / Announcements
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Conference Call / Webcast Announcement
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM (Taipei) / 5:00 AM (New York) / 10:00 AM (London)
A live webcast and replay of the 1Q16 results announcement will be available at www.umc.com under the "Investors / Events" section.
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TWSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that provides advanced IC production for applications spanning every major sector of the electronics industry. UMC's robust foundry solutions enable chip designers to leverage the company's sophisticated technology and manufacturing, which include volume production 28nm gate-last High-K/Metal Gate technology, ultra-low power platform processes specifically engineered for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and the automotive industry's highest-rated AEC-Q100 Grade-0 manufacturing capabilities for production of ICs found in cars. UMC's 10 wafer fabs are strategically located throughout Asia and are able to produce over 500,000 wafers per month. The company employs more than 17,000 people worldwide, with offices in Taiwan, mainland China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the United States. UMC can be found on the web at http://www.umc.com
Note from UMC Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Some of the statements in the foregoing announcement are forward-looking within the meaning of the U.S. Federal Securities laws, including statements about introduction of new services and technologies, future outsourcing, competition, wafer capacity, business relationships and market conditions. Investors are cautioned that actual events and results could differ materially from these statements as a result of a variety of factors, including conditions in the overall semiconductor market and economy; acceptance and demand for products from UMC; and technological and development risks. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in UMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. UMC does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.
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1 Unless otherwise stated, all financial figures discussed in this announcement are prepared in accordance with TIFRSs recognized by Financial Supervisory Commission in the ROC, which is different from IFRSs issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. They represent comparisons among the three-month period ending Mar 31, 2016, the three-month period ending Dec 31, 2015, and the equivalent three-month period that ended Mar 31, 2015. For all 1Q16 results, New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) amounts have been converted into U.S. Dollars at the Mar 31, 2016 exchange rate of NT$ 32.22 per U.S. Dollar.
2 Revenue in this section represents wafer sales
3 Utilization Rate = Quarterly Wafer Out / Quarterly Capacity
4 Estimated capacity numbers are based on calculated maximum output rather than designed capacity. The actual capacity numbers may differ depending upon equipment delivery schedules, pace of migration to more advanced process technologies, and other factors affecting production ramp-up.
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