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TMCNet:  ChipMOS Posts 3rd Quarter 2012 Results [Professional Services Close - Up]

[November 27, 2012]

ChipMOS Posts 3rd Quarter 2012 Results [Professional Services Close - Up]

(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the third quarter ended September 30.

In a release on November 20, the Company noted that all U.S. dollar figures in this release are based on the exchange rate of NT$29.29 against US$1.00 as of September 28.

Net revenue on a US GAAP basis for the third quarter of 2012 was NT$5,139.9 million or US$175.5 million, an increase of 6.4 percent from NT$4,829.3 million or US$164.9 million in the second quarter of 2012 and an increase of 15.2 percent from NT$4,461.5 million or US$152.3 million for the third quarter of 2011.


Operating expense for the third quarter of 2012 was NT$335.9 million or US$11.5 million compared to NT$290.3 million or US$9.9 million in the second quarter of 2012 and NT$268.6 million or US$9.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. Non-operating expense for the third quarter of 2012 was NT$131.4 million or US$4.5 million, including a foreign exchange loss of NT$90.7 million or US$3.1 million and net interest expense of NT$43.8 million or US$1.5 million, compared to non-operating income of NT$13.3 million or US$0.5 million, including a foreign exchange gain of NT$61.0 million or US$2.1 million and net interest expense of NT$50.1 million or US$1.7 million in the second quarter of 2012, and compared to non- operating income of NT$88.0 million or US$3.0 million, including a foreign exchange gain of NT$199.6 million or US$6.8 million and net interest expense of NT$55.6 million or US$1.9 million in the third quarter or 2011.

Net income on a US GAAP basis for the third quarter of 2012 was NT$367.0 million or US$12.5 million, and NT$13.43 or US$0.46 per basic common share and NT$13.02 or US$0.44 per diluted common share, which compared to net income of NT$300.4 million or US$10.3 million, and NT$11.00 or US$0.38 per basic common share and NT$10.68 or US$0.36 per diluted common share, for the second quarter of 2012 and to a net income of NT$139.8 million or US$4.8 million and NT$5.19 or US$0.18 per basic and NT$5.11 or US$0.17 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2011. Excluding foreign exchange loss of US$3.1 million, the Company's Q3 net income was US$15.6 million, and US$0.57 per basic common share and US$0.55 per diluted common share.

The unaudited consolidated financial results of ChipMOS for the third quarter ended September 30.

Two of the Company's shareholders ThaiLin Semiconductor Corp. ("ThaiLin"), a subsidiary of ChipMOS, and Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. ("Siliconware Precision") closed their previously announced underwritten secondary offering on November 1. 2,500,000 of its common shares were priced at US$10.10 per share. 1,700,000 common shares were offered by Company shareholder ThaiLin, a subsidiary of ChipMOS, and 800,000 common shares were offered by Company shareholder Siliconware Precision. In addition, the underwriters also exercised an option to purchase an additional 300,000 shares from ThaiLin on November 1. Siliconware Precision continues to own approximately 2.2 million of the Company's common shares and ThaiLin continues to own approximately 4.5 million of the Company's common shares.

S.J. Cheng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ChipMOS, said, "We expect to continue to successfully execute on all fronts to drive near term financial performance gains and structural changes that we believe are essential to our long-term success. Net revenue in 3Q12 increased 15.2 percent over 3Q11 and was up 6.4 percent from 2Q12. From a product mix standpoint we benefitted from higher revenue from our LCD driver, mixed signal and mask ROM memory businesses. Our overall utilization rate increased to 80 percent from 78 percent in 2Q12, and 73 percent in 1Q12. In addition, depreciation and amortization expenses were US$5.9 million lower in 3Q12 than in 2Q12. As a result of the above, we were able to drive a further improvement in gross margin to 18.6 percent in 3Q12 from 12.8 percent 2Q12 and 6.2 percent in 1Q12. Finally, we took another important step forward in the dual listing process and in our efforts to streamline the Company's corporate capital structure with the successful closure of a secondary offering on November 1. We anticipate moving into the fourth quarter with considerable momentum in our business, which gives us added confidence in our business strategy and prospects." S.K. Chen, Chief Financial Officer of ChipMOS, said, "Our revenue growth, profitability and operating expenses in 3Q12 were all in- line with expectations. Capital expenditures in the third quarter were US$19.6 million, bringing our year-to-date CapEx total to US$74.6 million, in-line with the plan we outlined at the start of the year. Depreciation and amortization expenses in 3Q12 came in at US$37.2 million, a US$5.9 million reduction compared to 2Q12. We expect a further reduction in depreciation and amortization expenses in 4Q12 to approximately US$34.0 million. Our balance sheet continued to improve as we generated free cash flow of US$33.1 million in 3Q12. We exited the third quarter with a balance of cash and cash equivalents of US$257.3 million. The US$10 million previously authorized share repurchase plan was completed on October 12, with approximately 654 thousand common shares repurchased, and subsequently cancelled. While we have not immediately extended the repurchase program, our Board of Directors continues to monitor the situation as part of our efforts to increase shareholder value." ChipMOS is an independent provider of semiconductor testing and assembly services to customers in Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S.

More information: www.chipmos.com ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com)) (c) 2012 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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