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Taiwan Semiconductor specialises in the manufacturing, selling, packaging, testing and computer-aided design of integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices. Its core competence lies in its discrete Power Rectifiers. The company’s product portfolio features Trench Schottkys, Analog ICs, LED Driver ICs, Power Transistors and MOSFETs.
Taiwan Semiconductor products are used across a very wide range of different applications in the electronics industry, including the automotive, computer, consumer, industrial, photovoltaic and telecom sectors. The company’s main competitors are Intel, Samsung, SMIC, Towerjazz and Globalfoundries.
As well as semiconductors, Taiwan Semiconductors has also started to invest in lighting and solar energy-related industries.
Dr. Morris Chang, the founding Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd, was still serving in the post as of April 2018. The company has two co-Chief Executive Officers: Dr. Mark Liu and Dr. C. C. Wei. Another key figure at the business is Lora Ho, who is Chief Financial Officer and Spokesperson for the company.
Taiwan Semiconductor was founded by Arthur Wang in 1979. The company expanded steadily from its modest beginnings as a local manufacturer to a worldwide enterprise with some 46,000 employees. Operations in mainland China began in 1995, and a year later Taiwan Semiconductor opened its first sales office in the United States. The company registered in the Taiwan OTC stock market in 2001. In the early years of the 21stcentury it opened sales offices in South Korea, Germany, Japan and Singapore, and in 2014 the company set up its Lighting IC R&D Division.
In March 2017, Taiwan Semiconductor’s market capitalisation overtook that of Intel for the first time, hitting $168.4 billion, compared to Intel's $165.7 billion. A year after this landmark development, in April 2018, there was speculation that Apple might decide to dump Intel chips from its Mac computers. This led to some analysts suggesting that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing could be a potential beneficiary of such a move.
In its full year 2017 financial results, Taiwan Semiconductor reported net revenue of NT$977.45 billion, a 3.1% increase on 2016. In US dollar terms, net revenue increased 9.1% to $32.11 billion in 2017. Diluted EPS was NT$13.23, up 2.7% from NT$12.89 in 2016. Net profit margin was 35.1%, down 0.2 percentage points from 35.3% in 2016.
The Taiwan Semiconductor share price has risen steadily over the past decade, from $7.50 in January 2009 to $20 in May 2013, $30 in September 2016, and $40 in October 2017. As of mid-April 2018, the share price stood at around $43. To find out how Taiwan Semiconductor shares are doing right now, follow Capital.com. Our TSM chart puts all the information at your fingertips.
Taiwan Semiconductor’s headquarters and main operations are located in the Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company also has semiconductor fabrication plants in Southern and Central Taiwan, in Shanghai, China, Washington State, USA, and Singapore. Its 13 international sales offices are spread across Asia, Europe and America.
Taiwan Semiconductor shares trade on the Stock Exchange of Taiwan under the ticker number 2330, and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol TSM. Check out Capital.com for the latest TSM chart. We’ll keep you up to date and in the picture.
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