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Tokyo Electron

The world's second-biggest supplier of semiconductor and flat-panel-display production equipment has enjoyed surging revenues thanks to the dramatic expansion of chip production in Asia. Tokyo Electron's profits jumped more than sixfold, to $575 million, in the fiscal year that ended in March, 2005. Sales grew by a brisk 20%, to $5.94 billion. Yet what the chip industry giveth it can taketh away. The company is expecting net income to dwindle to half in its next fiscal year, which ends in March, 2006. Blame falling chip prices and still sizable inventories for DVDs, 3G mobile phones, and flat-screen televisions.

Company Info

Revenues* $5.9 BILLION
Revenue Growth 20.0%
Return on Equity 18.5%
Total Return1.9%
Profits* $573.6 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

Tokyo Electron Limited supplies semiconductor production and flat panel display (FPD) equipment. It also provides electronic components and computer network to its customers. The company develops, manufactures, and markets a line of products, including coater/developers, plasma etch systems, thermal processing systems, single wafer CVD systems, and more. Further, Tokyo Electron provides an array of semiconductor production systems, storage area network, and Internet-related products for broadband solutions and electronic components. The company operates in Europe, Asia, and America. Tokyo Electron was established in 1963 and is based in Tokyo.

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Tetsuro  Higashi

Tetsuro Higashi


Tetsuro Higashi serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tokyo Electron Ltd.