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Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg.

After enduring the latest downturn in the chip cycle, are the good times back for TSMC? Investors think so. In April, the company reported that its first-quarter profit dropped 11%, as demand from big customers slumped. But the stock price for TSMC, the world’s premier semiconductor foundry, hit a 52-week high on June 3 and is up 41% since last July.

With an eye on future demand, TSMC has opened a chip fab near Shanghai, the company’s first in China, which has a growing appetite for semiconductors. However, Taiwanese government restrictions on Taiwanese investment in China prevent TSMC from equipping the fab with its latest technology, and TSMC is still investing heavily in Taiwan.

Company Info

Revenues* $7.7 BILLION
Revenue Growth 15.5%
Return on Equity 21.8%
Total Return4.7%
Profits* $2.7 BILLION
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

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. engages in the design, manufacture, sale, packaging, and testing of integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices, and the manufacturing of masks. It offers a range of wafer fabrication processes, including processes to manufacture complementary metal oxide silicon (CMOS) logic, mixed-signal, radio frequency and embedded memory, and BiCMOS mixed-signal and other semiconductors. In addition, it offers multiproject wafer processing service. The company has a joint venture with Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. and EDB Investment Pte., Ltd. Taiwan Semiconductor was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

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Morris  Chang

Morris Chang


Morris Chang Ph.D. has been the Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.'s board of Directors since establishment. Dr. Chang is Member of National Academy of Engineering (U.S.A) and Member of MIT Corporation as well. He is also on the advisory boards of NYSE, Stanford University, and University of California at Berkeley.