Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. Reports Unaudited Consolidated Financial Results For The First Quarter Of 2015

30 Apr, 2015, 02:00 ET from Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.

TAIPEI, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (TAIEX: 2311, NYSE: ASX) ("We", "ASE", or the "Company"), the world's largest independent provider of packaging and testing services, today reported unaudited net revenues[1] of NT$64,662 million for the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15), up by 18% year-over-year and down by 16% sequentially.  Net income attributable to shareholders of the parent for the quarter totaled NT$4,469 million, up from a net income attributable to shareholders of the parent of NT$3,450 million in 1Q14 and down from a net income attributable to shareholders of the parent of NT$7,864 million in 4Q14.  Basic earnings per share for the quarter were NT$0.58 (or US$0.092 per ADS), compared to basic earnings per share of NT$0.45 for 1Q14 and NT$1.02 for 4Q14. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were NT$0.56 (or US$0.089 per ADS), compared to diluted earnings per share of NT$0.44 for 1Q14 and NT$0.99 for 4Q14.

[1] All financial information presented in this press release is unaudited, consolidated and prepared in accordance with Taiwan-IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards as endorsed for use in the R.O.C.).  Such financial information is generated internally by us, and has not been subjected to the same review and scrutiny, including internal auditing procedures and audit by our independent auditors, to which we subject our audited consolidated financial statements, and may vary materially from the audited consolidated financial information for the same period.  Any evaluation of the financial information presented in this press release should also take into account our published audited consolidated financial statements and the notes to those statements.  In addition, the financial information presented is not necessarily indicative of our results of operations for any future period.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

1Q15 Results Highlights – Consolidated

  • Net revenue contribution from packaging operations, testing operations, EMS operations, substrates sold to third parties and others each represented approximately 45%, 10%, 44%, 1% and 0%, respectively, of total net revenues for the quarter.
  • Cost of revenue was NT$52,349 million for the quarter, up by 18% year-over-year and down from NT$60,233 million in the previous quarter.
    • Raw material cost totaled NT$30,185 million during the quarter, representing 47% of total net revenues, compared with NT$36,981 million and 48% of total net revenues in 4Q14.
    • Labor cost totaled NT$8,695 million during the quarter, representing 13% of total net revenues, compared with NT$8,922 million and 12% of total net revenues in 4Q14.
    • Depreciation, amortization and rental expenses totaled NT$7,106 million during the quarter, up by 16% year-over-year and up by 4% sequentially.
  • Gross margin decreased 2.4 percentage points to 19.0% in 1Q15 from 21.4% in 4Q14.
  • Total operating expenses during 1Q15 were NT$6,021 million, including NT$2,547 million in R&D and NT$3,474 million in SG&A, compared with total operating expenses of NT$6,565 million in 4Q14.  Total operating expenses as a percentage of net revenues were 9% in 1Q15, down from 10% in 1Q14 and remained the same as 4Q14.
  • Operating income for the quarter totaled NT$6,292 million, down from NT$9,846 million in 4Q14.  Operating margin was 9.7% in 1Q15 compared to 12.8% in 4Q14.
  • In terms of non-operating items:
    • Net interest expense was NT$526 million, down from NT$546 million in 4Q14.
    • Net foreign exchange gain of NT$540 million was primarily attributable to the depreciation of the U.S. dollar against the NT dollar.
    • Loss on valuation of financial assets and liabilities was NT$969 million.
    • Other net non-operating income of NT$165 million was primarily related to miscellaneous income.  Total non-operating expenses for the quarter were NT$786 million, compared to total non-operating expenses of NT$786 million for 1Q14 and total non-operating expenses of NT$267 million for 4Q14.
  • Income before tax was NT$5,506 million for 1Q15, compared to NT$9,579 million in 4Q14.  We recorded income tax expenses of NT$856 million during the quarter, compared to NT$1,475 million in 4Q14.
  • In 1Q15, net income attributable to shareholders of the parent was NT$4,469 million, compared to net income attributable to shareholders of the parent of NT$3,450 million for 1Q14 and net income attributable to shareholders of the parent of NT$7,864 million for 4Q14.
  • Our total number of shares outstanding at the end of the quarter was 7,887,881,546, including treasury stock owned by our subsidiaries.  Our 1Q15 basic earnings per share of NT$0.58 (or US$0.092 per ADS) were based on 7,706,554,578 weighted average number of shares outstanding in 1Q15. Our 1Q15 diluted earnings per share of NT$0.56 (or US$0.089 per ADS) were based on 7,868,151,106 weighted average number of shares outstanding in 1Q15.

1Q15 Results Highlights – IC ATM[2]

  • Net revenue contribution from IC ATM operations was NT$38,605 million for the quarter, up by 12% year-over-year and down by 12% sequentially.  Net revenue contribution from packaging operations, testing operations, substrates sold to third parties and others was NT$31,546 million, NT$6,180 million, NT$861 million, and NT$18 million, respectively, and each represented approximately 82%, 16%, 2%, and 0%, respectively, of total net revenues for the quarter.
  • Cost of revenues was NT$28,610 million for the quarter, up by 10% year-over-year and down by 5% sequentially.
    • Raw material cost totaled NT$8,585 million during the quarter, representing 22% of total net revenues, compared with NT$9,137 million and 21% of total net revenues in 4Q14.
    • Labor cost totaled NT$7,386 million during the quarter, representing 19% of total net revenues, compared with NT$7,804 million and 18% of total net revenues in 4Q14.
    • Depreciation, amortization and rental expenses totaled NT$6,581 million during the quarter, up by 13% year-over-year and up by 2% sequentially.
  • Gross margin decreased 5.5 percentage points to 25.9% in 1Q15 from 31.4% in 4Q14.
  • Total operating expenses during 1Q15 were NT$4,449 million, including NT$1,909 million in R&D and NT$2,540 million in SG&A, compared with total operating expenses of NT$4,841 million in 4Q14.  Total operating expenses as a percentage of net revenues were 12% in 1Q15, remained the same as 1Q14 and up from 11% in 4Q14.
  • Operating income for the quarter totaled NT$5,546 million, down from NT$8,931 million in 4Q14.  Operating margin was 14.4% in 1Q15 compared to 20.4% in 4Q14.

[2] ATM stands for Semiconductor Assembly, Testing and Material.

1Q15 Results Highlights – EMS

  • Net revenue contribution from EMS operations for the quarter was NT$28,344 million, up by 33% year-over-year and down by 24% sequentially.
  • Cost of revenues for the quarter was NT$26,079 million, up by 35% year-over-year and down by 24% sequentially.
    • Raw material cost totaled NT$21,610 million during the quarter, representing 76% of total net revenues, compared with NT$27,855 million and 75% of total net revenues in 4Q14.
    • Labor cost totaled NT$1,310 million during the quarter, representing 5% of total net revenues, compared with NT$1,118 million and 3% of total net revenues in 4Q14.
    • Depreciation, amortization and rental expenses totaled NT$553 million during the quarter, up by 106% year-over-year and up by 49% sequentially.
  • Gross margin increased to 8.0% in 1Q15 from 7.9% in 4Q14.
  • Total operating expenses during 1Q15 were NT$1,575 million, including NT$661 million in R&D and NT$914 million in SG&A, compared with total operating expenses of NT$1,700 million in 4Q14.  Total operating expenses as a percentage of net revenues were 6% in 1Q15, remained the same as in 1Q14 and up from 5% in 4Q14.
  • Operating income for the quarter totaled NT$690 million, down from NT$1,227 million in 4Q14.  Operating margin decreased to 2.4% in 1Q15 from 3.3% in 4Q14.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

  • As of March 31, 2015, our cash and current financial assets totaled NT$54,924 million, compared to NT$58,216 million as of December 31, 2014.
  • Capital expenditures in 1Q15 totaled US$138 million, of which US$67 million were used for packaging, US$52 million for testing, US$16 million for EMS and US$3 million for interconnect materials.
  • As of March 31, 2015, we had total debt of NT$93,656 million, compared to NT$99,387 million as of December 31, 2014.  Total debt consisted of NT$36,661 million of short-term borrowings, NT$1,151 million of the current portion of long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations and NT$55,844 million of bonds payable, long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations.  Total unused credit lines amounted to NT$149,964 million.
  • Current ratio as of March 31, 2015 was 1.48, compared to 1.44 as of December 31, 2014.  Net debt to equity ratio was 0.25 as of March 31, 2015.
  • Total number of employees was 68,599 as of March 31, 2015, compared to 60,513 as of March 31, 2014 and 68,100 as of December 31, 2014.

BUSINESS REVIEW

Packaging Operations[3]

  • Net revenues generated from our packaging operations were NT$31,546 million during the quarter, up by NT$3,759 million, or by 14% year-over-year, and down by NT$4,813 million, or by 13% sequentially.
  • Net revenues from advanced packaging accounted for 33% of our total packaging net revenues during the quarter, down by 5 percentage points from 4Q14. Net revenues from IC wirebonding accounted for 58% of our total packaging net revenues during the quarter, up by 5 percentage points from 4Q14.  Net revenues from discrete and others accounted for 9% of our total packaging net revenues during the quarter, remained the same as 4Q14.
  • Gross margin for our packaging operations during the quarter was 23.7%, up by 2.0 percentage points year-over-year and down by 5.9 percentage points from 4Q14.
  • Capital expenditures for our packaging operations amounted to US$67 million during the quarter, of which US$31 million were used for purchases of wafer bumping and flip chip packaging equipment and US$36 million for common equipment purchases, including SiP equipment purchases.
  • As of March 31, 2015, there were 15,772 wirebonders in operation. 15 wirebonders were added and 35 wirebonders were disposed of during the quarter.

[3] IC packaging services include module assembly services.

Testing Operations

  • Net revenues generated from our testing operations were NT$6,180 million during the quarter, up by NT$395 million, or by 7% year-over-year, and down by NT$483 million, or by 7% sequentially.
  • Final testing accounted for 74% of our total testing net revenues, down by 1 percentage point from the previous quarter.  Wafer sort accounted for 21% of our total testing net revenues, remained the same as 4Q14.  Engineering testing accounted for 5% of our total testing net revenues, up by 1 percentage point from 4Q14.
  • Depreciation, amortization and rental expense associated with our testing operations amounted to NT$1,701 million during the quarter, up from NT$1,642 million in 1Q14 and up from NT$1,669 million in 4Q14.
  • In 1Q15, gross margin for our testing operations was 34.3%, up by 2.0 percentage points year-over-year and down by 4.6 percentage point from the previous quarter.
  • Capital expenditures for our testing operations amounted to US$52 million during the quarter.
  • As of March 31, 2015, there were 3,339 testers in operation. 121 testers were added and 49 testers were disposed of during the quarter.

EMS Operations

  • Net revenues generated from our EMS operations were NT$28,344 million during the quarter, up by NT$6,968 million, or by 33% year-over-year, and down by NT$8,876 million, or by 24% sequentially.
  • Communications products accounted for 47% of our total net revenues from EMS operations for the quarter, down by 20 percentage points from 4Q14.  Computing products accounted for 17% of our total net revenues from EMS operations, up by 4 percentage points from 4Q14.  Consumer products accounted for 18% of our total net revenues from EMS operations, up by 11 percentage point from 4Q14.  Industrial products accounted for 11% of our total net revenues from EMS operations, up by 3 percentage points from 4Q14.  Automotive products accounted for 6% of our total net revenues from EMS operations, up by 1 percentage point from the previous quarter.
  • In 1Q15, gross margin for our EMS operations was 8.0%, down by 1.6 percentage points year-over-year and up by 0.1 percentage points from the previous quarter.
  • Capital expenditures for our EMS operations amounted to US$16 million during the quarter.

Substrate Operations

  • PBGA substrate manufactured by ASE amounted to NT$2,172 million during the quarter, up by NT$86 million, or by 4% year-over-year, and down by NT$111 million, or by 5% from 4Q14.  Of the total output of NT$ 2,172 million, NT$861 million was from sales to external customers.
  • Gross margin for substrate operations was 17.1% during the quarter, up by 0.4 percentage points year-over-year and down by 2.1 percentage points from 4Q14.
  • In 1Q15, our internal substrate manufacturing operations supplied 28% (by value) of our total substrate requirements.

Customers

IC ATM consolidated Basis

  • Our five largest customers together accounted for approximately 37% of our total net revenues in 1Q15, compared to 34% in 1Q14 and 42% in 4Q14.  One customer accounted for more than 10% of our total net revenues in 1Q15.
  • Our top 10 customers contributed 53% of our total net revenues during the quarter, compared to 47% in 1Q14 and 56% in 4Q14.
  • Our customers that are integrated device manufacturers, or IDMs, accounted for 33% of our total net revenues during the quarter, compared to 36% in 1Q14 and 31% in 4Q14.

EMS Basis

  • Our five largest customers together accounted for approximately 77% of our total net revenues in 1Q15, compared to 73% in 1Q14 and 78% in 4Q14.  One customer accounted for more than 10% of our total net revenues in 1Q15.
  • Our top 10 customers contributed 89% of our total net revenues during the quarter, compared to 86% in 1Q14 and 88% in 4Q14.

OUTLOOK

Based on our current business outlook and exchange rate assumptions, management projects overall performance for the second quarter of 2015 to be as follows:

  • IC ATM production capacity will be up 2%; blended IC ATM utilization should be flat to up 2%;
  • IC ATM gross margin should stay relatively unchanged from the previous quarter;
  • EMS business should reach a level between the results of the last two quarters;
  • EMS gross margin might be slightly lower than the normalized margin in the previous quarter due to customer supply chain issues.

About ASE, Inc.

ASE, Inc. is the world's largest independent provider of packaging services and testing services, including front-end engineering testing, wafer probing and final testing services.  With advanced technological capabilities and a global presence spanning Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States, ASE, Inc. has established a reputation for reliable, high quality products and services.  For more information, please visit our website at http://www.aseglobal.com.

Safe Harbor Notice

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IR Contact:

Michelle Jao, Manager mjao@iselabs.com Tel: +1.510.687.2481 http://www.aseglobal.com

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Supplemental Financial Information

IC ATM Consolidated Operations

Amounts in NT$ Millions

1Q/15

4Q/14

1Q/14

Net Revenues

38,605

43,884

34,351

Revenues by Application

Communication

55%

58%

52%

Computer

11%

11%

12%

Automotive and Consumer

34%

31%

36%

Others

0%

0%

0%

Revenues by Region

North America

64%

65%

60%

Europe

10%

9%

11%

Taiwan

16%

16%

17%

Japan

5%

5%

7%

Other Asia

5%

5%

5%

 

Packaging Operations

Amounts in NT$ Millions

1Q/15

4Q/14

1Q/14

Net Revenues

31,546

36,359

27,787

Revenues by Packaging Type

Advanced Packaging

33%

38%

27%

IC Wirebonding

58%

53%

64%

Discrete and Others

9%

9%

9%

Capacity

CapEx (US$ Millions)*

67

65

65

Number of Wirebonders

15,772

15,792

15,375

 

Testing Operations

Amounts in NT$ Millions

1Q/15

4Q/14

1Q/14

Net Revenues

6,180

6,663

5,785

Revenues by Testing Type

Final test

74%

75%

79%

Wafer sort

21%

21%

19%

Engineering test

5%

4%

2%

Capacity

CapEx (US$ Millions)*

52

26

27

Number of Testers

3,339

3,267

3,155

 

EMS Operations

Amounts in NT$ Millions

1Q/15

4Q/14

1Q/14

Net Revenues

28,344

37,220

21,376

Revenues by End Application

Communication

47%

67%

48%

Computer

17%

13%

22%

Consumer

18%

7%

10%

Industrial

11%

8%

12%

Automotive

6%

5%

7%

Others

1%

0%

1%

Capacity

CapEx (US$ Millions)*

16

55

16

* Capital expenditure excludes building construction costs.

 

 Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.

Summary of Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income Data[4]

(In NT$ millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

For the three months ended

Mar. 31

2015

Dec. 31

2014

Mar. 31

2014

Net revenues:

Packaging

29,321

31,942

26,722

Testing

6,180

6,663

5,785

Direct Material

861

861

779

EMS

28,300

37,178

21,365

Others

-

-

49

Total net revenues

64,662

76,644

54,700

Cost of revenues

(52,349)

(60,233)

(44,340)

Gross profit

12,313

16,411

10,360

Operating expenses:

Research and development

(2,547)

(2,769)

(2,292)

Selling, general and administrative

(3,474)

(3,796)

(2,983)

Total operating expenses

(6,021)

(6,565)

(5,275)

Operating income

6,292

9,846

5,085

Net non-operating (expenses) income:

Interest expense - net

(526)

(546)

(531)

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

540

(1,051)

(668)

Gain (loss) on equity-method investments

4

(28)

(64)

Gain (loss) on valuation of financial assets and liabilities

 

(969)

 

1,190

 

304

Others

165

168

173

Total non-operating income (expenses)

(786)

(267)

 

(786)

Income before tax

5,506

9,579

4,299

Income tax expense

(856)

(1,475)

(730)

Income from continuing operations and

before noncontrolling interest

4,650

8,104

3,569

Noncontrolling interest

(181)

(240)

(119)

Net income attributable to

shareholders of the parent

 

4,469

 

7,864

 

3,450

Per share data:

Earnings (losses) per share

– Basic

NT$0.58

NT$1.02

NT$0.45

– Diluted

  NT$0.56

  NT$0.99

  NT$0.44

Earnings (losses) per equivalent ADS

– Basic

  US$0.092

  US$0.167

  US$0.075

– Diluted

  US$0.089

  US$0.162

  US$0.073

Number of weighted average shares used in

diluted EPS calculation (in thousands)

7,868,151

8,192,428

7,790,716

Exchange rate (NT$ per US$1)

31.52

30.61

30.15

 

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.

Summary of Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income Data – IC ATM[4]

(In NT$ millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

For the three months ended

Mar. 31

2015

Dec. 31

2014

Mar. 31

2014

Net revenues:

Packaging

31,546

36,359

27,787

Testing

6,180

6,663

5,785

Direct Material

861

862

779

Others

18

-

-

Total net revenues

38,605

43,884

34,351

Cost of revenues

(28,610)

(30,112)

(26,098)

Gross profit

9,995

13,772

8,253

Operating expenses:

Research and development

(1,909)

(2,137)

(1,835)

Selling, general and administrative

(2,540)

(2,704)

(2,196)

Total operating expenses

(4,449)

(4,841)

(4,031)

Operating income

5,546

8,931

4,222

Net non-operating (expenses) income:

Interest expense - net

(530)

(547)

(553)

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

532

(1,005)

(685)

Gain (loss) on equity-method investments

616

634

557

Gain (loss) on valuation of financial assets and liabilities

 

(1,129)

 

1,094

 

298

Others

195

167

214

Total non-operating income (expenses)

(316)

343

 

(169)

Income before tax

5,230

9,274

4,053

 

Income tax expense

(709)

(1,344)

(573)

Income from continuing operations and

before noncontrolling interest

4,521

7,930

3,480

Noncontrolling interest

(52)

(66)

(30)

Net income attributable to

shareholders of the parent

 

4,469

 

7,864

 

3,450

Per share data:

Earnings (losses) per share

– Basic

NT$0.58  

NT$1.02

NT$0.45

– Diluted

  NT$0.56

  NT$0.99

  NT$0.44

Number of weighted average shares used in

diluted EPS calculation (in thousands)

7,868,151

8,192,428

7,790,716

 

 

Universal Scientific Industrial Co., Ltd.

Summary of Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income Data – EMS[4]

(In NT$ millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

For the three months ended

Mar. 31

2015

Dec. 31

2014

Mar. 31

2014

Net revenues:

Total net revenues

28,344

37,220

21,376

Cost of revenues

(26,079)

(34,293)

(19,319)

Gross profit

2,265

2,927

2,057

Operating expenses:

Research and development

(661)

(660)

(480)

Selling, general and administrative

(914)

(1,040)

(741)

Total operating expenses

(1,575)

(1,700)

(1,221)

Operating income

690

1,227

836

Net non-operating (expenses) income:

Total non-operating income

216

114

55

 

Income before tax

906

1,341

891

 

Income tax expense

(156)

(140)

(165)

Income from continuing operations and

before noncontrolling interest

750

1,201

726

Noncontrolling interest

(130)

(175)

(90)

Net income attributable to

shareholders of the parent

 

620

 

1,026

 

636

 

[4] Starting in 2015, we prepare financial statements in accordance with Taiwan-IFRS 2013 version. Under Taiwan-IFRS 2013 version, the impact of some newly effected GAAP shall be retroactively applied. The consolidated statements of comprehensive income for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014 have been adjusted accordingly.

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.

Summary of Consolidated Balance Sheet Data[5]

(In NT$ millions)

(Unaudited)

As of Mar. 31, 2015

As of Dec. 31, 2014

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

49,414

51,694

Financial assets – current

5,510

6,522

Notes and accounts receivable

43,009

52,921

Inventories

47,605

44,150

Others

4,068

4,668

Total current assets

149,606

 

159,955

 

Financial assets – non current & Investments – equity method

 

2,475

 

2,434

Property plant and equipment

150,055

151,587

Intangible assets

11,914

11,913

Prepaid lease payments

2,520

2,586

Others

5,920

5,510

Total assets

322,490

333,985

Current liabilities:

Short-term borrowings

36,661

41,176

Current portion of bonds payable

0

0

Current portion of long-term borrowings & capital lease obligations

 

1,151

 

2,835

Notes and accounts payable

31,706

35,411

Others

31,239

31,777

Total current liabilities

100,757

 

111,199

 

Bonds payable

31,093

31,270

Long-term borrowings & capital lease obligations

24,751

24,106

Other liabilities

9,241

8,972

Total liabilities

165,842

 

175,547

 

Shareholders of the parent

148,329

150,219

Noncontrolling interest

8,319

 

8,219

 

Total liabilities & shareholders' equity

322,490

333,985

Current Ratio

1.48

 

1.44

 

Net Debt to Equity

0.25

 

0.26

 

[5] Starting in 2015, we prepare financial statements in accordance with Taiwan-IFRS 2013 version. Under Taiwan-IFRS 2013 version, the impact of some newly effected GAAP shall be retroactively applied. The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2014 has been adjusted accordingly.

 

SOURCE Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.



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