TSMC posted on Thursday a record high quarterly profit, boosted by demand for devices requiring high-end chips as the pandemic forces people to work from home and for Apple’s new iPhone.
October-December net profit for TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, reached T$142.8 billion ($5.10 billion), 23% higher than a year ago.
That was better than the T$135.39 billion average of 22 analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv.
Revenue for the Apple Inc supplier rose 22% to $12.68 billion, versus its earlier estimated range of $12.4 billion to $12.7 billion.
Analysts said sales of advanced chips have been boosted by strong demand for high-end smartphones including the iPhone 12 as well as for devices equipped with new technology such as fifth-generation (5G) networking and artificial intelligence.
The Taiwanese manufacturer, whose clients also include Qualcomm Inc, has benefited from the COVID-19 pandemic as corporations seek to add more bandwidth for remote workers and people working from home invest in premium devices.
TSMC’s share price has jumped more than 11% in 2021, giving the stock a market value of $560.7 billion.