ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. Reports Unaudited Consolidated Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2021

TAIPEI, Taiwan, R.O.C., April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. (TAIEX: 3711, NYSE: ASX) ("We", "ASEH", or the "Company"), the leading provider of semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly and test, today reported unaudited net revenues[1] of NT$119,470 million for 1Q21, up by 23% year-over-year and down by 20% sequentially.  Net income attributable to shareholders of the parent for the quarter totaled NT$8,565 million, up from a net income attributable to shareholders of the parent of NT$3,899 million in 1Q20 and down from a net income attributable to shareholders of the parent of NT$10,044 million in 4Q20.  Basic earnings per share for the quarter were NT$1.99 (or US$0.141 per ADS), compared to NT$0.92 for 1Q20 and NT$2.35 for 4Q20.  Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were NT$1.94 (or US$0.137 per ADS), compared to NT$0.89 for 1Q20 and NT$2.30 for 4Q20.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

1Q21 Results Highlights -- Consolidated

  • Net revenue contribution from packaging operations, testing operations, EMS operations and others, each represented approximately 50%, 9%, 40% and 1%, respectively, of total net revenues for the quarter.
  • Cost of revenue was NT$97,442 million for the quarter, down from NT$125,578 million in 4Q20.
    • Raw material cost totaled NT$55,635 million for the quarter, representing 47% of total net revenues.
    • Labor cost totaled NT$15,788 million for the quarter, representing 13% of total net revenues.
    • Depreciation, amortization and rental expenses totaled NT$12,045 million for the quarter.
  • Gross margin increased 2.7 percentage points to 18.4% in 1Q21 from 15.7% in 4Q20.
  • Operating margin was 9.3% in 1Q21, compared to 7.6% in 4Q20.
  • In terms of non-operating items:
    • Net interest expense was NT$572 million.
    • Net foreign exchange loss of NT$224 million was primarily attributable to the appreciation of U.S. dollar against New Taiwan dollar.
    • Gain on valuation of financial assets and liabilities was NT$391 million.
    • Net gain on equity-method investments was NT$149 million.
    • Other net non-operating income of NT$528 million was primarily attributable to miscellaneous income.  Total non-operating income for the quarter was NT$272 million.
  • Income before tax was NT$11,338 million for 1Q21, compared to NT$12,604 million in 4Q20.  We recorded income tax expenses of NT$2,490 million for the quarter, compared to NT$1,839 million in 4Q20.
  • In 1Q21, net income attributable to shareholders of the parent was NT$8,565 million, compared to NT$3,899 million in 1Q20 and NT$10,044 million in 4Q20.
  • Our total number of shares outstanding at the end of the quarter was 4,379,428,032, including treasury stock owned by our subsidiaries.  Our 1Q21 basic earnings per share of NT$1.99 (or US$0.141 per ADS) were based on 4,303,255,776 weighted average numbers of shares outstanding in 1Q21.  Our 1Q21 diluted earnings per share of NT$1.94 (or US$0.137 per ADS) were based on 4,357,714,464 weighted average number of shares outstanding in 1Q21.

1Q21 Results Highlights – ATM[2]

  • Cost of revenues was NT$55,760 million for the quarter, down by 1% sequentially.
    • Raw material cost totaled NT$18,296 million for the quarter, representing 25% of total net revenues.
    • Labor cost totaled NT$13,349 million for the quarter, representing 18% of total net revenues.
    • Depreciation, amortization and rental expenses totaled NT$11,104 million for the quarter.
  • Gross margin increased 1.8 percentage points to 24.4% in 1Q21 from 22.6% in 4Q20.
  • Operating margin was 13.4% in 1Q21, compared to 11.0% in 4Q20.

1Q21 Results Highlights – EMS

  • Cost of revenues for the quarter was NT$43,540 million, down by 40% sequentially.
    • Raw material cost totaled NT$37,227 million for the quarter, representing 78% of total net revenues.
    • Labor cost totaled NT$2,342 million for the quarter, representing 5% of total net revenues.
    • Depreciation, amortization and rental expenses totaled NT$813 million for the quarter.
  • Gross margin decreased 0.1 percentage points to 8.7% in 1Q21 from 8.8% in 4Q20.
  • Operating margin was 2.8% in 1Q21, compared to 4.4% in 4Q20.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

  • Capital expenditures in 1Q21 totaled US$471 million, of which US$337 million were used in packaging operations, US$118 million in testing operations, US$11 million in EMS operations and US$5 million in interconnect materials operations and others.
  • As of March 31, 2021, total unused credit lines amounted to NT$255,198 million.
  • Current ratio was 1.44 and net debt to equity ratio was 0.61 as of March 31, 2021.
  • Total number of employees was 101,785 as of March 31, 2021, compared to 101,981 as of December 31, 2020.

BUSINESS REVIEW

Customers

ATM CONSOLIDATED BASIS

  • Our five largest customers together accounted for approximately 44% of our total net revenues both in 1Q21 and 4Q20.  Two customers each accounted for more than 10% of our total net revenues in 1Q21 individually.
  • Our top 10 customers contributed 55% of our total net revenues both in 1Q21 and 4Q20.
  • Our customers that are integrated device manufacturers or IDMs accounted for 31% of our total net revenues in 1Q21, compared to 32% in 4Q20. 

EMS BASIS

  • Our five largest customers together accounted for approximately 73% of our total net revenues in 1Q21, compared to 86% in 4Q20.  One customer accounted for more than 10% of our total net revenues in 1Q21.
  • Our top 10 customers contributed 80% of our total net revenues in 1Q21, compared to 90% in 4Q20.

About ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd.

ASEH is the leading provider of semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly and test.  The Company develops and offers complete turnkey solutions covering front-end engineering test, wafer probing and final test, as well as IC packaging, materials and electronic manufacturing services through USI with superior technologies, breakthrough innovations, and advanced development programs.  With advanced technological capabilities and a global presence spanning Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Mexico as well as the United States and Europe, ASEH has established a reputation for reliable, high quality products and services. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.aseglobal.com.

Safe Harbor Notice

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Although these forward-looking statements, which may include statements regarding our future results of operations, financial condition or business prospects, are based on our own information and information from other sources we believe to be reliable, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this presentation. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan" and similar expressions, as they relate to us, are intended to identify these forward-looking statements in this presentation. These forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of our senior management and our actual results of operations, financial condition or business prospects may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements for reasons including, among others, risks associated with cyclicality and market conditions in the semiconductor or electronic industry; changes in our regulatory environment, including our ability to comply with new or stricter environmental regulations and to resolve environmental liabilities; demand for the outsourced semiconductor packaging, testing and electronic manufacturing services we offer and for such outsourced services generally; the highly competitive semiconductor or manufacturing industry we are involved in; our ability to introduce new technologies in order to remain competitive; international business activities; our business strategy; our future expansion plans and capital expenditures; the strained relationship between the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China; general economic and political conditions; the recent shift in United States trade policies; possible disruptions in commercial activities caused by natural or human-induced disasters; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; and other factors.  For a discussion of these risks and other factors, please see the documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the 2020 Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on April 6, 2021.

Supplemental Financial Information

Consolidated Operations


1Q/21

4Q/20

1Q/20

EBITDA (NT$ Millions)

24,940

26,130

19,061


ATM Consolidated Operations


1Q/21

4Q/20

1Q/20

Net Revenues (NT$ Millions)

73,767

72,752

66,209

Revenues by Application




Communication

50%

52%

54%

Computing

14%

14%

15%

Automotive, Consumer & Others

36%

34%

31%

Revenues by Type




Bumping, Flip Chip, WLP & SiP

34%

35%

38%

Wirebonding

40%

39%

36%

Discrete and Others

9%

9%

7%

Testing

15%

15%

17%

Material

2%

2%

2%

Capacity & EBITDA




CapEx (US$ Millions)*

460

359

394

EBITDA (NT$ Millions)

22,566

21,822

17,693

Number of Wirebonders

27,574

26,461

24,780

Number of Testers

5,862

5,680

5,554


EMS Operations


1Q/21

4Q/20

1Q/20

Net Revenues (NT$ Millions)

47,693

79,149

32,727

Revenues by End Application




Communication

39%

45%

36%

Computing & Storage

7%

4%

14%

Consumer

33%

39%

33%

Industrial

14%

8%

11%

Automotive

5%

3%

6%

Others

2%

1%

0%

Capacity 




CapEx (US$ Millions)*

11

19

15

* Capital expenditure excludes building construction costs.

 

ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd.

Summary of Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income Data

 (In NT$ millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



For the three months ended


Mar. 31

2021


Dec. 31

2020


Mar. 31

2020

Net revenues:






Packaging

59,033


57,260


51,613

Testing

11,130


10,667


11,563

EMS

47,684


79,141


32,721

Others

1,623


1,809


1,460

Total net revenues

119,470


148,877


97,357







Cost of revenues

(97,442)


(125,578)


(81,201)

Gross profit

22,028


23,299


16,156







Operating expenses:






Research and development

(4,769)


(4,929)


(4,609)

Selling, general and administrative

(6,193)


(7,124)


(5,484)

Total operating expenses

(10,962)


(12,053)


(10,093)

Operating income

11,066


11,246


6,063







Non-operating (expenses) income:






Interest expense, net

(572)


(592)


(893)

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

(224)


51


(324)

Gain (loss) on valuation of financial assets and liabilities

391


165


186

Gain (loss) on equity-method investments

149


169


(39)

Others

528


1,565


244

Total non-operating income (expenses)

272


1,358


(826)

Income before tax

11,338


12,604


5,237







Income tax expense

(2,490)


(1,839)


(1,175)

Income from continuing operations and
  
before non-controlling interest

8,848


10,765


4,062

Non-controlling interest

(283)


(721)


(163)







Net income attributable to
  
shareholders of the parent

 

8,565


 

10,044


 

3,899







Per share data:






Earnings (losses) per share






– Basic

NT$1.99


NT$2.35


NT$0.92

– Diluted

NT$1.94


NT$2.30


NT$0.89







Earnings (losses) per equivalent ADS






– Basic

US$0.141


US$0.163


US$0.061

– Diluted

US$0.137


US$0.160


US$0.060







Number of weighted average shares used in
  
diluted EPS calculation (in thousands)

4,357,714


4,295,951


4,280,990







FX (NTD/USD)

28.30


28.78


30.00

 

ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd.

Summary of Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income Data – ATM

 (In NT$ millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



For the three months ended


Mar. 31

2021


Dec. 31

2020


Mar. 31

2020

Net revenues:






Packaging

61,545


60,825


53,600

Testing

11,131


10,667


11,566

Direct Material

1,044


1,229


1,014

Others

47


31


29

Total net revenues

73,767


72,752


66,209







Cost of revenues

(55,760)


(56,274)


(52,875)

Gross profit

18,007


16,478


13,334







Operating expenses:






Research and development

(3,697)


(3,882)


(3,648)

Selling, general and administrative

(4,392)


(4,594)


(4,114)

Total operating expenses

(8,089)


(8,476)


(7,762)

Operating income

9,918


8,002


5,572







 

ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd.

Summary of Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income Data – EMS

 (In NT$ millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



For the three months ended


Mar. 31

2021


Dec. 31

2020


Mar. 31

2020







Net revenues

47,693


79,149


32,727







Cost of revenues

(43,540)


(72,153)


(29,679)

Gross profit

4,153


6,996


3,048







Operating expenses:






Research and development

(1,097)


(1,073)


(983)

Selling, general and administrative

(1,723)


(2,460)


(1,294)

Total operating expenses

(2,820)


(3,533)


(2,277)

Operating income

1,333


3,463


771







 

ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd.

Summary of Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

(In NT$ millions)

(Unaudited)



As of Mar. 31, 2021


As of Dec. 31, 2020









Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents



73,783




51,538

Financial assets – current



5,114




4,894

Notes and accounts receivable



81,726




91,834

Inventories



66,949




61,988

Others



14,629




13,759

Total current assets



242,201




224,013









Financial assets – non-current & Investments – equity

  method



 

18,797




 

17,041

Property plant and equipment



236,865




233,207

Right-of-use assets



8,953




8,621

Intangible assets



79,942




80,930

Others



19,471




19,279

Total assets



606,229




583,091









Current liabilities:








Short-term borrowings



41,186




34,598

Current portion of bonds payable & Current portion of 
   long-term borrowings



 

8,133




 

11,220

Notes and accounts payable



62,059




73,268

Others



56,472




52,811

Total current liabilities



167,850




171,897









Bonds payable



48,457




49,254

Long-term borrowings[3]



124,247




108,170

Other liabilities



19,570




19,513

Total liabilities



360,124




348,834









Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent



229,758




218,635

Non-controlling interests



16,347




15,622

Total liabilities & shareholders' equity



606,229




583,091

















Current Ratio



1.44




1.30

Net Debt to Equity Ratio



0.61




0.65

 

ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd.

Summary of Consolidated Cash Flow Statements

(In NT$ millions)

 (Unaudited)




For the three months ended



Mar. 31


Dec. 31


Mar. 31


2021

2020

2020

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:







Income before tax


11,338


12,604


5,237

Depreciation & amortization


13,046


12,764


12,687

Other operating activities items


(8,633)


2,754


(4,476)

Net cash generated from operating activities


15,751


28,122


13,448

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:







     Net payments for property, plant and equipment


(14,053)


(15,139)


(13,605)

Other investment activities items


(205)


(4,859)


(205)

Net cash used in investing activities


(14,258)


(19,998)


(13,810)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:







Net proceeds from (repayment of) loans


19,600


(15,686)


13,890

Other financing activities items


1,613


989


194

Net cash generated from (used in) financing activities


21,213


(14,697)


14,084

Foreign currency exchange effect


(461)


638


(24)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


22,245


(5,935)


13,698

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period


51,538


55,814


60,131

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period


73,783


49,879


73,829

Cash and cash equivalents in the consolidated balance sheet


73,783


51,538


73,829

Cash and cash equivalents included in disposal groups held for sale


-


(1,659)


-









 

[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.

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

[3] Long-term borrowings include long-term loans and bills payable.

Investor Relations Contact:
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Tel: +886.2.6636.5678
http://www.aseglobal.com

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