Taiwanese memory makers expect big losses

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 16 2008 @ 01:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
DigiTimes reports the Taiwanese DRAM industry is hit hard by the low DRAM memory prices:
Some of Taiwan's DRAM makers may for the first time ever incur quarterly losses that are higher than their sales for the first quarter of this year, as prices will remain at low levels amid an oversupply that will only be worsened by continued increases in capacity, according to industry observers.

Losses of Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) are estimated at NT$4.3 billion (US$132.38 million) for December 2007, which are just marginally lower than the NT$4.33 billion in sales for the month, the sources remarked.

ProMOS Technologies is likely to see losses of NT$2.5 billion for December, which comes close to the NT$2.7 billion in sales for the month, the sources said.

Nanya Technology may have turned in a relatively better performance, with losses likely to total NT$2.1 billion against sales of NT$3.2 billion for last month, the sources added.

The sources commented that the December finances for these DRAM makers fuel their worries that first-quarter revenues may not be able to cover quarterly losses.

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