Taiwan Semi's AI Boom and US Expansion Set to Drive Q1 Earnings Growth

Zinger Key Points
  • TSMC set for 5% profit rise, driven by AI demand and strategic US investments.
  • TSMC's revenue climbs 16.5%, AI and U.S. expansion bolster leading chipmaker's position.

Key Taiwanese contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co TSM expects to report a 5% rise in first-quarter profit on Thursday backed by robust demand.

The artificial intelligence boom helped the Apple Inc AAPL and Nvidia Corp NVDA supplier to battle the correction of pandemic-induced electronics demand and reach a record high.

According to an LSEG SmartEstimate, TSMC will likely report a net profit of T$217.2 billion ($6.71 billion) for the quarter ended March 31, compared to T$206.9 billion last year, Reuters reports.

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TSMC recently reported 16.5% revenue growth, surpassing Wall Street estimates and at the high end of the company’s guidance. The company boosted its total investment in the U.S. to over 60% to $65 billion, backed by a $6.6 billion federal grant and $5 billion in loans to produce 2-nanometer chips.

Taiwan’s Eastspring Investments VP Eric Yao credited the $6.6 billion in U.S. subsidies for TSMC’s new Arizona plants with helping it maintain its moat, dismissing the prospects of Intel Corp INTC and Samsung catching up.

Recently, Intel disclosed aggravating operating losses for its foundry business. Meanwhile, TSMC shared its plans to build a third fab in Arizona.

Fubon Securities analysts expect TSMC to revise its outlook for AI demand in future years. They expect the chipmaker to account for the high teens of its revenue by 2025.

TSMC stock gained over 59% in the last 12 months. Investors can gain exposure to the stock via VanEck Semiconductor ETF SMH and iIShares Semiconductor ETF SOXX.

Price Action: TSM shares closed lower by 1.67% at $140.14 on Monday.

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