Taiwan Semi Rides AI Wave, Reports $7.1B Revenue In May

Zinger Key Points
  • TSMC's May sales surged 30% to $7.1 billion, driven by strong AI demand and a recovery in consumer electronics.
  • TSMC produces chips for Nvidia, Apple, and AMD, maintaining high margins and expecting AI to drive a sector-wide recovery in 2024.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co TSMC saw a 30% increase in May sales, reaching $229.6 billion New Taiwan dollars ($7.1 billion), due to high demand for AI and recovering consumer electronics.

As the world’s largest contract chipmaker, TSMC produces semiconductors for Nvidia Corp NVDA, which supplies companies like Microsoft Corp MSFT and OpenAI, Bloomberg reports.

Additionally, global smartphone sales rebounded in early 2023, boosting mobile chip orders.

Also Read: Broadcom Rises As Top AI Chip Supplier After Nvidia, Thanks To Google And Meta Partnerships: Analyst

TSMC maintains high margins, producing advanced AI accelerators for Nvidia and semiconductors for Apple Inc AAPL and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc AMD. CEO C.C. Wei expects AI development to drive a sector-wide recovery in 2024. The company is eying a price hike to tap its moat.

For 2024, TSMC expects a 10% annual growth in the semiconductor industry, excluding memory chips.

Nvidia and Alphabet Inc GOOG GOOGL Google have significantly boosted the number of generative AI unicorns, nearly doubling the count to 37 by the end of April.

This 85% increase from the previous year reflects the tech giants’ investments in promising startups, the Nikkei Asia reports.

Nvidia has invested in seven of the new unicorns, including Canada’s Cohere, while Alphabet has backed four, such as video generation specialist Runway.

The global landscape has also diversified, with ten of the 17 new unicorns based outside the U.S., including China’s 01.AI and France’s Mistral AI. Major tech companies are driving this trend, shifting focus from electric vehicles and fintech to AI, aiming to capture new technologies and talent for expanding their services.

TSMC stock gained 62% in the last 12 months. Investors can gain exposure to the semiconductor sector via First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF FTXL and ProShares UltraShort Semiconductors SSG.

Price Action: TSM shares were trading lower by 0.48% to $161.30 premarket at the last check on Friday.

Disclaimer: This content was partially produced with the help of AI tools and was reviewed and published by Benzinga editors.

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