JERUSALEM : Tower Semiconductor on Thursday reported a better than anticipated rise in quarterly profit, days after Intel Corp stated it deliberate to purchase the Israeli chipmaker.
The firm, beforehand referred to as TowerJazz, earned diluted earnings per share of 55 cents excluding one-time objects within the fourth quarter, up from 34 cents a yr earlier. Revenue rose 19per cent to $412 million, with natural progress up 28per cent.
Chipmakers are seeing a surge in demand as economies get better extra rapidly than anticipated from the pandemic, with some sectors, resembling automaking, reporting shortages.
Tower was forecast to earn EPS of 46 cents on income of $425 million, in accordance to I/B/E/S information from Refinitiv.
For all of 2021, Tower earned an adjusted $1.37 per diluted share, versus 76 cents in 2020. Revenue gained 19per cent to $1.51 billion. Analysts had forecast EPS ex-one offs of $1.53 on income of $1.51 billion.
Tower, which specialises in analogue chips utilized in vehicles, medical sensors and energy administration, has stated it might spend money on gear at its manufacturing websites in Israel, Texas and Japan to increase capability for 200 and 300 millimetre chips.
Intel on Tuesday stated it might purchase Tower for $53 a share, or $5.4 billion to give it entry to extra specialised manufacturing because it positions to reap the benefits of the hovering semiconductor demand.
Tower sometimes points a quarterly outlook nevertheless it stated it might not due to the deal, which is anticipated to shut in about 12 months.
Tower’s shares have risen greater than 40per cent since Intel’s announcement.
(Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by Michael Urquhart)