Form 6-K

1934 Act Registration No. 1-14700





Washington, DC 20549







PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 OF


For the month of October 2015



Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

Company Ltd.

(Translation of Registrant’s Name Into English)



No. 8, Li-Hsin Rd. 6,

Hsinchu Science Park,


(Address of Principal Executive Offices)



(Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.)

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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd.
Date: October 15, 2015       By  

/s/ Lora Ho

        Lora Ho
        Vice President & Chief Financial Officer


TSMC Reports Third Quarter EPS of NT$2.91

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., October 15, 2015 - TSMC today announced consolidated revenue of NT$212.51 billion, net income of NT$75.33 billion, and diluted earnings per share of NT$2.91 (US$0.46 per ADR unit) for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Year-over-year, third quarter revenue increased 1.7% while net income and diluted EPS both decreased 1.3%. Compared to second quarter 2015, third quarter results represent a 3.4% increase in revenue, and a 5.1% decrease in net income. All figures were prepared in accordance with TIFRS on a consolidated basis.

In US dollars, third quarter revenue was $6.67 billion, which was essentially flat with the previous quarter but decreased 4.3% year-over-year.

Gross margin for the quarter was 48.2%, operating margin was 36.9%, and net profit margin was 35.4%. Due to the termination of TSMC Solar operation in third quarter, TSMC incurred a loss of NT$2.8 billion, which negatively impacted operating profit margin by about 1.3 percentage points and EPS by about NT$0.08.

Shipments of 16/20-nanometer accounted for 21% of wafer revenues, and 28-nanometer process technology accounted for 27% of total wafer revenues. Advanced technologies, defined as 28-nanometer and more advanced technologies, accounted for 48% of total wafer revenues.

“Due to a more favorable exchange rate between the NT dollar and the US dollar, TSMC’s third quarter revenue exceeded the high end of the guidance given in July,” said Lora Ho, SVP and Chief Financial Officer of TSMC. “The ramp of our 16-nanometer technologies, which started in third quarter, accelerates in fourth quarter and is expected to contribute to fourth quarter revenue more significantly. Based on our current business outlook and exchange rate assumption of 1 US dollar to 32.71 NT dollars, management expects overall performance for fourth quarter 2015 to be as follows”:


  Revenue is expected to be between NT$201 billion and NT$204 billion;


  Gross profit margin is expected to be between 47.5% and 49.5%;


  Operating profit margin is expected to be between 36.5% and 38.5%.

The management also states 2015 capital budget to be about US$8 billion.


TSMC’s 2015 third quarter consolidated results :


     (Unit: NT$ million, except for EPS)  
Inc. (Dec.) %
Inc. (Dec.) %

Net sales

     212,505         209,049         1.7         205,440         3.4   

Gross profit

     102,336         105,575         (3.1      99,705         2.6   

Income from operations

     78,389         84,427         (7.2      77,069         1.7   

Income before tax

     83,394         85,376         (2.3      98,132         (15.0

Net income

     75,330         76,331         (1.3      79,417         (5.1


     2.91 b       2.94 b       (1.3      3.06 b       (5.1


a: 3Q2015 figures have not been approved by Board of Directors
b: Based on 25,930 million weighted average outstanding shares

About TSMC

TSMC is the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry’s leading process technology and the foundry’s largest portfolio of process-proven libraries, IPs, design tools and reference flows. The Company’s owned capacity in 2015 is expected to be above 9 million (12-inch equivalent) wafers, including capacity from three advanced 12-inch GIGAFAB facilities, four eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC’s wholly owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC China. TSMC is the first foundry to provide both 20nm and 16nm production capabilities. Its corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please visit

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TSMC Spokesperson:

Lora Ho

Senior VP & CFO

Tel: 886-3-505-4602

  TSMC Acting Spokesperson:

Elizabeth Sun


Corporate Communication

Tel: 886-3-568-2085

Mobile: 886-988-937-999


  For Further Information:

Michael Kramer

Project Manager

Tel: 886-3-563-6688

Ext. 7125031

Mobile: 886-988-931-352




Hui-Chung Su


PR Department

Tel: 886-3-563-6688

Ext. 7125033

Mobile: 886-988-930-039