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AU Optronics übernimmt Waferhersteller M.Setek


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Taipeh 22.06.2009 (www.emfis.com) AU Optronics übernimmt den Solarzellen-Hersteller M. Setek. Wie das taiwanesische Unternehmen heute bekannt gab, investiere es in den japanischen Wafer-Produzenten zunächst 125 Millionen Dollar. Damit sichere man sich einen Mehrheitsanteil. Weitere Zukäufe sollen von der weiteren Geschäftsentwicklung bei M. Setek abhängig gemacht werden.

Daneben gab der taiwanesische Flachbildschirm-Produzent bekannt, ein Venture-Unternehmen mit dem chinesischen Konkurrenten Sichuan Changhong Electric aufzubauen. Im Zuge dessen solle in der Provinz Sichuan ein Gemeinschaftswerk aufgebaut werden, in dem die beiden Unternehmen Bildschirme für Fernseher, LCD-Monitore und entsprechende Komponenten produzieren würden. AU Optronics werde umgerechnet rund 14,6 Millionen Dollar in das Gemeinschaftsunternehmen investieren, und dafür 51 Prozent der Anteile erhalten. Die Maßnahme soll dem Unternehmen dabei helfen, verstärkt von der hohen chinesischen Nachfrage nach Unterhaltungselektronik zu profitieren.
AU Optronics to purchase majority share in major Japanese polysilicon producer
22 June 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Materials


Taiwan based AU Optronics Corp is to make an initial US$125 million investment in Japanese polysilicon producer, M.Setek with the aim of gradually becoming the majority shareholder in the company as it makes a move to strengthen its position in the renewable energies market.

“This will mark a major step forward for AUO’s endeavor in energy business,” said K.Y. Lee, Chairman of AUO. “We are very much looking forward to collaborating with M.Setek, jointly bringing greater inputs to solar energy sources and providing better renewable energy solutions.”

In May, 2009 AU Optronics established AUO Energy Taiwan Corp (AET), with the intention of becoming an integrated renewable energy provider.

M.Setek is currently the 7th largest polysilicon producer in the world and has aggressive capacity expansion plans in place to reach over 30,000MT production by 2012. If the project is successful, M.Setek would become the 3rd largest producer by the end of 2012.
Hsinchu, Taiwan, - (June 22, 2009)


AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today announced its decision, as resolved by its Board of Directors on June 19th, to subscribe new shares to be issued by M.Setek, which is a major polysilicon and monocrystal silicon wafers manufacturer in Japan. Such investment is for AUO to secure key materials in the solar industry and strengthen its strategic position in energy business. AUO’s preliminary plan is to invest US$125 million taking majority shareholding of M.Setek gradually, with investment amount to be finalized depending on future development of the investee.

Being a major supplier to renowned solar cell companies around the world, M.Setek is a company with leading technology that realizes high conversion rate of monocrystal silicon wafers for solar cells. Its capabilities and high-efficient products have always been highly recognized in the Industry. “This will mark a major step forward for AUO’s endeavor in energy business,” said K.Y. Lee, Chairman of AUO. “We are very much looking forward to collaborating with M.Setek, jointly bringing greater inputs to solar energy sources and providing better renewable energy solutions.”

Dr. L.J. Chen, President and CEO of AUO, also expressed that after extensive and careful planning, as well as the establishment of a dedicated R&D team, AUO’s energy business, guided by the strategy of total solution, has been proactively making sound presences throughout the value chain of energy business, aiming to offer the finest integrated technology and services to the world. This includes the collaborations with system house for photovoltaics (PV) in a bit to swiftly accumulate capabilities in system integration and design at the end market.

Furthermore, the Company has established a 100%-owned energy company called AUO Energy Taiwan Corp. (AET) presided by Max Cheng as the Chairman in May 2009, which dedicates to provide integrated technical supports in energy system. The AET will provide more extensive value-added services in the future, including installation of energy system fueled by solar or other renewable energies for power plants, industrial facilities, commercial buildings and households. Currently, the AET together with system providers is actively participating in relevant solar energy projects in Taiwan and around the world.

Chairman Lee also emphasized that AUO has already possessed sound energy- efficient technologies in TFT-LCD Industry and by acquiring integrated capacities in both solar upstream and downstream industry, it is hoped that AUO will swiftly establish its leading presence in energy Industry. “More importantly, by injecting more resources and efforts, we hope to see the realization of renewable energy products with higher efficiency in a bit to solve human beings’ energy needs in the long run, as well as to protect the Earth.” he added.
AU Optronics to Purchase Majority Shares in M.Setek
Jun 29, 2009 15:06
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AU Optronics Corp (AUO) has announced plans to invest US$125 million in taking a majority shareholding of M.Setek, in order to secure key materials in the solar industry and strengthen its strategic position in the energy business.

M.Setek is a major polysilicon and monocrystal silicon wafer manufacturer in Japan; its technology realizes a high conversion rate of monocrystal silicon wafers for solar cells.

"This will mark a major step forward for AUO's endeavor in the energy business," said K Y Lee, chairman of AUO. "We are very much looking forward to collaborating with M.Setek, jointly bringing greater inputs to solar energy sources and providing better renewable energy solutions."

The company established an energy company called AUO Energy Taiwan Corp (AET) in May 2009, which is dedicated to providing integrated technical support in energy systems. AET will provide more extensive value-added services in the future, including installation of energy system fueled by solar or other renewable energies for power plants, industrial facilities, commercial buildings and households.
AU Optronics takes 50% share in M. Setek

Saturday 04th July, 04:30 AM JST

TOKYO —

AU Optronics Corp. will buy a 50 percent share in polycrystalline silicon maker M. Setek Co., Ltd. of Japan for US$125 million. The acquisition will offer AUO access to the solar-energy business, which the LCD maker has been watching for a while. The company chairman, K.Y. Lee, said green-energy industries have become attractive to big enterprises, with energy saving and clean energy emerging as trends.

AUO, Taiwan’s No.1 manufacturer of thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, will become another major Taiwanese enterprise to enter into the solar-energy industry, trailing heavyweights such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC), Formosa Plastics Corp. and Tatung Corp. Founded to produce monocrystalline-silicon wafers, M. Setek recently diversified into production of polycrystalline silicon. The company now puts out 3,000 metric tons of polycrystalline silicon a year, enough for making 300 megawatts of solar cells.
23.07.2009 09:12
AU Optronics Corp. Reports 2Q2009 Results

HSINCHU, Taiwan, July 23 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today announced unaudited results for 2Q2009. AUO posted second-quarter consolidated revenue of NT$82.5 billion (US$2.5 billion), net loss of NT$6.6 billion (US$ 201 million), and net loss attributable to equity holders of the parent company NT$6.8 billion (US$208 million). This represented an EPS of NT$ -0.80 per common share (US$ -0.24 per ADR unit), substantially improved from an EPS of NT$ -2.39 a quarter ago.

As for the first half of 2009, AUO reported consolidated revenues of NT$133.2 billion (US$4.1 billion), net loss of NT$26.8 billion (US$818 million), and basic EPS of NT$ -3.19 per common share (US$ -0.97 per ADR.)

Second Quarter Result Highlights -- Revenue of NT$82.5 billion, up 62.6% remarkably -- Net loss of NT$6.6 billion (EPS of NT$ -0.80 per common share) -- Gross margin of 1.4% -- Operating margin of -5.4% -- EBITDA (*) margin of 21.5%

In the second quarter of 2009, AUO beat Q2 guidance and shipped 22.4 million of large-sized panels and 60.8 million units of small- and medium-sized panels, up 70.4% and 41.7% QoQ, respectively. For the first half of 2009, AUO large-sized panels totaled 35.6 million units and small- and medium-sized panels grew considerably to 103.8 million units.

"Driven by much better end demand, our operating results improved significantly from previous quarter. Supported by better average selling price, higher utilization rates, and continuous efforts on cost reduction, the Company was able to turn profitable on gross margins," said Mr. Andy Yang, Chief Financial Officer of AUO. "As a result, the EBITDA (*) margin rose sharply to 21.5%, compared to 1.7% a quarter ago. Our Inventory Turnover Days was also maintained at historical low level of 32 days.

"Thanks to the strong supports from our customers, vendors and AUO employees, the Company was able to timely sharpen itself in the downturn and further strengthen its competitiveness amid the macroeconomic challenges," highlighted Dr. L.J. Chen, President and CEO of AUO.

"On top of the ongoing efforts on the environmental-friendly products, AUO will continue to develop in new technology and high-value products, such as E-paper or E-labels," added Dr. Chen. "In addition, we have started investing in solar PV and expect energy business to serve as an additional growth driver in the future, truly making the Company as a global leader in green solutions."

(*) EBITDA=Operating Income +D&A * Amounts converted by an exchange rate of NTD32.77:USD1 as of June 30, 2009. * All financial information was unaudited and was prepared by the Company in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in Taiwan ("ROC GAAP") ABOUT AU OPTRONICS

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is the worldwide top 3 manufacturer* of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels (TFT-LCD). AUO is able to provide customers a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications, offering TFT-LCD panels in sizes ranging from 1.2 inches to greater than 65 inches. AUO generated NT$423.9 billion (US$12.9 billion) in sales revenue in 2008 and now houses a staff of more than 40,000 employees throughout its global operations spreading across Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the U.S., and Europe. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to successfully list at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). For more information, please visit AUO.com.

* DisplaySearch 4Q2008 WW Large-Area TFT-LCD Shipment Report dated February 25, 2009. This data is used as reference only and AUO does not make any endorsement or representation in connection therewith. 2008 year end revenue converted by an exchange rate of NTD32.76:USD1.
23.07.2009 08:38
Taiwan AU Optronics sees Q3 shipments, prices rising

TAIPEI, July 23 (Reuters) - Taiwan's AU Optronics Corp , the world's No.3 LCD maker, said on Thursday it expected shipments and prices of TV and PC panels to rise in the third quarter from the previous three months, indicating improving global demand.

AU Optronics said in an investors' conference it expected third quarter shipments of TV panels to rise 10 percent from the second quarter, while shipments for PC panels are seen up 20 percent during the same period.

The forecasts came after AU said it posted a net loss of T$6.6 billion ($201 million) in April-June, its third straight quarterly net loss, but the shortfall narrowed from the previous three months on recovering panel sales and prices.

($1=T$32.8)
10/08/2009
Demand surges to recruit PV specialists

Head hunting companies have been looking for experts in photovoltaic (PV) systems and modules on behalf of large enterprises hoping to step into the field, according to industry sources.

The enterprises may include Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), AU Optronics and Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry) as well as China-based makers, the sources pointed out.
AUO aims to ship over 100MWp of PV modules in 2010, says president

Nuying Huang, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Friday 23 October 2009]

AU Optronics (AUO) has begun production of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) modules, with shipments estimated at 15-20MWp (megawatt-peak) in 2009 and over 100MWp in 2010, according to company president & CEO LJ Chen.

The LCD panel maker, which on October 1 established a PV business division, currently produces 1.2m x 1.8m PV module panels each with power-generating capacity of 380-385 watts, Chen said at an investors conference on October 22.

AUO will also begin production of thin-film PV module panels in 2010, Chen noted.


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