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LITEON Technology reported third quarter consolidated sales of NT$46.2 billion, up 7% Q-o-Q, 10% Y-o-Y, supported by delivery growth from power management in cloud computing, automotive electronics and high-end photocouplers, a record of the same period in 3 years. Thanks to the product-mix optimization, increasing output value and market share gain, gross profit margin was 19.5%, up 0.2ppt Y-o-Y and gross profits reached NT$9 billion; operating profit margin was 9.5%, up 1.1ppt Y-o-Y, operating profit reached NT$4.4 billion. Net profits were NT$4.2 billion, with a record EPS of NT$1.86, up 40% Y-o-Y. Net cash reached NT$36.6 billion, attributable to the aggressive working capital management and strong positive free cash flow generated from operation.
LITEON continues to achieve the goal of profitable growth. Cumulated sales of first nine months of 2022 reached NT$130.4 billion, up 8% Y-o-Y, gross profit margin and operating profit margin were 19.1% and 9%, up 0.1ppt and 1.2ppt Y-o-Y respectively, also a record of the same period. Gross profit and operating profit were NT$24.8 billion and NT$11.7 billion, up 9% and 25% Y-o-Y respectively. Net profit totaled NT$10.3 billion with EPS of NT$4.51. Meanwhile, the R&D expense reached 4% of total sales, up around 20% Y-o-Y, majorly investing in software, firmware and system integration of three core growth business.
“In the third quarter, revenue and operating profit increased by 10% and 25%Y-o-Y respectively; EPS was up by 40% Y-o-Y, a quarterly record. It shows that LITEON continues to achieve the goal of profitable growth, mainly attributable to strong demand for power management in cloud computing, automotive electronics, and high-end opto-electronic semiconductor applications. LITEON gained dominant market share in new models and tenders of major global datacenter customers, as the consequence of investing product development in advanced power systems in the past years. In automotive electronics, we assured smooth delivery growth from LED vehicle lighting, ADAS camera modules and new model launches of EV chargers, and win new business from automotive brands, high-end commercial fleets, as well as European and American charging station operators. Furthermore, the capacity expansion in North America is expected that the power management system for data center and EV chargers will ramp up the trial production in the second half of 2023. Through continuous investment in R&D and related resources, LITEON will further achieve long-term profitability,” said Mr. Anson Chiu, President of LITEON Technology.
In the third quarter, revenue contribution from three business segments all demonstrate profitable growth in terms of sales and operating profit. Cloud and AIoT Business accounted for 34% share of total sales; Opto-electronics contributed 19%; Information and Consumer Electronics accounted for 47%. In addition, Opto-electronics and Cloud & AIoT Businesses have taken over 50% of total revenue since this year, with better gross profit contribution, representing the effectiveness of LITEON’s operational transformation.
Looking ahead, the sequential growth from cloud computing, automotive electronics and high-end photocouplers is expected in Q4. Meanwhile, IT&CE Business will continuously optimize the product-mix, supply chain management and increase high-end product shipment. These trends and optimization are expected to bring stable profit and sales growth. Moreover, LITEON recently exhibited in the OCP (Open Compute Project) Summit in the United States, displaying the latest power management solutions for Open Rack specification. For the first time, LITEON showcased new-generation liquid cooling power solution that has integrated chassis, rack, BBU (Battery Backup Unit), and CDU (Coolant Distribution Unit) as well as other advanced technologies, demonstrating LITEON's self-design capabilities in cloud computing power solutions towards global datacenters.