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Dow Jones Newswires: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing reports record net profit and revenue on chip demand

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said Thursday that fourth-quarter net profit rose to a new record thanks to growing demand for high-speed computing and better margins.

The world’s largest contract chip maker
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said net profit for the quarter ended Dec. 31 rose 78% from a year earlier to 295.90 billion Taiwan dollars (US$9.72 billion). That beat the estimate of NT$288.08 billion from a poll of analysts by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Fourth-quarter revenue increased 43% from a year earlier to NT$625.53 billion.

Both quarterly revenue and net profit marked new record highs. For 2022, TSMC booked NT$2.264 trillion in revenue and NT$1.017 trillion in net profit — both highest on record.

The company’s operating profit margin improved by 10.3 percentage points from a year earlier to 52.0% in the fourth quarter.

While revenue from smartphones fell 4% from the previous quarter, revenue from high-performance computing increased 10%.

TSMC said revenue from customers in North America accounted for 69% of the fourth-quarter total, down from 72% in the third quarter, while revenue from China made up 12%, up from 8% in the previous quarter.

Write to Kosaku Narioka at kosaku.narioka@wsj.com

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