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AU Optronics Corp. Reports 4Q2010 Financial Results

Thursday, January 27, 2011

AU Optronics Corp. Reports 4Q2010 Financial Results02:24 EST Thursday, January 27, 2011HSINCHU, Taiwan, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today held its investors conference and announced its unaudited results for the fourth quarter of 2010(1). AUO posted consolidated revenue of NT$102,605 million (US$3,521 million) (2), down 17.5% from the previous quarter. Gross profit was at -NT$4,537 million (US$156 million), with the gross margin of -4.4%. Operating loss was at NT$11,080 million (US$380 million), with the operating loss margin of 10.8%. AUO's net loss for the fourth quarter was at NT$11,339 million (US$389 million). Net loss attributable to equity holders of the parent company was NT$11,465 million (US$393 million), with basic EPS of -NT$1.3 per common share (-US$0.45 per ADR). For the year of 2010, AUO reported consolidated revenues of NT$467,158 million (US$16,320 million), with net income of NT$7,408 million (US$254 million) or basic EPS of NT$0.76 per common share (US$0.26 per ADR). In 2010, shipments for AUO's large-sized panels exceeded 113.5 million units, up 26.7% year-over-year. Meanwhile, shipments of small- and medium-sized panels reached around 220.9 million units, down 3.4% year-over-year.4Q2010 Result HighlightsAUO's unaudited consolidated results for the fourth quarter of 2010 were highlighted as below: Revenue of NT$102,605 million, down 17.5% quarter-over-quarterNet loss of NT$11,339 millionBasic EPS of -NT$1.3 per common shareGross margin of -4.4% Operating margin of -10.8%EBITDA (3) margin of 10.7%Fiscal 2010 Result HighlightsAUO reported the following unaudited consolidated results for the full year 2010: Revenue of NT$467,158 million, up 30% year-over-yearNet income of NT$7,408 millionBasic EPS of NT$0.76 per common shareGross margin of 7.8% Operating margin of 2.2%EBITDA (3) margin of 21.3%"Owing to the lower-than-expected TV panel prices, inventory control by the customers, and the currency influence of NT dollar appreciation, AUO's operating performance in the fourth quarter of 2010 fell short of expectations. Fortunately, the Company maintained profitable throughout the year of 2010," said Mr. Andy Yang, Chief Financial Officer of AUO. "As the Company proactively adjusted the capacity utilization rates in the fourth quarter, our quarter-end inventory amounts were able to decrease sequentially. The Company's EBITDA margins also maintained a leading position. In addition, the Company's inventory turnover days remained at 40 days at the end of the fourth quarter, the same as those in the previous quarter."Looking into the first quarter of 2011, as customers' inventory adjustments gradually come to an end, demands are expected to gradually recover. The Company's panel shipments and capacity utilization rates are also expected to improve quarter over quarter. At the same time, AUO will continue to implement the "value-oriented" business strategy in 2011. For example, leading-edge technologies to produce 3D panels, touch modules, OLED displays and other high-end, value-added products are anticipated to enter mass production this year. On the other hand, the Company will continue to strengthen the strategic alliance with customers, and hope to improve the product profitability as well as asset turnover ratios, which could eventually contribute to a better return on equity (ROE).(1) All financial information was unaudited and was prepared by the Company in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in Taiwan ("ROC GAAP")(2) Amounts converted by an exchange rate of NTD29.14:USD1 based on Federal Reserve Bank of New York, USA as of Dec. 31, 2010. (3) EBITDA=Operating Income +D&A, that is, operating income before depreciation and amortization.ABOUT AU OPTRONICSAU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is a global leader of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels (TFT-LCD). AUO is able to provide customers with a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications, offering TFT-LCD panels in sizes ranging from 1.2 inches to greater than 71 inches. AUO generated NT$467.2 billion in sales revenue in 2010 (US$16 billion) with global operations in Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the U.S., and Europe. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in late 2008. The Display and Solar businesses were established respectively as the Company's two core businesses in October, 2010. For more information, please visit AUO.com.* 2010 year end revenue converted at an exchange rate of NTD29.14:USD1.Safe Harbour Notice AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), a global leader of TFT-LCD panels, today announced the above news. Except for statements in respect of historical matters, the statements contained in this Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements were based on our management's expectations, projections and beliefs at the time regarding matters including, among other things, future revenues and costs, financial performance, technology changes, capacity, utilization rates, yields, process and geographical diversification, future expansion plans and business strategy. Such forward looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including risks related to the flat panel display industry, the TFT-LCD market, acceptance of and demand for our products, technological and development risks, competitive factors, and other risks described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11th, 2010.SOURCE AU Optronics CorporationFor further information: Freda Lee, Corporate Communications Division of AU Optronics Corp., +886-3-5008800 ext 3206, Fax: +886-3-5772730, freda.lee@auo.com; Yawen Hsiao, Corporate Communications Division of AU Optronics Corp., +886-3-5008800 ext 3211, +886-3-5772730, yawen.hsiao@auo.com