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AU Optronics Corp. Reports 3Q2011 Financial Results

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

AU Optronics Corp. Reports 3Q2011 Financial Results03:13 EDT Tuesday, October 25, 2011HSINCHU, Taiwan, Oct. 25, 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 third quarter of 2011(1). AUO posted consolidated revenue of NT$98,927 million (US$ 3,249 million)(2), up 0.9% from the previous quarter. Gross profit was at -NT$9,142 million (-US$ 300 million), with the gross margin of -9.2%. Operating loss was at NT$16,818 million (US$ 552 million), with the operating margin of -17%. AUO's net loss for the third quarter was at NT$15,796 million (US$ 519 million). Net loss attributable to equity holders of the parent company was NT$15,810 million (US$ 519 million), with basic EPS of -NT$1.79 per common share (-US$0.59 per ADR).3Q2011 Result HighlightsAUO's unaudited consolidated results for the third quarter of 2011 were highlighted as below: Revenue of NT$98,927 million, up 0.9% quarter-over-quarterNet loss of NT$15,796 millionBasic EPS of -NT$1.79 per common shareGross margin of -9.2%Operating margin of -17%EBITDA(3) margin of 5.6%In the third quarter of 2011, shipments for AUO's large-sized panels reached around 29.7 million units, up slightly by 0.2% quarter-over-quarter.  Shipments for small and medium-sized panels were around 52 million units, up 14.4% quarter-over-quarter."In the third quarter of 2011, overall panel prices were on the decline. Therefore, although our panel shipments increased slightly quarter over quarter, the revenues were comparable to those of the previous quarter," said Mr. Andy Yang, Chief Financial Officer of AUO. "However, with proper inventory management, our inventory turnover days improved from 46 days in the second quarter to 44 days this quarter. In addition, our EBITDA margin remains positive at around 5.6%".Facing the uncertain factor of the global macro-economy, AUO's management team plans to enhance the Company's cash flow management, proactively control the capital expenditures, and timely adjust the capacity utilization rates through prioritizing orders with better profitability. Meanwhile, AUO will endeavor to develop new clientele and offer tailored products for different market segments. To prepare for the next-generation mainstream products and services, the Company will persistently invest in value-added technologies, such as AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panels, high-end AMOLED displays and integrated touch solutions, which enable the company to provide a full series of products with a wide range of sizes to fulfill customer requirements in various fields and aspects.(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 NTD30.45:USD1 based on Federal Reserve Bank of New York, USA as of September 30, 2011. (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 3rd, 2011.SOURCE AU Optronics CorporationFor further information: Freda Lee, Corporate Communications Division, AU Optronics Corp., Tel: +886-3-5008800 ext 3206, Fax: +886-3-5772730, Email: freda.lee@auo.com; Yawen Hsiao, Corporate Communications Division, AU Optronics Corp., +886-3-5008800 ext 3211, +886-3-5772730, yawen.hsiao@auo.com