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[News] Applied Materials’ Performance Surges Following Forecast Indicating Chip Sector Recovery

On February 15th, U.S. chip equipment giant Applied Materials released financial results that surpassed expectations, accompanied by an optimistic revenue forecast for the current quarter.

In the previous quarter (Q1 of the fiscal year), Applied Materials recorded a revenue decline of less than 1%, totaling USD 6.71 billion, surpassing the market anticipated USD 6.48 billion. Net profit amounted to USD 2.02 billion or USD 2.41 per share, exceeding the USD 1.72 billion or USD 2.02 per share reported in the same period last year. On an adjusted basis, earnings per share stood at USD 2.13, compared to USD 2.03 in the corresponding period last year, surpassing the previous market expectation of USD 1.90 per share.

Applied Materials forecasts sales for the current quarter (Q2) to range between USD 6.1 billion and USD 6.9 billion, with the midpoint of USD 6.5 billion exceeding market consensus projection of USD 6.34 billion.

Excluding certain items, earnings per share for the quarter ending in April are expected to be between USD 1.79 and USD 2.15. The market anticipated earnings per share of USD 1.80, is at the lower end of this range.

This optimistic outlook suggests a faster-than-expected rebound in the chip industry. As Applied Materials provides equipment to major semiconductor manufacturers, including Samsung Electronics, TSMC, and Intel, its financial forecasts serve as a crucial indicator of future demand in the semiconductor industry’s supply chain.

China emerged as a notable highlight, with sales more than doubling to USD 3 billion, comprising 45% of the company’s overall revenue. CEO Gary Dickerson attributed this surge to a rush to enhance capacity for IoT appliances, communications, the automotive industry, as well as power and sensors. In the telephone interview, Dickerson mentioned this sector as ICAPS.

Although the growth rate in this sector may not be sustained at its current level, the requirement for more chips per device will continue to propel the market forward, indicating that the current expansion is not a bubble.

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Please note that this article cites information from Applied MaterialsEconomic Daily News and Bloomberg.

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