ASML is a critical supplier of manufacturing equipment to the world’s biggest chipmakers.
Courtesy Bart van Overbeeke/ASML
ASML, a critical supplier of manufacturing equipment to the semiconductor industry, posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday as demand for chipmaking equipment continues to outstrip supply.
U.S.-listed shares of ASML (ticker: ASML) rose 2.4% in U.S. premarket trading, while the shares trading in Amsterdam (ASML.Netherlands) rose 1.3%. The stock has fallen more than 10% so far this year, in line with a broad decline in the technology sector.
The group reported fourth-quarter net income of €1.8 billion ($2 billion) on sales of €5 billion, delivering earnings per share of €4.39. Analysts had expected income of €1.6 billion — and per-share profit of €3.71 — from sales of €5.1 billion.
Income rose 29% from €1.4 billion a year earlier, while sales increased 16% from €4.3 billion.
“We experienced higher demand for our systems than our production capacity can accommodate. Very strong demand in end markets puts pressure on our customers for more wafer output,” said Peter Wennink, the company’s president and CEO.
Billing itself as “the most important tech company you’ve never heard of,” ASML builds equipment for manufacturing semiconductors, supplying major chip makers including
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM), and
Samsung Electronics (005930.Korea). The global shortage of chips has highlighted the company’s niche business and the important role it plays in the global supply chain.