Mr. Wu added, "Moving to our first quarter 2011 guidance, we expect revenues to remain flat or go up slightly, with our non-driver products to account for over 10% of the total sales, the first time in our history. However, we expect gross margin to decline within 1 percentage point. The decline in gross margin is primarily due to certain ramping-up expenses involved in non-driver products in their early stage of mass production. With further shipment ramp-up, we do expect non-driver products to contribute positively to our overall gross margin soon after this quarter. As mentioned earlier, R&D expenses are projected to increase from last quarter. Finally, our GAAP earnings per ADS is expected to be in the range of 1-2 cents."
Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details
The Company's management will review detailed fourth quarter 2010 results on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 6:00 PM NYC (7:00 AM, Thursday, February 10, Taiwan time). The conference dial-in numbers are +1-201-689-8471 (international) and +1-877-407-4018 (U.S. domestic). A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at www.himax.com.tw . The playback will be available beginning two hours after the call through 1:00 PM Taiwan time on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 (midnight U.S. Eastern Standard Time) at www.himax.com.tw and by telephone at +1-858-384-5517 (international) or +1-877-870-5176 (U.S. domestic). The conference ID number is 364670.
About Himax Technologies, Inc.Himax Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, and markets semiconductors that are critical components of flat panel displays. The Company's principal products are display drivers for large-sized TFT-LCD panels, which are used in desktop monitors, notebook computers and televisions, and display drivers for small- and medium-sized TFT-LCD panels, which are used in mobile handsets and consumer electronics products such as netbook computers, digital cameras, mobile gaming devices, portable DVD players, digital photo frame and car navigation displays. In addition, the Company is expanding its product offerings to include timing controllers, touch controller ICs, LCD TV and monitor chipset solutions, LCOS projector solutions, power management ICs, CMOS Image Sensors, Infinitely Color Technology and 2D to 3D conversion solutions. Based in Tainan, Taiwan, the Company has regional offices in Hsinchu and Taipei, Taiwan; Ninbo, Foshan, Fuqing, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Shenzhen, China; Yokohama and Matsusaka, Japan; Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea; and Irvine, California, USA.