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Highlights of the day: TSMC raises 2020 outlook

TSMC has reported strong results for second-quarter 2020, thanks to continued robust demand for 5G infrastructure deployments and HPC-related products that was able to offset weaknesses in demand for other applications. Now the foundry house has raise its outlook for 2020, expecting sales growth of more than 20% for the year. Sources from the supply chain estimate that TSMC's wafer start shipments will see a double-digit percentage point gain in third-quarter 2020. The foundry house reportedly is also making Arm-based processors for Apple's next-generation Macs to be launched by year-end 2020p.

TSMC expects 3Q20 revenue to increase 9%, raises outlook: TSMC expects to post revenues of between US$11.2 billion and US$11.5 billion in the third quarter of 2020, which is a 9.3% sequential increase at the midpoint. Gross margin and operating margin for the third quarter are estimated at 50-52% and 39-41%, respectively.

TSMC wafer start shipments expected to post double-digit gains in 3Q20: TSMC's wafer start shipments are likely to post double-digit percentage point gains sequentially in the third quarter due to high capacity utilization rates enjoyed by the pure-play foundry house, according to sources from Taiwan's IC solution suppliers.

TSMC to see orders increase for Arm-based Macs in 2H21: TSMC is expected to see orders for Apple's Macs based on its Arm-based silicon ramp up and contribute substantially to the foundry's wafer sales starting the second half of 2021, according to industry sources.

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