By: Jeffrey Wu
Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) Taiwan-listed companies, excluding financial holdings firms, reported an overall 18.43 percent average increase in pre-tax profits for the first half of 2015 thanks to good results in the semiconductor, electronics and plastics sectors, the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corp. (TWSE) said Monday.
The companies’ pre-tax profits totaled a combined NT$902.4 billion (US$11.6 billion) in the first six months of 2015, compared with NT$762 billion recorded a year earlier. Their January-June revenue grew by 0.98 percent year-on-year to NT$12.35 trillion, the TWSE said in a statement.
Among the 785 companies listed in Taiwan, 596 reported profits in the first half of this year, which shows continued profitability among locally listed firms, the TWSE said. The 785 Taiwan-listed companies had an average earnings per share (EPS) of NT$0.94.