ALERT: ChipMOS Board Authorizes Capital Reduction Plan and Dividend Distribution
HSINCHU, Taiwan, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (TWSE: 8150; NASDAQ: IMOS; "ChipMOS") announced today that its Board of Directors (the "Board") approved a capital reduction plan (the "2018 Capital Reduction Plan"), under which ChipMOS will reduce its capital by 15%. As a result, 15% of the total number of issued shares will be cancelled, proportionately to the shareholding of each of the Company's shareholders (the "Shareholder"). The capital to be returned to each Shareholder will be approximately NT$1.5 per common share or approximately NT$30 per American Depositary Shares ("ADSs"). For the fiscal year 2017, ChipMOS reported earnings per basic share of NT$3.57 or earnings of NT$71.49 per basic ADS. Separately, the Board approved a cash dividend distribution to Shareholders of approximately NT$0.3 per common share or approximately NT$6 per ADS.
Upon approval of the Shareholders and competent authority, each Shareholder will receive an amount calculated by approximately NT$1.8 per common share and each holder of ADS will receive an amount calculated by approximately NT$36 per ADS under the combined 2018 Capital Reduction Plan and separate cash dividend distribution.
As of today, ChipMOS has 886,297,061 shares issued. Under the 2018 Capital Reduction Plan, ChipMOS' capital will be reduced by NT$1,329,445,590 and 132,944,559 shares will be cancelled.
S.J. Cheng, Chairman and President of ChipMOS, said, "We are pleased to reward shareholders with the 2018 Capital Reduction Plan and the approval of our annual dividend. ChipMOS continues to execute on its business plan by securing our strategic leadership with growth platforms in Taiwan, mainland China, the United States and other markets critical to our global customer base. While focusing on profitable revenue growth, margin stability, cash flow growth and building shareholder value, we have achieved considerable success. The 2018 Capital Reduction plan approved by our Board of Directors is the latest action to return capital to our shareholders as we have previously done through both dividends and other cash distributions. We believe the capital reduction will serve to further improve our return on equity, while giving us the proper capital structure to support our customers, and improving the Company's competitiveness, business performance and profit-earning ability."
For information about taxation of Shareholders and ADS' holders, please see information contained in ChipMOS's annual report for the year ended December 31, 2016, on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). ChipMOS advises shareholders and holders of ADSs to consult their own tax advisors with respect to tax aspects of the planned distribution.
About ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC.:
ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 8150 and NASDAQ: IMOS) (http://www.chipmos.com) is an industry leading provider of outsourced semiconductor assembly and test services. With advanced facilities in Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu Industrial Park and Southern Taiwan Science Park in Taiwan, ChipMOS provide assembly and test services to a broad range of customers, including leading fabless semiconductor companies, integrated device manufacturers and independent semiconductor foundries. ChipMOS along with strategic investors, also owns an advanced facility in Shanghai.
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