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AU Optronics Corporation
友達光電
Type
Public company
Traded as NYSE: AUO
Industry Electronics
Founded August 12, 1996
Headquarters Hsinchu, Taiwan
Key people
Paul SL Peng
(Chairman and CEO)
Michael Tsai
(President and COO)
Revenue $12.9 billion USD (2014)
Number of employees
45,000
Website auo.com

AU Optronics (AUO) is a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. It was formed in September 2001 by the merger of Acer Display Technology, Inc. (the former of AUO, established in 1996) and Unipac Optoelectronics Corporation. In October 2006, AUO acquired Quanta Display Inc. AUO has thus been operating production lines of various generations, capable of offering TFT-LCD panels from 1.4 to 85 inches in sizes. AUO was listed in Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) in 2000 and was also the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to have been listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2002. AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in 2008 to provide customers with high efficiency solar solutions.

AUO generated US$12.9 billion in sales revenue in 2014 and now houses a staff of more than 45,000 throughout its global operations spreading across Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the United States, and Europe.

Their distribution network for solar panels covers 26 different countries.

AUO offers advanced display total solutions covering UHD 4K, ultra slim, narrow bezel, curved, transparent displays, LTPS, OLED, and touch solutions. Fabrication plants from Gen 3.5, Gen 4, Gen 4.5, Gen 5, Gen 6, Gen 7.5 to Gen 8.5 have been established to develop a full lineup of applications, offering TFT-LCD panels in sizes ranging from 1.4 inches to 85 inches. AUO is one of the top manufacturers of TFT-LCD panels in the world with a market share of 16.2% in large-sized panels.

AUO owns a myriad of patents for its R&D efforts and was included in the 2014/2015 Ocean Tomo 300 Patent Index.

AUO has shown considerable regard for the protection of the environment and was the first to have introduced the energy management platform. The endeavors made the Company the world’s first manufacturer to have acquired ISO 50001 energy management certification and ISO 14045 eco-efficiency assessment of product systems verification.

Among their major customers, especially for TFT LCD products, there can be mentioned : Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, LG, Philips, Toshiba, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Sharp, Vestel, Beko.

AUO adopts the high quality materials from leading Japanese polysilicon provider M.Setek and AUO Crystal, and collaborates with solar cell leader SunPower to establish a vertically integrated solar value chain. This high efficiency value chain extends from polysilicon, ingots, wafers, solar cells to PV modules. By practicing the "Global Operation, Local Delivery" strategy, customers worldwide could be offered solar module products nearby from Europe, Taiwan, Mainland China, and the United States. Various solar utility projects have also been successfully completed around the world.

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Q reports

Period Date Adjusted Actuals EPS GAAP EPS
Q3 2019 2019-10-29 Future report Set alerts
Q2 2019 2019-07-25 0.00 -0.09
Q1 2019 2019-04-25 -0.12 -0.12
Q4 2018 2019-01-29 0.01 0.10
Q3 2018 2018-11-13 0.12 0.15
Q2 2018 2018-07-26 0.04 0.03
Q1 2018 2018-04-26 0.15 0.15
Q4 2017 2018-02-07 0.15 0.51
Q3 2017 2017-10-26 0.30 0.29
Q2 2017 2017-07-26 0.34 0.33

Ratings

2016-06-29 Upgrade Credit Suisse Neutral to Outperform
2016-06-29 Upgrade Credit Suisse Group AG Neutral to Outperform
2016-04-07 Upgrade Citigroup Inc. Sell to Buy
2016-03-10 Reiterated Rating Drexel Hamilton Hold $2.50
2016-01-11 Upgrade JPMorgan Chase & Co. Underweight to Neutral
2015-10-09 Initiated Coverage Drexel Hamilton Hold $3.40
2015-08-31 Upgrade Sanford C. Bernstein Underperform to Outperform
2015-08-10 Reiterated Rating Cantor Fitzgerald Hold $4.00
2015-07-30 Downgrade KGI Securities Outperform to Neutral
2015-07-29 Reiterated Rating Cantor Fitzgerald Hold $4.00
2015-07-29 Lower Price Target Benchmark Co. Hold $4.75 to $4.00
2015-07-08 Reiterated Rating Cantor Fitzgerald Hold $4.75
2015-06-10 Reiterated Rating Cantor Fitzgerald Hold $4.75
2015-05-08 Reiterated Rating Cantor Fitzgerald Hold $4.75
2015-04-09 Reiterated Rating Cantor Fitzgerald Hold $5.00
2015-02-06 Set Price Target Cantor Fitzgerald Hold $5.00
2015-01-09 Reiterated Rating Cantor Fitzgerald Hold $5.00
2014-10-16 Downgrade Credit Suisse Outperform to Neutral
2014-08-08 Initiated Coverage Societe Generale Buy
2014-07-30 Upgrade Citigroup Inc. Sell to Buy
2014-07-18 Downgrade Sanford C. Bernstein Market Perform to Underperform
2014-01-21 Downgrade Credit Agricole Buy to Outperform
2013-10-15 Downgrade Credit Agricole Buy to Outperform
2013-09-19 Initiated Coverage Cantor Fitzgerald Hold
2011-11-01 Upgrade HSBC Securities Underweight to Overweight
2011-04-18 Upgrade Avian Neutral to Positive
2010-03-26 Downgrade UBS Buy to Neutral
2010-02-23 Downgrade Oppenheimer Perform to Underperform
2009-10-19 Upgrade Deutsche Securities Sell to Buy
2009-04-23 Upgrade Collins Stewart Hold to Buy $14.50
2009-04-21 Upgrade Credit Suisse Neutral to Outperform
2009-03-10 Downgrade UBS Buy to Neutral
2009-02-03 Initiated Oppenheimer Perform
2009-01-14 Upgrade HSBC Securities Neutral to Overweight $23.90 to $38.50
2008-12-15 Downgrade Credit Suisse Outperform to Neutral
2008-09-16 Upgrade Credit Suisse Neutral to Outperform
2008-07-02 Initiated Collins Stewart Hold $16.50
2008-06-03 Downgrade Credit Suisse Outperform to Neutral
2008-03-20 Initiated Jefferies & Co Buy $25
2008-01-09 Upgrade Lehman Brothers Equal-weight to Overweight
2007-07-27 Upgrade HSBC Securities Neutral to Overweight
2007-06-04 Initiated Credit Suisse Outperform
2007-05-09 Downgrade Lehman Brothers Overweight to Equal-weight
2016-06-29 Upgrade Credit Suisse Neutral to Outperform
2016-06-29 Upgrade Credit Suisse Group AG Neutral to Outperform
2016-04-07 Upgrade Citigroup Inc. Sell to Buy
2016-03-10 Reiterated Rating Drexel Hamilton Hold $2.50
2016-01-11 Upgrade JPMorgan Chase & Co. Underweight to Neutral

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