At its annual meeting, TSMC (NYSE:TSM) set a dividend of NT$4.50 per common share for its 2014 operations, up from NT$3.00 a year ago. With each ADS equal to 5 common shares, the payout is equal to NT$22.50 ($0.72) per ADS. That spells a 3.2% yield at current levels.
Chairman Morris Chang stated the world's biggest foundry is aiming for 10%+ 2015 sales growth; an 8-analyst consensus is currently at 8.5%. He also claimed TSMC (aided by Apple A8 CPU orders) grew its global foundry share to 54% in 2014. Samsung/Globalfoundries' 14nm process ramp, and the 14nm orders reportedly secured from Apple and Qualcomm, are expected to impact TSMC's 2015 share.
Separately, TSMC has launched partnerships with EDA software firm Cadence (NASDAQ:CDNS) and GPU core developer Imagination (OTCPK:IGNMF) to create IP that can be used by TSMC clients to develop IoT-optimized chips.
Cadence and TSMC are showing off an IoT "IP subsystem" that relies on Cadence DSP cores and chip/sensor interfaces, and work with a 55nm low-power TSMC process. TSMC and Imagination are working on IP subsystems for both high-end and low-end sensors; they feature Imagination CPU/GPU cores, memory, and connectivity and sensor IP.