Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing's (TSM) CEO C. C. Wei on Q1 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (NYSE:TSM) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference Call April 19, 2018 2:00 AM ET


Elizabeth Sun - Senior Director, Corporate Communication Division

Lora Ho - CFO and SVP, Finance

C. C. Wei - Co-CEO, President & Additional Director

Mark Liu - Co-CEO, President & Additional Director


Randy Abrams - Crédit Suisse AG

Michael Chou - Deutsche Bank AG

Roland Shu - Citigroup

William Lu - UBS Investment Bank

Charlie Chan - Morgan Stanley

Brett Simpson - Arete Research Services

Mehdi Hosseini - Susquehanna Financial Group

Sebastian Hou - CL Securities Taiwan Company Limited

Donald Lu - Goldman Sachs Group

Steven Pelayo - HSBC

Aaron Jeng - Nomura Securities

Gokul Hariharan - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Elizabeth Sun

Welcome to TSMC's First Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference and Conference Call. This is Elizabeth Sun, TSMC's Senior Director of Corporate Communications, and your host for today.

Today's event is webcast live through TSMC's website at www.tsmc.com. [Operator Instructions]. As this conference is being viewed by investors around the world, we will conduct this conference in English only.

The format for today's event will be as follows, first, TSMC's Senior Vice President and CFO, Ms. Lora Ho, will summarize our operations in the first quarter, followed by our guidance for the second quarter. Afterwards, Ms. Ho and TSMC's co-CEO, Dr. C.C. Wei, will jointly provide the key messages. Then, TSMC's co-CEO, Dr. Mark Liu, will host the Q&A session, where all 3 executives will entertain your questions.

For those participants on the call, if you do not yet have a copy of the press release, you may download it from TSMC's website at www.tsmc.com. Please also download the summary slides in relation to today's conference presentation.

As usual, I would like to remind everybody that today's discussions may contain forward-looking

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