Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Record Revenue

HSINCHU, Taiwan, March 14 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (Bermuda) LTD. ("ChipMOS" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: IMOS) today reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006. All U.S. dollar figures in this release are based on the exchange rate of NT$32.595 against US$1.00 as of December 29, 2006.

Under ROC GAAP and US GAAP, net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2006 was NT$5,920.8 million or US$181.6 million, an increase of 38.2% from NT$4,282.9 million or US$131.4 million for the same period in 2005 and an increase of 11.5% from NT$5,312.5 million or US$163.0 million in the third quarter of 2006. Under ROC GAAP, the gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2006 was 31.8%, compared to 31.5% for the same period in 2005 and 28.3% for the third quarter of 2006; under US GAAP, the gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2006 was 31.7%, compared to 31.6% for the same period in 2005 and 28.2% for the third quarter of 2006. Under ROC GAAP, net income for the fourth quarter of 2006 was NT$721.9 million or US$22.1 million, and NT$10.33 or US$0.32 per common share, compared to net income of NT$475.8 million or US$14.6 million, and NT$7.03 or US$0.22 per common share, for the same period in 2005 and net income of NT$481.5 million or US$14.8 million, and NT$7.00 or US$0.21 per common share, for the third quarter of 2006. Under US GAAP, net loss for the fourth quarter of 2006 was NT$299.5 million or US$9.2 million, and NT$4.28 or US$0.13 per common share.

Under ROC GAAP and US GAAP, net revenue for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 was NT$20,375.2 million or US$625.1 million, an increase of 33.9% from NT$15,214.0 million or US$466.7 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005. Under ROC GAAP, net income for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 was NT$2,121.3 million or US$65.1 million, and NT$30.84 or US$0.95 per common share, compared to net income of NT$928.3 million or US$28.5 million, and NT$13.74 or US$0.42 per common share, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005. Under US GAAP, net income for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 was NT$1,253.1 million or US$38.4 million, and NT$18.22 or US$0.56 per common share.

Under US GAAP, the Company made a US$14.1 million for the provision of 2006 bonuses to employees, directors, and supervisors as operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2006. Starting from the first quarter of 2007, bonuses provision will be made every quarter according to quarterly earnings instead of making the full year bonuses provision in the fourth quarter every year.

Net income and EPS under US GAAP for the fourth quarter of 2006 were impacted by a US$14.0 million or US$0.20 per share non-operating expense resulting from changes in the fair value of the embedded derivative liabilities for the conversion feature contained in the Company's outstanding convertible notes due 2009 and 2011, respectively, as required by Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 133 "Accounting For Derivative Instruments And Hedging Activities" and Emerging Interpretation Task Force ("EITF") Issue No. 00-19 "Accounting For Derivative Financial Instruments Indexed To And Potentially Settled In A Company's Own Stock." In addition, there was a US$7.6 million or US$0.11 per share non-operating expense resulting from the amortization of the convertible notes discount.

The unaudited consolidated financial results of ChipMOS for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2006 included the financial results of ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC., ChipMOS Japan Inc., ChipMOS U.S.A., Inc., ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (H.K.) Limited, MODERN MIND TECHNOLOGY LIMITED and its wholly- owned subsidiary ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (Shanghai) LTD., and ThaiLin Semiconductor Corp.

S.J. Cheng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ChipMOS, said, "2006 was the best year in the history of ChipMOS with record revenue and our ability to successfully maintain high margins, and generate the highest profits in the history of ChipMOS. This is also the seventh consecutive quarter we have achieved record revenue. The impressive revenue growth was again ahead of expectations this quarter due to continued healthy demand from our LCD driver IC and memory testing businesses. Our DRAM business was the major growth driver for 2006. Despite the weak PC demand in year 2006, we still benefited from DDR II transition for the whole year and generated a 21% growth in DRAM business. The current business resulted in long-term cooperation with many of our key customers and provided us with a clearer vision on our capacity expansion plan in coming years."

"We successfully grew our flash business by further extending business relationships with leading NOR flash players in the U.S. and in Taiwan," continued Mr. Cheng. "Flash revenue currently contributes around 17% of our total revenue. Longer-term, we currently expect flash to stay around 20% of our total revenue. In 2006, we also entered into a long-term program with a new customer for mix-signal assembly with a well known U.S. based, global semiconductor solution supplier mainly for PC peripheral applications. We expect this program to help secure any excess leadframe capacity left from decreasing DDR I assembly demand. We also benefited from positive developments with existing long-term programs with DRAM and LCD driver customers."

S.K. Chen, Chief Financial Officer of ChipMOS, said, "Importantly, our gross margin increased to 31.8% in the fourth quarter compared to 28.3% in the third quarter. Margin expansion was led by improvement in utilization levels, especially in our LCD driver business. Reflecting strong demand in the quarter, overall utilization level was around 86%, up 5% compared to the third quarter. Margins further benefited from a stable pricing environment in the fourth quarter across the board. Capital expenditures were US$116.8 million in the fourth quarter in support of existing customer programs and new flash and DDR II testing programs ramping. Our current plan remains to reduce our annual capex level by 30% to 40% in 2007 as we currently believe we have adequate capacity in place to support our customers and their program ramps. We currently expect that a decrease in capex will allow ChipMOS to focus on margin improvement and revenue growth, as well as improving cash flow."

    Selected Operation Data

                           3Q06            4Q06             FY06
    Revenue by segment
     Testing               46%             46%              46%
     Assembly              34%             31%              32%
     LCD Driver            20%             23%              22%

    Utilization by segment
     Testing               86%             88%              86%
     Assembly              81%             81%              75%
     LCD Driver            71%             91%              79%
        (TCP/COF, COG,
         Bumping)          (76%,67%, 40%)  (97%, 64%, 65%)  (83%, 73%,  48%)

          Overall                              81%                          86%                            81%

        CapEx  by  segment
          Testing                              74%                          48%                            55%
          Assembly                            10%                          33%                            20%
          LCD  Driver                        16%                          19%                            25%

        Depreciation  and
          expenses                    US$45.1million        US$49.5million          US$170.5million

        First  Quarter  2007  Outlook 

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