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Amkor Technology’s revenue increases in first quarter 2017

Amkor Technology, a provider of semiconductor packaging and test services, has reported the increase of revenue in the first quarter ended 31 March, 2017.

"First quarter operating results came in as expected, with revenues up 5% year-on-year," said Steve Kelley, Amkor's president and chief executive officer. "Although the smartphone market experienced a seasonal slowdown in the first quarter, demand in other end markets was healthy."

*Fourth quarter 2016 results include approximately $26 million (250 basis points to gross margin) of insurance proceeds related to the second quarter 2016 Japan earthquakes.
**EBITDA and free cash flow are non-GAAP measures. The reconciliations to the comparable GAAP measures are included below under "Selected Operating Data."

“Our business was essentially break-even for the first quarter and in line with guidance," said Megan Faust, Amkor’s corporate vice president and chief financial officer. "Earnings were reduced by a non-cash foreign exchange rate loss of $11 million ($0.05 per diluted share) related to the re-measurement of our balance sheet liabilities denominated in foreign currencies."

Cash and cash equivalents were $614 million and total debt was $1.5 billion, at March 31, 2017.

"Looking ahead to Q2, we expect that revenues will increase around 9% sequentially, driven by strength in communications and other markets," said Kelley.

"We expect to complete our acquisition of Nanium in the second quarter. Nanium is the leader in wafer-level fan-out technology and has already shipped over 1 billion units to major customers. This acquisition will strengthen our position in the wafer-level packaging market," continued Kelley.

"In Q2, we expect to complete the sale of our K1 factory in Korea," said Faust. "The sale price is approximately $140 million, and we expect to recognize an after-tax gain of approximately $80 million ($0.33 per diluted share)."

Second quarter 2017 outlook (unless otherwise noted):

Net sales of $955 million to $1.035 billion, up 5% to 13% from the prior quarter

Gross margin of 16% to 20%

Net income of $86 million to $125 million, or $0.36 to $0.52 per share (includes gain from the sale of our K1 factory)

Full year capital expenditures of around $500 million, unchanged from our previous forecas

Amkor Technology, Inc. is one of the world’s largest providers of outsourced semiconductor packaging and test services. Founded in 1968, Amkor pioneered the outsourcing of IC packaging and test, and is now a strategic manufacturing partner for more than 250 of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, foundries and electronics OEMs.