STMicroelectronics posts fourth-quarter sales rise

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LONDON (Reuters) – European chipmaker STMicroelectronics on Thursday beat fourth-quarter sales expectations, despite challenging economic conditions, benefiting from strong customer demand.

Net revenue rose to $4.42 billon from $4.32 billion the previous quarter. Analysts had on average expected sales of $4.32 billion, IBES data from Refinitiv Eikon showed.

STMicro, whose biggest clients include iPhone maker Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and electric carmaker Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), hit its own revenue target for the year, reaching $16.1 billion.

Its fourth-quarter diluted earnings per share of $1.32 beat analysts’ average estimate of $1.09, IBES data showed.

Rival Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) forecast first-quarter revenue and profit below Wall Street targets on Wednesday.

STMicro CEO Jean-Marc Chery said strong demand from automotive and industrial customers had bolstered sales.

Citing strong demand and increased manufacturing capacity, Chery said the company expects full-year revenue of $16.8 billion to $17.8 billion.

The company has previously targeted full-year revenue of $20 billion by 2027.

STMicro said it had spent $3.52 billion on capex in 2022, and planned to raise that figure to about $4 billion this year, primarily to increase manufacturing capacity.

Net income rose to $1.25 billion, up 12% from $1.1 billion the previous quarter.

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