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HIMX Himax Technologies

Participants
Mark Schwalenberg Investor Relations
Jordan Wu President and Chief Executive Officer
Jessica Pan Chief Financial Officer
Eric Li Chief IR/PR Officer
Tristan Gerra Baird
Jerry Su Credit Suisse
Donnie Teng Nomura Securities
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Operator

Hello, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Himax Technologies Incorporated First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Mr. Group. MZ from Schwalenberg Mark Mark?

Mark Schwalenberg

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Eric Li

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last share and XX% the decline same Sales than sales and Our DDICs smartphone indicating smartphone continued compared expected. to of market up our year, to sequentially as Xx period market TDDI more strong demand traditional gains. increased

traditional smartphone TTDI previously replaced and mentioned, being As quickly DDICs are by AMOLED.

for traditional as XXXX. of QX of high first quarter production our TDDI sales its Our up million first the increased in increased fourth for tablet the are quarter. sequential demand customers. total in Revenue major was growth XX% XX% grew the drivers for to market, driver continued. sequentially, strong supplier first the of due and record of XX.X% sequentially mass tablet and learning to tablet more accelerated home consecutive revenue the year-over-year IC end XXX% we quarter. where penetration sole tablet The The or revenue discrete tablet growth the $XX in in sequentially revenue in year-over-year were and the leading quarter. than main of source of initial Android sales since quarter online X.X% first The TDDI reached working grew of X.X% another more accounted than our tablet

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Jordan Wu

Eric. you, Thank

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Operator

our And the line question first from from Tristan Gerra Baird. of Instructions] comes [Operator

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Tristan Gerra

with Thanks Hi. your implement so you letting earlier me to year-over-year for quantify basis? price And think increases Could ask far that or or a on year maybe price you raise are pricing changes? you you is a further expect you to set basically – do able have been question. the

Jordan Wu

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Tristan Gerra

then design that you And are from base a useful. mentioned, a traction customer years at very existing have you That’s the renewed Great. an customer? that your is or had expanding microdisplay win back ago the from program few you

Jordan Wu

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Tristan Gerra

very you Thank Great. much.

Jordan Wu

you, Tristan. Thank

Operator

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Jerry Su

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Jordan Wu

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Jerry Su

the how then for the half year? also your and planning Okay. capacity next second And about in

Jordan Wu

half second will no because, of industry. or next there even year marginal for what, in be major is increase only the Capacity simply guess addition capacity into around

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Jerry Su

the of Okay, India emerging And sense are given regarding or got then you any the Thank other markets impact do – issue from on a smartphone, next Can environment. a you notebook, how IT, give seeing see coming you like is some monitor, us end demand regions? inside rising you. also, demand end for it. the And TV? tablet question pandemic

Jordan Wu

automotive, will ignore to which I it. with that you intend I you forgot believe not start to mention, Actually,

end, think is certainly surge triggered and COVID it’s imbalance changed all to supply going knows, the the from. therefore, nobody demand of industry altogether. COVID certainly I demand, suffering really And know is we and how current dynamics COVID that the right? mean, embedded I the has in But

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Jerry Su

Thank Jordan. you. Thank you, Okay.

Jordan Wu

Thank you, Jerry.

Operator

question next of from And Teng the comes our line Donnie Securities. of Nomura

open. Your line is

Donnie Teng

you, and the on questions. taking for Congrats my management results. Thank good Jordan

month, The first so question I like even also had is answer is to previously second I getting capacity, is last half And remember discussed tighter. management I second regarding the half. maybe with the the about into outlook capacity capacity

more of year your – quarter-by-quarter remarks But be most some XXXX. could there that during shortage. today’s this grow and will capacity So secured has Himax for said prepared

that, terms wafer just you our is foundry capacity, secured raising And as foundry, their the in for frequently changed month are another if asked past you anything they wondering, So of also or more kinds some there ICs. plan? in is foundry of know, also question capacity price have different

ICs think lot. price been I a driver raised has

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Jordan Wu

Okay.

I i.e. understanding capacity second half the month month your first from ability overall about ago your – to last versus for outlook remarks question, about enlarge our So the management start a industry’s capacity. tighter with our our about shall –

Donnie Teng

please. it previously, sounds Because yes. yes, Yes, like –

Jordan Wu

you. Thank okay. Okay,

over that quarter’s we already I think understanding. confident capacity will Actually, prepared remarks, call, there this if actually – our at increase and to that that are announced my sticking last you could look we our quarter-over-quarter, we have feel year our be accessible in guess earnings is view.

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we still nodes, being mature in So that in your driver hope future, foreseeable situation. seeing a for are question, tight answer especially I IC the Donnie.

Donnie Teng

like or technology based of Jordan. current to into per as then ICs Yes. as your And the wondering well you. half rank could the when is kind nodes last XX-inch different you, one the on you different kind of just entering second tightenings X-inch visibility, Thank perspective? if driver supply by Thank

Jordan Wu

question. Good

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Donnie Teng

Jordan. you, Thank

Just one follow-up…

Operator

from John And our next comes question line of Lopez. the

Your open. line is

Unidentified Analyst

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Jordan Wu

Yes, Yes. John.

Unidentified Analyst

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Jordan Wu

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Jordan Wu

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Unidentified Analyst

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Jordan Wu

down, basis, towards year-over-year last year, primarily you industry the workers purchase playing last half think of drove have year I then wake talking of right? suspended first ever So their shutting and really XXXX, are because orders catch the and they auto and up, they was off factories and parts. a they a down of on bad up unusual. particularly actually way of their kind actually they – since, situation their end and the it’s laying the sudden a about COVID are especially all semiconductor for – year And which in been

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Unidentified Analyst

very you Thank much. Understood.

Jordan Wu

Jonathan. you, Thank

Operator

President I And at remarks. Director, to and to Wu, Mr. turn and our the this like would Jordan back CEO closing for it time,

Jordan Wu

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Operator

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