By Yimou Lee and Jess Macy Yu
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, trimmed its annual revenue and capital spending estimates on bleak demand from smartphone and cryptocurrency mining industries.
This is the second time the company has lowered its revenue outlook this year, from an initial forecast for record sales, indicating a continued sluggishness in the crypto-sector amid increased regulatory scrutiny and as miners switch to lower-powered chips due to price volatility.
Revenue will likely grow in the high single-digit rate as demand from cryptocurrency is expected to soften in the second half of the year, TSMC said. This compares to a prior forecast for a 10 percent growth and an initial up to 15 percent view.
TSMC, however, was still bullish on high-performance chips and was betting on quick-growing fields such as artificial intelligence to make up for some of the slack in demand.
Revenue from these will account for about a quarter of its full-year revenue, up 40 percent, it said.
The company said it will continue to increase the production of its next generation of chips, known as 7nm, and expects these to contribute more than 20 percent to its revenue next year.
For the second quarter ended June, TSMC's revenue rose 11 percent to $7.85 billion, the middle of the $7.8-$7.9 billion range it had forecast in April. Sales to the personal computer industry accounted for 21 percent, from 8 percent a year ago.
Its net profit over the period rose 9 percent rise to T$72.29 billion ($2.36 billion), in line with estimates.
An intensifying U.S.-China trade spat could be near-term risks for TSMC, analysts said, adding many of TSMC's biggest clients are in the mainland.
TSMC trimmed its capex estimate to $10-10.5 billion from $11.5-12 billion for the year, citing a rescheduled payment and a stronger U.S. dollar.
Prior to the earnings announcement, shares in TSMC closed up 0.67 percent versus a flat wider market. The stock has slipped less than 1 percent so far this year.
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(Reporting by Yimou Lee and Jess Macy Yu; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Himani Sarkar)
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