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Process Industries

Formosa Plastics Corp.

Company Background

Founded in 1954 by the late tycoon Wang Yung-ching with financial aid from the U.S. government, Formosa Plastics is the flagship company of Formosa Plastics Group, one of Taiwan's largest family-controlled conglomerates, with business interests in a wide range of sectors, including plastics, chemicals, electronics components, healthcare and education.

Formosa Plastics is Taiwan's biggest petrochemical company by market cap and a global leader in the polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, sector. The company makes and sells PVC resin, chemical and fiber products.

Since Wang passed away, his family has gradually reduced their involvement in the group's day-to-day decisions by bringing in external managers or allowing non-family executives to oversee the conglomerate's operations. The Wangs still maintain a controlling stake in the group.

The current chairman is Jason Lin, a longtime company employee who rose through the ranks. Lin joined Formosa Plastics in 1967, but left the company in 1987 and rejoined in 1999. He has a master's degree from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Business Summary

Formosa Plastics Corp. manufactures and sells intermediate raw materials for plastics. Its products include polyvinyl chloride, high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, linear low-density polyethylene, polyethylene wax, polypropylene, polyoxymethylene, masterbatch, liquid caustic soda, liquid chlorine, acrylonitrile, acetonitrile, methyl methacrylate, methacrylic acid, epichlorohydrin, methyl tert-butyl ether, acrylic acid and esters, carbon fibre, sodium hypochlorite, chlorinated solvent, hydrogen, lithium-ion battery electrolyte, calcium carbonate, distributed control systems systems, warehouse management systems, and learning management systems. Its products are used in packaging materials, bottles, articles of clothing, toy dolls, medical materials, sports equipment, sporting goods, auto parts, generation timber, motor parts, wires and cables, ships aerospace, paint coating, chemical building materials, waterproof insulation, furniture furnishings, tool parts, 3C parts coated, 3C shell timber, masterbatch pigments, additives, clean bleach, bottle box barrels, and dry water retention. The company was founded on November 5, 1954 and is headquartered in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2018 TWDUSD
Gross Profit36,983.13M1,226.45M
Operating income25,327.59M839.92M
Income before tax33,012.80M1,094.78M
Net income49,549.54M1,643.19M
Diluted EPS7.780.25
Dividends Per Share5.800.19
Total Assets501,513.26M16,316.27M
Total liabilities145,945.26M4,748.19M
Total equity355,568.00M11,568.07M
Operating cash flow50,507.27M1,674.95M
Currency in TWDCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 216,589.04M 191,545.39M 180,173.19M 206,709.75M 230,370.02M
Gross Profit 16,171.47M 21,406.07M 23,910.38M 33,128.74M 36,983.13M
Operating income 5,478.80M 10,467M 12,994.52M 21,923.89M 25,327.59M
Income before tax 20,551.55M 35,094.30M 43,813.94M 54,904.34M 33,012.80M
Net income 17,993.43M 30,877.26M 39,392.54M 49,382.85M 49,549.54M
EBITDA 13,578.84M 18,856.55M 21,957.51M 30,373.99M 32,779.49M
Diluted EPS 2.83 4.85 6.19 7.76 7.78
Dividends Per Share 1.70 3.60 4.60 5.70 5.80
Total Assets 431,086.69M 423,501.05M 455,666.07M 476,071.03M 501,513.26M
Total liabilities 145,194.97M 136,066.14M 142,595.58M 131,060.87M 145,945.26M
Total equity 285,891.71M 287,434.90M 313,070.48M 345,010.16M 355,568.00M
Operating cash flow 13,438.39M 40,852.00M 36,606.27M 46,081.53M 50,507.27M
 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 7,147.39M 6,032.15M 5,586.62M 6,794.58M 7,639.66M
Gross Profit 533.65M 674.12M 741.38M 1,088.94M 1,226.45M
Operating income 180.79M 329.62M 402.92M 720.64M 839.92M
Income before tax 678.19M 1,105.19M 1,358.53M 1,804.71M 1,094.78M
Net income 593.77M 972.38M 1,221.44M 1,623.22M 1,643.19M
EBITDA 448.09M 593.83M 680.83M 998.39M 1,087.05M
Diluted EPS 0.09 0.15 0.19 0.25 0.25
Dividends Per Share 0.05 0.11 0.14 0.18 0.19
Total Assets 13,641.12M 12,893.14M 14,138.38M 15,997.81M 16,316.27M
Total liabilities 4,594.48M 4,142.42M 4,424.44M 4,404.14M 4,748.19M
Total equity 9,046.63M 8,750.72M 9,713.93M 11,593.66M 11,568.07M
Operating cash flow 443.46M 1,286.51M 1,135.04M 1,514.70M 1,674.95M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2018
Operating margin10.99%
Profit margin21.50%

Key executives

  • Chairman & General Manager: Chien Nan Lin
  • Chief Financial Officer: Chen Hsiao Lei
  • Deputy General Manager: Kuang Ming Chen
  • Deputy General Manager: Chien Shan Yang
  • Director & Executive Deputy General Manager: Chin Lung Huang


  • Chang Gung Medical Foundation (9.4%)
  • Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp. (7.6%)
  • Credit Suisse Singapore Ltd. (Private Banking) (6.2%)
  • Nan Ya Plastics Corp. (4.6%)
  • Everred Corporate, Inc. (4.1%)
  • Landmark Capital Holdings, Inc. (3.0%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (2.7%)
  • Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (2.0%)
  • Fubon Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (1.5%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (1.5%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: 100 Shuiguan Road, Renwu District, Kaohsiung City, 814, Taiwan
  • Phone: +886.2.2712.2211

Related Companies

  • Formosa PS (Ningbo) Co. Ltd.
  • Formosa Polypropylene (Ningbo) Co. Ltd.
  • Formosa Plastics (Cayman) Ltd.
  • Formosa Technologies Corp.
  • Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp.
  • World Pak Corp.
  • Formosa Plastics Marine Corp.
  • ITC-Formosa LLC
  • Tai Hsu Fibers Corp.
  • Formosa Plastics Corp. USA
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Last Updated on 9 Dec, 2019

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