KLA expects first-quarter revenue above estimates on AI boom


Chip-making tools maker KLA Corp forecast first-quarter revenue and profit above Wall Street expectations on Thursday, boosted by increasing investments in artificial intelligence, sending shares higher by 3 per cent in trading after the bell.

The company has also benefited from chipmakers looking to diversify their supply chains out of China, as trade tensions with the US intensify.

Companies, including Intel, TSMC, Samsung, Texas Instruments and Micron, are building new plants across the United States, raising the demand for chip tools.

KLA makes tools for inspecting the silicon wafer discs, on which semiconductors are built, for defects.

The company, forecast first-quarter adjusted profit of US$5.35 per share, plus or minus 60 cents. Analysts were expecting US$4.75 per share, according to Refinitiv data.

In the quarter ended Jun 30, revenue came in at US$2.36 billion while profit was US$4.97 per share. That compared with analysts’ estimates for revenue of US$2.26 billion and profit of US$4.85 per share.


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