Profits rise 33% at Chipmaker Xilinx
Profits rose by almost a third last year for the Irish subsidiary of leading chipmaker Xilinx, which last month announced plans to create 100 new jobs in Ireland.
Recently filed accounts show Xilinx Ireland Unlimited reported a 32.2 per cent jump in pre-tax profits from $16.7 million (¤14.1 million) to just under $22 million for the 12 months to the end of March 2017.
Turnover increased 13.9 per cent to $541.2 million from $475.8 million the previous year.
Xilinx Ireland is the group’s primary component supplier for markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The semiconductor maker, which employs about 350 people in the Republic, established its EMEA headquarters in Dublin in 1995. It also runs a research and development operation in Cork and
has a small facility in Belfast which employs 30 engineers.
It announced plans to hire an additional 100 employees in Dublin and Cork last month as part of a $40 million investment to support its R&D and engineering work for advanced technologies and products.
This includes the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in areas such as 5G, the Internet of Things, embedded vision and cloud computing.
The latest accounts for the company show its net operating expenses declined by 6.3 per cent last year to $75.9 million due to a decrease in distribution costs.
A breakdown of expenses show distribution costs fell from $45.2 million to $39.5 million , while R&D expenses totalled $22.3 million, compared to $21.4 million a year earlier.
R&D spending as a whole accounted for 29 per cent of operating costs compared to 26 per cent in the previous year.