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Pegatron bucks trend with 21.6% growth in revenue

GOOD SHOWING:While the company’s bigger rivals posted lower sales last month, its revenue jumped 113% from a year ago on strong notebook shipments

By Kevin Chen  /  Staff reporter

Local contract notebook computer maker Pegatron Corp (和碩) yesterday reported its strongest monthly sales last month since it was spun off from PC vendor Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) in 2010.

The company’s performance last month bucked the downward trend in the notebook industry, which has seen bigger rivals — such as Quanta Computer Inc (廣達), Compal Electronics Inc (仁寶), Wistron Corp (緯創) and Inventec Corp (英業達) — post declining sales last month because of lower shipments caused by product transition.

GROWTH

Pegatron said in a statement it saw a 21.6 percent month-on-month growth in revenue last month to NT$57.9 billion (US$1.97 billion) on a consolidated basis, a jump of 113 percent from a year ago.

The company attributed the monthly increase mainly to “the double digit growth of revenue from both the computing and communications segments.”

In terms of notebook shipments, the company sold more than 2 million units last month — the first time since the separation from its parent company two years ago.

As for consumer-electronics products, Pegatron said sales last month increased by a low double-digit percentage, according to the statement.

SALES

Total sales for the first four months surged 84 percent from the same period last year to NT$202.76 billion, the statement said.

Compal, the world’s No. 2 contract notebook computer maker, yesterday said last month’s sales fell 14.8 percent to NT$50.49 billion from the previous month, down 14.7 percent from the same month last year, according to a company statement.

The company’s declining sales for last month came after Quanta on Tuesday reported that its consolidated revenue last month fell 10.8 percent month-on-month to NT$68.03 billion and Wistron said its consolidated revenue dropped 23.93 percent month-on-month to NT$52.14 billion.

Compal shipped 2.8 million notebooks last month, down nearly 10 percent from March.

That was compared with Quanta’s shipments of 4 million units last month, Wistron’s 2.5 million units and 1 million units shipped by Inventec.

Compal said it expected notebook shipments to gradually increase this month and next month, lifting second-quarter shipments 15 percent to 20 percent from the first quarter, owing to the launch of new products powered by Intel Corp’s new Ivy Bridge chips.

Revenue for the first four months totaled NT$211.56 billion, down 8.1 percent on an annual basis, according to the statement.

ASUSTEK

Meanwhile, Asustek yesterday also posted unconsolidated sales of NT$29.84 billion for last month, edging up 0.15 percent from a month ago, and up 19.7 percent from the year before.

The world’s No. 5 PC brand said its unconsolidated sales in the first four months totaled NT$109.05 billion, up 30.98 percent from a year earlier.

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