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Local laptop market post sales gains

PC ORDERS REBOUND:Contract PC makers’ sales performance reflected an increase in demand for notebook laptop computers, ending a two-year decrease in sales

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Quanta Computer Inc (廣達), the world’s largest contract laptop maker, yesterday reported sales reached a 23.25 percent quarterly growth last quarter, beating a consensus estimate of a 4.63 percent increase.

“Due to increased orders from some clients, shipments of laptops amounted to 12.1 million units last quarter, which was 10 percent higher than 11 million units in the previous quarter, better than the company’s guidance of a single-digit quarter-on-quarter growth,” Quanta investor relations official Carol Hsu (許昭瑾) said by telephone.

During the October-to-December period of last year, Quanta generated sales of NT$271.54 billion (US$9.04 billion), beating analysts’ consensus of NT$230.5 billion and exceeding the NT$220.31 billion of the previous quarter.

On an annual basis, last quarter’s figure rose 5.19 percent from NT$260.79 billion.

However, weakening demand for notebook computers throughout all of last year pushed Quanta’s full-year sales to decline 14.1 percent to NT$880.41 billion from 2012, the company said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

That was the second straight year the company posted a sales decline since 2011, when the company made record sales of NT$1.08 trillion.

For the whole of last year, notebook shipments fell 19.88 percent to 43.1 million units from 53.8 million units in 2012, Quanta said.

“We expect notebook shipments for this year to increase slightly from last year because new orders gained from many PC vendors,” Hsu said.

Yuanta Securities Co (元大證券) analyst Vincent Chen (陳豊丰) said yesterday that global notebook shipments had probably bottomed out in the third quarter of last year.

“Based on contract PC makers’ fourth-quarter sales performance, notebook demand seemed better than expected,” Chen said by telephone. “The uptrend may continue this year, driven by replacement demand after Microsoft Corp is set to end its service support to Windows XP computers.”

Separately, Pegatron Corp (和碩), the world’s fifth-largest contract laptop maker, yesterday reported that its sales last quarter totaled NT$268.82 billion, up 5.84 percent from NT$253.97 billion in the previous quarter and 26.9 percent from NT$211.83 billion a year ago.

Due to increased shipments of non-notebook products, including Apple Inc’s iPad Mini and iPhone 5C, Pegatron’s sales last year achieved a 7.87 percent growth to NT$950.54 billion, the company said.

“Pegatron was able to achieve consecutive annual sales growth last year because the company’s product portfolio is constantly adjusted in accordance with market trends,” said Tsai Ming-chun (蔡明純), deputy director of Pegatron’s finance and accounting department.

“We expect sales to stay solid this year if demand for consumer electronics and communication products can remain robust in the global market,” she added.

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