Quanta Computer Inc (廣達), which assembles Apple Inc’s 12-inch MacBooks and the Apple Watch, yesterday reported strong monthly sales growth for last month, while Apple’s smartphone assemblers Hon Hai Precision Co (鴻海精密) and Pegatron Corp (和碩) saw monthly declines in revenue.
Quanta made NT$77.03 billion (US$2.47 billion) in sales, up 9.87 from the NT$70.11 billion reported for May last year and an increase of 14.08 percent from the NT$67.52 billion made in April.
“The strong monthly growth last month was mainly driven by the contribution from non-notebook products,” a Quanta executive, who declined to be named, said by telephone.
The official declined to disclose shipment figures for non-notebook products, but said Quanta foresees shipments in the segment will be larger this month than last month.
Due to weaker-than-expected notebook demand, Quanta revised downward its quarterly notebook shipment growth for this quarter, the official said, adding that it expects notebook shipments to increase by a single-digit percentage point this quarter from last quarter’s 9.9 million units, down from the previous forecast of 10 percent quarterly growth.
“We expect notebook computer shipments this month will improve from last month’s 3.4 million units,” the official said.
Hon Hai’s revenues plunged 14.43 percent to NT$301.59 billion last month from April’s results, dragged down by the decline in shipments of consumer electronics products.
On an annual basis, the sales figure surged 12.55 percent from NT$267.96 billion, the company said in a statement.
A Hon Hai official, who declined to be named, said communication and computing product shipments were flat last month from April.
The company, which also assembles iPads, declined to offer sales estimate or business outlook for this month or next.
Pegatron’s revenue rose to NT$70.57 billion last month, a 7.11 percent increase over May last year, but plunged 9.61 percent from NT$78.08 billion made in April.
“The monthly decline was mainly affected by the decline in shipments for non-computing products,” a Pegatron official said by telephone.
The company is maintaining its sales guidance for this quarter, which said its communication and consumer electronics products, which accounted for 75 percent of last quarter’s revenue, would drop by between 30 percent and 40 percent from last quarter due to the slow season, the official said.
PC maker Acer Inc (宏碁) reported sales of NT$17.66 billion for last month, a drop of 30.86 percent from May last year, but up 11.63 percent from NT$15.82 billion in April.
Acer’s consolidated revenues totaled NT$101.58 billion in the first five months, down 16.41 percent from last year’s NT$121.53 billion, according to its filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
Quanta shares yesterday fell 1.92 percent to NT$71.4 in Taipei trading, compared with the TAIEX’s 1.16 percent rise.
Hon Hai shares rose 2.58 percent to NT$95.6, Pegatron’s were up 2.33 percent to NT$87.2 and Acer’s surged 7.02 percent to NT$16.
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