Due to fewer working days because of the Lunar New Year holiday and a seasonal slowdown, contract notebook computer makers Wistron Corp (緯創) and Inventec Corp (英業達) saw sales decline last month from January.
Wistron’s revenues plummeted 10.16 percent annually and 2.13 percent monthly to NT$40.33 billion (US$1.22 billion) last month — the firm’s lowest monthly sales performance for two years, according to the company’s filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
In the first two months of the year combined, Wistron’s revenues totaled NT$81.55 billion, a 13.45 percent plunge from NT$94.22 billion recorded over the same period last year, the filing said.
Wistron said it expects shipments of notebooks — which contribute 47 percent of the firm’s total revenues — to decline by a double-digit percentage this quarter from last year’s 4.7 million units, due to industry weakness and seasonal factors.
“We expect notebook shipments this month to grow from last month’s 1.1 million units, but the overall quarterly shipments will still show a decline from the same period last year,” a Wistron investor relations officer said by telephone.
Wistron said it expects the shipments of it servers, TVs and monitors to remain near flat this quarter, while desktop shipments would drop by a double-digit percentage year-on-year.
The company foresees notebook sales remaining soft in the first half and then picking up in the second half as the segment enters its traditional peak season, the employee said.
Inventec, which assembles smartphones for Xiaomi Corp (小米), said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange that its revenue increased 12.28 percent year-on-year, but dropped 4.41 percent monthly to NT$28.77 billion last month.
“Fewer working days and declining shipments of handheld devices and servers last month contributed to the monthly decline,” an Inventec investor relations officer said by telephone.
Inventec said its Chinese smartphone client had made an early shipment request in January, which resulted in fewer smartphone shipments last month.
Inventec’s notebook business accounted for 51 percent of the firm’s total revenues last year. It received large orders from US clients last month, boosting monthly revenues to a year-on-year increase, the employee said.
Overall, the company expects shipment momentum across-the-board to pick up significantly this month from last month, and handheld device segment to grow this month on the back of the smartphone client’s new flagship smartphone launch, the employee said.
Inventec revenues reached NT$58.88 billion in the first two months of the year, up 6.09 percent from last year’s NT$55.5 billion, the filing showed.
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