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Quanta cuts 2013 notebook shipment target

Quanta cuts 2013 notebook shipment target

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Quanta Computer Inc., the world's largest contract notebook provider, revised downward its full-year notebook computer shipment target for 2013 Wednesday because of falling outsourcing orders from customers. The company now expects its notebook shipments to reach 44 million units, down 18 percent from the 53.8 million units it shipped last year, Quanta Vice Chairman and President C.C. Leung told a news briefing to announce Quanta's quarterly results. Leung forecast in May that Quanta's notebook shipments would remain flat or decrease by as much as 5 percent from the number shipped in 2012. The company shipped 9.7 million notebooks in the first quarter of this year and 10.3 million units in the second quarter, and it remains optimistic about user demand in the second half of the year, when new products are expected to be launched. "Our notebook and tablet shipments in the second half will certainly beat those in the first half," Leung said. Quanta's factory in Chongqing City, western China, now accounts for over 50 percent of its total notebook shipments, and the ratio is expected to rise to 70 percent by the end of this year, Leung said. In terms of tablet shipments, Leung said Quanta shipped more than 6 million tablets in the first six months of 2013 and maintains its target of shipping 20 million tablets this year. Elton Yang, chief financial officer of Quanta, said non-notebook business accounted for about 35 percent of Quanta's revenue in the second quarter, and the ratio is forecast to rise further next year. Quanta aims to build operation centers around the globe for its cloud computing business, including server and storage products, with the initial locations in Singapore, South Korea and Japan, Yang said. Quanta, whose customers include Hewlett-Packard Co. and Apple Inc., reported Wednesday its lowest quarterly profit of the past 10 quarters, citing weak demand for personal computers. Quanta's second-quarter net income was NT$4.02 billion (US$134 million), for NT$1.05 earnings per share (EPS), a drop from the previous quarter, which saw net income of NT$4.45 billion for an EPS of NT$1.16. Consolidated revenue was NT$191 billion for the April-June period, down 3.3 percent from the year's first quarter, but the company's operating margin managed to improve over the same period from 1.3 percent to 1.45 percent. Quanta shares ended 0.16 percent higher at NT$63.8 Wednesday in Taipei, before the company announced its latest quarterly data. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-07 19:27 GMT+08:00