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Quanta forecasts 2012 notebook shipments to jump 4-5% from 2011

Quanta Computer, a leading contract notebook PC manufacturer, said yesterday it expects notebook PC shipments to grow 4 to 5 percent this year from 2011, better than the industry average.

“Last year, notebook shipments totaled 55.8 million,” said Liang Tsu-chen, vice chairman of the firm. “Third quarter shipments may grow slightly over the second quarter, yet growth dynamics will return in the fourth quarter.”

He made the remarks during Quanta's investors' conference, where the firm reported earnings per share of NT$1.56 for the second quarter.

Quanta in the April-June period had net profit of NT$5.985 billion and gross profit margin of 3.8 percent, which was a decline from the first quarter's 4.2 percent. Operating profit margin was 1.2 percent, a decline from the 1.8 percent for the first quarter.

For the first half, the firm had net profit of NT$11.089 billion, earnings per share of NT$2.89, gross profit margin of 4 percent and operating profit margin of 1.5 percent.

During the second quarter, gains from investments outside the firm's core business totaled NT$1.983 billion, of which NT$808 million was exchange rate gains and NT$363 million gains from stock dividends.

As for the third quarter, Chairman Barry Lam pointed out notebook shipments would be a little slow due to a wait-and-see attitude taken by consumers prior to the release of the Windows 8 operating system. Yet during the second half the firm's non-notebook business is expected to make gains, which will minimize the impact of slowed notebook PC sales, he said.

Liang meanwhile said new touch screen applications will trigger demand, yet they are still pricey at this stage and will find more market acceptance when prices drop to a more reasonable level. Shipments will increase by then, he said.

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