Quanta reports decline in December sales
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Quanta Computer, the world's leading contract notebook PC maker, yesterday reported December consolidated revenue of NT$75.5 billion, a decline of 12 percent month-on-month and 17 percent year-on-year.
January 10, 2013, 1:54 pm TWN
Notebook shipments totaled 3.8 million units last month, a decline of 17.39 percent from November.
For the whole 2012, Quanta had total sales of NT$972.6 billion, a decline of 10 percent from 2011. Notebook PCs shipped 53.8 million, a decline of 3.58 percent from the previous year.
According to experts, 2012 was a year of transformation for Quanta, which has switched its focus from notebook PC manufacturing to the provision of cloud computing solutions.
This transformation in business model was more or less reflected in the firm's financial results for 2012, in which the firm did not make trillion-dollar sales as it did in the past, and shipments also declined.
Yet profitability, which matters more to a company and its shareholders, is expected to increase from 2011 and reach a new high, experts said.
For 2013, the firm may lift the proportion of non-PC products from 30 percent in 2012 to 35 percent, and the figure is expected to rise to 50 percent by 2015.
Also this year, Quanta will place a strong focus on cloud servers and tablet PCs that target users. With this strategy, the impact of a dwindling PC market will be minimal for the firm, experts said.
Notebook PCs, which are still Quanta's core business, may see slow sales in the first half and bring more revenue in the second, experts said.