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Acer confident of beating world PC markets

24 апреля 2008

Acer, the world’s third-largest computer vendor, expects to ship up to a third more computers this year than in 2007, a bullish outlook which, if met, would mean that the Taiwanese company would strongly outperform the world market.

Gianfranco Lanci, Acer’s president, said on Wednesday that shipments would hit 25m to 30m PCs this year, up from about 20m in 2007.

Acer is also forecasting a 40 per cent annual rise in laptop shipments. About 5m to 7m units are expected to be low-cost laptops, which the company plans to launch in June.

Gartner, the global IT research firm, has forecast global PC market growth at 10 per cent this year. Other researchers predict that a slump in the US would lead to single-digit or even negative growth this year.

Mr Lanci said demand in the current quarter was “very strong”, and Acer would sell 60 per cent more laptops in the current quarter than during the same period last year.

Acer has been growing faster than the overall industry for years, but the latest boost is partly because of its acquisition last year of Gateway, the US computer company, and Packard Bell, the small European computer brand.

Acer forecast that revenue during the current quarter would be slightly down from the first quarter.

Last month, the company acquired Eten, a Taiwanese portable device maker, for the equivalent of US$290m, and Mr Wang has said he expects this to boost Acer’s presence in the market segment of ultra-mobile PCs.

Acer on Wednesday reported a 28 per cent drop in net income for the first quarter to T$2.95bn (US$97.3m) from T$5.66bn in the same period last year when the company benefited from T$3.8bn in one-off gains because of the disposal of investments.

The drop was mainly due to significantly lower income from the disposal of investments. In the first quarter of 2007, Acer had booked T$3.8bn from such one-off gains.

The company has been selling down stakes in affiliates following its restructuring in 2001 that transformed it from a diversified electronics group into a dedicated computer vendor that outsources all manufacturing and retail operations.

Источник: Financial Times

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