DFI will maintain gross margins of 17-18% in the second quarter on rising
orders for industrial-use applied computing platform (ACP) motherboards,
according to company chairman YC Lu.
The high-profit segment helped the company reach pretax profits of NT$58.27
million in the first quarter, up significantly from the NT$15.99 million it
recorded for the same period last year.
The ACP-motherboard division accounted for more than 50% of DFI revenues for
the first time in April, Lu stated. DFI plans to add up to 50 R&D staff to
the division by the end of this year, noted Lu, saying that the company has
received orders of system assembly for gaming and gambling machines that are
based on Intel Xscale processors.
DFI currently supplies its ACP motherboards to IBM, Toshiba, Hitachi, Fujitsu
and JVC, with major applications including banking, ATM (automatic teller
machine), POS (point-of-sale), gaming and gambling. DFI also intends to land
new customers for ACP-motherboard orders in the second half of this year,
according to Lu.
Although ACP motherboard revenues accounted for 38% of its total revenues in
2004, Lu expects the contribution to top 45% this year. In addition, DFI
anticipates its high-end LANParty and Infinity series of motherboards will
contribute 30% to its revenues by year-end, rising from 27% at present.
Market sources project DFI will top earnings per share (EPS) of NT$2 in 2005,
doubling from NT$1 last year.
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