By Chen Cheng-hui / Staff reporter
Last month’s revenue at Largan Precision Co (大立光) was the highest the smartphone camera supplier had posted in 10 months and marks the sixth consecutive month of growth, the company said yesterday.
Largan is ramping up production as the industry enters its peak season and customers launch new models, the firm said.
Consolidated revenue rose 3.54 percent month-on-month to NT$4.35 billion (US$156.9 million), the highest since January, when the company posted NT$4.61 billion in revenue, Largan data showed.
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However, last month’s figure was 16.94 percent lower than the NT$5.24 billion it posted a year earlier, as component shortages and continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted smartphone brands to postpone camera upgrades, Largan said.
Analysts said that the company’s Chinese clients remained unable to make up for the loss of orders from Huawei Technologies Co (華為), which is affected by US sanctions that also influenced Largan’s average selling prices and shipping volume.
Taichung-based Largan counts Apple Inc, Sony Corp and Samsung Electronics Inc among its customers.
High-margin lenses for cameras of 20 or more megapixels accounted for 10 to 20 percent of its total shipments last month, lenses for products of 10 megapixels or more contributed 50 to 60 percent, lenses for 8-megapixel products made up 10 percent and other lenses for products with lower resolutions contributed 20 to 30 percent, Largan’s shipment breakdown showed.
As a leading maker of optical lens modules, Largan also produces real-image viewfinders and other optoelectronic parts.
The company’s cumulative revenue for the first 11 months of this year dropped 16.79 percent year-on-year to NT$42.46 billion.
Largan remains a leader in the lens industry, but the overall smartphone supply chains are still facing uncertainties amid tight supply for some components and the lingering pandemic in the near term, analysts said.
For this quarter, Largan’s revenue is forecast to grow 9 percent quarter-on-quarter, but fall 15 percent year-on-year to NT$13 billion, due mainly to its US clients losing market share, price pressure and weaker demand from Android-based smartphone brands, Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting Co (元大投顧) said in a research note last month.
Due to slowing specification upgrades, rising competition from rivals and continued pressure on its gross margin, Largan shares have declined 37.56 percent so far this year.
The shares closed 0.99 percent lower at NT$1,995 on Friday in Taipei trading, Taiwan Stock Exchange data showed.
Largan’s board of directors on Oct. 25 approved the company’s first buyback program for two months, aiming to buy back up to 1.342 million shares — or 1 percent of its outstanding shares — on the open market from Oct. 26 to Dec. 24 at NT$2,025 to NT$3,300 per share.
The company has thus far repurchased 580,000 shares for NT$2,090 on average, spending a total of NT$1.21 billion, its regulatory filings showed.
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