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Compal Electronics

Diversification is the priority for outsourcing company Compal Electronics. One of Taiwan's top producers of notebook PCs, Compal has been hammered by the industry's plunging profit markets. While sales rose 30% last year, to $7.3 billion, profits sank 42%, to $209 million. As a result, Compal President Ray Chen is trying to build up the company's business in new products such as cell phones and LCD TVs. "We know [the LCD-TV business] is going to be booming for sure," Chen says. "If we look at cell phones, we know it's going to be moving toward [outsourcing]. It's just a matter of how we're prepared and take that ride."

Company Info

Revenues* $6.9 BILLION
Revenue Growth 29.8%
Return on Equity 11.5%
Total Return-6.6%
Profits* $197.1 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

Compal Electronics Inc. manufactures computer notebook and monitor products, as well as communication products. The company offers various computer notebook products. It also produces personal digital assistant (PDA) products, including pocket personal computers (PPCs), global positioning system PDAs, and PPC phone products. In addition, Compal Electronics produces wireless products, including code division multiple access handsets. It operates in Taiwan, China, South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. Compal Electronics I112, Inc. is a subsidiary of Worldwide Logistics Group.

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Ray Chen

Ray Chen


Mr. Ray Chen is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Compal Electronics Inc.