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Compal Electronics

(TSEC: 2324)

Taiwan

Like other Taiwanese companies, notebook PC maker Compal faces a simple problem: Dell giveth and Dell taketh away. The American giant is increasing the amount that it buys from Taiwanese suppliers by 20% this year, to $12 billion. But Dell, determined to slash prices to compete with Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo, also is putting more pressure on suppliers like Compal to lower costs. As a result, investors fret that Compal's already slim profit margins will shrink even more. To reduce its reliance on notebook sales to the likes of Dell, Compal is expanding in displays. In May, Toppoly Optoelectronics, an LCD panel maker in which Compal is the largest shareholder, won Taiwanese government approval to take over the display subsidiary of Philips Electronics.

Company Info

2005 Rank

93

Sales*
($ Millions)

8,280.3

Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

16 %

Profits*
($ Millions)

262.6

Return on Equity

13.4 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)

17.1

Share Price
As of 5/31/06

1.02

CURRENT
MARKET INFO

TSEC: 2324

No. of Employees

Industry Computers & Peripherals
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*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Compal Electronics, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of notebook personal computers, computer monitors, and communication products in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. It offers various computer notebook products, including CL50 Series, DCL51 Series, DCY30 Series, DAT23 Series, and the BCY27 Series. The company also produces personal digital assistant (PDA) products, including pocket personal computers (PPC), global positioning system PDAs, and PPC phone products. In addition, Compal Electronics produces wireless products, including code division multiple access handsets. It also operates in South Korea, England, and the U.S. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.


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Ray Chen

Ray Chen

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ray Chen is president and chief executive officer of Compal Electronics.



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