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Before we begin,
you can have a look at the old post regarding company profile and business regarding DUFU.
Previous Dufu Post
Remember when 1Gb was a lot?
Hold your horses, introducing Exabyte where 1 (EB) equals to 1,000,000 Terabytes (TB)
So we’ve heard a lot about how SSD is replacing HDD and it's a sunset business. So let’s find out shall we?
But wait, first you need to understand Nearline storage, because its one of the main contributor for 3.5' HDDs and $DUFU's growth as well.
*Nearline storage is a combination of Near +Online.
It means on-site storage of data on a removable media. Basically its like you let part of the data that you don't use sleep (offline storage) and online access the parts you need (online storage).
A compromise between those two.
The shipments of HDDs in Q1 2021 is 288.28 Exabyte. A record sales.
Instead of shipping many HDDs with less storage, we ship less HDDs with more storages now.
SSDs are replacing HDD in higher end consumer devices such as notebooks, tablets and hybrid devices.
However, HDDs are still dominant in the enterprise, cloud and data center market, which prioritize high storage capacities and prices over faster access speeds
Out of 288.28 exabytes shipped, 66% belonged to 3.5inch HDD for server, enterprise, nearline and surveillance applications, with an average capacity of 12 TB.
Since the latest game consoles from Microsoft and Sony no longer use HDD, the shipment of HDD for consumer electronics (CE) dropped 31% YoY.
Vast majority of 2.5 inch CE HDDs have been used for game consoles. We expect it to further decline.
By contrast, sales of 3.5 inch CE HDDs remain strong. They are used on PCs for demanding applications for things like media and video editing.
Conclusion: It’s still growing overall, thriving in areas where storage capacity and cost are priorities, but shrinking in areas where mobility and speed is more important.
Annual report states growth in is due to increase in demand of disc spacer components. Nearline HDDs or capacity enterprise is seen dominating the surge in demand.
The latest enterprise HDD operates on 9 disk platters. So back to the first picture, nearline storage.
Dufu’s main revenue still comes from HDD. They manufacture disk spacers in particular and is one of the tech companies that managed to perform. (partially contributed by foreign exchange)
On a YoY basis, the revenue increase was due to an increase in volume loading by customers related to HDD components.
On top of this, the Group also has strong growth contributed by the enormous demand for sheet metal welded assembly components and parts and the buoyant orders coming from control and sensors in the non-HDD segment.
Chart wise Dufu is one of the more choppy names among tech stocks.
Low liquidity might also be a factor to the chopiness and gap between bid and ask.
Its still sticking to the trendline for now, trading in the range of 4.24 and 4.82, doing a consolidation.
Looks as healthy as it gets for now
Risk factors include covid cases and politic as usual for Malaysia.
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