ASRock said it is trying to clear its excess graphics card inventory which was built during the cryptocurrency mining boom. To do that it has to offer price cuts, but even then it would not have empty warehouses until the second half of the year.
Worldwide brand motherboard shipments decreased 15 percent on year in 2018, and only Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI) and ASRock managed to see flat or slight drops in shipments, while most other players suffered sharp declines.
ASRock shifted more than four million motherboards in 2018, while MSI's shipped around six million.
Motherboard shipments are expected to continue shrinking in 2019, but ASRock is expected to maintain shipments at similar levels to 2018.
ASRock's IPC subsidiary is expected to turn profitable in 2019 and will contribute around 15-17 percent of ASRock's overall revenues. Meanwhile, ASRock's server subsidiary is expected to continue achieving small profits in 2019 and will add around 10 percent of ASRock's revenues.
The outfit’s GPU business only began in April 2018, was initially expected to become a profit driver in 2018 due to the cryptocurrency mining fad. But crypto mining demand disappeared as fast as it arrived.
The company is still optimistic about AMD's graphics card products and has seen strong sales for its newly released 7nm Radeon VII graphics card priced at $699. The company is also preparing for the upcoming RX series Navi, scheduled for the third quarter of 2019, according to some market watchers.
Analysts believe that ASRock's revenues will grow 20 percent on year in 2019, up from $328.22 million in 2018.