Huawei posts record profit but US pressure, Covid pandemic hit revenue growth

Chinese language telecom large Huawei stated Wednesday it achieved the newest in a string of report income final 12 months, however income progress slowed sharply due to the pandemic and tightening US stress that has pushed it into new enterprise traces to outlive.

Unlisted Huawei stated internet revenue rose 3.2 p.c to 64.6 billion yuan ($9.9 billion) in 2020, whereas income inched 3.eight p.c greater to 891.four billion yuan.

The world’s main provider of telecom networking gear and a prime smartphone model, Huawei faces uncertainty because the administration of former president Donald Trump launched a marketing campaign in 2018 to comprise the corporate.

The American stress has taken time to affect the underside line, however the outcomes unveiled Wednesday clearly confirmed that they had been biting.

Bloomberg Information stated its calculations confirmed that Huawei’s income within the fourth quarter of 2020 shrank for the primary time on report. Huawei representatives couldn’t instantly affirm that.

Earlier than the US marketing campaign started, income progress was routinely in extra of 30 p.c. It slowed to round 19 p.c in 2019.

“It is truthful to say that in 2020 we noticed a slowdown within the progress charge and sure, life was not straightforward for us,” chairman Ken Hu stated throughout a briefing at Huawei’s sprawling campus within the southern metropolis of Shenzhen.

The earnings report additionally indicated that Huawei could more and more discover its fortunes tied to the large China market as abroad stress mounts.

Whereas income in China grew 15.four p.c final 12 months, it dropped 24.2 p.c within the US market, 12.2 p.c in Europe, Center East and Africa, and eight.7 p.c within the Asia-Pacific area.

Smartphone gross sales even have stalled after the US reduce Huawei off from key elements and banned it from utilizing Google’s Android providers.

Huawei stated the unit that makes smartphones and different private units, and which accounts for greater than 50 p.c of general income, managed simply 3.Three p.c gross sales progress in 2020.

Knowledge launched beforehand by unbiased sector analysts has proven that each home and abroad Huawei cellphone shipments plunged greater than 40 p.c within the fourth quarter of 2020.


Hu blamed the “unfair” US stress.

“The US restrictions have impacted our client enterprise, particularly our cell phone enterprise, resulting in the average progress charge we achieved final 12 months,” he stated.

US allies even have responded to Washington’s warnings of a Huawei safety menace by banning its networking gear from their telecom programs.

Income progress in Huawei’s service community division was flat final 12 months, simply 0.2 p.c.

The USA, locked in a worsening rivalry with China, fears Beijing’s Communist authorities might utilise Huawei programs put in around the globe for espionage.

China’s authorities and Huawei have heatedly rejected the suggestion.

Hope of a reset below the administration of President Joe Biden was dashed two weeks in the past when US regulators included Huawei on an inventory of Chinese language telecom corporations deemed to pose a nationwide safety danger.

On prime of all that, chief monetary officer Meng Wanzhou — daughter of CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei — is in Canada combating extradition to the US on costs together with violation of US sanctions in opposition to Iran.

Analysts have stated that whereas Huawei will probably survive, a significant transformation is crucial.

The corporate has pressed forward with that, quick diversifying to embody enterprise and cloud computing, internet-of-things units and networks, and different enterprise segments associated to the arrival of 5G networks, an space of Huawei energy, whereas refocusing on the pleasant China market.

Huawei bought its Honor price range cellphone line to a home consortium late final 12 months and — exiled from Android — is pushing to construct up the ecosystem surrounding its remaining smartphone enterprise.

Hu stated Huawei’s transformation would proceed.

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