Huawei’s initially quarter earnings tumbles as smartphone profits plunge

Huawei’s smartphone company has struggled underneath U.S. sanctions that limit it from getting chips and other parts from important suppliers.

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BEIJING — Chinese telecommunications huge Huawei declared Thursday that to start with quarter profits fell by almost 14% from a yr ago, although its income margin more than halved.

“Our buyer company was closely impacted, and our [information and communications technology] infrastructure business skilled continuous progress,” Ken Hu, Huawei’s rotating chairman, mentioned in a statement. “In 2022, we still encounter a difficult and complex company environment.”

The corporation noted 131 billion yuan ($20.63 billion) in earnings for the first quarter. Which is down by 13.9% from the identical interval previous year, and a a lot more than 27% decrease from the fourth quarter of 2021.

First quarter earnings margin of 4.3% was much less than fifty percent the 11.1% claimed a year before.

Hu said the quarterly success had been in line with the firm’s expectations and that Huawei has amplified its investment decision in analysis and advancement.

Huawei’s smartphone business enterprise has struggled under U.S. sanctions. The Trump administration set the business on a blacklist that restricts it from obtaining significant factors this kind of as state-of-the-art semiconductors from U.S. suppliers.

Smartphone sales in China across unique manufacturers fell by 14% in the to start with quarter from a yr back, according to Counterpoint Research.

Huawei logged the worst decrease out of seven models, rating sixth by current market share and with gross sales plunging by 64.2% from a calendar year before, the report confirmed. The firm’s smartphone sales in China also fell by 12% from the prior quarter.

Apple was the only other organization on the checklist to post a quarter-on-quarter gross sales drop in China, down by 23%, in accordance to Counterpoint. Nonetheless, the Apple iphone maker’s China gross sales even now grew by 4.4% in the initial quarter from a 12 months back.

Seeking to other organizations

Huawei has emphasised using the services of expertise and producing other enterprise lines to counter the effect of slipping smartphone revenue.

In particular, though the company stated it will not build its possess cars and trucks, Huawei has entered the sizzling electric powered car or truck industry by incorporating its HarmonyOS working process and other technology into autos made by common Chinese automobile makes.

Rotating chairman Hu claimed previously this week that at minimum two much more auto versions working with Huawei technology would be released this 12 months. The initially car to use HarmonyOS was the Aito M5, which began deliveries earlier this year.

Huawei stated its investigate and advancement crew for clever autos has attained 5,000 folks, and that the company’s investment in car tech-relevant operations achieved $1 billion past 12 months.

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Asbury Automotive Group Reports All-Time Record EPS of $10.38, for First Quarter 2022, up 117% Over Prior Year, and Announces Update to Strategic Growth Plan

DULUTH, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG) (the “Company”), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., reported record first quarter 2022 net income of $237.7 million ($10.38 per diluted share), an increase of 156% from $92.8 million ($4.78 per diluted share) in the prior year quarter.

“In the first quarter, our legacy Asbury and recently acquired stores contributed to the Company generating all-time record adjusted EBITDA, which increased 139% to $336 million. We are excited about our expanded dealership portfolio and our team members, all of whom have done an outstanding job. The strategic fit of the acquisitions we made in 2021 is clear and we believe that we are now on pace to generate $16 billion in revenue in 2022, a 63% increase over 2021. We have updated our strategic growth plan to reflect our new target of $32 billion in revenue in 2025. Our first quarter results reaffirm our belief that we can achieve our updated 2025 plan,” said David Hult, Asbury’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We see tremendous opportunity ahead of us as we roll out Clicklane to our acquired dealerships and integrate Total Care Auto, Powered by Landcar, or TCA, into the legacy Asbury stores. We expect these actions, along with a more optimized dealership portfolio, will allow Asbury to expand its market share, increase productivity and improve the purchasing, servicing and ownership experience of our guests.”

The financial measures discussed below include both GAAP and adjusted (non-GAAP) financial measures. Please see reconciliations for non-GAAP metrics included in the accompanying financial tables.

First quarter 2022 adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, increased 134% year-over-year to $212.2 million ($9.27 per diluted share) compared to adjusted net income of $90.7 million ($4.68 per diluted share) in first quarter 2021. Adjusted net income for first quarter 2022 excludes gains, net of tax, of $25.5 million ($1.11 per diluted share) related to a $33.1 million ($1.08 per diluted share) gain on the sale of four dealerships and a $0.9 million ($0.03 per diluted share) sale-leaseback real estate gain.

Net income for the first quarter 2021 was adjusted for the following pre-tax items: gain on legal settlements of $3.5 million ($0.14 per diluted share), gain on sale of real estate of $1.1 million ($0.03 per diluted share), and other real estate related charges of $1.8 million ($0.07 per diluted share).

First Quarter 2022 Operational Summary

Total company vs. 1st Quarter 2021:

  • Revenue of $3.9 billion, an increase of 78%
  • Gross profit increased 107%
  • Gross margin increased 270 bps to 20.2%
  • New vehicle unit volume increased 44%; new vehicle revenue increased 61%; gross profit increased 197%
  • Used vehicle retail unit volume increased 63%; used vehicle retail revenue increased 100%; gross profit increased 102%
  • Finance and insurance revenue increased 130%; gross profit increased 118%
  • Parts and service revenue increased 92%; gross profit increased 70%
  • SG&A as a percentage of gross profit fell to 57.5%, a decrease of 520 bps
  • Operating income increased 135%; adjusted
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