Innovative products, operational efficiency and realignment actions drove Lenovo’s strong performance in Q3, despite economic and industry headwinds
- Return to profitability in Q3 – with pre-tax income (excluding non-cash, M&A-related accounting charges) of US$397million, reported pre-tax income of US$320 million, up 17% year-over-year, and net income of US$300 million – after the restructuring and one-time charges that drove a loss in Q2
- Revenue was US$12.9 billion, down 8% year-over-year or down 2% in constant currency
- Lenovo swiftly concluded its restructuring plan and is on track to deliver savings of US$650 million in the second half of the year and US$1.35 billion annually
- Lenovo achieved its stated goals of achieving breakeven in its mobile business 4-6 quarters after the close of the Motorola deal, and remains on track to reach US$5 billion in Enterprise revenue, on a constant currency basis
- Lenovo grew its PC market share and achieved a record high 21.6% share*
- Basic EPS of 2.71 US cents, or 21.01 HK cents
HONG KONG — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 2, 2016 — Lenovo Group (HKSE: 0992) (PINK SHEETS: LNVGY) today announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015. Quarterly revenue was US$12.9 billion, an 8 percent year-over-year decrease, or 2 percent year-over-year in constant currency. Third quarter pre-tax income, excluding non-cash, M&A related accounting charges of US$77 million, was US$397 million, while reported pre-tax income was US$320 million, up 17 percent, exceeding analyst’s estimates. Net income was US$300 million, up 19 percent, also exceeding analyst’s estimates.
The decisive realignment actions that Lenovo announced in August 2015 are on track to realize US$1.35 billion in full year run-rate savings. These savings are giving Lenovo a cost structure that is significantly lower than its peers. Combined with its solid execution and innovation pipeline, Lenovo is transforming its business model, processes and organization, positioning itself to maintain a healthy business even in the current environment.
"Last quarter, although we were impacted by the global macro-economic slowdown, currency fluctuations in key markets, and PC market decline, Lenovo still achieved record high profit and delivered on our commitment to turn around the Mobile business," says Yuanqing Yang, chairman and CEO of Lenovo. "Next, in PCs, we will leverage the consolidation trend, commercial PC replacement, and opportunities in innovative product categories to drive growth. In Mobile, we will build scale and efficiency to accelerate our growth in emerging markets, breakthrough in mature markets with innovative products and premium brands, and expand in the open market in China with a stronger product portfolio. And finally, in Enterprise, we will leverage leading technologies and strategic partnerships to drive profitable growth."
The Company’s gross profit for the third fiscal quarter decreased 10 percent year-over-year to US$1.9 billion, while gross margin stood at 14.6 percent. Operating profit for the quarter was US$379 million. Basic earnings per share for the third fiscal quarter was 2.71 US cents, or 21.01 HK cents. Net debt reserves as of December 31, 2015, totaled US$49 million.
Business Group Overview**
In the PC Group, or PCG, which includes PCs and Windows tablets, Lenovo’s quarterly sales were US$8 billion, down 12 percent, with pre-tax income of US$405 million, down 18 percent year-over-year. Greater than expected slowdown in the PC market and foreign exchange fluctuations hurt the PC group’s results. Pre-tax income margin of 5 percent, was comparatively stable, declining 0.4 points year-over-year, showing Lenovo’s operational strengths.
Lenovo remained #1 for the 11th straight quarter. It achieved a record high 21.6 percent market share, widening its lead over the #2 vendor. It shipped 15.4 million PCs in the quarter, with a 6.7 point premium to the overall market decline of 10.9 percent. In the worldwide consumer segment, Lenovo had record 19.7 percent market share. In China, Lenovo’s market share grew 1.7 points allowing it to break the 40 percent market share threshold for the first time ever. Lenovo will leverage industry consolidation, a strong commercial refresh driven by Windows 10, and dazzling new convertible and detachable products to grow market share and achieve its goal of 30 percent worldwide PC market share, while maintaining strong profitability.
In the Mobile Business Group, or MBG, which includes products
from Motorola, Lenovo-branded mobile phones, Android tablets and smart
TVs, Lenovo met its commitment to breakeven 4-6 quarters after acquiring
Motorola, with successful restructuring and a strong performance in
Emerging Markets outside China. The unit’s quarterly sales were
US$3.2 billion, down 4 percent from Q3 FY 2014-15, which included two
months of Motorola’s results. Motorola contributed US$2 billion to
Lenovo’s MBG revenues. MBG’s total pre-tax loss was US$30 million, with
a pre-tax loss margin of 0.9 percent, up 7.2 points quarter-to-quarter.