Lenovo Drives Strong Fourth Quarter and FY2017/2018 Results; Innovation and Efficiencies Power Continued FY2018/2019 Improvement

PC and Smart Devices (PCSD) business group: During the fourth quarter, PCSD posted strong revenue growth of 16% compared to the same period a year earlier. For the year, PCSD reported an 8% increase in revenue, and remained the world’s #1 PC and Tablet maker2, with market share growing 0.2 points to 15.6% globally. Additionally:

  • Returned to industry-leading PTI margin of 5% in Q4 FY2017/18. All geographies continued to be profitable with margin expansion in four out of five
  • Strong, double-digit, year-on-year revenue growth across regions in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and EMEA
  • Focused strategy in high-growth segments paying off with strong double-digit shipment growth year-on-year in both Gaming (+42%) and Workstation (+32%) in FYQ4. Both surpassed the US$1 billion-dollar scale in FY2017/18 with gaming reporting double-digit revenue growth year-on-year
  • Named Best Laptop Brand 2018 by LAPTOP Magazine for a second consecutive year

Data Center Group (DCG): The Data Center group is well positioned to provide the infrastructure for the smart IoT era and continues to be a significant growth business for Lenovo. The group’s financial performance serves as a tangible proof point that the DCG strategy is yielding significant results:

  • In Q4 FY2017/18 delivered second consecutive quarter of double-digit year-on-year growth and achieved highest revenue growth (+44%) since the IBM System x acquisition in 2014 – with all geographies showing positive year-on-year revenue growth
  • North America and EMEA posted their fourth consecutive quarter of strong year-on-year revenue growth
  • Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) continued strong revenue growth - 130% year-on-year
  • HPC solidified the number two position globally in the top 500 Supercomputing list, fast closing the gap to number one player

Mobile Business Group (MBG): During the quarter MBG moved with urgency to reshape the business for future growth and to accelerate progress toward profitability. This included the appointment of Sergio Buniac to lead the business outside of China; a realignment of the product portfolio ahead of forthcoming launches; overall channel inventory reduction, and a strategic market review to identify the opportunities for most profitable growth.

  • In Q4 FY2017/18 Latin America remained the strong core for MBG, recording double-digit (13%) year-on-year revenue growth
  • In North America, shipments continued to show strong, year-on-year growth as Lenovo strengthened presence with mainstream models and carrier expansion. North America shipments grew 54% year-on-year for Q4 and gained 1.1pts of market share to 3.8% in Q4 FY2017/18
  • Expense reduction for the new fiscal year as part of a strategy to reduce loss and focus on strengthening MBG’s leading position and profitability in Latin America, North America and Western Europe by simplifying the portfolio, optimizing the cost structure and leveraging shared platforms

Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group: Lenovo continues to be a beneficiary and driver of some of the most robust trends in global technology innovation, notably artificial intelligence. Lenovo’s investment arm, Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group (LCIG), funded 85 companies during the past years, and oversaw eight independent spin-offs.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune 500 company with a vision to become the global leader in Intelligent Transformation through smart devices and infrastructure that create the best user experience. Lenovo manufactures one of the world’s widest portfolio of connected products, including smartphones (Motorola), tablets, PCs (Thinkpad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion) and workstations as well as AR/VR devices and smart home/office solutions. Lenovo’s next generation data center solutions (ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile) are creating the capacity and computing power for the connections that are changing business and society. Lenovo works to inspire the different in everyone and build a smarter future where everyone thrives. Follow us on  LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramWeibo, or visit us at  http://www.lenovo.com/

         

LENOVO GROUP

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

For the fiscal quarter and full year ended March 31, 2018

(in US$ millions, except per share data)

 
 
Q4 17/18

Q4

16/17


Y/Y CHG

FY17/18

Y/Y CHG
Revenue 10,638 9,579 11% 45,350 5%
Gross profit 1,544 1,368 13% 6,272 3%
Gross profit margin 14.5% 14.3% 0.2pts 13.8% -0.4pts
Operating expenses (1,443) (1,294) 11% (5,885) 8%
Expenses - to-revenue ratio 13.6% 13.5% 0.1pts 13.0% 0.4pts
Operating profit 101 74 36% 387 -42%
Other non-operating expenses- net (64) (59) 9% (234) 28%
Pre-tax income 37 15 143% 153 -69%
Taxation 12 89 -87% (280) N/A
Profit/(loss) for the period/year 49 104 -53% (127) N/A
Non-controlling interests (16) 3 N/A (62) N/A
Profit/(loss) attributable to equity holders 33 107 -69% (189) N/A

Earnings/(loss) per share (US cents)

 

Basic 0.28 0.97 (0.69) (1.67)

N/A

Diluted 0.28 0.97 (0.69) (1.67)

N/A





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