Huawei said Monday its revenue during the first half of the year grew 13.1%, a significant slowdown from the same period last year as the company faces stricter sanctions from the United States.
Why it matters: The Shenzhen-based telecommunications gear maker’s business in the first six months of the year was hit by a double whammy—a new round of US sanctions imposed in May and the Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted the global economy.
- “The complex external environment makes open collaboration and trust in global value chains more important than ever,” Huawei said in a statement Monday.
Details: Huawei booked RMB 454 billion (around $64.9 billion) in revenue in the first six months of the year with a net profit margin of 9.2%, the company said in the statement.
- Huawei’s consumer business earned RMB 255.8 billion, while its carrier and enterprise units reaped a respective RMB 159.6 billion and RMB 36.3 billion, the company said.
- Second quarter revenue rose 22.7% year on year, according to TechNode’s calculations based on stated data.
Context: The same period a year earlier, the company reported 23.2% year-on-year revenue growth, before the impact of a May 2019 US blacklisting that sought to cut the company off from American technology. Huawei touted the growth as proof that US sanctions had a limited impact on its business.
- The ban took effect in May after several reprieves. Before that, some of Huawei’s important American partners such as Google—which provides commercial licenses to millions of Huawei’s Android-powered smartphones—had already terminated cooperation with the company, dealing a blow to its consumer business, its biggest source of revenue.
- In May, the US Department of Commerce announced a new regulation requiring companies around the world to obtain licenses for sales to Huawei of semiconductors made with US technology, an upgraded version of a May 2019 ban that applied only to American companies.
- The new regulation could potentially cut Huawei off from the global semiconductor supply chain. Affected Huawei suppliers include Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest contract chipmaker which produces high-end chip designs for Huawei; Taiwan’s Win Semiconductors, which makes Huawei’s radio frequency chip designs; and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics, which ships memory and storage to Huawei.
- Huawei had reportedly started shifting some production of its chip designs from overseas contract makers to domestic ones such as Shanghai-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., but experts believe the homegrown alternative is too backward in technology to supply the cutting-edge chips that Huawei needs.