4G gives new hope, ZTE posts RMB 1.36 bn profit

ZTE has reported a full year profit of RMB 1.36 billion in 2013 as the company sharpened its focus on key operations such as 4G, while strengthening operational management to generate cost savings and efficiencies.

Net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company was RMB 1.36 billion in 2013, or RMB 0.39 per share, compared with a loss a year earlier.

The company declared a cash dividend of RMB 0.3 (including taxation) for every 10 shares held, representing 75.8 percent of total net profit of the year available for distribution. Revenue fell 10.6 percent to RMB 75.2 billion.

In 2013, ZTE exercised stringent control over contracts with lower margins, resulting in improved gross margin for international projects. In China, ZTE secured market-leading positions in 4G network tenders, as the company benefited from the development of proprietary technology solutions such as Cloud Radio. Internationally, the company’s 4G business accelerated.

ZTE reported operating revenue of RMB 35.63 billion from the mainland China market, accounting for 47.4 percent of the company’s overall operating revenue. Apart from the rapid development of the 4G business, ZTE also targeted strategically important opportunities such as “Smart City” metropolitan information systems, cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

The company reported operating revenue of RMB 39.60 billion from international operations, accounting for 52.6 percent of overall operating revenue. As a result of efforts to focus on major countries and mainstream operator partners, ZTE strengthened its relationships with key multinational customers.

Aside from the acceleration in the company’s 4G business, ZTE’s wireless products division continues to target opportunities in network expansion and upgrade in 2G and 3G networks. The company is also actively engaged in the research, development and planning of 5G and other next-generation technologies.

In connection with wireline and optical communications products, the company reported relatively fast growth in operating revenue from wireline switch and access products on the back of ongoing investment in research and development and outstanding product competitiveness, while such growth was also being driven by the rapid development of the broadband market and the construction of supporting facilities for the Mobile Internet.

In terms of the service products, the company achieved new breakthroughs in IPTV and video conference products with Tier-1 international operators, resulting in enhanced global market share for the company.

In 2013, operating revenue from terminal products decreased as a result of lower demand for feature phones and data cards. Smartphones and other smart terminal products now contribute a bigger percentage of total revenue, driven by the rapid development of the Mobile Internet.

The company will be committed to enhancing the competitiveness of its terminal products, adopting a more consumer-centric approach together with online-based business model. While maintaining and enhancing ZTE’s competitive edge in hardware, the company will also be focused on developing software and services to provide improved user experience to consumers through innovation.

Regarding smart terminals, next generation products will feature higher levels of intelligence affording greater flexibility to users. Wearable device will present a new direction of development, as the fulfillment of consumers’ needs becomes a crucial determining factor. In the government and enterprise service sectors, areas of keen market interest, such as industry informatisation, the Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, the Smart City and information security, etc, are set to present business opportunities to the Group.

In 2014, ZTE will continue to channel resources to accelerate business development in areas representing the highest strategic importance and greatest opportunity for the company. ZTE will combine technology innovation with strong strategic and business execution as the company continues to satisfy customers’ needs and pursue strong returns for shareholders.

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