A busy day for vendors: Huawei expects a profit, ZTE a loss, and the bloom could be returning to Nokia Siemens.
Huawei has defied the tough telecom gear market to report expected 33% higher income of 15.4bn yuan ($2.48bn), with sales up 8% to 220.2bn yuan ($35bn).
It has forecast revenue to rise 10-12% in 2013.
The non-core divisions maintained their contributions. While the telco business accounted for 72.8% in sales (up 6.8% over 2011), the consumer division - which includes handsets and modems – made up 22.0% (up 9.3%) and the enterprise group 5.2% (up 25%).
Offshore sales accounted for 66% of total sales, down from 67.9% in 2011.
CFO Cathy Meng said the company had had kept general expenses under control, allowing it to “allocate more resources to bolster the front line and ensure continuous improvements on customer delivery and service quality.”
ZTE‘s expected loss wasn’t such a huge surprise, given its trying year, although investors still marked its stock down 1.63%.
ZTE said it expects a full-year loss of 2.5bn-2.9bn yuan ($379m-$439m). Operating revenue fell 18% in the last quarter and margin shrank by 11 points as a result of it chasing low-margin contracts in Africa, South America, Asia, and China.
As in previous quarters ZTE attributes the loss to an array of factors, “including postponed execution of systems contracts, decrease in revenue from terminals in the domestic market, and delayed progress of international projects.”
Meanwhile, Nokia Siemens is planning a bond issue in the next quarter – its first ever foray into the public finance markets, FT.com reports.
It aims to raise as much as €700m ($932m) with high-yield bonds to pay down bank debt and fund future investment, paper says.
The move is significant given the potential for a future flotation of the business, which has been recently rejuvenated by its parents. Nokia and Siemens talked to private equity groups about a sale of NSN last year but failed to strike a deal, forcing the groups to bolster its balance sheet with a further €1bn of equity.
Helped by that equity injection, steep cost cuts and asset sales, NSN has tallied “three consecutive quarters of underlying profitability for the first time in its history. That has led to renewed talk among financiers about a potential flotation or sale next year.”