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Huawei Posted strongest growth ever

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China’s Huawei Technologies saw its fastest growth in four years in 2023, with a rebound in its consumer segment and income from new businesses like smart car components accelerating its recovery from US sanctions.

Revenue rose 9.6% from a year earlier to C¥704.2-billion (US$97.5-billion), with the consumer business contributing most to that figure, growing 17.3% to C¥251.5-billion.

While Huawei did not break down the consumer figure, the segment includes its handset business, which saw a renaissance last year as the company returned to the mainstream 5G smartphones market with the Mate60 Pro, apparently overcoming US restrictions.

From 2019, the US has restricted Huawei’s access to American technology, accusing the company of being a security risk, which Huawei denies.

Last year marked the third consecutive year of growth for the company after revenue plummeted by almost a third in 2021 when the company started to exhaust chip reserves, though revenue remains below its 2020 peak of C¥891.3-billion.

Huawei was relatively muted about its achievement, doing away with the press conference and launch event it has held every year at least since the US restrictions began.

In a press release, rotating chairman Ken Hu said the results were in line with forecasts. “We’ve been through a lot over the past few years. But through one challenge after another, we’ve managed to grow.”

At a launch event last year, Meng Wangzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of the company’s founder, announced that Huawei was no longer in crisis mode.

Net profit in 2023 rose by 144.5% to C¥87-billion, with the net profit margin more than doubling on a year earlier to 12.35%. Some of that came from ongoing payment from the sale of the Honor smartphone brand, which Huawei sold in November 2020, a company spokesman said.

While the company’s core ICT infrastructure business remained stable, its cloud business grew by more than a fifth, generating revenue of C¥55.3-billion.

Huawei’s four-year-old smart car software and components business also saw major growth albeit from a lower comparison base, up 128.1% year on year to C¥4.7-billion.

Last year, Huawei announced it would spin off the smart car unit into a new company. Earlier this month, Richard Yu, MD and chairman of Huawei’s smart car solutions, announced the unit would likely turn a profit from April after losing billions of yuan in the past year, local media reported.

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