HONG KONG (AFP) – Shares in China’s Lenovo jumped five per cent Wednesday, a day after it announced better-than-expected third-quarter net profits, boosted by a strong performance in its smartphone unit following the purchase of Motorola last year.
The world’s biggest PC maker said it earned $253 million in the final three months of 2014, five per cent less than the previous year but better than the average $182.4 million forecast by analysts in a Bloomberg News survey.
The result sent its shares jumping 4.95 per cent to HK$11.46 at the close in Hong Kong Wednesday.
While growth in the PC market is softening, the firm said its revenue increased 31 per cent year-on-year to $14.09 billion, thanks to a more than doubling of mobile phone sales to $3.39 billion.
Global mobile phone shipments surged 78 per cent to 24.7 million units in the quarter, boosted by the $2.9 billion purchase of Motorola from Google in October, according to a company filing with the Hong Kong exchange.
That buyout came soon after the Chinese giant paid $2.3 billion for IBM’s low-end server business as it looks to diversify beyond PCs.
“Lenovo continued to deliver solid performance along with smooth integration of two major mergers and acquisitions transactions,” it said in the filing. “Lenovo has now become a truly global smartphone player.”
CEO Yang Yuanqing told Bloomberg News: “We are very fortunate that both of the acquired businesses performed pretty well.
“Motorola is growing volume very fast – they almost doubled volume year on year – and for the first time delivered more than 10 million units last quarter.”