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Huawei’s Net Profit Dropped 68.7 Percent Last Year

Well-known Chinese news site Sina (NASDAQ: SINA) recently reported that Huawei released its 2022 annual report. The report shows that Huawei’s global sales revenue was RMB 642.3 billion yuan (around US$93.5 billion), a year-over-year increase of 0.9 percent, and its net profit was RMB 35.6 billion yuan (around US$518 million), a sharp decrease of 68.7 percent year-over-year. In 2022, Huawei’s sales in the high-end smartphone market fell sharply by 44 percent year-over-year, and its share in the high-end smartphone market further dropped from 5 percent in 2021 to 3 percent. Regarding Huawei’s return to the 5G smartphone market, Huawei’s rotating chairman responded that the mobile phone business has been most affected by the U.S. sanctions, from the second in the world to “others.” Currently Huawei can only make 4G phones. To buy a Huawei 5G mobile phone, one would have to wait for permission from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Huawei also confirmed its strategy of not building cars, but helping car companies build good cars. According to Huawei’s CFO, in 2022, Huawei’s operations faced greater pressure. Overall, the operating performance was in line with expectations. At the end of 2022, Huawei’s asset-liability ratio was 58.9 percent  and its net cash balance was RMB 176.3 billion yuan (around US$25.7 billion), showing a stable financial position.

Source: Sina, March 31, 2023