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China Handset Makers Boost Profits at Qualcomm

The US chip firm forecast second-quarter revenue between $10.2 billion and $11 billion, above analysts’ estimates of $9.6 billion

Signs of Qualcomm and 5G are pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai (Reuters file image).


Qualcomm posted record first-quarter revenue on Wednesday and beat Wall Street forecasts for the current quarter, boosted by strong growth in the Android business and demand from China’s handset makers.

The US chip firm forecast second-quarter revenue between $10.2 billion and $11 billion, above analysts’ estimates of $9.61 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

The company has benefited from the exit of Huawei Technologies from the smartphone market, which has led other Chinese phone brands – such as Xiaomi, Honor and Oppo – to turn to Qualcomm for their chip needs.

“Android is driving the growth,” Qualcomm chief financial officer Akash Palkhiwala, said.

In the first quarter, handset revenues rose 42% year-over-year to $6 billion, driven by greater than 60% growth in revenues from Snapdragon chipsets for Android devices.

The shifting Chinese market had given Qualcomm “tremendous opportunity… and we’re capitalising on it,” Palkhiwala said.

He said during an earnings call that the second half of the fiscal 2022 year is “shaping up” like the second half of fiscal 2021, with “very strong year over-year-growth rates.”

Net income in the first quarter rose to $3.69 billion, or $3.23 per share, from $2.51 billion, or $2.17 per share, a year earlier. Palkhiwala forecast more than 30% of non-GAAP EPS growth in the third quarter.

Still, Qualcomm shares fell about 3% in after hours trading as the results were overshadowed by Facebook owner Meta’s weaker-than-expected profit and forecast.

“We think investors are somewhat concerned about possible demand pull-in and/or double ordering by Qualcomm’s customers due to the industry supply constraint,” Kinngai Chan, an analyst at Summit Insights Group, said.


  • Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell





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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.


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