Chinese language telecoms firm Huawei has reported a lower in gross sales however document revenue for 2021, as its high government, Meng Wanzhou, made her first public look since being launched from Canadian custody final autumn.
The Shenzhen-based firm stated on Monday its web income surged 75.9% yr on yr to 113.7bn yuan (£13.6bn), regardless of US sanctions. However its income skidded 29% to 636.8bn yuan, in keeping with Huawei’s earlier forecast in December.
Over the previous decade, Huawei rose to change into the image of China’s rising technological prowess. When the US-China commerce and know-how rivalry intensified in 2018, the corporate was caught within the crosshairs. Former US president Donald Trump had moved to cripple Huawei over safety and espionage considerations.
Meng was arrested in Canada in 2018 on the request of the US after being accused of mendacity to banks in Hong Kong about Huawei’s dealings with Iran. The Chinese language authorities, in return, arrested two Canadians. Each have been freed as Meng went dwelling final yr. State media hailed it as a diplomatic victory for China.
The tech agency attributes its profitability to “improved product portfolios and extra environment friendly inner operations”. It additionally stated its HarmonyOS was utilized in greater than 220m Huawei units as of 2021, “changing into the world’s quickest rising cellular system working system”.
Huawei will not be a publicly listed firm, so its accounts should not topic to the identical degree of audit as firms traded on the inventory market.
Talking at a press convention on Monday, Meng, the corporate’s chief monetary officer and the daughter of Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, stated regardless of a income decline prior to now yr, the corporate’s skill to make a revenue and generate cashflows was rising. It was additionally extra able to coping with uncertainty, she added.
Meng acknowledged the challenges sanctions have dropped at her firm. “The a number of rounds of sanctions imposed by the US have considerably affected our enterprise, particularly smartphones and PCs,” she stated. Huawei logged 243bn yuan in client enterprise gross sales – virtually 50% down from 2020.
Regardless of this, the corporate seemed to be decided that the one method ahead is to double down on its investments in analysis and improvement. Huawei spent 142.7bn yuan final yr on R&D, which was about 22.4% of its complete income.
Guo Ping, Huawei’s rotating chairman, stated the corporate would proceed to draw “world-class expertise” and double down on its partnerships with high universities world wide to arrange joint labs, regardless of elevated degree of scrutiny within the west.
“Our battle to outlive will not be over but,” he stated. “It doesn’t matter what comes our method, we’ll hold investing. That’s the solely method ahead.”
One of the imminent uncertainties the corporate should face is the way forward for its presence in Russia. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine but once more put Chinese language firms below the worldwide scrutiny as western companies, together with McDonald’s, pulled out of the market.
“Some international locations have give you insurance policies [vis-a-vis Russia], however they’re advanced and continuously altering,” stated Guo, referring to Russian sanctions, including: “We’re rigorously evaluating them.” He added that Huawei had no plan to advertise HarmonyOS in Russia in the interim.