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U.S. Constraints Drive Huawei’s Revenue Down by Approximately a 3rd

HONG KONG—Huawei Systems Co. stated income dropped by approximately a third in 2021, as the results of U.S. export limits hammered the Chinese tech giant’s major enterprise lines.

Huawei’s revenue fell 29% to 634 billion yuan, or about $99 billion, for the year, the business said, an unusual decline in full-year revenue for the when booming technological innovation business.

Huawei disclosed the decrease in revenue in a calendar year-finish letter to employees from its chairman,

Guo Ping.

In the letter, Mr. Guo stated the company’s attempts to reshape its enterprise subsequent U.S. sanctions ended up on keep track of but that Huawei would deal with an additional hard calendar year.

Huawei is shedding its edge in the smartphone enterprise as the Chinese tech big copes with a global chip lack as very well as U.S. sanctions that lower the enterprise off from 5G know-how. WSJ reporter Dan Strumpf points out what’s led to Huawei’s present worries. Image: AFP by means of Getty Photos

The success had been in line with Huawei’s forecasts, Mr. Guo mentioned. Huawei executives had previously warned of a probably drop in earnings for the 12 months.

Just after a long time of booming development, Huawei was battered this calendar year by far-achieving U.S. export controls, which blocked the company from getting essential chips and other parts. The effects have been most pronounced on its smartphone business enterprise, the world’s most significant for many months in 2020 just before product sales all but dried up this yr because of worries in getting chips.

“Huawei’s smartphone company, which built up about 50 % of the company’s revenues in 2020, is collapsing,” mentioned

Dan Wang,

engineering analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics. “Even with heroic effort and hard work, Huawei won’t be capable to maneuver quickly sufficient into new business strains to end this bleeding.”

Huawei’s 5G telecom business enterprise was blocked in a number of Western nations around the world adhering to tension from the U.S., which regards Huawei gear as susceptible to espionage or disruption by the Chinese govt. Huawei has denied its equipment is a risk and states it is owned by personnel and operates independently of the governing administration.

Mr. Guo mentioned Huawei’s telecom carrier business was steady in 2021, while its company enterprise, the company’s smallest business enterprise device, professional solid growth. He explained the company’s purchaser business continued to broaden into new areas.

Between them, he claimed, was a range of new customer devices concentrated all-around the company’s self-formulated running method, called HarmonyOS. He also explained the company was making a software package ecosystem for digital infrastructure, identified as EulerOS.

Mr. Guo explained the corporation remained committed to attracting abroad expertise, declaring it was supplying leading compensation for those who joined.

Huawei has been concentrating on new areas that are a lot less dependent on overseas supply chains and superior-finish chips, such as computer software, wearable devices and cars. However, executives have said that these new business enterprise spots are not probably to make up for slipping smartphone gross sales quickly.

This year also noticed the launch of Huawei’s main economical officer,

Meng Wanzhou,

who had been held in Canada for almost three a long time soon after getting sought by the U.S. on financial institution fraud prices connected to the company’s alleged business enterprise in Iran. Ms. Meng returned to China in September just after achieving a deferred prosecution settlement with the U.S. in an apparent prisoner swap in which China introduced two imprisoned Canadians.

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Appeared in the January 3, 2022, print edition as ‘U.S. Curbs Cramp Huawei’s Income.’