Lenovo Dismisses U.S. Security Concerns On IBM Buy
- News has emerged that the latest deal between IBM and Lenovo is in limbo following the U.S. government's security concerns over IBM's x86 servers.
- The servers are extensively used in the country's communications networks and in data centers that support the Pentagon's computer networks.
- IBM and Lenovo faced a similar situation in 2005 when Lenovo bought IBM's personal computer business.
Lenovo Making The Right Strategic Moves To Build Value
- Lenovo beat expectations for quarterly revenue, gross margin, and operating profit on strong shipment growth in PCs, tablets, and handsets.
- Closing the IBM server and Google Motorola deals is important, but integrating, turning around, and improving the businesses is critical.
- Lenovo looks undervalued below $28, but it will take a few years for margins to recover as Lenovo absorbs the server and Motorola operations.
Is Samsung Vulnerable To An Assault By Lenovo? A Rift With Google Could Expose A Flank
- On the strength of Google's open source Android OS and deep integration into components, Samsung has emerged as the leader worldwide in smart connected devices.
- But there is some evidence Samsung is not happy with Google or Android and seeks alternatives.
- A Samsung-Google rift might open the door for Lenovo to accelerate its already rapid growth in mobile.
After 25% Pullback, Lenovo Looks Extremely Interesting
- After peaking in January, Lenovo's shares have pulled back nearly 25%.
- While indigestion concerns loom after the acquisition of Motorola Mobility and IBM's X86 server group, the growth opportunity is enormous.
- Shares trading at just an $11 billion market capitalization grossly undervalues the company's long-term earnings power.
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Lenovo Doubles Q1 Profits, Now World's No. 3 PC Vendor
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the... More
Thu, Feb. 13, 4:02 AM
- Lenovo's (LNVGY) FQ3 net profit climbed 29% to $265.3M, easily beating consensus of $247.2M.
- Revenue increased 15% to $10.79B, the first time sales have topped $10B.
- The company's earnings were lifted by robust sales of PCs and mobile devices in China.
- The firm sold 17.3M smartphones and tablets, and 15.3M PCs.
- Laptop sales +11%, desktops +12%.
- However, Lenovo warned that its acquisitions of Motorola Mobility from Google and of IBM's low-end server unit could hurt profitability in the short term. Still, Lenovo reckons it can turn Motorola around within three-to-five quarters.(PR)
Fri, Feb. 7, 3:19 AM
- Reports that Google (GOOG) has purchased a 5.94% holding in Lenovo Group (LNVGY) for $750M are incorrect, the re/code Web site says.
- Re/code writes that the reports were due to a misreading of a filing by Reuters.
- Google is due to receive $750M worth of Lenovo shares as part of the deal to sell its Motorola handset division to the Chinese company for $2.91B in cash and stock.
Tue, Feb. 4, 12:37 PM
- The Nikkei reports Sony (SNE +5.1%) is in talks to sell its Vaio PC unit, and is looking to receive ¥40B-¥50B ($394M-$492M).
- The report follows one over the weekend stating Lenovo (LNVGY), which last month struck deals to buy Motorola Mobility and IBM's x86 server unit, is in talks to acquire Sony's PC ops. Sony called the report inaccurate, but admitted it's exploring options for the business.
- Sony shares have shot higher on the Nikkei's report. Investors like the idea of unloading a loss-generating unit that has struggled to deal with declining PC sales and tough competition from Lenovo, H-P, and others. The company's FQ3 report is due on Thursday morning.
- Thanks to both the Sony report and a massive equity selloff, Lenovo shares are down 16% in Hong Kong over the last two days.
Sun, Feb. 2, 2:21 AM
- Sony (SNE) is considering "various options" for its Vaio PC unit, the company said yesterday, but it described as inaccurate a report that it is in discussions with Lenovo (LNVGF) for a joint venture that would take over the loss-making business' overseas operations.
- The Japanese firm has said in the past that it intends to change its product and manufacturing strategy for Vaio.
- Sony is due to report its latest earnings results this week.
Fri, Jan. 31, 7:20 PM
- After taking in Google's (GOOG) Q4 numbers, FBR estimates handing off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo (LNVGY) could boost the Web giant's op. margin by as much as 500 bps. Whereas Google proper has an op. margin of 34%, Motorola's losses dragged down the company's total op. margin to 29%.
- TechCrunch reports that with Motorola gone, newly-acquired Nest will serve as Google's primary hardware team. Nest, founded by iPod "godfather" Tony Fadell, will reportedly develop gadgets very different from the smart thermostats/smoke alarms it's known for.
- Many observers think the Lenovo sale is at least partly tied to Google's recent deals with Samsung (SSNLF). The reasoning: Samsung's reported willingness to embrace a vision of Android closer to Google's (toning down support for custom apps/UIs, and promoting Google apps/services) is linked to Google's decision to sell its mobile hardware unit.
- It's possible Google also gave Samsung favorable terms in their recent cross-licensing deal. In terms of patent portfolio/breadth, Google held the upper hand.
- In addition to keeping most of Motorola's patents, Google is holding onto the company's Advanced Technology unit, which is responsible for the Project Ara modular phone initiative.
- Lenovo says it will keep the Motorola brand in the U.S., and that it aims to eventually pass Apple and Samsung to be the world's largest smartphone vendor.
- Previous: Google earnings coverage
Wed, Jan. 29, 5:25 PM
- Just an hour after reports emerged Google (GOOG) is set to sell Motorola's phone ops to Lenovo (LNVGY), the deal has been announced by Larry Page. Lenovo will pay $2.91B for the struggling, loss-generating smartphone maker; Google will retain the "vast majority" of its patents.
- Page explains the deal by stating the smartphone market is "super competitive," and that "it helps to be all-in." He promises the sale doesn't have broader implications for Google's hardware efforts.
- Google paid $12.5B for Motorola Mobility in 2011. After backing out the Lenovo sale, the Arris sale, and $3.5B in cash, Google effectively paid ~$3.7B for Motorola's patents, assuming one doesn't count the losses the phone unit has produced under Google's control.
- The sale expands Lenovo's U.S. presence, and gives it access to Motorola's respected hardware engineering teams as it tries to grab high-end Android share from market leader Samsung (SSNLF). IDC estimates Lenovo had a 4.9% smartphone share in Q4 (up from 4.1% a year ago).
- The deal also removes a point of friction between Google and its Android partners. It shortly follows a report stating Google has pressured Samsung to tone down its Android UI changes and more strongly emphasize Google's apps/services, as it tries to exert greater control over Android's look and feel.
- GOOG +2.2% AH. In addition to the Motorola deal, shares could be getting a lift from Facebook's Q4 beat.
Wed, Jan. 29, 4:19 PM
- Reuters and China Daily both report Lenovo (LNVGY) is set to buy Motorola Mobility's phone unit from Google (GOOG). The former says the price tag is close to $3B; the latter says it's "at least" $2B. China Daily says the deal will be announced tomorrow morning in Beijing.
- Motorola Mobility has been bleeding share and (in spite of huge job cuts) posting big losses since Google's 2011 acquisition, as products such as the Moto X and Moto G fail to produce a turnaround in the face of stiff high-end competition from Samsung and Apple, and stiff low-end competition from a slew of Asian OEMs (including Lenovo).
- Google has already sold Motorola's set-top/cable infrastructure unit to Arris for $2.35B. The company will presumably hold onto Motorola's sizable mobile patent portfolio.
- Investors are pleased, GOOG +1.2% AH. Q4 results are due tomorrow.
Thu, Jan. 23, 4:10 AM
- As flagged, IBM (IBM) has agreed to sell its low-end x86 server business to Lenovo (LNVGY) for $2.3B, of which $2B will be in cash and the rest in stock.
- IBM and Lenovo will also form a partnership that will include a global OEM and reseller agreement for various IBM products, including its entry and mid-range Storwize disk storage systems.
- Around 7,500 IBM employees will be offered jobs at Lenovo.
- "This divestiture allows IBM to focus on system and software innovations...such as cognitive computing, Big Data and cloud," says IBM's Steve Mills.
- The deal comes after IBM's hardware division suffered another wretched quarter in Q4, with x86 sales dropping 16%.
- The question is whether U.S. security concerns will cause a delay to the transaction or cause it to be blocked. (PR)
Wed, Jan. 22, 6:55 PM
- The WSJ reports Lenovo (LNVGY), once the buyer of IBM's PC unit, is now close to acquiring its x86 server ops. Sources state a deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow.
- No word on price; "interested parties" not named Lenovo reportedly valued the unit at $2.5B when IBM shopped the business last year, but its recent performance might spell a lower price tag.
- Big Blue reported yesterday its x86 server sales fell 16% Y/Y in Q4; that was actually better than the 26% drop reported for hardware/chip sales overall. The business has been pressured by fierce competition from H-P and Dell, and the use of white-label hardware by Web/cloud giants.
- Selling the x86 unit would continue a long-term trend by IBM of unloading lower-margin hardware businesses in order to focus on software/services. It would also strengthen a balance sheet that has been dinged by huge buybacks and declining free cash flow (-18% Y/Y in 2013).
- Previous: Lenovo reportedly in talks to buy x86 unit
Mon, Jan. 20, 9:58 PM
- Lenovo (LNVGY, LNVGF) is in talks to buy IBM's low-end x86 server business, and a deal could be signed within weeks, Bloomberg reports.
- The two companies were said to be negotiating a deal for the division last year, but no agreement was reached on a price.
- Lenovo said today it’s in preliminary discussions on some kind of possible acquisition, but it did not identify the target or seller.
- Dell also may be among potential buyers, but it's not clear how seriously it is considering an acquisition.
Tue, Jan. 14, 5:42 PM
- PC industry names outperformed amid a broader tech rally, aided by a JPMorgan Intel (INTC +4%) note that argued PC demand is stabilizing, and tablet cannibalization diminishing. A number of chip stocks also rallied strongly (SOXX +2.1%).
- Also: Major hard drive suspension assembly maker Hutchinson has reported above-consensus Dec. quarter sales, while citing strong demand for 2.5" notebook drive assemblies. Seagate and Western Digital both rallied.
- JPMorgan's Christopher Danely, who upgraded Intel to Overweight, has raised his 2014 estimates soundly above consensus ahead of the chip giant's Thursday Q4 report. Danely notes Intel, Microsoft, H-P, and others have said PC demand is improving, and that Taiwan's big-4 notebook contract manufacturers collectively grew their shipments 7% Q/Q in Q4. Q1 shipments are expected to drop in-line with seasonality.
- He also points out tablet shipment growth is decelerating, and forecasts shipments will only rise 25% in 2014 (down from 53% in 2013).
- Danely's optimism contrasts with another bearish Intel note from Bernstein's Stacy Rasgon, who estimates five mobile CPU sales are needed to make up for one PC CPU sale, and doubts Intel's foundry business will move the needle.
- PC industry gainers: MSFT +2.3%. HPQ +2.6%. AMD +4.1%. NVDA +3.1%.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
- Previous: Goldman on Intel's Q4, Gartner/IDC's Q4 PC estimates, Intel's light 2014 guidance
Thu, Jan. 9, 5:58 PM
- IDC and Gartner respectively estimate PC shipments fell 5.6% and 6.9% Y/Y in Q4. Those numbers represent improvements from estimated Q3 declines of 7.6% and 8.6%. For the full year, both firms think shipments dropped 10% (to 315M and 316M, respectively).
- Gartner thinks U.S. PC sales (outperformed in Q3) have bottomed, but nonetheless estimates they fell 7.5%, and states "consumer spending during the holidays did not come back to PCs as tablets were one of the hottest holiday items."
- IDC thinks U.S. shipments only fell 1.6%, thanks to healthy enterprise demand. EMEA and much of Asia-Pac remained weak, but Japan delivered positive growth. The U.S. and Japan have higher ASPs and lower piracy rates than many emerging markets.
- Lenovo (LNVGY) added to its market lead in Q4: IDC assigns the company an 18.6% share (+250 bps Y/Y). #2 H-P, which performed well in its October quarter, is given a 16.8% share (-50 bps); both IDC and Gartner think H-P's U.S. sales were weak. #3 Dell, which has been cutting prices to gain share, is given a 12.2% share (+130 bps).
- H-P and Lenovo have each rolled out a slew of new Windows and Android notebooks, tablets, and convertibles at CES. Lenovo's pricing has arguably been more aggressive than H-P's.
- Other PC industry names: MSFT, INTC, AMD, NVDA, MU, STX, WDC.
Thu, Jan. 2, 6:21 PM
- Lenovo (LNVGY, LNVGF) is set to begin selling its flagship Vibe Z smartphone outside of China. The device features a 5.5" 1080p, Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 800 CPU, a 13MP camera, and 4G support, and carries an unsubsidized price of $549 (on par with other high-end Android phones).
- Lenovo has also begun selling three 3G-only mid-range Android phones - the A859, the S650, and the S930 - outside of China. The devices appear to be aimed at Asian markets where demand for cheap Android phones has taken off.
- IDC estimates Lenovo shipped 12.3M smartphones and had a 4.7% smartphone unit share in Q3, up from 3.7% a year earlier. The company has made lofty mobile ambitions, and is counting on its low-cost manufacturing expertise and U.S. resources (stemming from its acquisition of IBM's PC unit) to help it stand out.
- At the same time, the company faces stiff Android competition from Samsung (31.4% smartphone share), as well as local rivals such as Huawei (4.8% share), ZTE, and Xiaomi.
Dec. 3, 2013, 12:49 PM
- After forecasting in August global PC shipments would fall 9.7% Y/Y in 2013, IDC now estimates they'll drop 10.1% to 314.2M. Consumer shipments are expected to drop 15%, and commercial shipments (tend to have higher ASPs) 5%.
- Interestingly, emerging markets (shipments -11% to 182.1M) are expected to see a slightly larger drop than "mature markets" (-8% to 132M). There have been signs of stabilizing demand in the U.S. and certain other developed markets.
- IDC's forecast cut comes even though the firm thinks shipment declines moderated to a 7.6% Y/Y clip in Q3, after dropping 11.4% in Q2. In addition, H-P (HPQ +0.8%) just reported a mere 2% Y/Y PC sales drop for its Oct. quarter, and Intel (INTC -1%) stated the PC market is "beginning to show signs of stabilization," albeit while providing disappointing 2014 guidance.
- IDC expects shipments to drop another 3.8% in 2014 before "turning slightly positive in the longer term." It foresees 2017 shipments (naturally hard to predict) of 305.1M - barely above 2008 levels.
- For reference, IDC has predicted smartphone shipments will rise 39% this year to 1.01B (over 3x PC shipments), and tablet shipments will rise 58% to 227M (72% of PC shipments).
- Affected companies: MSFT, STX, WDC, MU, AMD, NVDA, LNVGY
Nov. 15, 2013, 2:58 AM
- Samsung (SSNLF, SSNGY) widened its lead over Apple (AAPL) in the smartphone market in Q3, with Gartner estimating that Samsung sold 80.36M smartphones vs 55M a year earlier and Apple 30.33M vs 24.62M.
- The Korean company's market share held steady at 32.1% while Apple's dropped to 12.1% from 14.3%.
- Overall, the number of smartphones sold increased to 250.2M from 171.65M.
- By operating system, Google's (GOOG) Android accounted for 205M devices, or 81.9% of the market, Apple's iOS 30.33M, or 12.1%, and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8.9M, or 3.6%.
- The total number of cellular phones sold rose to 455.6M from 431M. Samsung was in first place with 117M units and Nokia (NOK) second with 63M. (PR)
Nov. 7, 2013, 3:24 AM
- Lenovo's (LNVGF) FQ2 net profit rose 36% to $219.7M and exceeded analyst expectations of $201M, lifted by higher margins in China and increased sales of smartphones.
- Revenue climbed 13% to $9.77B and beat consensus of $9.41B.
- Lenovo's Chinese margins grew to 6.8% in fiscal H1 from 6.1% a year earlier, due to higher average selling prices and cost controls. However, margins dropped in the Americas region.
- Lenovo's FQ2 world-wide PC shipments edged up 2% vs a sector-wide decline of 7.6%.
- Smartphone shipments surged over 78% to 12.3M units.
- Lenovo intends to seek acquisitions to help its expansion. (PR)
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bd4uandu:: HKG:0992 (Lenovo) up 3.6%
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User 16202282:: I'm long over 10k, today was a good day to buy, because lenovo underperformed asia market last night. Remember that 0992 will dictate LNVGY.
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Slomoose:: yepper, steady as she goes...long on LNVGY
bd4uandu:: It's holding up real well even though the rest of the market is down. Wait til they get Motorola dialed in.
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moneymorality:: up a bunch off the bottom, which was destined to happen. Earnings and fundamentals always win.