Foxconn’s Hon Hai reports Q1 revenue drop
15 May 2013 | 0
Foxconn’s Hon Hai Precision Industry posted a 19.2% year-over-year decline in revenue for the first quarter, with sales likely affected by weak demand for Apple’s iPhone 5, according to an analyst.
The Taiwanese contract manufacturer said on Wednesday its revenue for the quarter was NT$809 billion (€20 billion), although net profit was up 8.4% year-over-year, reaching NT$16.4 billion.
Hon Hai Precision Industry is the main manufacturing arm of Foxconn Technology Group, which is best known as a supplier to US tech giant Apple. The partnership between the two companies has helped fuel Foxconn’s rapid growth in recent years, especially in China where it has over 1.2 million employees.
But in this year’s first quarter, sales of Apple’s iPhone 5 have been in decline, which was the main reason for the drop in Hon Hai’s revenue, said Arthur Liao, an analyst with Fubon Securities Investment Services Co. In addition, consumers are buying up Apple’s lower-cost iPad mini over the more profitable iPad, he said.
"I also believe (Hon Hai’s) second quarter will be worse than the first quarter," Liao said. The popularity of Apple’s latest iPhone model is waning, and consumer demand will shift to competing smartphones from Samsung, HTC and Nokia in the second quarter, he added.
Analysts estimate that Apple’s business accounts for 40-50% of Foxconn’s revenue. But the Taiwanese company is losing some of Apple’s product orders to rival supplier Pegatron, which is offering aggressive pricing on manufacturing.
Apple is preparing to launch a lower-priced iPhone model in the third quarter, according to Liao. But production of the device will solely go to Pegatron and not Hon Hai, he added. The budget iPhone will be priced between $300 and $350 without carrier subsidies, and will feature a plastic casing.
"It will have cheaper components, but it won’t be a cheap phone," he added.
Apple could not be immediately reached for comment. But rumours of a budget iPhone have long circulated through the tech press. Earlier this year, however, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller reportedly dismissed the idea that the company was working on a cheaper iPhone to grab market share.
IDG News Service