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China's Lenovo suffers loss in Q3, resulting from US tax reforms

Lenovo has expressed confidence that it could drive growth and it will be "positively impacted" by US corporate tax cuts

Reuters  |  Hong Kong 

man uses his laptop next to Lenovo's logos. Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

man uses his laptop next to Lenovo's logos. Photo: Reuters Photo: Reuters

Chinese Group swung to a loss in the third quarter from a year-ago profit, hurt mainly by a one-off charge of $400 million resulting from a US tax reform, and said the short-term outlook was challenging.

However, the company expressed confidence it could drive growth and that US corporate tax cuts would "positively impact" future earnings of its operations in the country.

Tax reforms signed into law in December lower the income tax rate for US firms to 21 percent from 35 percent.

Lenovo, a unit of Legend Holdings, reported a loss of $289 million for the three months to December, versus a $98 million profit a year ago. It had in January said it expected to incur a one-off charge for the nine months ended in December due to a reassessment of US deferred tax assets.

The company's revenue for the quarter was $12.94 billion, up slightly from $12.17 billion a year ago.

said its core PC and smart devices group posted an 8 percent rise in revenue to $9.25 billion as sales exceeded shipments growth, on better average selling prices driven by innovative products and a better product mix.

Its struggling mobile reported a narrower operating loss before taxation of $92 million, versus a loss of $132 million in the second quarter.

"The group now has a stronger organisation with sharper customer focus and more compelling product portfolio across all its businesses," said in a statement to the stock exchange on Thursday.

"Coupled with strong execution, the group remains confident it can build leading positions in every the group enters and drive profitable growth."

First Published: Thu, February 01 2018. 12:26 IST