Schaumburg, Ill. –
posted its fifth consecutive
quarterly net and operating profit in its fiscal second quarter as its cellular
handset business continued to turn around on rising sales of Android handsets.
In an investor conference call,
Motorola also forecast sequential growth in Android shipments in the third
quarter and said that companywide sales would grow later this year for the time
in 3.5 years.
In the mobile devices segment,
sales fell 6 percent in the quarter to $1.72 billion and by 7 percent in the
first half to $3.37 billion, but the segment posted its first operating profit
in years, though the $87 million in GAAP operating profits included one-time
income from a legal settlement. Excluding the settlement, the mobile devices
division would have posted an operating loss of $109 million compared to a
year-ago $239 million loss. Without the settlement, the handset group would
nonetheless have marked its seventh consecutive quarter of reduced operating
Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha
that the mobile devices division would post an operating profit in the fourth
quarter without relying on one-time cash influxes. He also said that although
Android sales, including sales of Verizon’s new Droid X, have exceeded
expectations, he will not raise his previous forecast that Motorola would sell 12-14
million Android handsets this year. He cited economic uncertainty, a potential
for continued short supplies of parts for high-end smartphones, and “a
tremendous amount of uncertainty about the competitive [smartphone] landscape”
later this year with RIM’s planned launch of its next-generation operating
system and the expected launched of Windows 7 smartphones. He noted, however,
that “absent supply-chain constraints,” Motorola would enjoy “modest increases
in shipments beyond the guidance.”
In other comments, Jha said:
Motorola would launch lower end
smartphones in the second half to broaden its mix.
- Supplies of Verizon’s Droid X, launched July
15, would catch up with demand sometime during the third quarter. “Our
shipments are relatively healthy,” but shortages of components have plagued
supplies of the Droid X as well as supplies of many other smartphones, he said.
Jha said the
company shipped 2.7 million smartphones in the second quarter, up sequentially
from the first quarter’s 2.3 million and up from the fourth quarter’s 2
million. Total handset shipments, however, were down in the second quarter to
8.3 million from the first quarter’s 8.5 million as the company scales back its
feature-phone empahasis. The growing mix of smartphones pushed up average
selling prices sequentially to $207 from the first quarter’s $192, he said.
For the company as a whole, net earnings in
the quarter grew to $166 million from a year-ago $35 million based on continued
profitability in the company’s other business segments. First-half net earnings
hit $234 million compared to a year-ago loss of $193 million. Operating
earnings rose to $363 million in the quarter from the year-ago $10 million and
to $439 million for the half compared to a year-ago first-half loss of $439
Companywide net sales slipped 2 percent in the
quarter to $5.41 billion and 4 percent for the half to $10.5 billion.
Motorola will be an even smaller company by
year’s end based on an agreement to sell most of its cellular-infrastructure
business, excluding patents and the company’s iDEN-network business, to
In other comments, Motorola said it remains on
track split in the first quarter of 2011 into two separate publicly traded
companies. One company will combine the mobile devices business, which includes
portable navigation devices, with Motorola’s home businesses, which includes
set-top boxes and infrastructure for cable operators.