Foxconn sees profits fall on demand from Apple & other clients

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Foxconn saw sales rise year-over-year in the March quarter by 2.5 percent, but profits fall 17.7 percent, in what's believed to be a sign of lowered demand among major clients beyond just Apple.

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Net profits were $637.26 million, well below an average analyst forecast of $797.4 million, Reuters said. Revenues were approximately $33.7 billion.

The Taiwan-based company didn't attribute blame for declining profits, but weak iPhone sales are a likely culprit given that Apple is its most important client. iPhone revenues dropped to $31 billion in the March 2019 quarter versus $37.6 billion the year prior, marking a second quarter of poor iPhone performance in a row too.

Some other major Foxconn clients include Dell and Sony, the latter of which relies on Foxconn to assemble the PlayStation 4. The PS4 is late into its release cycle, with the PS5 already on the horizon.

Both Apple and Foxconn should rebound later this year when new iPhone models ship, said Fubon Research analyst Arthur Liao. There may be a more conspicuous design difference this year than there was between 2018 and 2017 models, since flagship iPhones should adopt triple-lens cameras, while the XR's replacement will bump up to two. The devices aren't expected to have 5G modems, however.

Foxconn is meanwhile restructuring its board of directors to include four new people. One of the remaining people will be Terry Gou, even though he's running to be the Kuomintang candidate for Taiwan's upcoming presidential elections. Gou oversaw much of Foxconn's successful partnership with Apple, but is stepping down from leadership to run for office. He also cited a desire to let younger executives move up in ranks.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 1,945member
    This can't be true. Apple is paying Foxconn to hire slave labors. Huawei is using Apple Zhengzhou factory to make its smartphones. Huawei must be paying living wage to the workers. 
  • Reply 2 of 4
    leavingthebiggleavingthebigg Posts: 1,135member
    Roger, thanks for including other Foxconn customers! 
  • Reply 3 of 4
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 577member
    I always find it curious that iPhones are "made in (the People's Republic of) China" but that Foxconn is a "Taiwanese-based company." Many people consider Taiwan to be a "rogue province of China" but functionally they are more of an independent nation. It reminds me of autos that are built in one country but the corporation is headquartered in a different country. I don't know if it's better to buy a product that's made in my country by a foreign corporation, or to buy a product made in a foreign country by a domestic corporation. When I buy a product made by Foxconn, which region is benefitting more - the democratic Republic of China (Taiwan) or the communist dictatorship of the People's Republic of China? This isn't a facetious question.
    edited May 14
  • Reply 4 of 4
    badmonkbadmonk Posts: 783member
    I always find it curious that iPhones are "made in (the People's Republic of) China" but that Foxconn is a "Taiwanese-based company." Many people consider Taiwan to be a "rogue province of China" but functionally they are more of an independent nation. It reminds me of autos that are built in one country but the corporation is headquartered in a different country. I don't know if it's better to buy a product that's made in my country by a foreign corporation, or to buy a product made in a foreign country by a domestic corporation. When I buy a product made by Foxconn, which region is benefitting more - the democratic Republic of China (Taiwan) or the communist dictatorship of the People's Republic of China? This isn't a facetious question.
    It will drive you crazy if you keep thinking about these issues...Dell servers are being made in Ciudad Juárez by a Chinese contract manufacturer for instance.  Manufacturing is done globally and it is something politicians don’t understand.  The one thing this tells me is that people in Wisconsin won’t be assembling 8K AI 5G super-units anytime soon.  Pitty the poor saps who had their homes seized by eminent domain.
    edited May 15
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