ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for mobile Internet, has projected 43% increase in net profit for the first six months as a result of stronger sales of 4G LTE network systems.
Simultaneously, its revenue is projected to increase 21.9% to RMB45.94 billion ($7.42bn) in the first six months as a result of strong FDD-LTE and wireline systems orders, in addition to new Smart City deployments.
Net profit for ordinary shares in the listed company is projected to be RMB 1.61 billion ($260 million) in the first six months, according to preliminary results announced by ZTE Tuesday.
Operating revenue is projected to increase 21.9% to RMB 45.94 billion in the first half, from a year earlier. Consequently, first-half operating profit is expected to grow 132%.
In the first half, ZTE increased revenue from sales of FDD-LTE network systems, in addition to wireline switch and access systems, while contract profitability improved.
Revenue in the Enterprise and Government ICT Solutions division also posted growth, driven by new Smart City deployments and higher sales to rail operators.
A statement by ZTE on Tuesday said its gross profit in the first half increased.
“Expenses of the Group for the reporting period as a percentage of operating revenue remained largely unchanged compared to the same period of the previous year.
“The increase in research and development costs as a percentage of operating revenue was mainly attributable to the ongoing increase in the Group’s R&D investment in products such as LTE, bearer network, SDN and GPON to support long-term development,” it said.
Meanwhile, selling and distribution costs and administrative expenses as a percentage of operating revenue decreased year-on-year following enhanced cost management by the Group.
ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers.
As part of ZTE’s M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to provide customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge.
Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen, ZTE’s products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 percent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations.