HONG KONG, August 3, 2006 - Lenovo Group today reported results for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2006. For the first quarter, consolidated revenue increased 38 percent year over year to US$3.5 billion. The first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2005, reflects two months’ contribution from Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s Personal Computing Division (PCD), which closed on April 30, 2005.
During the first fiscal quarter, Lenovo’s worldwide PC shipments grew more than 12 percent year over year, ahead of the industry average of 9 percent. Excluding restructuring charges taken in the first quarter, pre-tax income totaled US$34 million. Net cash reserves as of June 30, 2006, totaled US$741 million.
In March 2006, Lenovo announced an action plan to enhance responsiveness to customers in all of its markets, strengthen Lenovo’s global competitive position, and increase operational efficiency. As a result, Lenovo’s reported results reflect a restructuring charge relating to the plan of approximately US$19 million taken in the first fiscal quarter which ended June 30, 2006. Reflecting that restructuring charge, Lenovo reported pre-tax income of US$15 million and basic earnings per share for the first quarter of 2006/07 of 0.47 HK cents, or 0.06 US cents.
“Lenovo delivered solid results in the first quarter, meeting our expectations and those of our Board,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s chairman. “The key advantages of Lenovo are twofold. First, we are well positioned in high-growth areas, such as emerging and SMB markets. Second, we have a very clear strategic focus on our PC business. With this strategy, we continue to sustain our strong momentum in China while enhancing our relationship business outside of China. At the same time, we are expanding our transaction business outside of China. Going forward, we will continue to implement our strategy with decisive and persistent execution to keep the growth momentum.”
William J. Amelio, Lenovo’s president and chief executive officer, said, “We are encouraged with the progress we are making in transforming the company while at the same time growing market share and maintaining our overall profit margin in a highly competitive market. That said, we still have much to do; and we are moving swiftly and aggressively to take the necessary steps needed to make Lenovo a truly world-class global competitor. This will not be easy and it will take time, but I am confident in our ability to execute our action plan to transform this company.”
Mr. Amelio continued, “We are focused on four specific initiatives: First, to deploy our transaction model more deeply and broadly in markets outside of China. Next, to enhance the short- and long-term performance of our global supply chain. Third, to grow our desktop business by leveraging our ability to differentiate through innovation and to continue our cost-reduction efforts. And finally, to build awareness of the Lenovo brand with dynamic advertising and marketing initiatives.”
About Lenovo Group Ltd. Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world’s most innovative personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/ca/en .