Qualcomm revenue surges 63% to $8 bn in June quarter

Qualcomm reported revenue of $8 billion and profit of $2 billion for the fiscal third quarter ended June 27.
Qualcomm 5G Modem Optimized for IIoTQualcomm’s total revenues rose 63 percent, boosted by surge in sales of chips for connected devices that hit $1.4 billion.

Mobile handset chips remain Qualcomm’s biggest seller, increasing 57 percent to hit $3.86 billion in the quarter.

“Qualcomm has done a phenomenal job in driving the 5G ecosystem. It’s moving a lot faster than 4G,” said Paolo Pescatore, an analyst at PP Foresight.

Sales of other chips have also been expanding, with radio frequency chips and IoT chips reaching sales of $957 million and $1.4 billion, up 114 percent and 83 percent from a year earlier, respectively.

Qualcomm predicted an increase in sales of chips for 5G smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone, as the company mitigated supply shortfalls that have contributed to a chip shortage.

The San Diego, California-based company is the biggest supplier of mobile phone chips in the world and the leader in 5G technology, supplying modem chips that help iPhones connect to wireless data networks and the modems and central processors for much of the Android market.

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon said the chipset company’s efforts to secure its chips from multiple manufacturing partners were making progress bolstering supplies, with the first shipments of significant volume in the fiscal third quarter and more to come in the coming months.

“We’re still on track to materially improve supply by the end of the calendar year,” Amon said.

The company is benefiting from the exit from the smartphone market of China’s Huawei Technologies. Huawei’s flagship models did not use Qualcomm chips but its rivals, who are now snapping up market share, mostly do.

Qualcomm has boosted sales of other chips, such as radio-frequency chips that augment its 5G phone chips and whose sales have doubled in the past year. Sales are also growing for a variety of chips for cars and for IoT applications.

Qualcomm said on Wednesday it expects sales of those chips to hit $10 billion this fiscal year, up from $6 billion the previous year. The company also said it expects adjusted profits of $8.24 per share for its fiscal 2021, nearly double the year before.

Qualcomm’s chip revenue forecast for the current fiscal fourth quarter had a midpoint of $7.25 billion.

Amon said even as its own bottlenecks ease as it brings on more manufacturing partners, some of Qualcomm’s customers cannot find the supporting chips from other vendors that they need to make full devices.

Apple on Tuesday predicted the chip shortage would start to hit its iPhone in the fourth quarter.

Qualcomm said that global sales of 5G handsets for 2021 was likely to come in at the higher end of its forecast of 450 to 550 million handsets. That means that phone makers are likely directing any chips that are in short supply toward production of their more profitable 5G devices.