Qualcomm (QCOM) earnings Q4 2020

Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm Inc.

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Qualcomm stock rose roughly 3% in extended trading as its revenue and adjusted earnings per share handily beat Wall Street expectations.

Here’s how Qualcomm did versus Refinitiv consensus estimates for the quarter ended Sept. 27:

  • Earnings: $1.45 per share (adjusted) vs. $1.17 estimated
  • Revenue: $6.5 billion (adjusted) vs $5.93 billion estimated

Qualcomm said that it would change its reporting to break out revenue from handset, radio frequency, automotive and internet-of-things chips. Previously, those business lines were reported together under Qualcomm’s QCT segment, which focuses on chips.

Qualcomm’s other big segment is QTL, which includes licensing fees it collects because it owns core telecommunications patents.

Net income was up 76% from a year ago, Qualcomm said.

Qualcomm has said it is well-placed to benefit from the rise of 5G networks and handsets. One of its 5G modem chips is included in Apple‘s iPhone 12.

Last month, Qualcomm won a major court battle when an appeals court denied the FTC’s request for a rehearing of a previous decision that found that Qualcomm’s licensing business practices are legal.

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