Apple supplier Foxconn sees strong 2024 as Q4 beats forecasts


By Yimou Lee and Faith Hung

TAIPEI, March 14 (Reuters) - Apple AAPL.O supplier Foxconn 2317.TW said on Thursday it expects revenue to increase significantly in 2024 following a slow start to the year amid booming demand for AI servers, after it posted fourth-quarter profit that beat market estimates.

The Taiwanese company said October-December net profit jumped 33% to T$53.14 billion ($1.69 billion) from T$40 billion in the same period the previous year thanks to robust demand for AI servers and strong sales during the peak year-end holiday season.

In the fourth quarter, consumer electronics including smartphones accounted for 58% of revenue while cloud and networking products, including servers, contributed 20%.

Foxconn said it expects revenue for the first quarter to slightly decline from a year earlier, with revenue for smart computer electronics also likely to drop in the period.

The company, formally called Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has said it expects slowness in this year's first quarter to be similar to the same period of the previous three years.

Still, it sees 2024 revenue increasingly significantly year-on-year, it said.

The first quarter is traditionally quieter than the previous one, the season when Taiwan's tech companies race to supply smartphones, tablets and other electronics to major vendors such as Apple for Western markets' year-end holiday period.

Apple last month reported sales and profit that beat Wall Street estimates, powered by growth in its iPhone business though its China sales missed analysts' targets.

Foxconn's shares closed up 0.4% on Thursday ahead of the earnings release, compared with a flat broader market .TWII.

($1 = 31.5050 Taiwan dollars)

(Reporting by Yimou Lee and Faith Hung; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Christopher Cushing)

((yimou.lee@thomsonreuters.com; +886-2-8729-5122;))

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