Lenovo Group triples profit, beats estimates

By Margarita Snegireva. Asia's biggest personal-computer seller Lenovo Group Ltd. tripled profit to a record, beating estimates, after adding sales agents to increase shipments. The company plans to sell its mobile-phone unit to focus on PCs.

Net income rose to $171.7 million, or 1.76 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Dec. 31, from $57.7 million, or 0.64 cent, a year earlier, said the Chinese-owned company, based in the U.S. since its purchase of International Business Machines Corp.'s PC unit in May 2005.

Lenovo Group Limited is today the fourth largest personal computer manufacturer in the world, after Hewlett-Packard and Dell of the US, and Acer of Taiwan.

Lenovo produces desktop, laptop, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Lenovo also offers Internet access through its FM365.com portal.

Its executive headquarters are located in Beijing, People's Republic of China and in Morrisville, North Carolina, USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong.

The company was founded in 1984 by a group of eleven engineers, headed by Liu Chuanzhi, in Beijing. Originally known as Legend Group Ltd and New Technology Developer Incorporated, the listed holding company was incorporated in 1988 in Hong Kong. The company had become the biggest PC manufacturer of domestic and distributed third party products through its wholesale business.

In 2005 Lenovo purchased IBM's PC Division which transformed it into a major international personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo paid $1.27 billion to IBM which consisted of $655 million in cash and $600 million in Lenovo stock.

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