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Qualcomm Incorporated is a US based multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company developing foundational technologies and products used in mobile devices and other wireless products. It competes with Intel Corporation, IBM Corporation, NVIDIA Corporation and NXP Semiconductors. The company derives its revenues from four main reportable segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL), Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI) and reconciling items. As of Q3 2019, the revenues from the different reportable segments came in at. Now let’s look into Qualcomm Revenue by Segment data here.
Revenue by segment (in millions USD)
Qualcomm’s QCT segment primarily develops and markets integrated circuits and system software based on CDMA, OFDMA and other technologies which are then used in mobile devices, wireless networks, broadband gateway equipment, consumer electronic devices, automotive telematics infotainment systems. QCT’s revenues consist of equipment revenues that are recognized at a point in time. This segment contributes nearly 37% of the total revenue generated and is a relatively progressive segment. However, QCT results for the quarter ended June 30,2019 were negatively impacted by lower modem sales to Apple and decline in demand from OEMs in China. The sales in this segment are also influenced by seasonal fluctuations and are generally higher towards the end of the calendar year when manufacturers prepare for major holiday selling seasons. Apple’s product launch timings also have an influence on sales.
Qualcomm’s QTL segment is responsible to grant licenses for the use of the company’s intellectual property portfolio which includes certain patent rights useful in the manufacture, sale or use of certain wireless products. All of QTL’s revenues represent licensing revenues recognized over time. Although the company has over 300 licenses, it derives a significant portion of its revenues from a limited number of licenses, increasingly including a small number of Chinese OEMs. This segment contributes nearly 37% of the total revenue generated and is mostly a steady revenue-generating segment.
Qualcomm’s QSI reportable segment makes strategic investments and includes revenues associated with development contracts with an equity method investee. This segment has an almost negligible revenue contribution reporting a slight decline compared to the same period in 2018. However, the Earnings Before Tax (EBT) has increased by $305 million primarily due to increase in net gains from investments driven by a gain resulting from the IPO of one of the company’s non-marketable equity investments.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Qualcomm Incorporated is a well-known name in the global semiconductors industry. The company is publicly trading on NASDAQ as QCOM. It derives revenues principally from the sales of integrated circuit products and licensing our intellectual property, including patents, software and other rights.
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