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HTC had a bad Q4, but is looking forward to a better Q1 this year

HTC had a bad final quarter in 2017 the press release announcing the results mostly talks about the good things that happened in January, because theres not much good to talk about in the October-December quarter.

For one, the companys revenue was $540 million, which lead to net loss after tax of $337 million. The company attributes this to market competition, product mix, pricing and inventory write-downs. Basically, anything short of natural disaster that could go wrong, did go wrong.

HTC had a bad Q4, but is looking forward to a better Q1 this year

The press release goes on to highlight the positives that happened just after the quarter. Google acquired part of the mobile division for $1.1 billion, something that should push the Q1 2018 results back to black.

The company also launched the Vive Pro globally and the Vive Focus in China. It won a total of 29 awards at CES, including several Best in Show awards. Also, the HTC U11+ went on sale in December or January (depending on the region), so any profits from it wont be felt until the Q1 results.

HTC will use the Google money for bigger investments in emerging technologies, which it sees as vital for long-term growth opportunities. Just what those technologies may be and how long until they start making money, HTC does not say.

In the meantime, the company will consolidate its regional businesses under common leadership and will optimize its teams and processes. It better act fast, though, as preliminary results for January do not sound hot.

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