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Qualcomm reports 47% drop in profits for Q2, to lay off 15% of workforce

By Cookie Monster - on 24 Jul 2015, 6:00am

Qualcomm reports 47% drop in profits for Q2, to lay off 15% of workforce

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While Apple reported another record quarter earnings, Qualcomm finds itself on the extreme opposite end with a gloomy financial report.

According to its earnings release, Qualcomm had a 47% drop in profit for Q2 2015 with net income at US$1.2 billion. In comparison, Qualcomm had US$2.2 billion net income in Q2 2014. In terms of total revenue, the chip maker saw a 14% drop from US$6.9 billion to US$5.8 billion. Shipments of its mobile chips were flat at 225 million, which were within the company's prior expectations.

As part of a major restructuring drive to cut costs, the company also announced that it will be laying off 15% of its workforce and significantly reduce [our] temporary workforce." The job cuts are scheduled to complete by the end of fiscal 2016 and is expected to bring in annual savings of US$1.1 billion.

Just two days ago, The Information and The Wall Street Journal warned that Qualcomm could lay up to 10% of the workforce and might even consider the possibility of breaking up its chip business from its patent licensing operations.

Source: Qualcomm via Ars Technica

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