Lenovo Group today reported results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2014, with quarterly revenue of US$10.4 billion, an 18 percent increase year-over-year while quarter pre-tax income increased 22 percent year-over-year to US$264 million. Earnings grew 23 percent year-over-year to US$214 million, while the Company hit market share and financial performance milestones.
Lenovo maintained its number three ranking in smart connected devices growing shipments by 28 percent year-over-year. It has been the world s largest PC maker for five consecutive quarters with its highest-ever quarterly market share of 19.4 percent* up 2.7 points year-over-year, driven by big share gains in EMEA and the Americas. Lenovo s PC shipments for the first fiscal quarter were up 15 percent to 14.5 million units, the 21st quarter in a row that Lenovo outperformed the industry as a whole. In tablets, Lenovo became the 3rd largest vendor with 2.3 million devices shipped, a growth of 67 percent or nearly 8 times the pace of this market. In smartphones, Lenovo sold more smartphones than PCs for the first time ever with record volume of 15.8 million units, up 39 percent. Despite fierce competition in China, Lenovo became the number 1 smartphone vendor in this country with 13 million phones sold.
The Company s gross profit for the first fiscal quarter increased 13 percent year-over-year to US$1.3 billion, with gross margin at 13 percent. Operating profit for the quarter grew 40 percent year-over year to US$283 million. Basic earnings per share for the first fiscal quarter was 2.06 US cents, or 15.97 HK cents. Net cash reserves as of June 30, 2014, totaled US$3.58 billion.
This has been a quarter of milestones for Lenovo record PC share, a number three ranking in worldwide tablets for the first time, and an even stronger number four global smartphone position, said Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo. As the PC industry recovers, the smartphone market continues its shift from premium to mainstream, and our acquisitions of Motorola Mobility and IBM x86 proceed toward completion, we see even more opportunity to keep growing rapidly. Lenovo continues to outperform the market and meet our commitments to improve profitability in our core businesses, while building strong pillars for future growth across our entire portfolio.
China totaled US$3.8 billion in revenue in the first fiscal quarter, an increase of 2 percent year-over-year, accounting for 36 percent of the Company s worldwide revenue. Lenovo protected the China profit pool and improved margins there by 0.3 points year-over-year to achieve operating margins of 5.5 percent. Operationally, it strengthened its leadership in PCs with 37.1% share. According to IDC, Lenovo surpassed Samsung to become the largest smartphone maker in the country.