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  • Lenovo witnessed a 23% profit decline, reaching $340 million in its third fiscal quarter
  • Anticipates a revenue surge driven by its innovative AI PC models

By Lau Chi Hang

Recent turbulence hit Lenovo Group Ltd. severely when its third fiscal quarter results in December underwhelmed analysts. The stock initially plunged 9.3% before closing 3.3% lower at HK$8.55, making Lenovo the underdog of the day, trailing only local developer Wharf Real Estate (1997.HK).

Despite commendable sequential revenue growth in the last three quarters, Lenovoโ€™s dim year-on-year figures have left investors skeptical about its long-term trajectory. Several analysts slashed price targets, reflecting concerns over the server businessโ€™s sustained losses and subdued guidance.

Nevertheless, amidst the bearish sentiment, HSBC remains a staunch supporter, raising Lenovoโ€™s target price and endorsing its operational prowess. The company aspires for a prospective breakthrough, primarily pegged on its AI PC sector.

Embarking on the AI PC Quest

Lenovoโ€™s bold foray into the realm of AI PCs is met with cautious investor sentiment. Enthusiasm surrounding the fusion of artificial intelligence into personal computers has propelled related stocks, evidenced by Dellโ€™s recent surge post strong server sales due to AI-optimized models.

Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqingโ€™s vision of hybrid AI PCs stimulating a fresh wave of demand and revolutionizing the PC landscape has garnered attention. Projections hint at a significant share of AI-enabled PCs dominating the market by 2026.

To fortify its position in the impending AI era, Lenovo plans significant investments in innovation, beefing up its R&D staffing and allocation. The upcoming launch of two AI PC models in April signals Lenovoโ€™s earnest commitment to leveraging AI technologies.

Doubters in the PC Sphere

While hopes are high for Lenovoโ€™s AI PC revolution, skeptics remain wary about the potential industry renaissance. The global PC marketโ€™s tepid growth post-Covid implies modest expectations for AI PCsโ€™ transformative impact on overall sales.

Furthermore, uncertainties prevail about Lenovo reaping substantial profits from AI PCs. Analogous to the energy sector dynamics, where suppliers overshadow manufacturers in gains, semiconductor companies like Nvidia and AMD could emerge as major beneficiaries of AI PC trends.

Amidst evolving geopolitical tensions, concerns loom over US-China trade relations potentially hampering Lenovoโ€™s progress. Allegations of Lenovoโ€™s data practices have heightened suspicions, mirroring broader apprehensions about Chinese tech giants.

This article is from an unpaid external contributor. It does not represent Benzingaโ€™s reporting and has not been edited for content or accuracy.

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