Hutchison Whampoa posts its first profit (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing has stated that his high-speed mobile-phone business has posted its first profit after losing $20 billion over seven years.

Hutchison Whampoa Ltd announced that its annual net income rose by  47% to a three-year high of $20 billion. Li stated that the company’s phone business will make a positive contribution from now on after losses through 2009.

According to Kalai Pillay, a Senior Director at Fitch Ratings in Singapore, who assesses Hutchison’s debt, not losing more money in 3G is good news but this business never really became the cash-earner that they had expected when they first went into it.

As per reports, 3 Group, Hutchison’s division that offers 3G mobile-phone services in seven markets in Europe and Australia, had $157 billion of losses before interest and tax between 2003 and 2009.

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