Apple iPhone partner Foxconn's revenue tanks on coronavirus slowdown

Key Points
  • Apple supplier Foxconn reported its biggest year-over-year revenue drop since 2013. 
  • Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker, said its revenue fell from approximately $8.87 billion to $7.26 billion, or 18.13%, from last year. 
  • Other Apple suppliers have also reported weakness due to the novel virus. 
Chinese workers assemble electronic components at the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, China.
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Apple supplier Foxconn said Thursday its February revenue fell 18.13% to 216 billion Taiwan dollars (approximately $7.26 billion), the largest year-over-year drop since March 2013 when it fell more than 19%. Revenue fell 40.35% month over month.

Foxconn, Apple's main iPhone manufacturer, cut production in China over fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak. The company said Tuesday that output has returned to 50% of capacity but that it expects to be back to full seasonal capacity by the end of March.

Apple is expected to announce a new low-cost iPhone sometime this spring, possibly named the iPhone SE2. Other Apple suppliers have also reported weakness due to the novel virus. 

Qorvo, a radio frequency chip supplier for Apple's iPhones, lowered its fourth-quarter revenue expectations to $770 million on Tuesday, down from its predicted range of $800 million to $840 million in late January.

In mid-February, Apple said it didn't expect to meet its quarterly revenue forecast due to lower iPhone supply globally and weak Chinese demand. Fifteen percent of its revenue comes from the region. Apple previously predicted net sales of $63 billion to $67 billion for its fiscal second quarter, though it didn't provide a new forecast. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Feb. 28 he believes that China is getting coronavirus under control. "When you look at the parts that are done in China, we have reopened factories, so the factories are working through the conditions to open. They're reopening," he said. 

— CNBC's Lauren Feiner contributed to this report. 

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