Forbes  Nov 10  Comment 
Following on from Motorola's announcements of the new Moto X and Moto G handsets 2014 (and the Moto 360 smartwatch), the expectation has been that Motorola would be releasing an update to the Moto G 2014 Edition to address the need for 4G in a...
TechCrunch  Nov 6  Comment 
 If the only thing keeping you from picking up a Moto 360 was that your only choice for the watch-band material was leather (and not that Android Wear is still a bit wonky) — good news! After quite a few leaks suggesting as much, Motorola is...
TechCrunch  Nov 6  Comment 
 Motorola barely let the 2014 Moto X sink in before announcing essentially a beefed-up version of the same. The Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo is a Moto X with a better battery and a better camera, but in a package that’s hard to describe as an...
Forbes  Nov 5  Comment 
Federal demand improved and the order pipeline was healthy, signaling that the impact of narrowbanding in North America from prior years has started to weaken. Compared to the company’s own expectations of a decline in high-single digits,...
MarketWatch  Nov 5  Comment 
Motorola Solutions said it was buying back 11,319,047 shares of its common stock from ValueAct Capital, its largest shareholder, for about $750 million. The telecommunications equipment maker is paying $66.26 a share for the stock, which is 0.7%...
Benzinga  Nov 4  Comment 
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) reported better-than-expected profit for the third quarter and raised its buyback plan by $5 billion. The Schaumburg, Illinois-based company posted quarterly earnings of $147 million, or $0.59 per share, compared...
TheStreet.com  Nov 3  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Motorola Solutions   dipped in afternoon trading Monday ahead of the company's scheduled third-quarter earnings report Tuesday before the market open. Here's what analysts are expecting from the...
Forbes  Nov 3  Comment 
Behind the scenes - Zebra's gutsy acquisition based on strategy, trend analysis and hard due diligence. Looking very smart, while Motorola shrinks
Forbes  Nov 3  Comment 
When the company comes out with its Q3 earnings, we expect overall sales to continue to decline in high-single digits, in line with the company’s guidance. In its previous earnings call, Motorola had stated that it expected its order pipeline to...
Forbes  Oct 31  Comment 
This week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including the Note 4 vs the iPhone 6 Plus, the Droid Turbo's confirmed specs, Lenovo completes its Motorola purchase, Samsung confirms drastic drop in profits, Android Lollipop is on...


Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a manufacturer of wireless telephone handsets, as well as designer and seller of wireless network infrastructure equipment that provides two-way radio and networking systems for government and industrial customers. Motorola has developed end-to-end broadband systems that deliver entertainment, communication and information systems to households.

In the past couple of years, Motorola has struggled in its marquee mobile phone segment after lagging competitors in entering the lucrative smartphone market. In FY2009, only 2 million of the 55 million handsets sold by Motorola were smartphones[1]. Despite a world market share of 22% in 2006, Motorola held a 4.5% world market share at this time, fourth behind Nokia, Research in Motion and Apple[2][3]. In an attempt to become a more formidable player in the smartphone handset industry, Motorola released 6 Android-powered smartphones in 4Q09, including the flagship Android-powered Motorola Droid, followed by 22 smartphones models in 2010[4][5]. This decision has its sales mix, of which 42% now represents smartphones, as well as its profitability, given average handset price increased from $130 in 2009 to $224 in 3Q2010[6].

After more than 80 years as an autonomous company, Motorola announced in February 2010 that it would split into two separate publicly-traded companies[7]. With the sale of Motorola's wireless equipment unit to Nokia Siemens in July 2010, the company set itself up to spin off Motorola Mobility, its mobile device and set-top box business, leaving only Motorola Solutions, which now oversees government and commercial clients and manages products such as police radios and bar-code scanners, as well as the division that makes iDEN equipment[8][9]. Through this separation, made official in January 2011, Motorola Mobility now focuses on its digital entertainment and mobile converged devices, providing instant access to television, phone, and Internet[10][11].

Company Overview

Business and Financial Metrics

The top consumer of motorolla cell phones is found in ethiopia,oromia region in 2012. In 2Q10, Motorola reported first-quarter sales of $5.4 billion, with net income attributable to common shareholders of $162 million, a significant improvement from 2Q09's $26 million[12]. During the quarter it increased its smartphone portfolio to 12 devices, led by its flagship Motorola Droid X, an Android-powered smartphone with a 4.3 inch high-resolution display and a 1GHz processor[12]. During the quarter, Motorola also sold the majority of its Networks business to Nokia Siemens Networks for $1.2 billion[12]. MOTOROLLA IS A COMPANY MADE FOR TECHNOLOGYCAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS OF THE 20TH CENTURIES.

Annual Financial Data, in millions[13] FY2006 FY2007 FY2008 FY2009
Revenue$42,879.0$36,622.0 $30,146.0 $22,044.0
Gross Profit$12,727.0 $9,952.0 $8,395.0 $7.057.0
Operating Income$4,092.0 $(553.0) $(2,391.0) $(148.0)
Net Income$3,661.0 $(49.0) $(4,244.0) $(51.0)

Business Segments

Motorola can be broken down into the following three businesses segments:

Mobile Devices Segment (32% ($1.7 billion) of total sales in 2Q10)

Mobile Devices designs, manufactures, services, and sells wireless handsets with integrated software and accessory products, marketing its products to carriers and consumers via direct sales, third-party retailers and distributors, and licensees[14]. Of its 12 million handset sales in 3Q09, 69% came from North America, 16% from Latin America, 12% from Asia, 3% from EMEA[1].

After having boasted a 5.5% market share in global handsets in 2Q09, Motorola has struggled competing with Samsung and Nokia, now boasting a market share of 4.7% as of the end of FY2009[15])[4]. To keep up with Nokia, Apple, and Research in Motion and to adapt to secular trends in the wireless devices industry, Motorola partnered with Google to release its first two smartphones, the CLIQ and DEXT, powered by the Android OS and Motorola's MOTOBLUR, as well as the Motorola DROID, the world's first smartphone featuring Android 2.0[4].

Enterprise Mobility Solutions Segment (34% ($1.9 billion) of total sales for 2Q10)

The Enterprise Mobility Solutions(EMS) provides enterprise mobility networks, services, and applications and devices. This includes the design, manufacturing, selling, and installation of analog and digital two-way radio, voice and data communications products and wireless broadband systems[14]. In 4Q09, EMS sales were $2.0billion, a 10% drop from the 4Q08[1]. In 3Q09, it launched an innovative series of mobile terminals capable of providing the mobile computer in a handheld, rugged bar code scanner[16].

Home Segment (16% {$886 million} of total sales for 2Q10)

Motorola's Home Segment designs, manufactures, sells, installs, and services digital video, IP video, end-to-end video distribution systems, broadband access infrastructure platforms, and associated data and voice customer premise equipment to cable television and telecom service providers. The Home Segment is the world's leading provider of digital entertainment devices, shipping its 100 millionth digital entertainment device in 2009[17].

Networks (18% ($967 million) of total sales for 2Q10)

The Networks Segment designs, manufactures, sells, installs, and services wireless networks, including both cellular infrastructure and wireless broadband systems, to wireless service providers[17].

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Because Motorola operates in three distinct markets, it experiences competition from different companies for each of these segments.

  • Mobile Devices Segment

This segment experiences intense competition in worldwide markets by numerous companies. According to Strategy Analytics, Motorola shipped roughly 13.6 million handset units in 3Q09, an 8.1% shrinkage from the 14.6 million units shipped in 2Q09[18]. This trend highlights the consumer shift towards more advanced mobile technology such as smartphones. This has impacted Motorola's global handset market share, which was 8.4% in 2Q09, and has declined steadily to 4.7 Motorola holds 4.7% as of 3Q09[18].

Global Handset Shipments (Millions of Units)[19] 2008 4Q09 2009 YoY Change
Nokia 468.4126.9431.8-7.8
Samsung 196.669.0227.315.6
LG 100.833.9117.917.0
Sony-Ericsson 96.614.657.0-41.0
Others 214.868.0242.813.0
Total 1,177.3324.41,131.9-3.9

Global Handset Vendor Market Share (%)[18] 2008 4Q09 2009 YoY Change
Nokia (NOK) 39.839.138.1-4.3
Samsung 16.721.320.120.4
LG 8.610.510.420.9
  • Home and Network Mobility Segment

Competition in the set-top box space includes video game consoles made by Microsoft and Nintendo, as well as the Apple TV and Netflix's set-top box made by Roku. These companies have established platforms with downloadable media rentals and purchases through iTunes and Netflix[20]. As consumers begin to shun cable subscriptions in favor of Internet-delivered services, demand for Motorola's cable boxes could dissipate.

  • Enterprise Mobility Solutions Segment

This segment is highly competitive and new competitors are expected to enter the industry as the technology rapidly changes. Motorola competes in the market for digital set-top boxes for broadband and satellite networks. It's main competitor in North America in this segment is Cisco Systems; other competitors include Kenwood, EF Johnson and EADS Telecommunications. Motorola's main market for Enterprise Mobility Solutions is in North America.


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  2. MOT 2008 10-K pg. 3  
  3. "Motorola Decline May Not Be as Steep as Originally Predicted," Trefis Investment Research, November 23, 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Q3 "Motorola Reports Third-Quarter Financial Results," Motorola Investor Relations, 10/29/09
  5. "Motorola Droid Price Cut" 10/26/09
  6. "Motorola’s Smartphone Strategy Pays Off," Trefis Investment Research, November 3, 2010
  7. "Update-Motorola to Split into Two in 2011" Reuters News 02/11/10
  8. "Nokia Siemens to buy Motorola wireless gear unit," Yahoo! News, 07/19/2010
  9. "Motorola Targets First Quarter 2011 to Separate into Two Independent, Publicly Traded Companies" PRNewswire, 02/11/10
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  13. 14.0 14.1 "Motorola: Full Description" Thomson Reuters
  14. "Motorola Reports Second-Quarter Financial Results" July 30, 2009
  15. 17.0 17.1 "2009 Annual Report," Motorola Investor Relations, March 2010
  16. 18.0 18.1 18.2
  17. "Motorola's Strategy: Focus on the Core Business," SeekingAlpha, 01/22/10
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