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Samsung Q2 revenue falls 4pc over slow mobile sales

SEOUL, July 31, 2018

Samsung Electronics posted KRW58.48 trillion ($52.3 billion) in consolidated revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, down 4 percent from a year earlier, due to softer sales of smartphones and display panels, despite robust demand for memory chips.

The company posted KRW14.87 trillion in quarterly operating profit, up 6 percent. The continued strength of the company’s memory business contributed to the higher operating profit. Net profit was little changed from a year earlier due to higher income tax.

Both revenue and operating profit decreased from the previous quarter. The Korean won weakened against the US dollar but rose against the euro and several other key currencies, resulting in a negative impact of net KRW400 billion on the quarterly operating profit compared with the previous quarter.

In the Display Business, the company saw weak demand for flexible OLED panels in the second quarter while the shipment and price for LCD panels also fell.

Amid the stagnant high-end smartphone market, the IT & Mobile Communications Division reported a drop in earnings, both year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter, over slow sales of the Galaxy S9. The network business, however, achieved solid growth led by investments in LTE networks by key global customers.

Stronger sales of premium TVs such as the QLED models, helped by a major global soccer event, lifted profits from the Consumer Electronics Division, although the Digital Appliances Business saw earnings decline due to weak demand for air conditioners.

Looking ahead, Samsung expects sustained strength in the memory market and growing demand for flexible OLED panels to drive earnings higher in the second half.

The mobile market condition will likely remain challenging in the second half amid pricing competition and new product launches. The company will respond through the early introduction of the Galaxy Note and competitive mid- and low-end models with new features. Earnings from the TV business will continue to improve as Samsung expands sales of new innovative premium models including QLED and 8K TVs.

 Over the mid- and long-term, Samsung expects new opportunities in the component business from the ongoing transformation in the industry, led by the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G technologies. The set businesses will also benefit from the introduction of new form factors and innovative technologies to support growing demand for connected devices.

 In the second half, overall earnings are projected to improve compared with the first half, led by strong demand for OLED DDIs and high-pixel image sensors. In addition, Samsung plans to diversify its customer base for mobile APs from China and develop chips for use in automotive and IoT applications. Mid- to long-term, the company will focus on developing chipsets for 5G, multiple cameras and display panels, seeking to achieve higher growth compared to that of the market.

The company expects revenue to exceed $10 billion in 2018, following sales of $9.8 billion in 2017, securing a strong second place in the foundry market.

Amid the sluggish premium smartphone market and intensifying competition, Samsung’s smartphone shipments and revenue declined QoQ due to the slow sales of Galaxy S9 and S9+ as well as the phasing out of older low-end models.

Demand for smartphones and tablets is forecast to increase in the second half as the market enters a period of strong seasonality, but competition is seen intensifying as new smartphone models are released. In response, Samsung will seek to expand sales by introducing a new Galaxy Note earlier than usual, which offers exceptional performance for a reasonable price. Also, Samsung plans to strengthen price competitiveness and adopt advanced technology in the mass models.

The overall TV market saw demand grow from a year ago as a major global soccer event lifted sales. Samsung reported a significant boost in earnings in the TV business due to strong sales of its premium products, including QLED and ultra-large screen TVs.

Following a successful restructuring of its product line-up, Samsung led expansion of the premium TV market, winning more than 50 per cent market share in the ultra-large screen segment of 75-inches and above. – TradeArabia News Service




Tags: Samsung | Smartphone | display | oled TV | Galaxy S9 |

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