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Samsung 2017 profit nearly doubles to $50bn

SEOUL, February 2, 2018

South Korea-based Samsung Electronics has posted an operating profit of KRW53.65 trillion ($50 billion) for 2017, as compared to figures of KRW29.2 trillion in the previous year, marking an increase of 93 per cent.

The company recorded KRW65.98 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW15.15 trillion in operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2017. Overall, the company reported full-year revenue of KRW239.58 trillion.

Fourth quarter earnings were driven by the components business, with the largest contribution coming from the Memory business that manufactures DRAM and NAND, as orders for high-performance memory products for servers and mobile storage were strong. However, weak seasonality impacted growth for the System LSI and Foundry businesses.

The Display Panel business, which manufactures OLED and LCD screens, saw increased shipments of OLED panels for premium smartphones, but profitability for LCD panels decreased due to weak seasonality, which dampened sales.

For the IT & Mobile Communications Division (IM), earnings in the mobile business declined due to a hike in marketing costs under strong seasonality. Total smartphone shipments decreased due to the line-up optimization of low-end models, while shipments of flagship products, such as the Galaxy Note 8, increased from the previous quarter.

The Consumer Electronics Division, comprising the TV and home appliances businesses, posted gains for the quarter. TV earnings increased quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) on increased sales of premium products including ultra large-size and QLED models. For home appliances, demand for high-end washing machines and ovens in North America and Europe was responsible for stronger revenue on a YoY basis.

In the first quarter 2018, the company expects the mobile business to improve its earnings, led by an increase in sales of flagship products with the launch of Galaxy S9. Samsung’s TV business will be affected by weak seasonality, but is aiming to be profitable by expanding sales of premium products and pushing for the early release of new models. Meanwhile, the Digital Appliances Business will focus on achieving growth by increasing sales of premium products and strengthening marketing.

In 2018, demand for NAND is likely to remain strong and market conditions are forecast to be stable. Samsung will expand 64-layer V-NAND production mainly at its Pyeongtaek plant. As for DRAM, the company expects solid demand growth due to new datacenter builds and will increase product competitiveness by expanding 10nm-class process migration. As for Foundry, Samsung will lead the technological process leadership with a risk production of 7-nano.

For the Display Panel business in 2018, the company expects OLED to become a mainstream panel in the smartphone industry and will reinforce its competencies in new applications such as foldable, automotive, and IT displays. In the case of LCD panels, it will focus on meeting the market’s needs for ultra large-size and high-resolution TVs and strengthening partnerships with strategic customers.

Looking ahead to 2018, demand for smartphones is expected to rise thanks to growing replacement demand for premium smartphones. In order to expand the sales of premium smartphones, Samsung will strengthen product competitiveness by differentiating core features and services, such as the camera and Bixby, and reinforce the sell-out programs and experiential stores.

In addition, Samsung plans to continue optimizing its mid- to low-end line-up and enhancing productivity in order to achieve qualitative growth of the smartphone business. – TradeArabia News Service




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