Samsung Electronics Q3 consolidated quarterly revenue KRW 65.46 trillionStaff Writer | November 5, 2018
Samsung Electronics reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018.
Samsung Electronics Operating profit reached a new quarterly high
In the third quarter, operating profit reached a new quarterly high for the Company driven mainly by the continued strength of the Memory Business. Total revenue increased YoY and QoQ on the back of strong sales of memory products and OLED panels.
The Korean won remained weak against the U.S. dollar, resulting in a positive QoQ effect of approximately KRW 800 billion, experienced mainly in the components businesses. However the Korean won rose against major emerging currencies, which weighed slightly on the set businesses.
By business unit, the Semiconductor Business recorded higher earnings YoY and QoQ amid strong seasonal demand, particularly for server and mobile memory. While NAND and DRAM demand remained high, the Memory Business improved its earnings by concentrating on sales of premium products, improving yields, and ramping up production of high-density chips at its Pyeongtaek plant.
For the Display Panel Business, despite unfavorable supply-demand conditions in the LCD market, earnings improved on-year thanks to higher sales of flexible OLED panels to major customers. On a quarterly basis, earnings significantly grew due to increased utilization of flexible OLED panel capacity.
Amid intense market competition, the IT & Mobile Communications (IM) Division reported a drop in earnings despite solid sales of its flagship smartphones. Overall, its smartphone shipments remained flat due to a decrease in sales of mid- to low-end products. Profit was also down due to increased promotional costs and a negative currency impact.
For the Consumer Electronics (CE) Division, earnings improved both YoY and QoQ thanks to robust sales of premium TV products, such as QLED and ultra-large screen TVs of 75-inches and above. ■