Samsung's Posts Best Quarterly Profit in 3 Years Amid Rising Chip Prices

Samsung’s operating profit jumped 28 percent in Q3 2021.

Samsung's Posts Best Quarterly Profit in 3 Years Amid Rising Chip Prices

Samsung estimated its July-September profit at KRW 15.8 trillion (roughly Rs. 99,190 crores)

Highlights
  • Semiconductors accounted for about half of Samsung's operating profit
  • Samsung shares pared early gains to be up 0.4 percent in afternoon trade
  • Samsung's display unit likely saw solid results

Samsung Electronics on Friday flagged a 28 percent jump in its third-quarter operating profit to the highest in three years, driven by rising memory chip prices and display sales for new flagship smartphone launches. The preliminary result was up 26 percent from the second quarter, although just below forecasts, while the market reaction was further muted as analysts pencilled in a flat or slightly lower result this quarter on an expected fall in memory chip prices.

The world's largest memory chip and smartphone maker estimated its July-September profit at KRW 15.8 trillion (roughly Rs. 99,190 crores), below a Refinitiv SmartEstimate of KRW 16.1 trillion (roughly Rs. 1,01,080 crores). It is the highest quarterly profit since the third quarter of 2018.

"The mobile business' operating margin might have been lower than the market expected," said Park Sung-soon, analyst at Cape Investment & Securities. "We will have to see marketing costs and what the mix of products Samsung sold was like."

Rising memory chip prices and shipments, plus a jump in profitability at Samsung's chip contract manufacturing business, likely raised the chip division's operating profit by about 79 percent from a year earlier, analysts said.

Semiconductors accounted for about half of Samsung's operating profit in the first half of the year.

Samsung shares pared early gains to be up 0.4 percent in afternoon trade. It is due to announce detailed earnings later this month.

The stock has fallen about 12 percent so far this year versus a 3 percent rise in the wider market, hurt by losses in September when US peer Micron said its memory chip shipments would slip in the near term.

Analysts said prices for memory chips are expected to tumble this quarter as demand for personal computers drops amid an expected easing in global lockdowns that have helped power sales, while smartphone shipments may also decline.

A bright spot next year is expected to be Samsung's chip contract manufacturing business, which on Thursday announced plans to start producing cutting-edge, 3-nanometre chip designs in the first half of 2022, as it races against industry leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co to preempt advanced technology and win clients.

For Samsung's mobile business, estimated sales of 2 million new foldable smartphones within a month showed demand for its foldable handsets captured more of the mass market than last year, analysts said.

However, this was likely offset by marketing costs and higher component costs due to the global chip shortage.

Samsung's display unit likely saw solid results as key customer Apple ramped up orders before its late-September launch of the iPhone 13 series, analysts said.

Overall revenue likely rose about 9 percent from the same period a year earlier to a record KRW 73 trillion (roughly Rs. 4,58,230 crores), Samsung said in a filing.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


Amazon's month-long sale, the Great Indian Festival, is back. This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, Amazon India's consumer electronics head Akshay Ahuja takes us behind the scenes. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Further reading: Samsung
Apple Working on CarPlay Extension to Let iPhone Handsets Control Car's A/C, Speedometer, Radio, Seats, More

Related Stories

Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment
 
 

Advertisement

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2021. All rights reserved.
Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com