[THE INVESTOR] Tech giant Samsung Electronics
will release its earnings for the April-June quarter on July 7.
All eyes are now on whether its operating profit crosses the 8-trillion-won (US$6.9 billion) threshold for the first time in two years. The firm earned 8.5 trillion won in the first quarter of 2014.
Samsung posted more than 8 trillion won of operating income for the seventh consecutive quarter since the third quarter of 2012. Its operating profit reached its peak in the third quarter of 2013, recording 10.2 trillion won thanks to the robust sales of its Galaxy S4 smartphone.
However, the figure has dwindled since then due to neck-and-neck competition with its arch rival Apple on the high-end front and Chinese firms in the mid-range and low-end segment.
The firm’s operating income dropped from 7.2 trillion won in the second quarter of 2014 to 4 trillion won in the third quarter of the same year. It slightly increased to 5.3 trillion won in the fourth quarter.
The figure bounced back from 6 trillion won in the first quarter of 2015 to 7.4 trillion won in the third quarter of the same year.
Samsung posted 6.7 trillion won in the first quarter this year.
Market analysts forecast that Samsung may have earned 7.3 trillion won of operating profit on average in the April-June period while some investment firms, including Yuanta Securities, expect the company to post more than 8 trillion won.
The securities firms that have painted a rosy picture of Samsung’s second quarter performance cited the strong sales of the latest Galaxy S7 and its edge variant as a reason for the improved profit.
The second quarter of 2014 was the last time when the tech giant’s mobile business posted more than 4 trillion won of operating profit.
By Kim Young-won (firstname.lastname@example.org