Samsung Electronics says revenue fall doubtless milder than forecasts as chip costs backside out

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) on Wednesday stated quarterly working revenue doubtless fell at a milder tempo than analysts forecast, indicating reminiscence chip costs bottomed out and strengthening hope of restoration from an trade downturn.

FILE PHOTO: Samsung Digital’s Galaxy A90 is seen on show at a Samsung retailer in Seoul, South Korea, November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The announcement despatched Samsung’s share worth up 2.2% in morning commerce, bucking the broader market’s .KS11 0.8% fall, with cross-town chip rival SK Hynix Inc (000660.KS) additionally up over 5%.

Samsung, the world’s greatest maker of reminiscence chips, has seen earnings drop since late 2018 as a weak international financial system curbed spending by information heart prospects whereas rising inventories squeezed costs, ending a two-year trade growth.

However anticipated easing within the Sino-U.S. commerce conflict is lifting optimism for a return of demand this 12 months from server prospects and makers of fifth-generation (5G) network-ready smartphones. Final month, Samsung’s U.S. chip rival Micron Expertise Inc (MU.O) forecast the trade to recuperate in 2020.

“The DRAM chip worth has already hit backside whereas inventories have been holding at decrease ranges – a doubtlessly encouraging signal to drag up DRAM costs within the second quarter,” stated analyst Park Sung-soon at Cape Funding & Securities.

Samsung stated it anticipated to report later this month a 34% drop in working revenue at 7.1 trillion received ($6.04 billion) for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 versus the identical interval a 12 months earlier.

That will beat the forecast 6.5 trillion received working revenue from Refinitiv SmartEstimate, helped by one-off good points, analysts stated.

Its income declined 0.5% to 59 trillion received, lacking the 60.7 trillion received forecast from Refinitiv SmartEstimate.

Annual working revenue doubtless fell 53% to 27.7 trillion received, the bottom since 2015 and steepest decline in a decade.

(GRAPHIC: Samsung Electronics annual working revenue – right here)


Earnings from chips and cell units within the fourth quarter have been higher than analysts anticipated, whereas the show enterprise lagged, stated an individual with direct information of the matter, declining to be recognized as the data was not public.

“Samsung’s This fall cell shipments rose from final 12 months as gross sales in LATAM, South Asia and Europe have been extra sturdy,” stated analyst Tom Kang at market researcher Counterpoint. “This was partially from Huawei’s abroad losses and Samsung’s new A sequence,” he stated, referring to Chinese language rival Huawei Applied sciences Co Ltd which is tackling restricted entry to U.S. suppliers.

Premium smartphone gross sales additionally boosted earnings, Kang stated.

Samsung is anticipated to announce a brand new model of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone and a foldable handset on Feb. 11.

In shows, Samsung – an Apple Inc (AAPL.O) provider – shut a liquid-crystal show manufacturing line in September, hit by falling costs and slower demand for tv units and smartphones coupled with rising competitors from Chinese language rivals. Samsung plans to transform the road for extra superior shows.

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Heekyong Yang; Modifying by Richard Pullin and Christopher Cushing

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