Samsung Electronics estimates first-quarter profit jumped 50% on solid chip demand By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea South Korea, October 11, 2017. REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji

By Joyce Lee and Heekyong Yang

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics (OTC 🙂 Co Ltd on Thursday reported a 50% jump in quarterly operating earnings to post its highest first-quarter profit since 2018, as solid demand underpinned prices for memory chips.

The world’s largest memory chip and smartphone maker estimated first-quarter profit at 14.1 trillion won ($ 11.6 billion), versus a Refinitiv SmartEstimate of 13.3 trillion won.

Revenue likely rose 18% from the same period a year earlier to a record 77 trillion won, the company said in a short preliminary earnings release, also above market expectations.

Samsung (KS 🙂 is due to release detailed earnings on April 28.

Although chip prices dipped in the first quarter, analysts said they had held up better than expected due to solid demand as well as cautious investment spending by chipmakers and limited capacity expansion. This buoyed Samsung’s chip earnings which make up about half of its total profits.

The price of one type of DRAM chip, widely used in data centers, fell 8% during the quarter according to data provider TrendForce, while the prices of NAND flash memory chips, used for data storage in tech devices, fell between 5% and 10 %.

Analysts expect DRAM prices to continue to fall in the April-June quarter as rising inflation could potentially hurt demand for PCs, laptops, and smartphones.

However, a raw material contamination in February at a NAND Flash chip plant owned by Japan’s Kioxia and American firm Western Digital (NASDAQ 🙂 is expected to drive up NAND Flash prices by 5% -10%, offsetting the effects of modestly high inventories maintained by buyers, TrendForce said.

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea South Korea, October 11, 2017. REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji By Joyce Lee and Heekyong Yang SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics (OTC 🙂 Co Ltd on Thursday reported a 50% jump in quarterly operating earnings to post…

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