Samsung's high-end smartphone sales boost profits as HTC tanks
Android handset makers suffer contrasting fortunes
TechTrade | 06 Jul 2012 :
Strong sales of Samsung's smartphones led to a 79% jump in the company's operating profits for the second quarter of 2012.
The mobile phones, flat screen panels, memory chips and TV maker in Suwon, South Korea said Friday in its guidance for the quarter that the operating profit for the quarter was likely to be about 6.7 trillion won ($5.8 billion), compared to 3.75 million won in the same quarter last year.
With its latest Galaxy S III expected to do well, the company is expected to retain its top position in the smartphone market in the quarter until it gets into a tight race with Apple's anticipated new iPhone in the later quarter, according to analysts.
"The 14.3% of operating profit margin indicates the strong sales of the company's high-end smartphone line-ups and they are expected to take away the ones of the rival companies," said Lee Sun Tae, an analyst with NH Investment & Securities.
Of the operating profits, about 4.1 trillion won came from smartphone sales, Lee said. Shipments of the Galaxy S III are expected to be about 20 million in the third quarter, he added.
The company is expected to have shipped 95 million handsets in the quarter of which 45 million were smartphones, and 2 million were tablets, according to Scott Bicheno, a senior analyst with Strategy Analytics.
Despite the strong handset sales, Korea Investment and Securities lowered the forecast for the third-quarter operating profit to 7.6 trillion won from 8.5 trillion won considering the slowdown in the semiconductor market and shrinking demand for finished-set products.
A court in California recently ordered preliminary injunctions against sales in the US of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. Samsung has stated its intention to appeal, and also said in court that it has other models to sell.
The news has not been so good for competitor HTC, whose profits for the same period have plummeted from a net profit of 7.4 billion TWD from 17.52 billion TWD in the same quarter last year. Despite the collapse, these figure remain in line with expectations following disappointing European sales and ongoing litigation that has held up supply of certain products to the US.
IDG News Service