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Samsung’s Q1 earnings are in and, as the company itself predicted, they don’t make for pretty reading.
The Korean giant saw revenue for the three-month period fall by 13 percent year-on-year to 52.4 trillion KRW, around $45 billion. Meanwhile, operating profit for Q1 2019 came in at 6.2 trillion KRW, that’s a whopping $5.33 billion but it represents a decline of huge 60 percent drop from the same period last year. Ouch.
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Samsung’s Q1 last year was admittedly a blockbuster quarter, but these are massive declines.
What’s going on?
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Samsung said that sales of its new Galaxy S10 smartphone were “solid” but it admitted that its memory chip and display businesses, so often the most lucrative units for the company, didn’t perform well and “weighed down” the company’s results overall. Despite those apparent S10 sales, the mobile division saw income drop “as competition intensified.” Meanwhile, the display business posted a loss “due to decreased demand for flexible displays and increasing market supplies for large displays.”
That’s all about on par with what analysts were expecting following that overly-optimistic Q1 earnings forecast made...
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