Recovery Beckons For Samsung As Chip Prices Stabilize | 2/26/2019 | Staff
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SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is likely to post a fourth consecutive quarter of declining profit when it reports preliminary earnings next week, though investors will be hoping the worst has passed with chip prices showing signs of recovery.

Falling semiconductor prices and the drawn-out U.S.-China trade war have bitten into profits at the world’s top memory chip and smartphone maker but analysts expect to see earnings growth next year as chip prices turn around.

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“The chip market is in the process of recovery as the inventory level is falling on the supply side,” said Avril Wu, an analyst at tech researcher TrendForce.

Prices for DRAM chips, which help devices perform multiple tasks, are forecast to fall by a low-single digit percentage in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the 20%-25% drop during the same period this year, TrendForce says.

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Samsung is likely to flag a 60% decline in July-September operating profit to 7 trillion won ($5.8 billion) on Tuesday, according to Refinitiv SmartEstimate, based on estimates from 28 analysts.

Chips bring in over half of Samsung’s profit.

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“There’s growing anticipation about Samsung and the semiconductor market. It’s not so bad when you look at chip prices and demand,” said a Seoul-based fund manager who owns Samsung shares. He declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

While things are looking up for Samsung in terms of chip prices, analysts remain concerned about the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on major...
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