Samsung Electronics has reported a 73 per cent jump in its fourth quarter net profit for the year 2017 and that sets a record for any three-month period (quarter), mainly driven by demand for its memory chips and display panels.
The net profit for the October to December period rose to 12.26 trillion won ($11.4 billion), up from 7.09 trillion won a year earlier. The operating profit came to 15.15 trillion won in the fourth quarter, up 64.3 per cent won from a year earlier, it said. Sales were up 23.7 per cent to 65.98 trillion won.
This comes amidst the South Korean tech company’s recall of the Galaxy Note 7 device and the jailing of its vice-chairman Lee Jae-Yong on corruption charges, but its financial performance has gone from strength to strength.
The fourth quarter earnings were driven by the components business, with the largest contribution coming from the memory business that manufactures DRAM and NAND chips, the company said.
The display panel business, which manufactures OLED and LCD screens, saw increased shipments of OLED panels for premium smartphones, but profitability for LCD panels decreased due to weak seasonality. Earnings in the mobile business declined due to a hike in marketing costs, Samsung said. For the full year, net profit was also a record at 42.19 trillion won, up 85.6 per cent on 2016, on sales of 239.58 trillion won.