Samsung Electronics (SEO:005930)

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Samsung Electronics is a South Korean technology conglomerate that manufactures consumer electronics, specifically digital media, telecommunication networks, semiconductors, and LCDs. Samsung's Digital Media and Communications division is involved in the manufacture of digital media and communication products, such as televisions (TVs), monitors, printers, air conditioners, refrigerators and washers, as well as cell phones, network systems and computers. Its Device Solution division provides semiconductors and liquid crystal display (LCD) products, consisting of memory chips, hard disc drives (HDDs), system large scale integrated circuit (LSI) products and thin film transistor (TFT) LCD products. Samsung's net sales in 2009 totaled 139.0 trillion Korean Won (KRW), with an operating profit of 11.6 trillion KRW.

Samsung has been faced with greater demand and competition as consumers are increasingly resorting to cell phones, PDAs, smartphones, and portable media players to access audio, video clips, and data all at once. In response, Samsung's Mobile Innovator released the mobile widget software developer kit for its TouchWiz user interface in 2009, which allows developers to create widgets for different Samsung phones.[1] Consumers' expectations and cyclicality in DRAM (memory semiconductors) profitability indicate potential for expansion and new developments.

On April 1, 2010, Samsung completed its merger with Samsung Digital Imaging Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of digital cameras.

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Second Quarter 2010 Results (ended June 30, 2010)[2]

Samsung Electronics announced revenues of 37.89 trillion Korean won on a consolidated basis for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 17 percent increase year-on-year. For the quarter, the company posted net income of 4.28 trillion won. Consolidated operating profit for the quarter was a record 5.01 trillion won, an 88 percent increase year-on-year. The figure tops the previous high of 4.41 trillion won in the first quarter of 2010.

The company’s increased profitability in the second quarter was driven by significant improvements in its components businesses. The Semiconductor Business recorded an operating profit of 2.94 trillion won on sales of 9.53 trillion won, while the LCD Business generated an operating profit of 880 billion won on 7.76 trillion won in sales. Samsung’s set businesses – spanning digital media, IT solutions and telecommunications – also performed well despite increased price competition and uncertain global consumer sentiment.

Strong seasonal demand for core components will drive Samsung’s performance in the third quarter, although increased market supply is also forecast. Samsung forecasts that continued price competition in its set businesses will put downward pressure on profit margins in the third quarter.

Samsung also announced that total capital expenditures for the first half of 2010 reached 9.2 trillion won, representing 51 percent of the total of 18.2 trillion won in capital expenditures planned for 2010.

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Samsung's technical leadership and cost-reduction efforts makes the company a competitive force in the industry. Major competitors to Samsung include:

  • Hynix Semiconductor (HXSCL) is among the world's top makers of DRAM and other memory chips. The company plans to diversify into other chip markets. The company is a primary competitor for Samsung in the Asia/Pacific region.[3]
  • Panasonic Corporation (PC) is a top consumer electronics manufacturer. Its Digital AVC Networks unit makes TVs, VCRs, CD and DVD players, PCs, cell phones, and fax machines. In addition, it also sells batteries, electronic motors, displays, home appliances, and factory-automation equipment. Panasonic owns about 540 consolidated companies and also operates Panasonic Corporation of North America.[4]
  • Sony (SNE) manufactures high-revenue consumer electronics products and gaming systems, including digital and video cameras, Walkman stereos, and semiconductors. The company also owns entertainment divisions such as Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Digital Production, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Television.[5]

Other competitors in Samsung Electronic's business segments include:

  • Nokia (NOK) is a manufacturer of mobile devices and is involved in the internet and communication industries.
  • LG Electronics is a global leader in home entertainment products, mobile communications, home appliances, and business solutions.
  • Toshiba (TOSBF) is a leading competitor for Samsung in the electronics equipment industry, specifically semiconductors and digital products. Toshiba is also at the top of the Greenpeace Consumer Electronics Ranking along with Samsung.[6]
  • Dell (DELL) is one of America's largest companies and a global manufacturer of personal computers.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) is a competitor to Samsung as a leading manufacturer of personal computers, commercial and consumer PCs, workstations, handheld devices, and digital entertainment systems.
  • Canon (CAJ) is a competitor in the digital camera and printer segments.

Presently, Sony Electronics is Samsung's closest competitor in the consumer electronics industry.[7] In fiscal year 2008, Sony Electronics reported net sales of 6,613,800 million in yen (approximately $71,608,000,000 USD) and Samsung reported net sales of 121,294 billion in KRW (approximately $105,525,780,000 USD).[8][5] For both companies, the electronics segment has increased in sales during the 2008 fiscal year. However, Sony has faced greater restructuring charges (an increase of 7 billion yen).[9]

Financials Net Sales (millions USD) Net Income (millions USD) Employees
LG Electronics$24,625[11]$429.68[11]177,000[12]
Dell (DELL)$61,133[13]$2,497[13]85,450[14]

Trading on Stock Exchanges

The Samsung stocks are not traded on any US Exchange. The company's home market is the Korean Exchange. Samsung global depository receipts (GDRs) are traded on some European Exchanges including London and Frankfurt.


  1. Samsung Press Release, 08/26/09
  2. Samsung Investor Relations: "Samsung Electronics Announces Second Quarter 2010 Results" July 30, 2010
  3. Hynix Semiconductor Inc., Hoovers
  4. Panasonic Corporation, Hoovers
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Sony Corporation, Hoovers
  6. Best Global Brands 2009 Rankings, Interbrand
  7. 8.0 8.1 8.2
  8. Sony FY 2008 20-F, Performance by Product Category, Pg. 51
  9. Sony FY 2008 20-F, Pg. 97
  10. 11.0 11.1 LG FY 2008 10-K, Pg.43
  11. Fortune Global,
  12. 13.0 13.1 Dell Financials
  13. Fortune Global,

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