http://www.sina.com.cn 2007年01月15日 02:32 北京商报
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. posted an 8.5 percent drop in quarterly profit on Friday on weaker shipments of flash memory chips and falling prices of flat screens and forecast a challenging first quarter.
The first part of 2007 looks bumpy as seasonally weak demand for NAND flash memory chips and flat panel screens will likely offset a strong showing from computer memory chips.
Samsung earned 2.346 trillion won ($2.5 billion) in net profit for the quarter ended December 31， against 2.563 trillion a year earlier and 2.187 trillion in the previous quarter.
Samsung’s net profit is likely to rise 16 percent to 9.2 trillion won from 7.93 trillion in 2006. That number would still be well short of 2004’s record 10.79 trillion.
Revenue came in at 15.69 trillion won， up from 15.52 trillion a year earlier.
Samsung saw the overall profit margin at its mainstay chips division rise to 31 percent from the third quarter’s 26 percent.But the South Korean firm was hurt by shipment growth of only 19 percent for its NAND flash chips， compared with general expectations for a 40 percent jump.
Samsung sold record 32 million mobile phones in the fourth quarter， up from the third quarter’s 30.7 million units. But profit margin in the handset division fell to 8 percent from 11 percent in the third as marketing costs doubled in what appears to be an increasingly difficult market.
Samsung’s liquid crystal display (LCD) business， with margins coming in at 10 percent against 13 percent in the fourth quarter of 2005. The margin， however， was double that in the preceding quarter due to seasonal factors.The company predicted slight falls in LCD selling prices in 2007 but said it didn’t expect excessive growth in LCD supply.