Samsung Electronics Co. says its operating profit for last quarter rose by more than 26% as it capped off a robust business year
SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its operating profit for last quarter rose by more than 26% as it capped off a robust business year where its dual strength in parts and finished products allowed it to thrive amid the pandemic.
But the South Korean tech giant expected its profit to weaken in the current quarter with a weak dollar and costs associated with expanded production lines likely affecting its bread-and-butter computer memory chip business.
Samsung has also dealt with legal issues surrounding its vice chairman and de facto chief, Lee Jae-yong, who last week was sentenced by the Seoul High Court to two and a half years in prison for his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal that spurred massive protests and ousted South Korea’s then-president.
Samsung’s operating profit of 9.05 trillion won ($8.13 billion) for the October-December quarter represented a 26.35% increase from the same period a year before, while its revenue rose by 2.78% to 61.55 trillion won ($55.28 billion). The company’s operating profit for the full year of 2020 was at 35.99 trillion won ($32.32 billion), rising by more than 29% from 2019, according to a regulatory filing.
Samsung said it continued to see a strong overall demand for its memory chips in the fourth quarter as major clients launched new smartphone models and cloud computing companies increased their investment in data centers. PC demand remained strong, driven by Chromebooks, gaming notebooks and the release of new graphics cards and gaming consoles, the company said.