Friday , June 8 2018

Samsung is projecting a record profit for Q4 2016, while LG tanks for the first time in six years

Despite making the most explosive phone of the year, Samsung is projecting a record profit of about $10.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2016, on the back of $61 billion in consolidated sales for the quarter. Those figures are big, but they’re even more notable for being the highest of the past three years; Q4 2015 was 23% lower than this year. A huge growth for Samsung. Huge.

Samsung success draws into sharp relief the relative failure of LG’s mobile division in 2016. Heading into the end of the year, LG’s profits declined a full 50% due to a $554m loss across their mobile division. Revenue rose to $16.6bn, but an overall loss of around $40m is expected for Q4.

This stands as LG’s biggest loss since Q4 2010, which analysts are blaming on a combination of declining sales in mobile as well as weaker appliance sales and lower TV profits.

Will we see a turn of fortune in 2017? LG must certainly be hoping so, and with the lessons hopefully learned in 2016, the year ahead looks promising, and may well be defining for LG’s mobile business.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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