Samsung posted somewhat disappointing first-quarter results today, though it did generate a sizable profit.
For the first quarter of 2011, Samsung reported revenue of 37 trillion Korean won ($34.5 billion), representing a 7 percent increase compared to the same period in 2010. The company posted a profit for the quarter of 2.78 trillion won, but that figure was down a substantial 30 percent year over year.
Samsung attributed the declines to "lower semiconductor memory prices and reduced profitability in LCD panels and TV sets." The company also pointed to the devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit northeastern Japan last month.
The company's Display Panel business was hit especially hard, with revenue down 5 percent year over year. Samsung's flat-panel shipments slumped 31 percent to 8.8 million units during the first quarter. The profit it generated in that operation--100 billion won--was led by improved LED TV sales, which made up 39 percent of the company's flat-panel revenue last quarter.
In the U.S., Samsung continues to find itself in a highly competitive race with Vizio for the lead in the television market. During the fourth quarter of 2010, the most recent period covered by research firm IHS iSuppli, Vizio shipped nearly 2.9 million televisions, capturing 23.9 percent of the U.S. market. Samsung shipped nearly 2.6 million televisions, helping it nab the second spot with 21.5 percent of the market. In the third quarter, Samsung had led the way with 18.8 percent market share, followed by Vizio's 16.6 percent share.… Read more