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Samsung's display, memory chip units account for almost half of total revenue

The company's Device Solutions business buoyed Q2 results amid 22% decline in mobile revenue

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Samsung’s Device Solutions division is now responsible for almost half of the tech giant’s total revenue.

This is according to new details revealed during yesterday’s earnings call regarding the company’s Q2 financial results.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Samsung’s memory chip segment helped exceed financial analysts’ expectations by 1.2 trillion won (£763 million), with a 53.4% rise from the same period last year.

The segment is part of Samsung’s Device Solutions division, which also includes the tech giant’s own display panels business. Together, the division managed to bring in 46% of Samsung’s total revenue for Q2.

CCS Insight senior analyst Fiona Vanier told IT Pro that this makes the Device Solutions division “the largest contributor in the quarter”.

“Overall, Samsung reported a good quarter increasing its total revenue, operating profit and net profit in local currency," she said. "This was mainly due to Samsung’s Device Solutions division, which includes display panels and semiconductors business. Samsung has been able to take full advantage of the increased demand for components coupled with some price increases which boosted its margins."

According to Vanier, although Samsung has so far “managed to minimise the effects of component shortages”, the global chip shortage “is an on-going risk for the business, as is the unpredictability of COVID-19 in major markets like India”.

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“That being said, the demand for display panels, memory, and semiconductors looks set to remain strong for the rest of the year,” she told IT Pro.

Moreover, since the initial results were reported in early July, Samsung has had to grapple with the effects of a COVID-19 outbreak in one of its main factories near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Vanier said that the subsequent factory closure “dented its performance in the second quarter”.

It was also a “key factor” in the tech giant’s mobile division recording a 22% fall in revenue since Q1. Handset shipments recorded a 5% jump year-on-year, which Vanier described as “expected”.

“However, the company remains cautious about the business outlook, stressing its continuing concerns about the effects of the pandemic,” she added.

Like many other manufacturers, Samsung has struggled with factory closures since the start of the pandemic. In February, the tech giant was also forced to shut down two of its factories in Austin, Texas, due to extreme weather conditions ravaging parts of the US.

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