Samsung's Q4 2012: $52.45 billion in revenue, $8.27b profit

The past few days have seen many companies come out with their financial reports for Q4 2012 and now Samsung is taking their turn to tell shareholders how they performed in the last quarter. Unsurprisingly, the results are quite good, with Samsung posting revenue of 56.06 trillion won (US$52.45 billion) with an operating profit of 8.84 trillion won (US$8.27 billion). For the entire year of 2012, Samsung reported 201.10 trillion won revenue ($188.14 billion) for 29.05 trillion won profit (US$27.18 billion).

Basically, every one of Samsung's divisions reported an increase on the last quarter and also an increase compared to the same quarter last year. Here's a breakdown of some of the figures:

  • Profits for Q4 are up 10% compared to Q3, and are an 89.3% increase on Q4 2011
  • Samsung's Mobile Communications division grew 4% compared to Q3, and were up 58.5% compared to Q4 2011. This growth was on the back of great Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II sales.
  • Their Semiconductor division grew 10% quarter-on-quarter while posting 39% more revenue
  • Surprisingly, the Consumer Electronics division (which sells TVs and appliances) reported a 20% increase in sales for an 87% increase in profit, quarter-on-quarter.

One of the few divisions that posted a reduced amount of sales was the Display Panel division, whose revenue was down 8% compared to Q3. That said, in Samsung's outlooks for 2013, they expect the Display Panel division to grow slightly, helped by a strong demand for tablet panels and large (60"+) premium displays. Samsung also expects growth in most of their other areas, save for featurephones which it predicts will decline in favor of a rise in smartphones, and a weak Q1 2013 due to seasonality.

Overall things are looking quite good for the Korean electronics giant, and with impending announcements for new products including a Galaxy S III successor, 2013 could well be another big year for Samsung.

Source: Samsung (PDF)

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I own an iPhone 5. In December I bought the Note 2 full retail price just to test out it. Fast forward to today January 24th, I have only used my iPhone 5 for FaceTime with other family members still in the Apple ecosystem. Samsung is really doing a great job on their new devices. I had a Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7, and that thing was a piece of crap. Hoping they start making quality Windows phones.

rippleman said,
i had the opposite happen just 2 weeks ago

You went back to the iPhone 5? The iPhone 5 apps are better quality and I do miss that part of it.

not to be awkward but i just love it when droid apps freeze and shutdown at the very unimportant moment... like when taking a photo

Deniss said,
not to be awkward but i just love it when droid apps freeze and shutdown at the very unimportant moment... like when taking a photo

I don't seem to have those issues.

The difference is that MS also invest in different protects, not only protects that make money but protects that change the world, the academy's At university's, the help to students, so there you go, witch company is better to have around?

Xenosion said,
Samsung is generating more revenue and more profits than Microsoft? I would not have guessed that....

A hardware company that sells huge expensive appliances should be expected to make more revenue than a software/services company. Microsoft doesn't sell tvs, washing machines, bulldozers, etc. like Samsung.

still1 said,
Apple beats microsoft by about 2.5 times in revenue. thats the max MS can grow.

MS revenue will grow significantly as they sell more hardware, but it will never be as high as Samsung. The new more expensive Xbox alone will increase revenue as will Surface Pro.

Xenosion said,
Samsung is generating more revenue and more profits than Microsoft? I would not have guessed that....

why not? samsung sells hardware,and there are massive profits to be had with phones for example. Since samsung is now the biggest phone maker, it is actually not that surprising,considering the amount of phone users today.

And thats why Microsoft is getting into the hardware business. Software alone will not cut it.

vcfan said,

why not? samsung sells hardware,and there are massive profits to be had with phones for example. Since samsung is now the biggest phone maker, it is actually not that surprising,considering the amount of phone users today.

And thats why Microsoft is getting into the hardware business. Software alone will not cut it.

I seriously doubt that phones are the biggest source of income for Samsung. It's just countless how many markets Samsung dominates at this point, not to mention they are starting to sell turrets...yes, automatic military turrets.

Xenosion said,
Samsung is generating more revenue and more profits than Microsoft? I would not have guessed that....

Would have thought this was common knowledge by now... But Samsung design and manufacture many of the components inside a very high percentage of consumer electronic devices. Heres a small list of some of their stuff...

iPhone/iPad components, TV and monitor components, LCD and OLED displays, computer RAM, graphics card RAM, flash memory for SSD's and USB sticks, CPU's, kitchen appliances, electronics in cars and airplanes, glass, chemicals used in products, industrial, military and medical products, and loads of other stuff. They even do life insurance in some countries.

They don't just make all this stuff either, they're often the largest manufacture for some of it (LCD displays).

In almost any phone, tablet, laptop or desktop you'll find something from Samsung. Unlike Apple, Samsung are real innovators, they make the tech that makes these products possible in the first place.