Samsung says Q3 operating profit down 31p on-year
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics on Thursday, 27 October said its Q3 operating profits were down 31.39pc year on year after a global economic downturn hit demand for consumer electronics.
Earnings in its crucial memory chips division dropped, the firm said in a statement, adding that “demand for consumer products remained weak”.
Operating profit for July to September 2022 fell to 10 trillion won $7 billion, down from 15.8 trillion won for the same period last year, the firm said.
The results are the first year-on-year decline in profit in nearly three years for Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest smartphone maker.
But the company said it had seen an increase in sales, which were up by 3.79pc from the same period last year to 76 trillion won.
The world’s biggest memory-chip maker is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Samsung group, by far the largest of the family-controlled empires known as chaebols that dominate business in South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy.
The conglomerate is crucial to the country’s economic health — its overall turnover is equivalent to a fifth of the national gross domestic product.
Until the Q3 of this year, Samsung, along with other tech companies, significantly benefited from strong demand for electronic devices — as well as chips that power them — during the pandemic.
But the global economy is now facing multiple challenges, including increasing inflation, rising interest rates and the growing threat of a broad debt crisis.
The situation has been exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — which has spurred a surge in energy prices and pushed global food prices up — along with China’s adherence to a strict zero-Covid policy.
“In 2023, demand is expected to recover to some extent, but macroeconomic uncertainties are likely to persist,” Samsung Electronics said.
“In the Memory Business, after a dampened first half, demand is expected to rebound centering on servers as data center installations resume,” it added.
Analyst Park Sung-soon of Cape Investment & Securities told the news media he did not expect consumer demand for tech products to recover until the second half of 2023.
“So the focus for Samsung will be adjusting its supply rather than relying on demand recovering anytime soon,” he said.
Samsung also said it had benefited from the strength of the US dollar against the Korean won, “resulting in an approximately 1.0 trillion won company-wide gain in operating profit compared to the previous quarter”.
Parent company Samsung Group announced Thursday that heir and de facto leader Lee Jae-Yong — who received a presidential pardon in August over a fraud conviction — would be promoted to chairman.
The vast majority of the world’s most advanced microchips are made by just two companies — Samsung and Taiwan’s TSMC — both of which are running at full capacity to alleviate a global shortage.
The supply of memory chips has become an issue of global geopolitical significance recently, with leading governments scrambling to secure supplies.
That was demonstrated in May when US President Joe Biden kicked off a South Korea tour by visiting Samsung’s sprawling Pyeongtaek chip plant.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has “further spotlighted the need to secure our critical supply chains”, Biden said at the plant, underscoring the importance of bolstering technology partnerships among “close partners who do share our values”.
Samsung employs about 20,000 people in the United States and work is underway to build a new semiconductor plant in Texas, scheduled to open in 2024.
The US also recently introduced new measures to limit China’s access to high-end semiconductors with military uses, a move that has wiped billions from chip companies’ valuations worldwide.
BIDA, LABCCI signed MoU to boost trade and investment
LABCCi: The Latin America-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) to boost trade and investment between Bangladesh and Latin America.
Bida Executive Chairman (Senior Secretary) Lokman Hossain Miah attended as the chief guest at the MoU signing ceremony held at the Bida office in the capital on Wednesday (15 March).
LABCCI President Md Anwar Shawkat Afser and Bida Marketing and Communication Executive Member (Additional Secretary) Md Matiur Rahman signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides.
At the ceremony, the Brazilian Embassy in Dhaka Commercial Specialist Nahid Ferdousi assured that Brazil is very much interested in tying up with Bangladesh in all aspects.
Md Anwar Shawkat Afser said that a new era has been started by the MoU signing ceremony.
“LABCCI now got the affiliation from the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh, Bida. Now business societies from Latin American countries may get more confidence to invest and trade in Bangladesh through the collaboration of LABCCI,” he said.
The LABCCI president highlighted the upcoming event “Bangladesh Investment B2B (Business to Business) Event in Latin America 2023” which will be jointly organised by Bida, DBCCI and LABCCI in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Argentina and Brazil on 6-17 March 2023.
Representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs and commerce, Bida, Beza, Hi-Tech Park Authority and high-profile Bangladeshi and European businessmen will participate in the mega event.
Salman Fazlur Rahman, private industry and investment advisor to the prime minister, will lead the delegation in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Argentina and Brazil.
Bida Executive Chairman Lokman Hossain Miah assured full support for this delegation, saying that the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina created a friendly environment for businessmen as EPZs will provide a safe zone for foreign investors in Bangladesh.
In the last 15 years, Bangladesh’s economy has changed dramatically. People’s incomes have increased and their lives have improved. By 2027, another 3.5 million people will enter the middle class, he added.
“Bangladesh is not only a huge domestic market of 17 crore people, but with proper investment, the consumer market of about 300 crores in South Asia including India and China can be accessed from here,” said the Bida executive chairman, adding that Bangladesh is one of the top safe investment destinations in the world.
He appreciated the LABCCI board of directors for their initiative to attract FDI from the Latin America region as well as from Europe.
Meta increases Zuckerberg’s security allowance by $4 million
Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) said on Wednesday (February 15) it had increased the security allowance given to Chief Executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his family by $4 million to $14 million.
“This increased allowance, together with the costs of Zuckerberg’s existing overall security program, are appropriate and necessary under the circumstances,” Meta said in a filing.
The move comes at a time when the owner of social media platforms Facebook and Instagram has cut thousands of jobs and slashed spending plans for a period that Zuckerberg has called the “Year of Efficiency.”
BD among the top 3 countries for active users’ growth on Facebook
Bangladesh is among the top 3 countries contributing to active users growth for Facebook as of December 31, last year, social media major Meta said in a regulatory filing.
“Users in India, the Philippines and Bangladesh represented the top three sources of growth in DAUs during December 2022, relative to the same period in 2021,” Meta said.
The company has reported a 4 percent increase in worldwide daily active users (DAUs) to two billion on average during December 2022 from 1.93 billion during December 2021.
The company reiterated the risk to its operation in India due to the proposed data protection framework.
The company defines a daily active user as a registered and logged-in Facebook user who visited Facebook through its website or a mobile device, or used the Messenger application (and is also a registered Facebook user), on a given day.
The monthly active users (MAUs) as of December 31, 2022, increased by 2 percent to 2.96 billion from December 31, 2021.
India stood among the top three contributors in terms of monthly active users too.
“Users in India, Nigeria, and Bangladesh represented the top three sources of growth in 2022, relative to the same period in 2021,” Meta said.
The company reiterated the risk to its operation in India due to the proposed data protection legal framework in India.
“In addition, some countries, such as India and Turkey, are considering or have passed legislation implementing data protection requirements or requiring local storage and processing of data or similar requirements that could increase the cost and complexity of delivering our services, cause us to cease the offering of our products and services in certain countries, or result in fines or other penalties,” the filing dated February 1 said.
Meta has also cautioned investors that it could also face fines, orders restricting or blocking services in particular geographies, or other government-imposed remedies as a result of content hosted on its services citing examples of India and Germany.
“For example, legislation in Germany and India has resulted in the past, and may result in the future, in the imposition of fines or other penalties for failure to comply with certain content removal, law enforcement cooperation, and disclosure obligations,” the filing said.
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