Seoul (AFP) – Samsung Electronics flagged Friday a first-quarter operating profit of 15.6 trillion won ($14.7 billion), a record for any-three month period, as it benefited from soaring demand for its memory chips for mobile devices.
Sales for January to March are expected to reach 60 trillion won, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and memory chips said in an earnings forecast.
The profit forecast from Samsung Electronics, the flagship subsidiary of the giant Samsung Group, widely surpassed the market consensus for about 14.6 trillion won.
This marks the fourth straight quarter in which the South Korean tech firm has beaten its record operating profit.
The first-quarter operating profit was up nearly 60 percent from a year ago while sales jumped by 19 percent.
The South Korean company has seen profits soar over the past year thanks to solid demand for memory chips for mobile devices, which has helped offset shrinking profits from its own mobile production.
The mobile unit suffered a serious blow after the disastrous worldwide recall of its Galaxy Note 7 device over exploding batteries two years ago, which cost the firm billions of dollars.
But the firm rolled out its latest flagship mobile phone, the Galaxy S9, in the first quarter to favourable reviews.
Samsung withholds net profit and sector-by-sector business performance until it releases its final earnings report, which is expected later this month.