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Analyst sees slowing smartphone sales leading to lower fourth quarter earnings for Samsung

Analyst sees slowing smartphone sales leading to lower fourth quarter earnings for Samsung
Analyst Hyunwoo Doh from Jefferies has cut his operating earnings estimate for Samsung's fourth quarter, partly due to slowing smartphone sales. Doh sees slower growth in high-end smartphone demand and "inventory destocking". Other road blocks include a lower dollar versus the Korean Won, which means that each dollar that Samsung receives from the states is converted into fewer Won than last year.

Higher bonus payouts are also expected to put a dent in operating earnings for the three months. The company needed to spend 400 billion Korean Won ($380 million) to pay some workers a bonus for the 20th anniversary of Samsung's "new management initiative." Doh has cut his own estimate for Q4 operating earnings from 9.9 trillion Korean Won ($9.4 billion USD) to 9.3 trillion Korean Won ($8.82 billion USD).

The analyst expects things to turn around after the first quarter and the Korean based OEM does have some big products on the horizon, including the eagerly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5. The newest Android flagship is expected to carry a larger 5.25 inch QHD AMOLED screen as Samsung tries to shake things up to reinvigorate its high-end line. Sales of the Galaxy S4 slowed down sharply after a terrific start. Samsung is also expected to reveal a sequel to the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch at CES next week, along with some new Exynos chips.

source: Barron's via BGR

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