LG ships 10.3 million phones in Q1, the most since it entered the smartphone game


Samsung began logging quarterly profits similar to the almighty Apple thanks in large part to its smartphone division and the flagship Galaxy handsets, and LG is now performing in the same way.

While the group's net profit was somewhat lower than last year's Q1, at $20.3 million, LG marked a significant increase in phone sales, which helped keep its financials afloat, unlike, say, the Plasma TV department. LG shipped 10.3 million handsets, the most since it entered the smartphone business, and a hefty 28.5% increase year-on-year.

"Healthy sales of LTE smartphones such as the Optimus G and Optimus G Pro along with 3G smartphones including the Optimus L Series and Nexus 4 contributed to the improved results," commented LG. For the second quarter it expects even better results than the $123 million profit it racked up from phones in Q1, due to the imminent launch of the 5.5" Optimus G Pro in the US, and the arrival of the Optimus F and L II series that cover the gamut of market niches. No word was given on the rumored innovative Optimus G2 with touch navigational buttons, but there's a conference call tomorrow, so hopefully more would be revealed.


LG ANNOUNCES FIRST-QUARTER 2013 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Quarterly Results Reflect Record-High Smartphone Shipments

SEOUL, Apr. 24, 2012 – LG Electronics (LG) today reported a solid first-quarter performance due to a resurging handset business which shipped 10.3 million smartphones between January and March, the highest for LG since it entered the smartphone race. Better-than-expected performance in LG's mobile operations offset weaker results in the home entertainment business.

First-quarter operating profit of KRW 350 billion (USD 322.88 million) and net profit of KRW 22 billion (USD 20.30 million) declined somewhat from the same period last year. However, revenues in the first quarter rose 6.8 percent year-over-year to KRW 14.10 trillion (USD 13.01 billion) mainly due to the improved performance of the mobile business.

LG Home Entertainment Company revenues of KRW 5.17 trillion (USD 4.77 billion) declined year-on-year due to lower sales of plasma TVs and IT products. Sales of LCD TVs increased in Europe and developing markets such as China and CIS from the same period last year. Operating profit of KRW 30 billion (USD 27.68 million), although lower than last year, increased compared to the previous quarter. Although TV and IT market will continue to be stagnant, LG expects stronger results with the rollout of new 3D Smart TVs and ULTRA HD TVs.

LG Mobile Communications Company results improved significantly in the first quarter, recording revenues of KRW 3.21 trillion (USD 2.96 billion) on smartphone shipments of 10.3 million units, an increase in revenue of 28.5 percent from the same period last year. Healthy sales of LTE smartphones such as the Optimus G and Optimus G Pro along with 3G smartphones including the Optimus L Series and Nexus 4 contributed to the improved results. Operating profit increased almost four-fold from the same period last year to KRW 133 billion (USD 122.69 million) thanks to stronger revenue and better cost structure. The company expects to further increase shipments and sales in the second quarter with the worldwide rollout of Optimus L SeriesII targeting 3G markets with the 5.5-inch Full HD IPS Optimus G Pro and Optimus F Series in countries with 4G LTE networks.

LG Home Appliance Company sales in the first quarter of 2013 increased 11 percent from the same period last year to KRW 2.81 trillion (USD 2.59 billion), largely due to improved sales in the United States, Central America and the Middle East. A 29 percent decrease in operating profit year-over-year to KRW 102 billion (USD 94.10 million) reflected increased investments in R&D and marketing. LG will focus on strengthening its competitiveness and market leadership in a weak worldwide market with differentiated products and a strengthened product line-up.

LG Air Conditioning and Energy Solution Company revenues were KRW 1.23 trillion (USD 1.14 billion) in the first quarter, mainly as a result of improved performance in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Due to successful new products, operating profit was virtually unchanged year-on-year at KRW 73 billion (USD 67.34 million) despite an increase in R&D expenses. LG expects to improve its sales and profitability by introducing more energy efficient and localized air conditioning products.

2013 1Q Exchange Rates Explained
Starting from the first quarter of 2013, LG Electronics accounted LG Innotek as a consolidated subsidiary of the Company pursuant to enactment of Korea-International Financial Reporting Standards (K-IFRS) 1110 "Consolidated Financial Statements." Due to this change, the Company has also reclassified comparative financial data in accordance with the new disclosure requirement. Amounts in Korean won (KRW) are translated into U.S. dollars (USD) at the average rate of the three-month period of the corresponding quarter - KRW 1,084 per USD (2013 1Q).

Earnings Conference and Conference Call
LG Electronics will hold a Korean language earnings news conference on April 24, 2013 at 16:30 Korea Standard Time at the LG Twin Tower Auditorium (B1 East Tower, 20 Yeoui-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea). An English language conference call will follow on April 25, 2013 at 10:00 Korea Standard Time (01:00 GMT/UTC). Participants are instructed to call +82 31 810 3069 and enter the passcode 9084#. The corresponding presentation file will be available for download at the LG Electronics website (www.lg.com/global/ir/reports/earning-release.jsp) at 14:00 on April 24, 2013. Please visit http://pin.teletogether.com/eng/ and pre-register with the passcode provided. For those unable to participate, an audio recording of the news conference will be available for a period of 30 days after the conclusion of the call. To access the recording, dial +82 31 931 3100 and enter the passcode 142690# when prompted.

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7 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Why is the article picture of a Samsung Galaxy S4 when it's an LG article..? EDIT: Wow nevermind. It's the Optimus G Pro. It looks identical to the Galaxy 3/4/Note II.

3. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

if that was the case then i think its corrected now!

2. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

still no exact sales for Optimus G Pro, why is that??

4. TheBitterTruth unregistered

LG is improving slowly ! :) Good Luck!!

5. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

I own a lg phone & they are very good!whatever its good that their sales getting better!

6. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Can you people tell us what is the exact sales figure of LG Optimus G pro?

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

And this yet again confirms that Android is not just Samsung's candy. LG, Sony are on the rise, and I expect Sony to post record numbers for its smartphone business, for the same period. And HTC will finally bounce back in the next quarter. Huawei an ZTE are growing constantly, posting healthy profits, mostly thanks to Android

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