Samsung expects to set a new record with a $7.3 billion profit in Q3
triggered by the $25 billion profit that Samsung will post for the year. There is also the matter of the $1.05 billion that a jury in U.S. District Court awarded Apple after ruling that Samsung had infringed on several Apple patents. The award could be tripled by Judge Lucy Koh following a December 6th hearing. Samsung on Thursday filed for a new trial claiming bias on the part of the jury foreman.
Concentrating on mobile, Samsung shipped 58 million smartphones, 20 million of which were the latest and greatest Samsung Galaxy S III model. Another well received models was the Samsung GALAXY Note. The sequel to the phablet, the Samsung GALAXY Note II will be introduced later this month in the states and is expected to at least double the sales of the original model, reaching 20 million units sold. Profits in the mobile division doubled to 5 trillion won ($4.5 billion USD) in the July-September period, accounting for two-thirds of group profits. Revenue for the quarter is expected to be reported as 52 trillion won ($46.8 billion USD).
Earnings will be officially released on October 26th. Analysts are expecting strong fourth quarter numbers. Citigroup's Henry Kim expects a strong October-December period although he sees the profit margin on the telecommunications sector dropping 5% to 15% because of higher spending on marketing.