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Samsung’s operating profit skyrockets 930% due to soaring demand for memory chips driven by AI.

ByYasmeeta Oon

May 6, 2024
Samsung's operating profit skyrockets 930% due to soaring demand for memory chips driven by AI.

Samsung’s operating profit skyrockets 930% due to soaring demand for memory chips driven by AI.

Samsung Electronics, the South Korean tech giant, announced on Tuesday a staggering surge in operating profit, exceeding 930% in the first quarter of 2024. The remarkable growth was propelled by soaring demand for its servers, memory chips, and storage solutions utilized in artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

Here’s a breakdown of Samsung’s financial performance in the first quarter of 2024:

MetricQ1 2024Q1 2023
Total RevenueKRW 71.2 trillion ($52.2B)
Net ProfitKRW 6.75 trillion ($4.88B)
Operating ProfitKRW 6.61 trillion ($4.77B)KRW 640 billion ($462M)
Semiconductor SalesKRW 23.14 trillion ($16.71B)KRW 13.73 trillion ($9.92B)
Semiconductor Operating ProfitKRW 1.91 trillion ($1.3B)Operating loss in Q1 2023

Samsung’s semiconductor business emerged as the primary driver of this remarkable financial upturn. Sales in this division surged to KRW 23.14 trillion ($16.71 billion), a substantial increase from KRW 13.73 trillion ($9.92 billion) in the corresponding period last year. The division reported an operating profit of KRW 1.91 trillion ($1.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2024, marking a significant turnaround from the operating losses experienced in previous quarters.

The resurgence in Samsung’s semiconductor business can be attributed to robust demand for DDR5 chips and storage solutions essential for AI servers. Furthermore, the company’s strategic focus on high-bandwidth memory (HBM) chips, crucial for various cutting-edge technologies including AI, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), graphic processing applications, virtual reality, and augmented reality systems, has paid off handsomely.

In line with its commitment to meeting the escalating demands of generative AI and the requisite server infrastructure, Samsung has embarked on an ambitious mass production plan. The company announced the commencement of mass production of high-performance memory chips such as HBM3E 8H (8-layer) DRAM and V9 NAND chips, primarily utilized in enterprise servers, AI, and cloud devices. Moreover, Samsung intends to roll out HBM3E 12H (12-layer) chips in the second quarter of the year, further solidifying its position as a leading player in the semiconductor industry.

Samsung faces stiff competition in the memory chip market, particularly from rivals such as Micron and SK Hynix. However, Samsung’s strategic initiatives, including its investment in cutting-edge chip manufacturing technologies and the development of 3-nanometer and 2-nanometer AI chips, position it favorably to maintain its competitive edge.

Samsung remains optimistic about the future, forecasting sustained strong demand in the second half of 2024, primarily driven by the increasing adoption of generative AI. The company anticipates that the continuous expansion of AI servers and associated cloud services will bolster demand for memory solutions, including HBM chips. Additionally, stable demand for mobile devices and anticipated product launches in the second half of the year are expected to further stimulate growth.

Two weeks ago, the Biden administration announced its decision to award Samsung up to $6.4 billion in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act. This significant grant aims to facilitate the establishment of semiconductor factories in Texas, enabling Samsung to develop cutting-edge chips and bolster domestic semiconductor production. The investment will support the construction of two new logic chip plants, an R&D facility, and an advanced packaging facility in Taylor, in addition to expanding its existing facility near Austin. Similar grants have been allocated to other semiconductor manufacturers like Micron and TSMC, underscoring the government’s commitment to strengthening the nation’s semiconductor industry.

Samsung Electronics’ stellar performance in the first quarter of 2024 reflects its resilience and strategic foresight amidst challenging market conditions. With a robust semiconductor business driving profits, coupled with ongoing investments in innovation and government support, Samsung is well-positioned to capitalize on emerging opportunities and maintain its leadership in the global tech industry. As the demand for advanced technologies continues to soar, Samsung’s commitment to innovation and excellence remains unwavering, setting the stage for continued growth and success in the quarters ahead.

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Yasmeeta Oon

Just a girl trying to break into the world of journalism, constantly on the hunt for the next big story to share.

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