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LG 전자 2016년 1분기 영업이익 5052억원…65.5% ↑

Source : LG Elec.

Source : LG Elec.

강현주 기자 / jjoo@olednet.com

LG 전자가 2016년 1분기 연결매출 13조 3,621억 원, 연결영업이익 5,052억 원을 기록했다고 28일 발표했다.

매출액은 TV와 스마트폰 시장 성장세 둔화 영향으로 전년 동기(13조 9,944억 원), 전 분기(14조 5,601억 원) 대비 각각 4.5%, 8.2% 감소했다. 영업이익은 생활가전, TV 등 가전사업의 수익성이 크게 개선되면서 전년 동기(3,052억 원) 대비 65.5%, 전 분기(3,490억 원) 대비 44.8% 증가했다.

특히 H&A사업본부와 HE사업본부는 분기 사상 최대 영업이익 및 최고 영업이익률(H&A: 9.7%, HE: 7.7%)을 달성하며 실적 호조를 이끌었다.

H&A(Home Appliance & Air Solution)사업본부는 매출액 4조 2,195억 원, 영업이익 4,078억 원을 기록했다. H&A사업본부 매출액은 트윈워시 세탁기, 얼음정수기 냉장고, 오븐, 빌트인 주방가전 등 프리미엄 제품 판매 호조와 시스템 에어컨 등 B2B 사업 성장에 힘입어 전년 동기 대비 3.8%, 전 분기 대비 10.2% 증가했다. 영업이익은 지속적인 원가경쟁력 개선 및 프리미엄 제품 판매 비중 확대로 전년 동기 대비 77.7%, 전 분기 대비 89.9% 증가했다.

MC(Mobile Communications)사업본부는 매출액 2조 9,632억 원, 영업손실 2,022억 원이다.  MC사업본부 매출액은 신제품(G5) 대기수요 발생으로 인한 기존 모델 판매 감소와 중남미, CIS 등 성장 시장의 경제불안 영향으로 전년 동기 대비 15.5%, 전 분기 대비 19.3% 감소했다. 또 G5의 마케팅 비용 선집행으로 전 분기 대비 영업손실이 확대됐다.

HE(Home Entertainment)사업본부는 매출액 4조 3,334억 원, 영업이익 3,352억 원을 기록했다.  HE사업본부 매출액은 TV 시장의 계절적 비수기 영향으로 전년 동기, 전 분기 대비 각각 2.3%, 8.6% 감소했다. 영업이익은 올레드 TV, 울트라HD TV 등 프리미엄 제품 판매 확대 및 원가경쟁력 개선으로 전년 동기 대비 흑자전환, 전 분기 대비 207% 증가했다.

VC(Vehicle Components)사업본부는 매출액 5,929억 원, 영업손실 158억 원이다. VC사업본부는 AVN(Audio Video Navigation), 텔레매틱스(Telematics) 등 차량용 인포테인먼트 사업을 중심으로 성장해 매출액이 전년 동기 대비 55%, 전 분기 대비 13.9% 증가했다. 인포테인먼트 기기, 전기차용 부품 등 미래 성장을 위한 자원 투입 증가로 영업손실을 기록했다.
LG 전자는 2분기에 가전 시장은 북미, 유럽 등 선진 시장의 성장세가 유지될 것으로 전망했다. H&A사업본부는 일반 가전(프리스탠딩)의 초프리미엄 브랜드 ‘LG 시그니처(LG SIGNATURE)’와 빌트인 분야의 초프리미엄 브랜드 ‘시그니처 키친 스위트’ 등 시장선도 제품을 확대 출시하고, 원가 경쟁력을 지속 강화한다.

스마트폰 시장 성장 정체에 따른 제조사 간 시장 점유율 경쟁은 더욱 심화될 것으로 예상된다. MC사업본부는 전략 스마트폰 G5의 본격적인 글로벌 출시 및 보급형 신모델 판매 확대 등으로 매출을 확대하는 한편, 원가 경쟁력 강화 활동을 통해 수익성 개선에 주력한다.

TV 수요 정체는 지속될 것으로 전망되나 프리미엄 제품에 대한 수요는 확대될 것으로 예상된다. HE사업본부는 올레드 TV, 울트라HD TV 등 프리미엄 제품 판매 비중 확대로 건전한 수익성을 유지한다.

전기차 시장 성장 및 전장 부품 시장의 고급화에 힘입어 자동차 부품 사업기회가 확대될 것으로 전망된다. VC사업본부는 미래 자동차 핵심 부품에 대한 지속적인 투자를 통해 성장 기반을 강화한다.

[SID 2015] Chinese LCD’s Continuous Evolution. OLED, What To Do?

LCD technology of Chinese companies is continually evolving. In SID 2015, BOE exhibited world’s largest 110inch 8K and world’s first 82inch 10K LCD panels. CSOT drew much attention with its world’s largest 110inch UHD curved LCD TV. By exhibiting ultra high resolution and large size LCD panel ahead of Korean and Japanese panel companies, CSOT aptly demonstrated that Chinese companies have caught up to Korean and Japanese technology skills.

BOE presented NTSC 99% 27inch QHD LCD panel, and CSOT showed NTSC 118% 55inch UHD LCD panel. Particularly, CSOT exhibited 4mm thick 32inch FHD LCD TV and 5.5 mm thick 4K curved LCD panel; this showed that LCD is able to catch up to OLED’s thinness and color gamut advantages. Thus, with LCD’s continuous new technology development and price competitiveness, LCD and OLED’s leadership competition will once again heat up in next generation display’

The current large area TV market is led by LCD and OLED is slowly expanding the market starting with premium TV. Even in premium market, with price competitiveness LCD is one step ahead with QD film applied LCD TV. Therefore, the technology development of LCD that is catching up to OLED’s advantages is expected to be a hurdle for OLED’s market opening.

Although LCD’s color gamut, thickness, contrast ratio, and response time is being continually improved and can approach to OLED’s level but cannot be equal to OLED in all areas. For example, if the thickness is reduced in LCD, the QD film application needed for increased color gamut is difficult. Even if panel with many positive traits altogether is developed, it is expected to take much time giving OLED chance to drop the price to LCD level. Therefore, reducing OLED panel’s price by OLED’s active investment and yield achievement is analyzed to be an essential condition for next generation display leadership.SID 2015 중국업체의 끝없는 개발 SID 2015 중국업체의 끝없는 개발2

LG Electronics Actively Release 55 inch UHD OLED TV, Begins Intense Competition with UHD LCD

LG Electronics’ 55 inch UHD curved OLED TV, soon to be released, have been revealed on USA’s Amazon.com (www.amazon.com) in the 3rd week of April for the first time. With the price of US$ 5,499, it is US$ 3,500 lower than 65 inch UHD curved OLED TV (US$ 8,999), and US$ 1,500 higher than Samsung Electronics’ equivalent 55 inch curved SUHD TV (US$ 3,998).

 

Comparing LG Elec.’s 55 inch curved FHD OLED TV and 55/65 inch curved UHD OLED TV with Samsung’s equivalent LED TV and SUHD TV in terms of price on Amazon.com in the 3rd week of April, the price difference are shown to be approx. US$ 1,100 for 55 inch FHD, US$ 1,500 in 55 inch UHD, and US$ 4,000 for 65 inch UHD.

 

The release price for this 55 inch UHD curved OLED TV is more reasonable than previously released models and future market for next generation TV is expected to be fierce; 55 inch FHD curved OLED TV was released at US$ 15,000, and 65 inch UHD curved OLED TV was at US$ 12,000, which were more than twice the price of LCD TV of equal specification.

 

As the price of FHD curved OLED TV is falling by approx. 60% annually since its release, UBI Research’s White OLED Display Annual Report (published on April 15) forecast that UHD curved OLED TV will be able to compete with Samsung’s SUHD TV in terms of price if they can achieve FHD OLED TV level of yield.

 

On the other hand, during the 1st OLED KOREA Conference, LG Display revealed that FHD OLED TV panel yield rate exceeded 80% and that they are aiming for 80% of yield for UHD OLED TV panel by the end of 2015.

 

Price Difference between LG OLED TV and SUHD TV

Price Difference between LG OLED TV and SUHD TV

 

LG Electronics’ 55 inch UHD curved OLED TV, www.amazon.com

LG Electronics’ 55 inch UHD curved OLED TV, www.amazon.com

LG Display Reports Performance, Focus on Structure Differentiation Through OLED TV

On April 22, LG Display reported their first quarter of 2015 performance announcing their success in OLED TV market entrance with balanced results in mass production yield rate, timing, and management. They also revealed their panel production targets of 600,000 units this year, and 1,500,000 units in 2016.

 

LG Display’s CFO Sang-don Kim announced that “OLED TV was about technology innovation until last year, this year it will be innovation in consumers and yield rate, and by next year it will be decided whether it has popularization potential”. He added LG Display will “focus on increasing the business values rather than immediate profit and methodically proceed with OLED focused strategy for structural differentiation in large size display”. He also revealed LG Display will decide on additional investment after observing OLED TV market’s growth potential.

 

Regarding China’s BOE Gen10.5 investment, a recent issue, he forecast “much time is needed to begin set up and if Chinese companies run into problems while working on enlarging the display it is estimated that they will return to 30inch. Therefore LG Display’s large area panel sales will not be much affected”. He explained in regards to LG Display’s Gen10.5 large area LCD investment that it will be decided after careful examination considering the cost and market maturity.

 

LG Display also revealed a decrease in sales in small to mid-size display, such as tablet, due to seasonal factors. However for large size display, they announced as a result of improved performance, the total business profit recorded approx. 687 million USD, an 11% increase compared to the previous quarter (approx. 578 million USD), and showed surplus in business profit for the 12 consecutive quarters.

 

LG Display CFO Sang-don Kim

LG Display CFO Sang-don Kim

White OLED Display Market to Grow Rapidly to 150 Million Units Production in 2020

Large size OLED TV production is one of the hot issues within the display market. Although OLED has long been a focus for the next generation display, the market share of OLED display is still low. According to UBI Research, a market research company, despite the continued increase in OLED panel production volume and application scope, the point when it moves toward consumer market from producer market will be another leap for the display industry.

UBI Research’s White OLED Display Annual Report (published April 15, 2015) notes that mass production actualization of large size display using RGB structured OLED panel has not been possible due to the dead space from drooped effect. Therefore, UBI Research analyzed that the additional processes and investment cost in order to improve this increases the production cost resulting in decreased competitiveness.

Currently, OLED panel with WRGB structure is being regarded as the only technology that can achieve large size display. As key production companies revealed in SID 2014, concentrated efforts in WRGB OLED research and production resulted in approx. 80% of target yield. In 2015, supply rate is estimated to be 600 thousand units, a 40% increase from 2014, and 1.6 million units in 2016. Chinese key panel companies, led by AUO and BOE, also possess pilot lines for large area WRGB OLED panel mass production including Gen8. (Source: White OLED Display Annual Report, UBI Research)

Solution process applied technology is being developed in close pursuit of WRGB OLED, but UBI Research surmises that it will take 3~4 years for the active mass production competing with efficiency and merits of WRGB structure.

UBI Research forecast WRGB OLED’s unrivaled path will continue for another 5 years or so with approx. 150 million units of WRGB OLED display production out of over 1,000 million OLED display units in 2020. Large size white OLED display panel for TV market is expected to record approx. 1.6 million units in 2016 and grow to produce US$ 13,759M in revenue in 2020 (figures 1, 2).

If the selection of WRGB OLED can solve the RGB structure’s limit in large area panel mass production, possible active OLED TV production is anticipated. With the publication of UBI Research’s report the timing of this is expected to be a point of much discussion. Additionally, further analysis is needed on whether WRGB OLED is really the only technology for large size display, and if so for how long WRGB OLED’s peerless growth can last.

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