After Samsung's guidance miss, South Korea's LG warns profits likely fell 80 percent in fourth quarter

  • South Korea's LG Electronics said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter operating profit likely fell 80 percent from the same period a year earlier, far below analyst expectations.
  • The world's second-biggest television set maker behind compatriot Samsung Electronics estimated profit of 75.3 billion won ($67.03 million) for October-December last year.
  • That would compare with the 387 billion won average of 11 analyst estimates in a poll.
The LG Electronics logo is seen at the World IT Show in Seoul, South Korea, on May 23, 2018.
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The LG Electronics logo is seen at the World IT Show in Seoul, South Korea, on May 23, 2018.

South Korea's LG Electronics said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter operating profit likely fell 80 percent from the same period a year earlier, far below analyst expectations.

The world's second-biggest television set maker behind compatriot Samsung Electronics estimated profit of 75.3 billion won ($67.03 million) for October-December last year. That would compare with the 387 billion won average of 11 analyst estimates in an I/B/E/S Refinitiv poll.

Revenue likely fell 7 percent to 15.8 trillion won, LG said in a regulatory filing, versus analysts' 16.3 trillion won estimate.

LG did not disclose further details of fourth-quarter operations and will announce full results at the end of January.

Analysts said earnings were likely weighed down by higher year-end bonuses and marketing expenses for new smartphones.

LG held a 3 percent share of the global smartphone market in the second quarter of last year, showed latest data from market tracker Counterpoint Research.

Earlier in the day, Samsung estimated a 29 percent drop in quarterly profit, its first decline in two years, as it flagged tough memory chip and mobile phone markets.