Samsung is on course to record a three and a half year high in first quarter profits this year, with analysts predicting record earnings for the rest of 2017 as the company gears up to start selling its Galaxy S8 smartphone (via Reuters).

Shares in the tech giant are nearing record highs after gaining nearly 17 percent since the beginning of Q1, coming on top of a 43 percent surge in 2016. The numbers are particularly impressive, given the costly discontinuation of its fire-prone Note7 in October and an ongoing corruption scandal involving the company's chairman Jay Y Lee, who is currently on trial for bribery and other charges. Samsung will issue its earnings guidance early on Friday.

Its resilience is being put down to its dominance in the NAND flash memory market and a boom in memory chips spurred by demand from smartphones and servers. Estimates suggest its January-March operating profit from could hit 9.4 trillion won ($8.44 billion), with its chip division alone making up 5.8 trillion won of that figure, which would stand as the South Korean firm's highest profit since Q3 2013.

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Analysts expect tight supply conditions for memory chips to continue this year, particularly in NAND flash chips used for long-term data storage. Factor in uncertainty over the fate of Toshiba's flash unit, which accounts for 20 percent of the market and is currently the subject of a bidding war, and that leaves Samsung's mobile division as its key earnings variable.

Analysts are bullish about Samsung's prospects, however. The Galaxy S8 has been praised following its March 29 launch, with sales expected to exceed the S7 and set a new record for the company.

"We think the S8 series will definitely be a strong flagship for Samsung and help it gain back market share," Counterpoint analyst Tom Kang said.

"The launch of the fully revamped iPhone 8 will also be threatening. But there is also pent up demand for Samsung devices rolling over from last year due to the disappearance of the Note 7," he said. "So those 2 factors will balance out."

Samsung share prices have already benefitted from reports that the firm will be Apple's sole provider of OLED displays for the highly anticipated "iPhone 8". Earlier this week, reports indicated Apple has already placed orders for 70 million OLED panels for the phone, which is expected to feature a major design overhaul with an edge-to-edge display, glass body, and a premium price tag.

Top Rated Comments

Solomani Avatar
51 months ago
It's not always a bad thing when the frenemy is doing well.
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djcerla Avatar
51 months ago
More like "Bumper 2017 predicted as Apple orders metric tons of parts ('http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4377330/Did-Apple-order-70-million-OLED-screens-Samsung.html')".
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Relentless Power Avatar
51 months ago
I think the Galaxy S8 is going to be a huge impact for Samsung and considering if a Note 8 debuts in August, but the end game is to see what Apple releases come September. It's Going to be a very interesting year indeed.
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Johnny907 Avatar
51 months ago
Good for them. A healthy Samsung means an innovative Apple. Competition works for fans of both, and I'm about done with complacent Tim Cook.
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69Mustang Avatar
51 months ago
Exactly. As always samsungs profits are proportional to apples success. Thievery. When are Samsung just going to fold and die away. Competition is healthy but not when the competition are blatant thieves. I despise that company and always shudder if I walk past their section in an electrical store.
Might I suggest you get a hobby... or counseling?:p:D The S2 was a long time ago. Apple doesn't care and neither should you. Be happy with your Apple products and let go of the irrational hate. It's not healthy.
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Mad Mac Maniac Avatar
51 months ago
Everybody was like doom and gloom for Samsung. This might be one of the only phone OEM's that can survive a massive recall and still do good. And it's the reason why the Note series still lives on. I'm seriously looking at the Note 8 if Apple does not deliver this year.
This is a good point. Honestly, Samsung is probably in a better situation than Apple. Can you imagine if the iPhone 7 had to entirely be recalled and discontinued? Not only would that absolutely kill sales for a year (presumably they wouldn't have been able to rush out a new iPhone), but the news spin would have been ridiculous. Samsung has a huge backlog of phones they can fall back on. The iPhone would have been dead in the water for a full year.
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