If it wasn’t obvious by the large number of showcase events Samsung’s had of late, it’s making the most of a rather rough 2020. That’s definitely the case with regards to its financial results for Q3 2020, which show that the company’s made more money than it typically does.
Mo’ money, no problems
Just how much money did the company make? According to its earnings guidance, the company is expecting to report sales of between 65 and 67 trillion Korean won, and an operating profit of between 12.2 and 12.4 trillion Korean won. In currency that makes a maybe a little more relatable to us, Samsung’s reporting sales of at least $56 billion for the third quarter of 2020, with an operating profit of at least $10.6 billion. That’s not a small amount of money, folks.
Where did it all come from? That’s something the company hasn’t offered any insights into (yet — likely we’ll have to wait till the official tally is in) but it’s expected that its mid-range handsets are responsible for a substantial amount of its bottom line. In addition, analysts have some idea where else Samsung’s COVID-year windfall may have blown in from.
Reuters reports that a fairly substantial chunk of the company’s earnings came from Huawei — both directly and indirectly. Huawei’s in deep poo, thanks to the Oompa Loompa in charge of the United States, and demand for the Chinese company’s phones have gone down. Samsung’s stepped into the gap, boosting its sales there. But there’s another avenue for revenue for the South Korean company — Huawei grabbed as many chips as it could from Samsung before Trump’s newest order went into effect, bolstering Samsung’s bottom line there as well.
A long financial story short? Samsung’s expected to post its best results in two years, up 58% over last year’s totals, in a time when just about every company and household is taking strain.