As always, there is very little operational detail from Samsung for the quarter – The company reported a net sales of 56.06 trillion won (around $51.8 billion) for the quarter, up from 52.18 trillion won (around $48.32 billion) in the previous quarter and 47.30 trillion won ($43.8 billion) in the same quarter last year.
It reported a consolidated net profit of 7.04 trillion won ($6.52 billion) for the quarter, registering a 7.3% increase from 6.56 trillion won ($6.06 billion) in the previous quarter and increase from 4.01 trillion won ($3.71 billion) in the same quarter last year. The operating profit stood at 8.84 trillion won ($8.18 billion) for the quarter, up from 8.06 trillion won ($7.46 billion) in the previous quarter and 4.67 trillion won ($4.32 billion) in the same quarter last year.
Mobile Communication Division
Samsung’s mobile communication division reported revenues of 27.23 trillion won ($25.22 billion) for the quarter ending December 31, 2012, registering 4% growth from 26.25 trillion won ($24.26 billion) in the previous quarter and a significant 58.5% increase from 17.18 trillion won ($15.91 billion) in the same quarter last year.
The company attributed this growth to the increase in sales of Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, although it didn’t disclose any specific sales numbers for these smartphones.
In comparison, Samsung’s competitor Apple had reported sales of 47.8 million smartphones and 22.9 million iPads for this quarter, while Nokia had reported sales of 6.6 million smartphones including 4.4 million Lumia devices and 2.2 million Symbian smartphones for the quarter.
In November 2012, Samsung had claimed that Samsung Galaxy S III had clocked 30 million sales in five months of its launch and claimed that Galaxy Note II had surpassed the five million mark globally in two months of its launch.
Samsung hasn’t disclosed the operating profit of its mobile communication division, but it mentioned that the operating profit of its IT & Mobile Communications division stood at 5.44 trillion won ($5.04 billion) for the quarter, a 3% decline from 5.63 trillion won ($5.20 billion) in the previous quarter but a 112.5% increase from 2.56 trillion won ($2.37 billion) in the same quarter last year.
Samsung’s IT and Mobile Communications division is comprised of four business units including its mobile communication division and reported revenues of 31.32 trillion won ($29 billion) for the quarter.
Samsung also mentioned that it observed increased sales of Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet during the quarter and the average selling price increased marginally quarter-on-quarter, although it didn’t disclose any specific numbers for the same.