Samsung SDI achieves whopping 27-fold growth in Q2

By Song Su-hyun
  • Published : Jul 30, 2018 - 15:48
  • Updated : Jul 30, 2018 - 15:48

Samsung SDI’s second-quarter operating profit jumped nearly 27-fold compared to a year earlier, showing a solid recovery trend after the battery explosion crisis in 2016, according to the company’s earnings announcement Monday.

The battery maker posted 2.25 trillion won in sales and 152.8 billion won in operating profit for the April to June period, the company said in a regulatory filing.

The operating profit skyrocketed from 5.5 billion won in the second quarter of last year, when the company swung back into the black after posting deficits for six consecutive quarters due to the Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle. 

A visitor takes a look at a home ESS battery module at Samsung SDI's booth at the Electrical Energy Storage Europe 2018 in Munich, Germany on Wednesady. (Samsung SDI)

The company’s battery business recorded 1.73 trillion won in sales, up 21.9 percent from the previous quarter, led by the thriving markets for energy storage systems and cylindrical cells, it said.

“Sales of cylindrical cells will continuously grow as the non-IT market of power tools, garden tools and e-bikes is expected to expand,” the company said. “In addition, the launch of flagship smartphones by core customers is envisioned to bring on an increase in demand for polymer cells.”

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