LG Display achieves first surplus in OLED biz since 2013

By Song Su-hyun
  • Published : Oct 24, 2018 - 17:02
  • Updated : Oct 24, 2018 - 17:02

LG Display, the world’s No. 1 organic light-emitting diode panel maker, said Wednesday it achieved the first surplus from selling OLED panels since 2013 for the August-October period this year.

According to its third-quarter earnings report, the panel maker recorded 6.1 trillion won ($5.39 billion) in sales and 140.1 billion won in operating profit.

An 8K OLED panel is displayed at Korea Electronics Show 2018 at Coex in southern Seoul on Wednesday. (LG Display)

Owing to increases in prices of liquid crystal display panels, the sales rose 9 percent compared to the previous quarter, and operating profit swung into the black because of favorable foreign exchange rates and sales of OLED TVs, the company said.

The OLED business achieved the first surplus in five years as sales volume of OLED TVs surpassed 1.7 million in 2017.

“LG Display will continue expanding the OLED business portfolio well into 2019, while speeding up differentiation strategies for the LCD business, too,” said Kim Sang-don, chief financial officer at LG Display. “Panel sales are expected to rise in the fourth quarter, but panel prices seem unlikely to continue rising.”

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