Samsung Electronics announced its first half year financial report for January to June, 2017 and posted a 61% gain year-onyear to 23.9 trillion Korean won (about US$21.29 billion) in operational profit. Over 20 financial analysts forecast the operational profit for the whole year to December 2017 will record high at 51 trillion won (US$45.44 billion). For the six month period, it seems that of DRAM took 30%, NAND flash memory 15% taking advantage of short supply of memories for smartphones and servers. On top of that, the company has added the profit of OLED panels for smartphones on the good going of the profit, as it seems to have started shipment of the panels to Apple at the end of May to early June. Some analysts estimate Samsung will ship approximately 80 million to 90 million units during 2017, which will be 170 million units in 2018. The profitability of DRAMs is very high reaching to about 60% in the profitability on sales. Samsung seems to draw a picture to leave Toshiba behind in the flash memory improvement race by investing money earned in the DRAM business.
IDC Japan recently announced that in the first quarter, the sales of augmented reality and virtual reality headsets have increased by 70%. VR headset shipment rose 70% to 2.242 million units while AR devices gained 77% to 38,000 units. The market share of the companies are as follows: Samsung Electronics captured 22%, followed by Sony 19%, HTC from Taiwan 9%. While in the AR devices - Microsoft took 28%, Epson 19% and Intel 16%. In the Japanese market, Epson took 75% of total AR headset shipments and Sony 84% of VR devices' total units. IDC Japan forecasts that the sale of AR & VR headset in 2021 will grow 10x as compared to that in 2016, mainly due to rapid growth of VR terminals with reduced retail prices, focussed on consumer use. The company estimates that VR terminals will take up 73% of the VR and AR combined market. On the other hand, the IDC predicts that the AR sets will be used mainly by business sectors, such as the healthcare, manufacture and product design segments. The business-use AR devices took 68% of all AR shipments in 2016, which will be 83.3% in 2021. In the Japanese market, the combined shipments will be 1.05 million units in 2021 to grow nearly 9 times from about 120,000 units in 2016.
Nikon Corp. announced on August 3 the financial results for the first quarter ending on June 30, reporting that the total revenue for the period gained a 0.6% year-on-year to 170.3 billion yen, profit in operation declined 31.1% to 12.4 billion yen and net profit down 39.5% to 8.89 billion yen. In the Imaging Products segment, sales of mid-class cameras such as the D7500, a digital SLR camera released in June this year were firm, with unit sales increasing significantly in the U.S. Accordingly, the performance in revenue and operating profit exceeded the planned targets, but compared to the last year, a decease in revenue and operating profit was recorded due to a product mix change caused by the stagnant demand for the D5 and the D500. The company sold 720,000 units of interchangeable-lens cameras, 1.08 million units of interchangeable lenses and 770,000 compact digital cameras. The company said the unit sales of compact digital cameras declined but the average unit price rose about 30%.