[THE INVESTOR] Samsung Electronics said on Jan. 8 its operating profit plunged 28.7 percent in the fourth quarter compared with a year ago, falling short of market expectations.
Operating profit came to 10.8 trillion won (US$9.66 billion) in the October-December period, the Korean tech behemoth said in a regulatory filing. This is down 38.5 percent from 15.1 trillion won posted a quarter earlier.
The operating profit was the lowest since the first quarter of 2017.
Sales fell 10.6 percent on-year to 59 trillion won over the cited period, the company said.
The operating profit was below market expectations of 13.6 trillion won. The sales estimate stood at 63.2 trillion won on average.
Samsung did not announce the net profit for the fourth quarter, nor the performances of respective business divisions. The finalized earnings report will be announced later this month.
For 2018, the company expected the operating profit and sales to reach 58.9 trillion won and 243.5 trillion won, respectively.
By Song Seung-hyun and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)