(LEAD) SK hynix Q4 net up 87.5 pct on rising chip demand

우재연 / 2022-01-28 08:54:34
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(LEAD) SK hynix-Q4 earnings
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(LEAD) SK hynix-Q4 earnings

(LEAD) SK hynix Q4 net up 87.5 pct on rising chip demand

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By Woo Jae-yeon

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- SK hynix Inc., South Korea's No. 2 chipmaker, on Friday reported strong fourth-quarter earnings, helped by solid memory chip demand for servers and smartphones.

Net profit for the three months that ended in December leaped by 87.5 percent from a year earlier to 3.31 trillion won (US$2.8 billion).

Operating profit rose 340 percent from a year ago to 4.21 trillion won, the highest since the fourth quarter of 2018.

Sales jumped 55.4 percent to a quarterly record of 12.37 trillion won, marking the third consecutive quarter that the company logged more than 10 trillion won in sales.

SK hynix, the world's second-largest DRAM supplier, benefited from a surge in enterprise demand for metaverse-capable servers among global IT companies and from solid seasonal demand for memory chips used in mobile and consumer electronics products.

The resurgence of the coronavirus with the arrival of the omicron variant in the fourth quarter seemed to have slowed down a decrease in demand for such IT products.

For 2021, the company achieved an all-time high revenue of 42.9 trillion won, up 34.8 percent from the previous year.

The previous sales record was 40.4 trillion won reported in 2018.

Operating profit for 2021 was 12.4 trillion won, up 147.6 percent from a year earlier, the highest in three years.

The company specializes in DRAM and NAND memory chips, which account for more than 90 percent of the chipmaker's revenue. By sales, DRAM accounted for around 70 percent of the company's total revenue, while NAND accounted for 23 percent.

According to industry tracker TrendForce, the average selling prices of DRAM could fall by 8-13 percent on-quarter due to a seasonal demand downturn in the first quarter.

"Whether this price drop will subside going forward will depend on how well suppliers manage their inventory pressure and how DRAM purchasers anticipate further price changes," it said.

Analysts here expect the company to continue its robust growth this year as enterprise IT investment will continue to remain robust and memory inventory by major server companies is expected to go down. DRAM prices are forecast to begin turning around in the third quarter.


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