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Samsung expects $8.3B in Q1 earnings on strong mobile biz

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Samsung Electronics on Wednesday expected a market forecast-beating earnings for the first quarter of 2021, estimating its operating profit at $8.3 billion for the first three months of the year, up 44.2 per cent from a year ago.

The forecast came as its mobile business fared well, offsetting a relatively tepid performance from the semiconductor business.

On a quarterly basis, Samsung’s first-quarter operating income was up 2.8 per cent from the last quarter of 2020, and the sales estimate was up 5.6 percent from the previous quarter.

Samsung, the world’s leading memory chip and smartphone vendor, did not break down performances of its respective business divisions, saying it will announce the detailed earnings later this month.

Analysts have been predicting that Samsung’s main cash cow chip business to report lukewarm earnings in the first quarter due to a monthlong shutdown of the company’s semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas, where a severe winter storm caused a power outage in February.

Samsung’s chip business is estimated to have logged an operating income of below 4 trillion won in the first quarter, reports Yonhap news agency.

“The downside of Samsung’s first-quarter earnings would be the foundry business because losses are inevitable from the Austin factory shutdown,” said Park Sung-soon, an analyst at Cape Investment & Securities.

“Its estimated damage from the shutdown is about 300 billion won.”

It was the mobile business that anchored Samsung’s first-quarter earnings, analysts said, thanks to strong sales of Galaxy smartphones. They expect the company’s IT & Mobile Communications division to have posted an operating income of over 4 trillion won in the first quarter.

Samsung has been introducing new Galaxy S devices in mid-February each year, but this year, the company released the S21 in January with lower price tags. The company also held a global launching event for its mid-tier Galaxy A series smartphones for the first time last month to better target budget phone users.

“With robust sales of the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy A series devices, the average selling price (ASP) of its smartphone products is expected to have increased sharply,” said Pak Yu-ak, an analyst at Kiwoom Securities.

Samsung’s consumer electronics unit, which oversees TV and home appliances, also contributed to the company’s strong first-quarter performance, according to analysts, with some expecting it may have racked up an operating profit of up to 1 trillion won in the first three months of the year.

They predict Samsung, also the world’s largest TV vendor, to have reported a double-digit on-year growth in TV shipments in the first quarter, while solid demand of premium home appliances to continue with the pandemic-induced stay-at-home trend.

Samsung’s display panel business is expected to have logged an operating profit of around 500 billion won, according to analysts, with increased OLED panel sales.

Samsung’s earnings may further improve in the second quarter with a recovery in the semiconductor sector.

A rise in DRAM and NAND prices will also propel Samsung’s chip unit performance and is likely to make up for a sales decline from its mobile business in the second quarter, according to analysts.

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LG and GM to build $2.3B EV battery factory in US

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South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution Ltd said on Saturday its joint venture with American automaker General Motors Corp. will build a $2.3 billion electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in Tennessee in the US.

Ultium Cells, the joint venture between LG and GM, will build a second US factory with an annual capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours, similar to the first one under construction in Ohio, LG Energy said.

“With the joint venture’s factory construction, LG Energy Solution has secured additional EV battery production capacity in the U.S. and will actively target the rapidly growing U.S. EV market,” LG Energy said in a statement.

The Tennessee factory will have 35 gigawatt-hours of annual capacity when it opens in late 2023, which is enough to provide battery packs for more than 500,000 electric vehicles, the Korean firm said.

LG Energy said in a regulatory briefing on Friday that it and GM will each invest $933.5 million for the battery production line through 2023, reports Yonhap news agency.

The planned construction of the EV battery factory came as GM plans to phase out internal combustion engine cars by 2035 and set a goal of offering 30 all-electric models by the middle of the decade, which would require a stable supply of EV batteries.

LG Energy currently operates a lithium-ion battery factory in Michigan and is building a new factory in Ohio through Ultium Cells, which will be completed in 2022.

The world’s No 2 battery maker said last month it plans to invest more than 5 trillion won to expand U.S. battery production capacity by 2025, including a scheme to build at least two new plants.

LG Energy vowed to step up its EV battery business in the U.S. after recently reaching an agreement on a two-year-long trade secret suit over EV battery technology. Its smaller home rival SK Innovation Co. agreed to pay 2 trillion won to LG Energy.

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Petrol and diesel price unchanged for 2nd consecutive day

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Fuel prices in the country remained unchanged on Saturday as oil marketing companies decided to go on a pause mode and analyse the global developments on oil prices before effecting a revision.

Accordingly, pump price of petrol and diesel remained at Rs 90.40 a litre and Rs 80.73 a litre respectively in Delhi.

The price of the two auto fuels had fallen by 16 paisa and 14 paisa per litre respectively on Thursday after a 15 day break when OMCs kept its prices static.

Across the country as well the petrol and diesel price remained unchanged on Saturday but its retail levels varied depending on the level of local levies on respective states.

Premium petrol, however, continues to remain over Rs 100 a litre in Mumbai and several other cities across the country.

The OMCs went on price cut for the first time this year on two consecutive days – March 24 and 25 after keeping oil prices steady for past 24 days. It again reduced the price on March 30. Thereafter, fuel prices have remained unchanged for past 15 days before falling again on April 15.

Earlier, petrol and diesel prices increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre respectively so far this year.

With global crude rising again and crossing $ 67 a barrel mark, OMCs may have revise fuel prices upwards again. OMCs benchmark retail fuel prices to a 15-day rolling average of global refined products’ prices and dollar exchange rate.

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Government notifies Rs 6k cr PLI scheme for AC, LED light manufacturing

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The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has notified the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for white goods — air conditioners and LED lights, with a budgetary outlay of Rs 6,238 crore.

With this, the new scheme has become operational and all eligible manufacturers can now take the benefit of financial incentives provided under it to boost capacity.

The PLI scheme for White Goods (PLIWG) proposes a financial incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract large investments in the White Goods manufacturing value chain. Its prime objectives include removing sectoral disabilities, creating economies of scale, enhancing exports, creating a robust component ecosystem and employment generation.

As per the notification, the PLI scheme for white goods will extend an incentive of 4-6 per cent on incremental sales of goods manufactured in India for a period of five years to companies engaged in manufacturing of air conditioners and LED lights. The period of five years will be calculated subsequent to the base year and one year of gestation period.

The applicant will have to fulfill both criteria of cumulative incremental investment in plant and machinery as well as incremental sales over the base year in that respective year to be eligible for PLI. The first year of investment will be FY 2021-22 and the first year of incremental sale will be FY 2022-23. Actual disbursement of PLI for a respective year will be subsequent to that year.

One entity may apply for one target segment only. However, separate Group companies may apply for different target segments. Further, sales by entities to their group companies should be at an arm’s length price as those to outside group companies.

Different segments have been earmarked for different types of components separately to specifically target global investments into desired areas.

Selection of companies for the scheme shall be done so as to incentivise manufacturing of components or sub-assemblies which are not manufactured in India presently with sufficient capacity, said the notification, adding that mere assembly of finished goods shall not be incentivised.

Companies investing in basic/core components shall have a higher priority. Also, within a target segment, ‘Large Investment’ shall have a higher priority over ‘Normal Investment’. The actual number of beneficiaries within a target segment shall be decided on the basis of the response of the industry.

Companies meeting the pre-qualification criteria for different target segments will be eligible to participate in the Scheme. Incentives shall be open to companies making brown field or green field Investments.

Thresholds of cumulative incremental investment and incremental sales of manufactured goods over the base year would have to be met for claiming incentives.

An entity availing benefits under any other PLI Scheme of the Centre will not be eligible under this scheme for the same products but the entity may take benefits under other applicable schemes of the union government or schemes of state governments.

An Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS) chaired by Cabinet Secretary will monitor the PLI scheme, undertake periodic review of the outgo under the scheme, ensure uniformity of all PLIs and take appropriate action to ensure that the expenditure is within the prescribed outlay. In addition, EGoS will be empowered to make any changes in the modalities of the scheme within the overall financial outlay of Rs 6,238 crore.

As per the government, it is estimated that over the period of five years, the PLI scheme will lead to incremental investment of Rs 7,920 crore, incremental production worth Rs 1.68 lakh crore, exports worth Rs 64,400 crore, earn direct and indirect revenues of Rs 49,300 crore and create additional four lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities.

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