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LG Display Co., Ltd.

Company Background

LG Display is the world's largest liquid crystal display panel maker. Its largest shareholder is LG Electronics.

The company grew rapidly after it formed a joint venture with Dutch company Royal Philips, beginning in 1999. Royal Philips sold all of its shares by 2009 to terminate the joint venture. Currently, LG Display conducts business on its own.

LG Display has two production bases in South Korea and one in Guangzhou, China. It also sells products to companies outside the group, as well as to LG Electronics. The company has a reputation for quality, as shown by the fact that U.S. tech giant Apple, which is known for its stringent technology valuation, has continued to adopt the company's LCD panels in its iPhone series of smartphones.

Reacting to increased competition from Chinese rivals, LG Display has shifted to production of high-resolution displays. It was among the first LCD panel makers in the world to launch mass production of large organic light-emitting diode displays. Although small and midsize OLED displays are widely used in smartphones, it is difficult to produce large displays. LG Display overcame the barrier by adopting unique architecture.

LG Electronics is among the few makers of large OLED TV's, the main products with which LG Display can differentiate itself from its rivals. However, it could also be a risk factor. Any delay in market expansion could lead to a slowdown in panel demand and negatively affect large investments.

Business Summary

LG Display Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of thin film transistor and organic light-emitting diode display (OLED) products. Its products include television, commercial, monitor, notebook, mobile, auto, and OLED display. The company was founded on February 28, 1985 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2018 KRWUSD
Gross Profit2,910.69B2,644.83M
Operating income92,887M84.40M
Income before tax-91,366M-83.02M
Net income-207,239M-188.31M
Diluted EPS-579.17-0.52
Dividends Per Share5000.45
Total Assets33,175.71B29,732.66M
Total liabilities18,289.46B16,391.34M
Total equity13,979.18B12,528.39M
Operating cash flow4,489.39B4,079.34M
Currency in KRWCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 26,455.52B 28,383.88B 26,504.07B 27,790.21B 24,336.57B
Gross Profit 3,698.21B 4,297.43B 3,620.57B 5,226.84B 2,910.69B
Operating income 1,356.72B 1,625.81B 1,311.41B 2,459.82B 92,887M
Income before tax 1,223.99B 1,415.21B 1,316.23B 2,332.63B -91,366M
Net income 904,268M 966,553M 906,713M 1,802.75B -207,239M
EBITDA 4,849.03B 5,001.67B 4,332.98B 5,674.39B 3,647.45B
Diluted EPS 2,527 2,701 2,534 5,038 -579.17
Dividends Per Share 500 500 500 500 500
Total Assets 22,970.57B 22,579.56B 24,884.33B 29,159.68B 33,175.71B
Total liabilities 11,187.16B 9,874.61B 11,421.94B 14,178.17B 18,289.46B
Total equity 11,431.41B 12,192.95B 12,955.99B 14,373.48B 13,979.18B
Operating cash flow 2,865.86B 2,752.15B 3,700.72B 6,772.84B 4,489.39B
 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 25,132.11M 25,078.45M 22,844.60M 24,582.01M 22,113.74M
Gross Profit 3,513.21M 3,796.98M 3,120.67M 4,623.43M 2,644.83M
Operating income 1,288.85M 1,436.48M 1,130.34M 2,175.84M 84.40M
Income before tax 1,162.76M 1,250.40M 1,134.49M 2,063.34M -83.02M
Net income 859.03M 853.99M 781.52M 1,594.63M -188.31M
EBITDA 4,606.46M 4,419.20M 3,734.72M 5,019.32M 3,314.30M
Diluted EPS 2.40 2.38 2.18 4.45 -0.52
Dividends Per Share 0.47 0.44 0.43 0.44 0.45
Total Assets 20,898.48M 19,256.80M 20,603.02M 27,238.04M 29,732.66M
Total liabilities 10,178.01M 8,421.48M 9,456.82M 13,243.82M 16,391.34M
Total equity 10,400.22M 10,398.66M 10,726.93M 13,426.25M 12,528.39M
Operating cash flow 2,722.49M 2,431.65M 3,189.75M 5,990.95M 4,079.34M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2018
Operating margin0.38%
Profit margin-0.85%

Key executives

  • Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: Sang-Beom Han
  • Managing Director & Head-Finance: Sung-Hyun Kim
  • CTO & Senior Managing Director: In-Byung Kang
  • Managing Director & Head-IT business: Hyeong-Seok Choi
  • Managing Director & Head-Compliance Officer: Pil-Yong Kim


  • LG Electronics, Inc. (37.9%)
  • National Pension Service of Korea (6.8%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (1.7%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (1.5%)
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (1.4%)
  • Samsung Asset Management Co., Ltd. (0.7%)
  • Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Ltd. (0.6%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (0.5%)
  • Mirae Asset Global Investments Co., Ltd. (0.5%)
  • APG Asset Management NV (0.5%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: LG Twin Towers, 128 Yeoui-daero, Seoul, 07336, South Korea
  • Phone: +82.2.3777.1010

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Last Updated on 6 Dec, 2019

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