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LG Electronics, Inc.

Company Background

LG Electronics is a core company of South Korean conglomerate LG group, alongside LG Chem. Founded in 1958, LG Electronics has led the country's electronics industry since its early days as the first producer of radios, TVs and other appliances. Now, it is the second-largest electronics maker after Samsung Electronics.

Although LG Electronics lags far behind Samsung in semiconductors and smartphones, the two companies are in close competition in areas such as TVs, washing machines and refrigerators, at home and abroad. Headhunting and patent infringement suits are also common between the two companies. LG Electronics is known for its more laid-back work atmosphere compared to Samsung, which requires its employees to deliver results in a short time.

Its affiliated companies, such as LG Display and LG Innotek, produce liquid crystal display panels and electronic parts. Amid increased competition with its Chinese rivals in consumer products, LG Electronics aims to boost sales of electronic parts outside the group. It has, for example, set up a division specializing in research and development and supply to automakers.

Koo Bon-joon, vice chairman of LG Electronics, is the brother of LG Corp. chairman Koo Bon-moo, and the grandson of Koo In-hwoi, the company founder. He cannot ignore his brother when making important management decisions.

Business Summary

LG Electronics, Inc. engages in the manufacturing of display devices, home appliances, multimedia goods, electronic parts and develops software. It operates through the following business areas: Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air-Conditioning, Energy Solution and Independent business area. The Home Entertainment business area provides products such as televisions, monitors, personal computers for IT, Car Infotainment and produces Chemical and Electronic Materials. The Mobile Communications business area offers products such as handsets and tablets. The Home Appliance business area provides products such as refrigerators, washing machines, cooking and cleaning and health care appliances. The Air Conditioning and Energy Solution business area manufactures products such as Light Emitting Diode (LED) lightings, residential and system air conditioners. The Independent business area provides products such as compressors, storage devices, PC, telematics and solar cells. The company was founded by In-Hwoi Koo on Oct 1, 1958 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2020 KRWUSD
Gross Profit16,758.78B14,203.71M
Operating income3,179.48B2,694.73M
Income before tax2,479.82B2,101.74M
Net income1,968.33B1,668.23M
Diluted EPS10,931.179.26
Dividends Per Share1,2001.01
Total Assets48,204.22B44,374.68M
Total liabilities30,662.10B28,226.18M
Total equity15,437.50B14,211.08M
Operating cash flow4,628.57B3,922.89M
Currency in KRWCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 55,367.03B 61,396.28B 61,341.66B 62,306.17B 63,262.04B
Gross Profit 13,266.89B 14,219.42B 14,655.69B 16,128.72B 16,758.78B
Operating income 1,315.08B 2,454.78B 2,683.60B 2,298.74B 3,179.48B
Income before tax 721,717M 2,558.11B 2,008.57B 1,580.73B 2,479.82B
Net income 76,879M 1,725.77B 1,240.13B 31,285M 1,968.33B
EBITDA 3,059.44B 4,222.35B 4,685.03B 4,805.11B 5,822.39B
Diluted EPS 426.94 9,584 6,887.13 173.74 10,931.17
Dividends Per Share 400 400 750 750 1,200
Total Assets 37,855.26B 41,220.95B 44,328.44B 44,859.87B 48,204.22B
Total liabilities 24,498.52B 26,547.27B 28,021.53B 28,434.73B 30,662.10B
Total equity 11,987.09B 13,224.26B 14,253.26B 14,330.08B 15,437.50B
Operating cash flow 3,157.99B 2,166.27B 4,541.56B 3,689.16B 4,628.57B
 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 47,722.39M 54,308.47M 55,738.89M 53,427.38M 53,616.99M
Gross Profit 11,435.10M 12,577.88M 13,317.08M 13,830.33M 14,203.71M
Operating income 1,133.50M 2,171.39M 2,438.48M 1,971.16M 2,694.73M
Income before tax 622.06M 2,262.79M 1,825.11M 1,355.47M 2,101.74M
Net income 66.26M 1,526.54M 1,126.86M 26.82M 1,668.23M
EBITDA 2,637.02M 3,734.91M 4,257.11M 4,120.37M 4,934.70M
Diluted EPS 0.36 8.47 6.25 0.14 9.26
Dividends Per Share 0.34 0.35 0.68 0.64 1.01
Total Assets 31,342.33M 38,504.46M 39,727.94M 38,791.02M 44,374.68M
Total liabilities 20,283.59M 24,797.78M 25,113.40M 24,587.95M 28,226.18M
Total equity 9,924.73M 12,352.77M 12,774.03M 12,391.44M 14,211.08M
Operating cash flow 2,721.96M 1,916.18M 4,126.75M 3,163.44M 3,922.89M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2020
Operating margin5.02%
Profit margin3.11%

Key executives

  • Chief Executive Officer: Brian Kwon
  • Chief Technology Officer: Il-Pyung Park
  • Vice President, Head-Legal & Compliance Support: Jong-Sang Lee
  • Senior Vice President: Taeg-il Cho
  • Vice President: Ho-Kun Hwang


  • LG Corp. (33.6%)
  • National Pension Service of Korea (9.5%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (1.6%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (1.6%)
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (1.2%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (1.1%)
  • APG Asset Management NV (0.9%)
  • Fidelity Management & Research Co. LLC (0.7%)
  • Mirae Asset Global Investments Co., Ltd. (0.6%)
  • BlackRock Advisors (UK) Ltd. (0.5%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: LG Twin Tower, 128 Yeoui-daero, Seoul, 07336, South Korea
  • Phone: +82.2.3777.1114

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