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Electronic Technology

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Company Background

Samsung Electronics is South Korea's largest company, with its core business semiconductors and electronic products. The company has an overwhelming presence in South Korea and exerts a strong influence over every sector. The success of its smartphone business has boosted the Samsung brand power overseas. In 2012, Samsung was ranked ninth in U.S. company Interbrand's best global brands survey. It was the highest ranking among Asian companies, overtaking Toyota Motor.


The business was founded in 1969 as part of the Samsung group, which had started out as a trading and textile company. Last year the company's owner and chairman, Lee Kun-hee, a son of the founder, collapsed from a heart attack. His son, Lee Jae-yong, who is vice chairman, took over the management of the company. As Jae-yong has no brothers, he is expected to succeed his father as chairman.


Samsung group's structure is complicated, with its companies holding each other's shares. The largest shareholder of Samsung Electronics is Samsung Life Insurance, but Cheil Industries, the top shareholder of Samsung Life Insurance, is considered to be the de facto holding company of the group. As of the end of 2014, Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong owned 23.23% of Cheil Industries, indicating a generational shift has fairly progressed in terms of ownership.


While the semiconductor business continues to generate high profits, the smartphone operation, which has been behind the company's rapid growth over the past several years, fares poorly these days. The company still makes high profits as a manufacturer, but needs to explore new businesses to get its growth back on track.

Business Summary

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacturing and selling of electronics and computer peripherals. The company operates through following business divisions: Consumer Electronics, Information Technology & Mobile Communications and Device Solutions. The Consumer Electronics business division provides cable television, monitor, printer, air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines and medical devices. The Information Technology & Mobile Communications business division offers handheld products, communication systems, computers and digital cameras. The Device Solutions business division comprises of memory, system large scale integrated circuit and light emitting diode. The company was founded on January 13, 1969 and is headquartered in Suwon, South Korea.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2022 KRWUSD
Gross Profit109,950.48B85,094.30M
Operating income43,376.63B33,570.60M
Income before tax45,349.83B35,097.72M
Net income54,730.01B42,357.36M
Diluted EPS8,057.216.23
Dividends Per Share1,4441.11
Total Assets448,424.50B354,625.93M
Total liabilities93,674.90B74,080.58M
Total equity345,186.14B272,982.31M
Operating cash flow62,181.34B48,124.19M
Currency in KRWCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020Dec 2021Dec 2022
Revenue 243,771.41B 230,400.88B 236,806.98B 279,604.79B 302,231.36B
Gross Profit 108,494.11B 79,383.04B 88,194.79B 108,951.12B 109,950.48B
Operating income 58,886.66B 27,768.50B 35,993.87B 51,632.80B 43,376.63B
Income before tax 61,159.95B 30,019.22B 35,838.58B 52,622.21B 45,349.83B
Net income 43,890.87B 21,505.05B 26,090.84B 39,243.79B 54,730.01B
EBITDA 85,368.70B 57,366.14B 66,329.49B 85,880.16B 82,484.28B
Diluted EPS 6,460.72 3,165.92 3,841.02 5,777.37 8,057.21
Dividends Per Share 1,416 1,416 1,416 1,444 1,444
Total Assets 339,357.24B 352,564.49B 378,235.71B 426,621.15B 448,424.50B
Total liabilities 91,604.06B 89,684.07B 102,287.70B 121,721.22B 93,674.90B
Total equity 240,068.99B 254,915.47B 267,670.33B 296,237.69B 345,186.14B
Operating cash flow 67,031.86B 45,382.91B 65,287.00B 65,105.44B 62,181.34B
 Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020Dec 2021Dec 2022
Revenue 221,506.05M 197,568.15M 200,702.96M 244,162.35M 233,906.81M
Gross Profit 98,584.58M 68,070.74M 74,748.45M 95,140.58M 85,094.30M
Operating income 53,508.13M 23,811.42M 30,506.18M 45,087.87M 33,570.60M
Income before tax 55,573.78M 25,741.41M 30,374.57M 45,951.87M 35,097.72M
Net income 39,882.01M 18,440.52M 22,112.98M 34,269.28M 42,357.36M
EBITDA 77,571.38M 49,191.32M 56,216.77M 74,994.07M 63,837.30M
Diluted EPS 5.87 2.71 3.25 5.04 6.23
Dividends Per Share 1.28 1.21 1.20 1.26 1.11
Total Assets 304,138.05M 304,867.92M 348,187.14M 358,882.16M 354,625.93M
Total liabilities 82,097.20M 77,551.19M 94,161.55M 102,394.30M 74,080.58M
Total equity 215,154.13M 220,429.31M 246,405.51M 249,201.01M 272,982.31M
Operating cash flow 60,909.37M 38,915.73M 55,333.23M 56,852.74M 48,124.19M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2022
Operating margin14.35%
Profit margin18.10%

Key executives

  • Vice Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer: Jong-Hee Han
  • Co-Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director: Kye Hyun Kyung
  • Chief Financial Officer: Hee-Chan Roh
  • Executive Director & Head-Compliance Team: Sang-Ju Lee
  • Head-Compliance Management: Sang-Gyun Kim


  • Samsung Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (8.5%)
  • National Pension Service of Korea (7.6%)
  • Samsung C&T Corp. (5.0%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (2.1%)
  • HONG RA HEE (1.9%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (1.7%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (1.5%)
  • Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd. (1.4%)
  • Fidelity Management & Research Co. LLC (1.0%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: 129 Samsung-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, 16677, South Korea
  • Phone: +

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Last Updated on 28 Mar, 2023

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