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LG Display Co Ltd. Q4 2009 Earnings Conference CallJan. 20, 2010
Today, 9:20 AM
- Believing TV demand will be strong in the coming years as consumers upgrade their first flat-panel sets, Citi has upgraded Corning (NYSE:GLW) to Buy and hiked its target by $4 to $25.
- Last week, Corning hiked its Q4 LCD glass volume and pricing guidance, while citing stronger-than-expected LCD TV market demand. Both larger screen sizes and the adoption of 4K sets has been boosting demand.
- NPD recently observed 32" and smaller TV sets accounted for the less than half of Thanksgiving week sales for the first time. Demand for larger sets rose sharply, with 50-64" sets seeing more sales than 33-49" sets. 65" and larger sets managed to account for over 5% of volume.
- Stronger demand for larger sets also benefits LCD panel suppliers AU Optronics (NYSE:AUO) and LG Display (NYSE:LPL).
- Yesterday: Dow Corning shuttering plant
Mon, Nov. 3, 1:12 PM
- Canaccord's Jonathan Dorsheimer believes Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) is set to lose OLED green host material share to Samsung affiliate Cheil industries for the Galaxy S5, and also sees Samsung using Cheil as a supplier for future phones.
- In a base case scenario, Dorsheimer sees Universal losing 33% of its 2H14 green host sales, and 50% in 2015 and beyond. He estimates such a loss would respectively affect 2H14, 2015, and 2016 sales by $8.4M, $30.4M, and $29.4M. A bear-case scenario of 100% share loss yields estimated revenue losses of $16.7M, $60.8M, and $58.8M.
- Dorsheimer does note Universal could benefit from Apple Watch-related materials sales - Apple Watch is believed to feature an OLED display, and Universal client LG Display (LPL -0.3%) is the rumored supplier. But he thinks the device might only yield $1M-$2M in quarterly revenue for Universal.
- Q3 results are due on Thursday. Universal plunged in July in response to news Samsung/Cheil is buying German OLED materials provider Novaled, but rebounded after analysts argued Novaled's offerings are complementary.
Mon, Oct. 20, 1:40 PM
- Just 4 days after Credit Suisse cut LG Display (LPL +3.7%) to Underperform (and peer AU Optroniics to Neutral), CLSA has given the LCD panel maker a 2-notch upgraded to Outperform.
- The firm thinks the recent selloff sparked by Japan Display's weak guidance is overdone. A source told Bloomberg Japan Display (a reported iPhone 6 LCD supplier, like LG) failed to secure parts needed to meet Apple's orders, and also expects shipments to Sony to fall.
Thu, Oct. 16, 9:51 AM
- Credit Suisse has downgraded AU Optronics (AUO -3%) to Neutral, and fellow LCD panel maker LG Display (LPL -4.3%) to Underperform.
- Two days ago, BofA/Merrill downgraded LCD glass giant Corning. Among other things, it cited the potential for slowing TV unit growth and softer-than-expected 4K TV adoption.
Fri, Aug. 22, 10:50 AM
- Reuters reports Apple (AAPL +0.4%) originally wanted the iPhone 6 to use a single LCD backlight film layer instead of the normal two, but changed its mind after finding a single layer wasn't bright enough.
- The about-face is said to have put screen assembly "on hold for part of June and July." Production is now back on track, and suppliers are "working flat-out to make up for lost time." The WSJ reported in July Apple has placed orders for 70M-80M iPhone 6 units to be produced by Dec. 30.
- Japan Display, Sharp (OTCPK:SHCAY), and LG Display (LPL -2.6%) are reportedly the iPhone 6's LCD suppliers. Japan Display has previously said shipments for "a large customer" (believed to be Apple) might be delayed in calendar Q3.
- Apple has shrugged off the report, and is trading near $101.
Wed, Jul. 23, 9:14 AM
Fri, Jun. 27, 12:14 PM
- Goldman, a long-time Universal Display (OLED +7.3%) bull, has issued another upbeat note: The firm sees a variety of upcoming mobile, TV, and wearables product launches boosting Universal's growth.
- Goldman recently argued Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S (features a 2K OLED display) will act as a positive catalyst; volumes should be much lower than the Galaxy S5 and Note 3's, but revenue/device higher.
- Separately, Korean media reports state LG Display (LPL +1.6%) plans to spend $788M to expand OLED production, in part to address the nascent OLED TV market (has seen some recent exits). For his part, LPL CEO Han Sang-beom says his company is thinking of expanding production of plastic OLEDs for smartphones and smartwatches.
- Reuters previously reported LPL will be the exclusive display supplier for Apple's iWatch. The Nikkei has reported the iWatch will feature a curved OLED display.
Thu, Jun. 19, 3:51 PM
- Contract manufacturer Quanta will start iWatch (AAPL -0.4%) mass production in July ahead of a launch that could "come as early as October," Reuters reports, citing sources. That fits well with past reports from the Nikkei and re/code.
- Reuters adds the device will likely have a 2.5" touch display - LG Display (LPL +2.3%) is said to be the exclusive supplier - to go with a pulse monitor (should work with iOS 8's Health app) and wireless charging support. The watch face "will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape."
- Apple reportedly expects 50M shipments in the first year of availability; the consumer response could ultimately yield a very different shipment level. For reference, Apple sold 148M iPhones in FY13, and might sell 180M+ in FY14.
- Update: The WSJ reports the iWatch will likely arrive in two screen sizes, and feature over 10 sensors.
Tue, Apr. 1, 11:33 AM
- Reuters' Tokyo bureau reports Japan Display will begin making LCDs for a 4.7" iPhone (AAPL +0.3%) as soon as May, and that Sharp and LG Display (LPL +1.3%) are set to begin around June.
- However, production of displays for a 5.5" model is "expected to start several months later," due to challenges in producing in-cell touch sensors (used in recent iPhones) for the displays.
- The Nikkei reported last week Sharp will be ramping iPhone 6 LCD production as soon as Q2, and that two larger models are likely. Before that, the WSJ reported two larger iPhones are on tap, and that the smaller model is further along in development.
- Samsung, which has dominated the high-end phablet market to date, launched the Galaxy Note 3 in September last year.
Tue, Jan. 21, 9:57 AM
- 3D Systems (DDD -3%) has been cut to Neutral by Credit Suisse.
- Seagate (STX +2.1%) has been upgraded to Overweight by Morgan Stanley, and rival Western Digital (WDC +0.5%) has been upgraded to Outperform by BMO. Wesern reports tomorrow, and Seagate on Jan. 27.
- SolarCity (SCTY -3.3%) has been cut to Neutral by JPMorgan. Deutsche started shares at Buy last week.
- SanDisk (SNDK -2.3%) has been cut to Neutral by BofA/Merrill. Q4 results arrive tomorrow.
- NetApp (NTAP +2.2%) has been upgraded to Buy by Lake Street Capital.
- InvenSense (INVN -2.8%) has been cut to Hold by Needham.
- FireEye (FEYE -3.7%) has been cut to Neutral by JPMorgan following a huge run-up in the wake of the Mandiant deal and the company's guidance hike.
- Altera (ALTR +2.8%) has been upgraded to Overweight by JPMorgan ahead of Wednesday's Q4 report.
- Tibco (TIBX -2.4%) has been cut to Neutral by Wedbush. Shares rallied last week on a report suggesting Dan Loeb is set to make an activist push.
- NetSuite (N +1.1%) has been upgraded to Buy by Maxim.
- Violin Memory (VMEM -3.7%) has been cut to Underweight by Barclays.
- Motorola Solutions (MSI +1.8%) has been upgraded to Buy by Citi.
- LG Display (LPL +3.2%) has been upgraded to Buy by BofA/Merrill.
Oct. 29, 2013, 7:00 PM
- Though sell-side commentary on Apple's (AAPL -2.3%) FQ4 numbers was largely positive, investors decided to take profits following a 26% rally from where shares traded going into July's market-pleasing FQ3 report.
- Canaccord's Mike Walkley joined the list of analysts praising Apple's numbers; he sees Apple "well-positioned" to exceed Street estimates, even though he expects "more aggressive" 5C pricing in 2014 to boost international sales. Meanwhile, Needham's Charlie Wolf gave a thumbs-up to Apple's decision to maintain premium pricing, rather than move downmarket to better compete against cheaper Android hardware.
- While the sell-side dissected Apple's numbers, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is predicting new retail chief/ex-Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will be Apple's next CEO. Benioff declares Ahrendts "the most important hire Tim Cook has ever made."
- Also: The Korea Herald reports LG Display (LPL) and Taiwan's RiTDisplay ar expected to supply flexible OLED panels for an iWatch. A month ago, a Korean site reported the iWatch will feature a flexible OLED, and that Apple is working on prototypes sporting 1.3", 1.4", and 1.5" displays.
- More on Apple
Oct. 18, 2013, 9:34 AM
- AMD (AMD -12.7%) has been cut to Neutral by BofA/Merrill after beating Q3 estimates and providing above-consensus Q4 revenue guidance, but also reporting a 15% Y/Y drop in CPU division sales due to PC weakness.
- Verizon (VZ +0.8%) has been upgraded to Buy by Stifel a day after beating Q3 estimates and reporting better-than-expected mobile subscriber adds.
- Amazon (AMZN +2.4%) has been upgraded to Buy by UBS ahead of its Oct. 24 Q3 report.
- VMware (VMW +2.8%) has been upgraded to Overweight by JPMorgan ahead of Monday's Q3 report.
- T-Mobile USA (TMUS +2.7%) has been added to Goldman's Conviction Buy list ahead of its Nov. 5 Q3 report.
- Intuit (INTU +2.6%) has been upgraded to Buy by BofA/Merrill.
- Align Technology (ALGN +24.4%) has been upgraded to Buy by Cantor following its Q3 beat.
- LG Display (LPL -0.2%) has been cut to Hold by Craig-Hallum after issuing a Q4 warning.
- Ultratech (UTEK -10.2%) has been cut to Hold by Canaccord following its Q3 miss.
- Sierra Wireless (SWIR -1%) has been cut to Market Perform by Raymond James; Q3 results arrive on Nov. 7.
- Aspen Technology (AZPN -0.9%) has been cut to Neutral by JPMorgan.
- Analog chipmakers International Rectifier (IRF -1.7%) and Monolithic Power (MPWR -1.3%) have been cut to Market Perform by Wells Fargo.
- U.S. Cellular (USM -1.2%) has been started at Underperform by FBR.
Oct. 17, 2013, 10:55 AM
- LG Display (LPL +0.3%) warns Q4 profit will fail to match Q3 highs due to falling TV panel prices.
- CFO James Jeong: "Given weak profitability that TV manufacturers are having right now, it'll be difficult to expect panel prices to rebound any time soon, but their rate of decline is likely to slow down." To counter the trend, LG Display is focusing on bigger-ticket items like ultra high-definition panels.
- TV displays represented 44% of revenue in Q3, down from 47% in the previous year. Mobile displays drove revenue in Q3 and composed 25% of sales from 24% in the previous year.
Oct. 11, 2013, 9:23 AM
- Intel (INTC) has been cut to Neutral, and Nvidia (NVDA) to Underperform, by Macquarie. Intel's Q3 report arrives on Tuesday. Intel -0.6% premarket, Nvidia -0.9%.
- Micron (MU) has been cut to Underperform by Wells Fargo following its FQ4 results (I, II) and FQ1 pricing guidance. Shares -2.1%.
- Synaptics (SYNA) has been cut to Neutral by JPMorgan two days after announcing the Validity Sensors deal and forecasting strong FQ1 sales. Shares -1.5%.
- Corning (GLW) has been cut to Neutral by Piper. Shares -1%.
- Iron Mountain (IRM) has been cut to Underweight by Barclays a day after announcing CFO Brian McKeon is leaving. Shares -2.2%.
- LG Display (LPL) has been upgraded to Buy by Citi.
- Diodes (DIOD) has been upgraded to Buy by Longbow.
Oct. 7, 2013, 11:17 AM
- Samsung (SSNLF.PK, SSNGY.OB), by far Universal Display's (OLED +3.7%) largest customer, says it has begun mass-producing a 5.7" 1080p flexible OLED panel, and soon plans to launch a phone that makes use of them. A variant of the Galaxy Note 3 (has a 5.7" 1080p display) is a good possibility.
- OLED-Info.com estimates the manufacturing line being used by Samsung can produce a few hundred thousand flexible 5.7" panels per month.
- Meanwhile, LG Display (LPL -0.9%) says it will start mass-production of a 6" curved OLED, while deeming it "the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones." A source tells Reuters LG Electronics (LGEIY.OB) will use the panels to launch an expected curved display phone next month.
Oct. 2, 2013, 9:44 AM
- Reuters reports the retina iPad Mini (AAPL -0.5%) "could be available in only limited quantities this year, if at all," thanks to display manufacturing challenges.
- Sources say Apple's supply chain is just beginning to gear up to make displays for the tablet, and that Apple delayed certifying display manufacturers; LG Display (LPL), Samsung Display, and Sharp (SHCAY.PK) reportedly competed to supply panels.
- Bloomberg previously reported a retina Mini and 5th-gen iPad would arrive this year, and the WSJ reported "mass production" of a retina Mini would start in Q4. Reuters' report comes as Amazon rolls out new Kindle Fires with high-res displays, and a couple months after Google rolled out a second-gen Nexus 7 with a high-res display to good reviews.
- Separately, Apple has hired Jean-Francois Mule, once an SVP for cable TV R&D consortium CableLabs, to be an engineering director. That's boosting speculation the company is working on set-tops that provide direct access to pay-TV content.
- Previous: Apple/Time Warner Cable report, talks with media giants
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LG Display Co Ltd provides thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, or TFT-LCD, technology and other display panel technologies, including OLED technology. It manufactures TFT-LCD panels for use in televisions, notebook computers, and desktop.
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