Samsung expects another $4b hit to profit from Note7 failure

An exchanged Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note7 is seen at company's headquarters in Seoul. PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Samsung Electronics on Friday (Oct 14) said it expects to take a hit to its operating profit of about US$3 billion (S$4.15 billion) over the next two quarters due to the discontinuation of its fire-prone Galaxy Note7 smartphone.

The South Korean tech giant said in a statement it expected the blow to profit to be in the mid-2 trillion won range in the October-December period and about 1 trillion won for the first quarter of 2017.

The outlook brings to more than US$5 billion the total losses the global smartphone leader has forecast as a result of the overheating issues, after it said on Wednesday it would suffer a US$2.3 billion hit to third-quarter profit.

The premium device that was meant to compete with Apple Inc's latest iPhones at the top end of the smartphone market had to be scrapped earlier this week less than two months after its launch.

To make up for the lost revenue, Samsung said it would expand sales of products such as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones. "Additionally, the company will focus on enhancing product safety for consumers by making significant changes in its quality assurance processes," the firm said in a statement.

Shares in Samsung, which have fallen about 8 per cent this week on news of the withdrawal of the Note7, edged up 0.8 per cent in early trade.

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