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(LEAD) LG Display net loss widens in Q1 on output cut

All News 16:26 April 23, 2020

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SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- LG Display Co., a major South Korean display panel maker, said Thursday it incurred losses in the first quarter due to disruption of its production amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

LG Display reported a net loss of 198.9 billion won (US$161.7 million) during the January-March period, widening from a net loss of 63 billion won a year earlier, the company said in a regulatory filing.

The company posted an operating loss of 361.9 billion won during the cited period, compared with a loss of 132 billion won a year earlier. Sales fell 19.6 percent on-year to 4.72 trillion won.

This undated photo provided LG Display Co. shows the company's plant in Guangzhou, China. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The company attributed the losses to the reduction of its liquid crystal display (LCD) panel production line, coupled with disruption of other products at overseas plants due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LG Display has been expanding investment in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels to shift from the traditional LCD panels that have been plagued by falling demand and global supply glut in recent years.

LG Display said the OLED market also was tepid in the cited months due to downbeat demand and seasonal trends.

Shares of LG Display closed at 10,900 won on the Seoul bourse on Thursday, up 0.46 percent from the previous session. The earnings report was announced after the local market closed.


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