Apple & Samsung capture 103% of handset profits as rivals lose money

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  • Reply 21 of 181
    gqbgqb Posts: 1,934member

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    Originally Posted by anonymouse View Post


    That Motorola acquisition is starting to look like a real bargain for Google.



    Because losing 13 billion starts to look good compared to what most of their partners are losing on Android?

  • Reply 22 of 181
    mj1970mj1970 Posts: 9,002member


    That's a pretty neat trick!

  • Reply 23 of 181


    Nonsense. Profits/Earnings can be negative or positive the same way EPS can be negative or positive (see Amazon). 


     


    If you exclude 6 of the 10 industry participants in calculation of industry profits, you get a highly inaccurate picture of the health of the broader industry. 


     


    Many Android/Non-IOS operators are struggling with profitability. One must question for how long can these android manufacturers sustain losses before they consider cutting their losses. 


     


    This should be viewed side-by-side with % of industry revenue and % of industry unit volume to get a more fulsome understanding, but it is nevertheless useful. 


     


    An even more interesting stat, based on this data, is that Samsung is received 102% of Android profits. If there were ever a stat to suggest a potentially unstable ecosystem...

  • Reply 24 of 181


    Originally Posted by hmm View Post

    You could do something better than a troll post.


     


    I think you meant to quote him. 

  • Reply 25 of 181
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member

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    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    It would have been helpful if the story had indicated how these guys are able to arrive at Samsung's "mobile device" numbers, considering that Samsung's reporting segment is defined as "IT and Mobile" -- in other words, it includes all sorts of IT and telecom-related equipment and software services (including PCs).


     


    In other words, are Samsung's numbers likely inflated?



    I was thinking the same thing.


     


    I mean I can imagine Samsung makes decent margins on the Galaxy line since the phones are pretty much made of plastic and priced about the same as the iPhone, but the majority of the phones Samsung sells probably have margins closer to 0.


     


    Probably a better comparison would be all of Apple versus Samsung Mobile/IT? Apple still wins regardless though.

  • Reply 26 of 181
    512ke512ke Posts: 782member


    I've been saying this all along!  Apple NEEDS to sell to aliens and non human life forms to increase their profits and marketshare.  Until/unless they sell to Martians and aardvarks (AND offering a larger screen size because aardvarks are nearsighted) Apple is DOOMED.  

  • Reply 27 of 181
    briancpa wrote: »
    You are wrong.
    Take your first example: Company A had 33% of the profits, Company B had 67% of the profits. In this world at least, we don't take everyone's losses and everyone's profits, net them together, and start dividing things. If you would have continued with your example, would you say that Company C had -50% of the profits? No, Company C had 100% of the losses.

    Take your second example: Would you say that Business A earned 200% of the profits (1,000/500 x 100%)? No, you wouldn't.

    As an accountant, you would never present percentage of profits after factoring in losses. It doesn't make sense and creates numbers that are pulled out of thin air. You can never and will never be able to make more than 100% of the profits. There is 100% to go around and that doesn't increase to 103% if some other guy lost money.

    Take Jack and Jill: Jack went to work and made $10. Jill never made it to work but lost $50. Combined, they netted a $40 loss for the day. Well... wait... would you look at that: JACK MADE -25% (10/-40 *100%) OF THE PROFITS TODAY! AND JILL MADE 125% (-50/-40 *100%) OF THE PROFITS.

    You are incorrect and so is this article.

    He's exactly right, and it is your arguments that are off on a tangent.

    No one here is talking about -- or interested in, at least in this article -- the 'accounting' take on things. It's simply an arithmetic point being made, with a cute headline.
  • Reply 28 of 181

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    Originally Posted by GadgetCanada View Post


    They had 100% of the profits and 0% of the losses. The headline is stupid.



     


    Fully agree. Has the writer ever attended Math 101? It's either 100% of the profits or nothing else. The fact that this "100%" comprises also the total amount of losses from others is absolutely irrelevant - it's STILL 100%.

  • Reply 29 of 181
    gatorguy wrote: »

    Another pointless link from you. Who's Horace Dideu? (I know, I know, he says he has an MBA from Harvard! wow!!) Another blogger who's a cousin? Can you explain his methodology to us? What does he or his methodology have to do with the company whose numbers and methodology are being quoted in this story? Do you even bother to read the links you cite? Will you actually answer each of these five questions?
  • Reply 30 of 181
    hmmhmm Posts: 3,405member

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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


     


    I think you meant to quote him. 





    Perhaps I should have quoted both. I try to respond to the comment itself or just ignore it. I probably could have left off the first line of my comment. He was saying they peaked. I haven't examined it that closely. I was just saying you can't really determine the trends of a multi-national corporation from your friend's newest phone. It's the same thing as walking into your local Apple Store to look at foot traffic. Both require context, and you could have mentioned this rather than just typing "*snort*". 

  • Reply 31 of 181


    Samsung has 70% of the people, Apple has 70% of the cash. I'd rather be Apple.

  • Reply 32 of 181

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    Originally Posted by jragosta View Post





    You've been corrected on this before.



    Take a hypothetical market:



    Company A $100 profit

    Company B $200 profit

    Company C $100 loss



    The total profits for the industry are $200, not $300. So with the total profits of $200, Company A had 50% of the market's profits and Company B had 100% of market profits.



    It works exactly like your taxes. If you have two businesses and one of them earns $1,000 and the other one loses $500, your net reported income would be $500.


     


    Perhaps you should attend some Logic classes as well, since your fallacious argument doesn't make the slightest sense. You use false premises to incorrectly "prove" your point - first you talk of NET profits for an industry, and THEN you move on to refer to TOTAL profits of each company concerned. In other words, you mix apples and oranges in trying to justify your flawed reasoning. 


     


    Using the examples above, the simple answers would be:


     


    NET profits for the whole industry are $200, while TOTAL profits for that same industry are $300;


    TOTAL profits for company A make for 33% of the TOTAL profits for the industry;


    TOTAL profits for company B make for 67% of the same.


     


    Case closed.

  • Reply 33 of 181
    I waz tawt at schoo that percen can only go 2 hundred
  • Reply 34 of 181


    They should have at least written the article headline differently:


     


    "Apple and Samsung command all smartphone profits as rivals lose money."


     


    How hard is that?

  • Reply 35 of 181
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    jhende7 wrote: »
    I waz tawt at schoo that percen can only go 2 hundred

    If you have 1 apple and I give you two more apples what percent increase in apples is that?
  • Reply 36 of 181
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    allenbf wrote: »
    They should have at least written the article headline differently:

    "Apple and Samsung command all smartphone profits as rivals lose money."

    How hard is that?

    Then there wouldn't be a masturebate.

    edit: Um, that was suppose to be 'math debate'.
  • Reply 37 of 181

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    If you have 1 apple and I give ou two more apples what percent increase in apples is that?


     


     


    Can I has apple too?

  • Reply 38 of 181

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    Originally Posted by jragosta View Post





    Nothing else may matter to you, but obviously the people who put together this report think it matters. You're not the only one who gets to determine what matters.

    Sorry, but you are the one who's wrong.



    Think of it like this. You have a holding company which has 4 subsidiaries. The first one earns $100. The second one earns $200. The third one loses $100. The last one breaks even. When you report the income of the holding company, you would report income of $200 after rolling up all the financials.



    Reporting profits for an entire market works the same way. You roll up losses just like you roll up income. It makes absolutely no sense to add only the income but not the losses.

    That's correct, but go one step further. Use my example above. You have a holding company which has 4 subsidiaries. The first one earns $100. The second one earns $200. The third one loses $100. The last one breaks even. When you report the income of the holding company, you would report income of $200 after rolling up all the financials.



    Reporting profits for an entire market works the same way. You roll up losses just like you roll up income. It makes absolutely no sense to add only the income but not the losses.


    Percentage is reflective of the relative about of something (between nothing 0 and everything 100). It doesn't matter which way you slice it, companies cannot have more then 100% of the profits. Doesn't matter if you exclude or include companies with losses either.

  • Reply 39 of 181
    mrstepmrstep Posts: 446member

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    Originally Posted by raymondinperth View Post



    AAPL will drop as it shows Apple profitability may have peaked .


     


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    Originally Posted by hmm View Post




    Perhaps I should have quoted both. I try to respond to the comment itself or just ignore it. I probably could have left off the first line of my comment. He was saying they peaked. I haven't examined it that closely. I was just saying you can't really determine the trends of a multi-national corporation from your friend's newest phone. It's the same thing as walking into your local Apple Store to look at foot traffic. Both require context, and you could have mentioned this rather than just typing "*snort*". 



     


    I assumed his comment was tongue-in-cheek since every other bit of good earnings news is treated by Wall St. as evidence that the stock needs to drop... While apparently Amazon is Bizarro Apple?

  • Reply 40 of 181

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jragosta View Post





    Sorry, but you are the one who's wrong.



    Think of it like this. You have a holding company which has 4 subsidiaries. The first one earns $100. The second one earns $200. The third one loses $100. The last one breaks even. When you report the income of the holding company, you would report income of $200 after rolling up all the financials.



    Reporting profits for an entire market works the same way. You roll up losses just like you roll up income. It makes absolutely no sense to add only the income but not the losses.

    That's correct, but go one step further. Use my example above. You have a holding company which has 4 subsidiaries. The first one earns $100. The second one earns $200. The third one loses $100. The last one breaks even. When you report the income of the holding company, you would report income of $200 after rolling up all the financials.

     


     


    You are changing the subject. I said you don't net together profits and losses when PRESENTING PROFIT PERCENTAGES. You cannot include losses in a calculation of share of profit percentage. It doesn't work. You can't have more than 100% of profit.


     


    A good debater is someone who can shift the subject when they are backed into a corner. Someone that knows what they are talking about will stick to the points.


     


    Your response above shows that you are good and distracting from my points but that you miss the point all together. You are absolutely right that you get $200 when you roll up the financials of all of the subs. That never has been nor ever will be the point of the argument. The point of the argument is that, when determining profit percentages, you ONLY include PROFITABLE segments. That's all. In your example above, there is without a doubt $200 of net income. But, Sub#1 earned 33% of net income and Sub#2 and 67% of net income. Sub#3 had 100% of the losses and, well, Sub#4 got nothing. Add those up and what do you get? 100% of profits and 100% of losses are accounted for.


     


    You say "it makes absolutely no sense to add only the income but not the losses". You are partially correct. Like I already mentioned, you would add Profits + Losses to get Net Income. However, if you want to know what percentage of the PROFIT a segment made, you ignore losses.


     


    Do I understand how the 103% is calculated? Absolutely. Does that number bear any significance? Absolutely not.

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