Samsung, the renowned South Korean tech giant, has recently reported its lowest operating profit in 14 years for the April to June quarter. The company’s earnings guidance reveals a decline in revenue and operating profit by 22.28% and 95.74%, respectively, compared to the same period last year, marking the second consecutive quarter of substantial profit drops. In fact, Samsung’s profit in the prior quarter had also plunged by 96%.

While the precise details will be disclosed later this month with the full earnings report, analysts speculate that the weak performance of Samsung’s chip division is likely to be the primary cause of the profit decline, as observed in the previous quarter. On a positive note, the company’s smartphone business is expected to have shown solid performance.

The memory chip industry is currently grappling with a supply glut, where the supply of chips surpasses the demand. This phenomenon has significantly impacted the profitability of major memory chip manufacturers, including Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron.

During the conference call for the first quarter, Samsung had warned of the expected downturn continuing through the second quarter and potentially throughout the year. However, despite the short-term challenges, the world’s largest memory chip maker remains optimistic about the long-term outlook for the memory chip market, citing trends such as artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing as promising factors.

Traditionally, the memory chip market has operated in cycles, with downturns eventually followed by periods of robust growth. The upcoming third-quarter earnings for Samsung will serve as a crucial indicator of whether the memory chip market is poised to recover within the year.

As Samsung faces these challenges, the company’s ability to navigate the memory chip market’s downturn while leveraging opportunities in emerging technologies will be closely monitored by industry experts and investors. The global tech landscape eagerly anticipates Samsung’s strategy to capitalize on the long-term potential of the memory chip industry, considering the promising trends of AI and high-performance computing.