Apple and Rival Samsung Claim 90% of Profits from Mobile Handset Industry
If you're looking for an example of dominance in the mobile handset space, search no further than Apple and Samsung. On Thursday, UBS Investment Research published a note to investors showcasing just how dominant the two tech giants are when it comes to cleaning up profits in mobile.
The report authors find that 9 out of every 10 dollars generated in this space goes to Apple and Samsung. "The performance disparity between the stronger players – Apple and Samsung – vs. the others remains stark," the note reads, "and these two now account for over 50% of industry revenues and over 90% of total EBIT."
Incredibly, the dominance described above may grow even more before the close of 2012. UBS says the next-gen iPhone will easily be the hottest smartphone release of the year. "The prospects of a complete redesign should drive a stronger than average upgrade cycle for existing iPhone users and continue to encourage other smartphone and non-smartphone users to make the switch," the report reads.
The analysts at UBS say Apple will likely sell 156.5 million iPhone units in the company’s fiscal 2013. That's up up from a prior forecast of 149.5 million units.
Source: UBS (via Barron's