Blog from September 2021

Financial

Q2 2021 Was the Best Quarter Ever for Flat Panel Display Makers

September 7, 2021

Driven by robust pandemic-fed demand and supply shortages that led to increased prices, flat panel display makers had their best quarter in the history of the display industry in Q2 2021. With all panel makers reporting their Q2 2021 results, we can compile a full industry review for Q2, unquestionably the best quarter ever for panel makers, especially those oriented toward large-area LCD panels.
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TV

LCD TV Panel Prices Fall

September 7, 2021

After a full year of rising LCD TV panel prices, the natural effect of rising prices on both supply and demand has kicked in, and prices are starting to fall, based on our latest update and forecast of LCD TV prices. The demand surge, which resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, has eased and industry supply has caught up to demand. Prices in August and September are falling faster than expected and we now forecast that year-end prices will be lower than they were in December 2020, but still substantially higher than their all-time lows.
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TV

Worldwide TV Shipments Continued Recovery in Q2, per DiScien Report

September 13, 2021

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused big shifts in TV shipments caused by supply and demand disruptions, but on a worldwide basis, the full year ended up about where it was expected to land, with TV shipments up 1% for the full year over 2019. TV shipments in the first half of 2021 have continued to recover past pre-pandemic levels on a worldwide basis, but with some great differences between regions, according to the latest update of the DiScien Major Global TV Shipments and Supply Chain Report, available to subscribers through DSCC. The report covers shipments of the top 15 global brands: Samsung, LGE, TCL, Hisense, Sony, Skyworth, TPV (Philips), Sharp, Xiaomi, Vizio, Haier, Panasonic, Changhong, Konka and Toshiba.
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Display Technology

Double-Digit Capacity Growth in 2022 Points to Continued Pricing Pressure

September 13, 2021

DSCC’s latest quarterly display capacity update should create a concern among large-area display suppliers and an opportunity for buyers. DSCC expects G7+ capacity to rise 10% in 2022 after a 13% increase in 2021. With LCD TV panel prices already falling rapidly, IT panel prices flattening, demand growth uncertain in 2022 and component shortages expected to ease next year, 2022 should increasingly become a buyer’s market. 2023 will depend on whether or not LGD takes more capacity offline or not. If it keeps all its LCD capacity online in 2023, the surplus will likely continue to widen. If it takes projected capacity offline, pricing will be stabilized with the potential to rise. The outlook for 2024 and 2025 currently shows less capacity growth at 6% - 7% which assumes BOE B17+ gets built as a G10.5 LCD fab. If BOE goes in a different direction such as acquiring a competitor or moving to G8.5 OLED for IT applications, it will create less pricing pressure. As prices come down in 2022 and beyond, we expect to see panel manufacturers increasingly shift their emphasis to miniLEDs which have significantly higher prices in order to keep their revenues up.
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Display Equipment

Display Equipment Suppliers Show Improved Financial Health on Semiconductor Surge, Display Eqpt. Bookings Surge

September 13, 2021

Display equipment suppliers continue to get healthy with all margins rising as revealed in DSCC’s latest Quarterly Display Supply Chain Financial Health Report. This is a result of the semiconductor side of the business enjoying record revenues and margins on strong demand from the semiconductor shortage with companies sold out and reporting extended leadtimes. In fact, some companies are reporting extended leadtimes for a number of components found in semiconductor and display equipment such as controller chips and materials such as quartz, ceramic and silicon carbide.
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