Mixed Quarter for Display Equipment Suppliers
Q1’22 was a mixed quarter for display equipment suppliers with some positive and negative results as seen in our Quarterly Display Supply Chain Financial Health Report published last week. Positive developments included: • Display capex from 13 publicly traded display companies rose 10% Q/Q to $5.5B, the highest value since Q1’21 with China Star and BOE both over $1B and LGD right under $1B. • Estimated private company capex was also up Q/Q resulting in total capex up 50% Q/Q to $8.1B. • Capital intensity rose for the second straight quarter after falling for four straight quarters. It rose from 13% in Q4’21 to 16% in Q1’22, with lower display revenues due to lower prices a large factor. • Equipment spending on an install basis rose 33% Q/Q.