Profits Fall for Top 5 Handset Vendors

The Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Strategies service report, “Rich Media Specialists Increase Share Of Global $19 Billion Profits,” reveals falling profits for the traditional top five handset vendors. Their share of industry profits has fallen from 92% in 2004 to 84% in 2007. In addition, Global ASPs have fallen at a 7% CAGR through 2007. The market catalyst vendors realize ASPs that are on average 250% higher than the industry average.

“The top 5 vendors may seem to be more dominant than 3 years ago but their income actually shrank,” states Tom Kang, Senior Analyst in the Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Strategies service. “An internal focus of cost cutting and growing scale has drained off resources that should have been channeled into competitive assets for use in the new market landscape. It is no surprise that these same vendors are now struggling to find a viable strategy in this new market paradigm. RIM (Research In Motion) on the other hand has only 1% of the volume market, but was able to earn 6% of the industry profits, which raises them up to the number 4 spot.”

“RIM has realized a 187% growth in profits over this timeframe and is redefining the competitive landscape of the global handset market along with Apple and HTC,” adds Chris Ambrosio, Executive Director in the Wireless Practice at Strategy Analytics. “These rich media specialists have carved out a 16% share of industry profits in 2007 using a device appeal that is uniquely complemented by a powerful mix of value-added services, applications and rich-media presentation.”

Profit Share by Handset Vendor in 2007

  • Nokia: 56%
  • Samsung: 13.5%
  • Sony Ericsson: 11%
  • LG: 5%
  • RIM: 6%
  • HTC: 4%
  • Apple: 2%

Source: Strategy Analytics

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