Business | Company News | Divestment | Apr 29, 2020

LG Innotek Sells off LED Business

According to THE ELEC, Korea Electronics Industry Media, and other industry sources, on April 21, LG Innotek has sold off its LED business, with Wooree E&L and Seoul Semiconductor taking over the BLU LED sales rights.

The THE ELEC further writes about this topic:

BLU LED are necessary light sources for LCD panels. They are used in LCD TVs, laptops, monitors and others. Wooree E&L, a part of Wooree Group, has secured rights to sell BLU LED in laptops, monitors and signage, along with some right for TVs. With the rights, Wooree E&L is permitted to supply to companies such as LG Electronics, Dell and HP via LG Display.

Wooree E&L is currently selling LED packages for laptops, monitors, smart PCs, TVs and automobiles. This latest deal with LG Innotek is expected to spell out bigger sales for the Kosdaq-listed firm, which recorded sales of KRW 133.2 billion in 2019, and an operating profit of KRW 3.5 billion.

Meanwhile, Seoul Semiconductor secured more than half the sales rights for LCD TVs. It also can sell via LG display, which is likely to boost its revenues from this year. In 2019, its sales stood at KRW 1.29 trillion won, and an operating profit of KRW 49.5 billion.

Both Wooree E&L and Seoul Semiconductor took over the orders from LG Innotek early this year to begin mass productions. LG Innotek plans to drop the business altogether within the first half of this year. Wooree E&L and Seoul Semiconductor did not acquire the BLU LED-related assets from LG Innotek, mostly because they had sufficient production facilities already.

LG Innotek is planning to sell such assets to a Chinese company, said one source close to the matter.

In October, 2019, LG Innotek decided to restructure its LED business that was bleeding money. It tried to sell via turnkey, but failed to find the right partner. In the process, LG Innotek decided to keep its automobile module business. It is currently in the midst of developing them with partners.

LG Innotek's LED business recorded 12 straight years of deficit since it was first listed on the main bourse in 2008. Up until 2019, the division's accumulated operating deficit stood at KRW 1 trillion. To help cut away the losses, LG Innotek also shuttered its HDI business in 2019, triggering speculation that the firm will post better bottom figures this year.

Source: THE ELEC, Korea Electronics Industry Media -

About LG Innotek Co.,Ltd:

LG Innotek is a cutting-edge materials and components manufacturer and an affiliate of LG group. The company's business units include core components for LED, mobile, automotive, display, semiconductor and IoT. Further, the company has cooperated closely with mobile device, home appliance and automotive companies, producing camera modules, automotive electronic components, wireless communication module, substrate materials.
LG Innotek is headquartered in Seoul, Korea and its sales subsidiary is located in Taipei, Shanghai, Tokyo, San Jose, Detroit and Chicago. -