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Viewsroom: Samsung’s fiery future

October 13, 2016

Cancelling production of its self-combusting Note 7 smartphone puts the company's reputation as well as $17 bln or more at risk. Cities, businesses and investors are putting Trump and Clinton to shame on climate change. Plus: Brexit politics get shaken up by the pound's decline.

Huawei and Lenovo salivate at Samsung phone fail

October 12, 2016

The South Korean group's decision to scrap the Note 7 smartphone is a golden opportunity for Chinese rivals like Huawei and Lenovo to capture share in developed markets, while expanding into the premium segment. Execution will be key, and Huawei looks better prepared.

Activist attack gives Samsung cover to restructure

October 6, 2016

Activist fund Elliott is picking on the South Korean group again. This time it wants Samsung Electronics to split in two and pay a special dividend. Yet the proposal would also strengthen the ruling Lee family's control. Samsung may actually gain by cooperating with Elliott.

Elliott’s Samsung attack may have staying power

October 5, 2016

The hedge fund wants the electronics giant to restructure and pay a $27 bln special dividend. Foreign activists often do poorly in Asia. But Elliott nearly won a previous battle with the family-run conglomerate. Samsung's flammable smartphone battery exposes a new vulnerability.

Viewsroom: Wells Fargo stagecoach hits a ditch

September 16, 2016

The bank that steered clear of the financial crisis breaks down after creating 2 mln fake accounts. New evidence undermines Donald Trump's claims few benefit from the U.S. economic recovery. And why Hanjin's corporate capsize may prompt attempts to fix to shipping-industry woes.

Samsung’s handset fires singe its brand

September 12, 2016

The tech giant is speeding up a recall of Galaxy Note 7 phones, after reports of fires and explosions, while airlines have banned in-air use. Samsung shares have fallen sharply. The immediate financial hit looks manageable but the reputational damage could be worse.

Samsung Note 7 fires offer glimpse of new leader

September 5, 2016

Faulty batteries have forced the $230 bln giant to recall its latest smartphone. The financial fallout may be manageable. But it gives outsiders a way to assess heir apparent Jay Y. Lee, who is trying to assert his authority on the conglomerate. Drastic action is encouraging.

Sickly Lotte IPO reflects two faces of South Korea

June 13, 2016

Seoul may be Asia’s coolest destination right now, and Lotte Group’s flagship duty-free arm ought to profit handsomely. But raids have derailed the unit’s $4.5 bln listing and drawn attention to Korea’s uglier side: its powerful, opaque and poorly governed conglomerates.

Global smartphone brands face mass extinction

December 23, 2015

The industry’s growth has slipped below 10 pct for the first time. Apple and Samsung’s high-end phones are taking most of the spoils while upstarts like China’s Xiaomi pick up first-time buyers. Loss-making brands like HTC and Sony may be forced to conclude the game is over.

Samsung investors learn the benefit of family ties

December 9, 2015

The heir to South Korea’s top conglomerate has pledged to backstop troubled Samsung Engineering’s $1 bln rights issue. Jay Y. Lee may avoid reaching into his own pocket. Yet for investors, it’s a reminder that being part of a larger group has benefits as well as drawbacks.