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  Date: 24/06/2012

Decline in global LCD TV shipments; Samsung ranked No.1

NPD DisplaySearch has released the advanced quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast report. The report shows that the worldwide TV shipments fell almost 8% year on year in Q1’12 and the total TV shipment for the quarter were 51M units. This was the steepest rate of decline since Q2’09.

Other findings by NPD DisplaySearch:
The LCD TVs shipment was just over 3% accounting to 43M units and was the major contributor to the decline. This was the first time in the history of the category which fell year-on-year.

“Soft demand and cautious expectations about the upcoming year in many parts of the TV supply chain have led to a slowdown in shipments,” noted Paul Gagnon, NPD DisplaySearch director of North America TV research. Gagnon added, “Key component prices, such as LCD panels, are not expected to decline much in 2012, and many brands are concentrating on improving their bottom line. Both of these trends will contribute to slowing unit volume among a price conscious consumer market.”

LCD TV shipment share fell slightly from Q4’11, due to a seasonal shift to emerging markets where CRT demand is higher, but is up four percentage points from a year ago, to 84.2%. LCD TV is capturing market share at 40” and larger screen sizes because of a sharp decline in plasma TV demand. The average LCD TV screen size increased 5% Y/Y in Q1’12, passing 35” for the first time, with gains in both emerging and developed markets. The share of LCD TVs with LED backlights also rose sharply, from 51% in Q4’11 to almost 56% in Q1’12, 20 percentage points higher than a year ago because more affordable direct-type LED-backlit sets began shipping in Q1’12.

Plasma TV unit shipments continued to decline, falling 18% Y/Y in Q1’12 after an 8% decline in Q4’11. The popularity of plasma TV among consumers is waning, and a large majority of the recent shipment volume remains centered on low-priced 2D HD models, indicating consumers are buying on price when shopping for plasma.

Despite the weak results on a unit basis, demand for larger sizes continues to grow. The market share for 40” and larger TVs increased from just under 31% a year ago to more than 37% in Q1’12 with total unit shipments for 40”+ rising 12% Y/Y. Larger sizes have become much more affordable with 40-44” LCD TV average prices below $600 and new 50” LCD TVs selling for less than $1000, joining 50”-class plasma TVs that have been selling for less than $700 for several quarters now.

Table 1: Q1‘12 Worldwide TV shipments by technology (000s)

Technology Q1'12 Q1'12 Q/Q Y/Y
  Units Unit Share Growth Growth
LCD TV 43,131 84.20% -33% -3%
PDP TV 2,982 5.80% -43% -18%
OLED TV 0 0.00% -100% -100%
CRT TV 5,084 9.90% -8% -31%
RPTV 25 0.00% -22% -44%
Total 51,222 100% -32% -8%

China remains the #1 region for TV shipments at 20% of all units shipped during the quarter, down very slightly from the previous quarter. However, growth slowed significantly during the seasonally important Q1 leading to Golden Week holidays, with unit shipments falling 4% Y/Y after growing by double digits the previous three quarters. Flat panel TVs are starting to saturate China’s higher-income urban markets, but prices are still too high to kick off a wave of upgrades in rural markets. Asia Pacific (which includes India, Korea, and Australia) was the #2 region for TV shipments, followed by North America and Western Europe.

3D shipment share continues to grow slowly in recent quarters and it rose to just over 14% of total TV shipments and 16% of flat panel TV shipments. Emerging regions has shown more demand than developed regions for 3D, with 16% of flat panel TV units shipped to emerging markets in Q1’12 compared to 15% among developed regions.

Samsung’s global flat panel TV revenue share stayed around 26% and was the only one of the top five flat panel TV brands on a revenue basis to show Y/Y growth during Q1’12. Samsung also was the top brand in the key segments of LCD TV, 40”+, LED-backlit LCD, and 3D TV.

LGE was the #2 brand and proved a significant improvement in market share, rising more than a percentage point to 14.6% revenue share. Sony rounded out the top flat panel TVs on a revenue basis, but posted a large drop in Y/Y revenues along with fellow Japanese brand Panasonic.

Table 2: Q1‘12 Worldwide Flat Panel TV brand rankings by revenue share

Rank Brand Q4'11 Q1'12 Q/Q Y/Y
    Share Share Growth Growth
1 Samsung 26.30% 26.00% -33% 9%
2 LGE 13.40% 14.60% -26% -7%
3 Sony 9.80% 9.40% -35% -21%
4 Sharp 5.80% 6.50% -25% -18%
5 Panasonic 6.90% 5.30% -48% -23%
  Other 37.70% 38.30% -31% -7%
  Total 100.00% 100.00% -32% -7%

The advanced quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast report consists of NPD’s TV market intelligence, including panel and TV shipments, TV shipments by region, brand, size, resolution, frame rate and backlight type for nearly 60 brands, TV cost/price forecasts and design wins.
Author: Srinivasa Reddy N
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