Frequently Asked Questions

General

Samsung Electronics was incorporated in 1969 as Samsung Electronics Manufacturing, and was listed on the Korea Stock Exchange (KSE) on June 11th, 1975. In 1984, the company was renamed as Samsung Electronics.

Samsung Electronics receives credit rating on long-term foreign currency bonds from two largest credit rating agencies, Standard & Poor's ("S&P") and Moody's Investors Services ("Moody's"). As of December 31, 2015, the Company's credit ratings are: "A1", outlook "Stable", by Moody's and "A+", outlook "Stable", by S&P.

Date Securities Ratings Credit Rating Agency Rating Range
'13.08
Corporate bond
A+
S&P (USA)
(AAA ~ D)
'13.12
Corporate bond
A1
Moody's (USA)
(Aaa ~ C)
'14.08
Corporate bond
A+
S&P (USA)
(AAA ~ D)
'14.10
Corporate bond
A1
Moody's (USA)
(Aaa ~ C)
'15.05
Corporate bond
A1
Moody's (USA)
(Aaa ~ C)
'15.09
Corporate bond
A+
S&P (USA)
(AAA ~ D)

Samsung Electronics has three business units - CE (Consumer Electronics, Set), IM (IT & Mobile Communications, Set) and DS (Device Solutions, Component), which are again divided into businesses as follows:

    - CE (Consumer Electronics) : Visual Display, Digital Appliances, Printing Solutions, Health & Medical Equipment
    - IM (IT & Mobile Communications) : Mobile Communications, Networks, Digital Imaging
    - DS (Device Solutions) : Memory, System LSI, LED

Samsung Electronics' BoD is comprised of seven directors, four of whom are independent directors. The table below (also shown in the CG section of the IR website) shows the details of each member.

Title Name Responsibility
Vice Chairman & CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon Chairman of BOD / Head of Device Solutions Business
President Jong-Kyun Shin Head of IT & Mobile Communications Business
President Boo-Keun Yoon Head of Consumer Electronics Business
President Sang-Hoon Lee CFO / Overall management support
Independent Director Jae-Wan Bahk Independent director recommendation committee, CSR committee
Independent Director Han-Joong Kim Audit scommittee, Related party transactions committee, Independent director recommendation committee, CSR committee
Independent Director Kwang-Soo Song Audit scommittee, Related party transactions committee, Compensation committee, CSR committee
Independent Director Byeong-Gi Lee Independent director recommendation committee, Compensation committee, CSR committee
Independent Director In-Ho Lee Audit scommittee, Related party transactions committee, Compensation committee, CSR committee

Stock / Dividend

Seoul, London, and Luxemburg (we have no plans to list Samsung stocks on any other exchanges at this time).

Original Shares (Seoul) GDR
Listed Exchanges Common Preferred Common Preferred
Seoul 5930 5935 - -
London - - SMSN N/A
Luxemburg - - N/A SAMDR

For information regarding Depositary Receipts (NOT the over-the-counter or OTC -related tickers representing the Korean shares), please contact Citibank, N.A. - DR Shareholder Services at 877-248-4237 (U.S.) or e-mail : citibank@shareholders-online.com

Stock/ticker symbols besides the ones listed above (SMSN, SMSD, SAMDR, 005930, and 005935) are over-the-counter or OTC related tickers. For OTC tickers or related matters, please contact your broker. These listings are not managed by our depositary bank.

The total number of common shares outstanding is 145,069,337 while the number of preferred shares outstanding is 21,593,427. The number of shares may change due to various reasons, including our share buybacks. The stock information section of the IR website shows the latest information.

Samsung Electronics has been paying out dividends twice a year. The interim dividend is decided by the BoD for the shareholders registered as of end-June, and the year-end dividend is decided at the AGM for the shareholders registered as of end-December. At the 47th AGM in March 2016, Samsung Electronics made amendments to the Articles of Incorporation to introduce quarterly dividends to make dividend payments at end-March, end-June, and end-September. The Company will decide on details such as the timing of implementation and specific procedures going forward. The dividend payment is made within one month of the resolution in accordance with the relevant laws.

The table below shows the dividend payment of the last 5 years. Please refer to the dividends section in the stock and shareholder information menu.

(Unit : Million KRW)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
net income 157,990 133,592 231,854 298,212 230,825
payout ratio 9.5% 6.2% 5.2% 7.2% 13.0%
dividend per share
(KRW)
common 10,000 5,500 8,000 14,300 20,000
preferred 10,050 5,550 8,050 14,350 20,050
total payout common 12,979 7,179 10,467 18,721 26,045
preferred 1,987 1,093 1,598 2,849 3,955
total 14,965 8,272 12,066 21,570 30,000

We pay dividends in Korean currency through the Korean Securities Depository which transfers the dividend in U.S. dollars to Citigroup in New York, which then distributes the dividend in U.S. dollars to the investors.

Financial

It is located in the Financial Information section of our IR Homepage.

Samsung Electronics' fiscal year is equivalent to its calendar year. Typically, our 1Q earnings release is in April, 2Q in July, 3Q in October, and 4Q in January of the following year. For historical earnings release dates as well as upcoming events, please refer to our IR events & presentations section.