OLED is a display technology that enables thin, efficient, flexible and bright displays, TVs and lighting devices. OLED displays offer the world's best image quality - and enable flexible, foldable and rollable displays (see more here - What is OLED?).
The OLED market is already a multi-billion dollar market, led by Samsung, LG Display, BOE and others. It is estimated that OLED displays generated around $40 billion in revenues in 2021 and the market is expected to continue growing in the future.
For public investors interested in the OLED market, there are several good options, includingL
- Universal Display Corporation: UDC is an OLED pioneer, and holds many of the key patents in the industry (mostly around efficient phosphorescent OLED emitters). Virtually all AMOLED displays on the market adopt UDC's PHOLED materials, and the company experienced very fast growth in revenue in recent years. Universal Display's stock ticker is OLED, you can see the OLED share price here.
- eMagin: eMagin is an OLED microdisplay pioneer, and has been developing and producing such displays for many years, focusing on the defense market and recently also on the consumer VR/AR market. eMagin's stock ticker at the NYSE is EMAN.
- OLED display makers: OLED display makers can be a good investment opportunity - especially companies that have a focus on OLED displays - such as Samsung Display (held by Samsung Electronics), LG display, Visionox, BOE Display and more.
- OLED equipment makers: There are several public equipment companies (for example Aixtron, or Coherent) that offer OLED production systems. These companies could be a good investment opportunity to investors who believes a new wave of OLED capacity expansion is near.
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The latest OLED stock news:
According to recent reports, LG and Samsung finally officially signed a WOLED TV panel supply agreement, as Samsung Electronics plan to start producing OLED TVs based on LGD WOLED panels.
According to recent reports from Korea, Samsung Electronics placed the first order for WOLED panels (77-inch and 83-inch) from LGD earlier this month. This was a small order, used by Samsung to develop the first OLED TV, which Samsung aims to launch later in 2023. It seems the two companies haven't yet finalized all the details of their agreement.
A few months ago we reported that Japan-based inkjet printing OLED developer JOLED has filed for bankruptcy, and that Japan Display (JDI) will take over JOLED's technology and operations. JDI released an official statement regarding JOLED and its plans for the future.
So indeed on March 7 2023, JDI signed a basic agreement to support JOLED. Since then the two companies held 'extensive discussions', following which JDI decided to form a subsidiary company called 'JDI Design and Development' or JDIDD, that will acquire JOLED’s OLED technology development business and all related operations.
Samsung Display is acquiring US-based OLED microdisplay developer eMagin, for $218 million in cash. The purchase price represents a premium of approximately 10% to eMagin’s closing stock price n May 16, 2023.
In 2022, Samsung Display confirmed it is developing OLED microdisplays, and the company admitted it is still at an early stage of development. Samsung's plan is to start mass production by 2024 or 2025. In October 2022 we reported that SDC is interesting in eMagin's technology and indeed now this news confirms the fact. It seems as if SDC's first generation panels will use a color-filter design, but Samsung's main interest in eMagin is likely its direct-emission technology, or dPd, which will likely be adopted in later generation panels.
OLED microdisplay maker eMagin reported its financial results for Q1 2023, with revenues of $6.6 million (a decrease of 11% from last year). Net loss for the quarter was $2.6 million, down from an income of $0.1 million in Q1 2022. At the end of the quarter, eMagin had cash and equivalents of $3.8 million.
eMagin says that the decrease in revenues is mostly attributed to late deliveries resulting from unexpected production downtime at one of the company's legacy tools and the timing of military orders. The company's total sales backlog remained at $16.0 million, comparable to the end of Q4 2022.
eMagin announced that it developed (and demonstrated) a 15,000 nits WUXGA (1920x1200) full-color OLED microdisplay, setting a new world record (surpassing eMagin's own 10,000 nits record from 2021).
This new microdisplay was deposited using the company's direct-patterning (dPd) technology, which means that there are no color filters. This is a single-stack device, and eMagin says that in the future it could use a tandem architecture to improve the performance further.
Universal Display reported its financial results for Q1 2023, with revenues of $130 million (down from $150 million last year) and net income of $40 million (down from $50 million in 2022).
UDC says that near-term demand for OLED displays is still soft, but the company remains confident on the long-term growth path for OLED displays. Looking ahead into 2023, the company expects yearly revenues to be in the range of $550 million to $600 million.
LG Display reported its financial results for Q1 2023, with revenues of 4,411 billion Won ($3.3 billion USD), down 40% from the previous quarter and 32% from 2022.
The company says there is 'sluggish demand' for TV and IT products. The company plans to focus on automotive displays, smartphone OLEDs and IT OLEDs (mid-sized panels). LG also aims to increase its sales of OLED gaming monitor panels and transparent OLED displays.
China-based Hyperions, a developer of HTL, HIL, ETL and EIL OLED materials, has filed for an IPO. The company is now going through financial inspection towards the IPO which will should happen before the end of 2023.
According to the comapny's IPO prospectus, Hyperions has been profitable since 2020. The company's income was around $43 million USD in 2022, up from $30 million in 2021 and $27 million in 2020. The company's net profit was $12 million in 2022, up from $6.6 million in 2021 and $7.3 million in 2020.
OLED microdisplay maker eMagin reported its financial results for Q4 2022, with another strong quarter. The company's revenues reached $8.4 million, up 17% from last year. This is the fifth consecutive quarter in which eMagin achieved year-over-year revenue growth. At the end of the quarter, eMagin had $4.3 million in cash and equivalents.
For the full year 2022, eMagin reported revenues of $30.5 million (up 17% from 2021) and an income (EBITDA) of $2.2 million.
Universal Display Corporation reported its financial results for Q4 2022, with revenues of $169 million and a net income of $65 million. Looking at 2022 as a whole, revenues reached $617 million (up 11% from 2021) while net income was $210 million, up 14% from 2021. The company ended 2022 with $826 in cash and equivalents.
The company expects the OLED industry to begin a new investment cycle in 2024, but in the near term the company sees a "temporary backdrop", and so expects its 2023 revenues to be in the range of $550 million to $600 million.