LG Energy Solution to triple revenue, achieve double-digit operating profit margin in 5 Years

27 July 2022, 04:04:30

LG Energy Solution to triple revenue, achieve double-digit operating profit margin in 5 YearsLG Energy Solution (LGES) today announced its mid to long term corporate strategies, with the goal of more than tripling revenue in five years and achieving double-digit operating profit margin. The company also increased the annual revenue target to KRW 22 trillion.

At the second quarter earnings conference call, LGES said it would increase revenue over three times in five years, by expanding JVs with OEMs in North America, scaling up the supply of cylindrical batteries, developing the new form factor, and discovering new business opportunities. The company also aims to achieve double-digit operating profit margin, by obtaining technological leadership with differentiated chemistries and processes. In addition, LGES will devote to stabilizing and localizing value chain based on strategic partnerships, and also to enhancing quality and manufacturing capability with smart factory.

LGES plans to focus on the North American market where the fastest growth is expected. On pouch-type batteries, LGES plans to expand JV partnerships with its major partners, and on cylindrical batteries, it intends to supply to not only the existing strategic customers but also EV start-ups, thereby reinforcing its competitive edge in the market. In addition, the company will add a new production footprint for cylindrical batteries in Europe to cope with increasing demand, and also secure a new production site in Asia, in addition to the existing production facilities in Korea and China.

In terms of product portfolio, LGES plans to reinforce the dual form factor portfolio of pouch-type and cylindrical batteries, and at the same time, continue its R&D efforts for next-generation battery technology. On premium pouch-type batteries, LGES will maintain its product competitiveness through applying single crystal NCMA cathode and silicon anode. On mainstream segment of pouch-type batteries, the company will secure enhanced cost-competitive technologies such as LFP and manganese-rich chemistries. In terms of cylindrical batteries, LGES aims to lead the market by securing the mass-production capability for the new 4680 battery. In addition, the company will focus on developing next-generation battery technologies such as polymer-based solid-state battery and sulfide-based solid-state battery.

LGES also plans to offer the highest level of QCD (Quality, Cost, Delivery) to customers by concentrating on product quality, smart factory, value chain, and new businesses. For product quality assurance, LGES will improve the product design and manufacturing processes, thereby minimizing the possibility of defects. The company will also establish full in-line inspection system, and upgrade safety diagnostic algorithm in Battery Management System (BMS) to detect abnormal cases pre-emptively.

Another key factor in enhancing product quality lies in establishing a smart factory, a system that carries out all decision making on machine-produced data, independent from human experience and capabilities. Through smart factory technology, LGES aims to increase yield, stabilize product quality, improve manufacturing processes and boost productivity, and enhance workforce efficiency.

LGES also plans to establish a stable supply chain by investing in upstream suppliers and expanding long term supply contracts. Also, the company will implement a closed-loop system of collecting used batteries and recycling them, through partnerships with leading material recycling companies.

In addition, LGES will reinforce the investment for the future and new businesses, such as BaaS (Battery as a Service) model based on battery data, as well as EaaS (Energy as a Service) model, while maintaining the conservative approach when it comes to expansions to increase the profitability of its investments.

LGES also made an upward adjustment to the annual revenue target to KRW 22 trillion, a KRW 2.8 trillion increase from the previous target (KRW 19.2 trillion) set early this year. Last year's annual consolidated revenue recorded KRW 17.9 trillion. The company predicted the revenue for the second half of this year would reach KRW 12.6 trillion, a 48 percent increase on-year (KRW 8.5 trillion), and a 34 percent increase from the first half of 2022 (KRW 9.4 trillion).

LGES reported its second quarter financial results of KRW 5.071 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 195.6 billion in operating profit. The second quarter revenue of 2022 increased by 16.8 percent and the operating profit decreased by 24.4 percent from the previous quarter. Compared to the same period last year, the revenue decreased by 1.2 percent and the operating profit by 73 percent. The second quarter operating profit of last year includes one-off factors such as provisions related to recalls and a lump-sum payment of license fee from another industry player. Taking these factors into account, this year's second quarter revenue recorded a modest decrease on-year.

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