UDC announced through its press release that the total revenue in Q4, 2017 increased 55% to US$ 115.9 million, compared to the same period of the previous year. In addition, the revenue from material sales increased 105% to US$ 59.8 million in the fourth quarter, compared with US$ 29.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Operating income increased by US$ 23.1 million to US$ 57.9 million in the fourth quarter, compared to the same period of 2016.
UDC recorded a tremendous growth in 2017. UDC’s revenues in 2017 totaled US$ 335.6 million, up 69% YOY, driven by higher material sales as well as royalty and license fees. Operating income increased by US$ 77.8 million to US$ 146.2 million in 2017, up 114% YOY.
UDC estimates that revenue in 2018 will be about US$ 350M ~ US$ 380M. This might reflect the lower shipments of iPhoneX than expected and the low utilization rate of Samsung Display. Meanwhile, UDC anticipates to see an another significant growth in 2019 because of the increase in OLED production area (about 50% increase is projected by the end of 2019).
UDC said on February 14, 2018 that it signed a contract with Samsung Display for OLED royalty. The contract period was known as until the end of 2022, and the other terms of the contract were not disclosed to the outside.