Naver Q1 net income soars 1,171.9% on growth of major businesses

Naver's headquarters in Seongnam is seen in this Oct. 25, 2022 file photo. Yonhap

Korean tech giant Naver said Friday its first-quarter net profit soared 1,171.9 percent from a year earlier on the overall growth of its major businesses, including its search platform and e-commerce.Its net profit reached 555.8 billion won ($405 million) in the January-March period, compared with 43.7 billion won a year ago, the company said in a regulatory filing.The operating profit jumped 32.9 percent on-year to 439.3 billion won, and sales rose 10.8 percent to 2.52 trillion won.The earnings exceeded market expectations. The average estimate of net profit by analysts stood at 291.4 billion won, according to a survey by Yonhap Infomax, the financial data firm of Yonhap News Agency.Naver said its major businesses delivered strong overall performance in the first quarter. Its flagship search platform division saw its sales increase 6.3 percent on-year to 905.4 billion won, thanks to commercials.

Sales of its commerce division advanced 16.1 percent to 703.4 billion won, driven by the release of a new delivery solution and the growth of its social commerce platform, Kream.Revenue from its fintech division also climbed 11.2 percent to 353.9 billion won on the expansion of Naver Pay, its mobile payment service.The content division reported an 8.5 percent increase in sales to 446.3 billion won, as transactions on the global webtoon platform grew 9.1 percent on-year to 458.7 billion won in the first quarter.In particular, Japanese yen transactions rose 24 percent on the webtoon platform.The cloud division saw its revenue jump 25.5 percent to 117 billion won as its generative artificial intelligence services, including its hyperscale AI HyperClova X, began to raise profits, according to the Korean company.”Naver will work to strengthen its competitiveness in a swift manner by providing a differentiated experience based on our core technologies, such as AI, data and search, and creating long-term technological growth,” CEO Choi Soo-yeon 카지노사이트킹 said.

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