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Honda Doubles Earnings

Maker gets big boost from weakened yen.

by on Jan.31, 2014

Strong demand for products like the Honda Civic Coupe combined with a weak yen to double quarterly earnings.

Honda more than doubled its quarterly earnings, much of that gain driven by the weak yen, while also picking up momentum in key markets including North America.

The maker reports it earned 160.7 billion yen, or $1.58 billion for the October-December period – its fiscal third quarter – compared with a 77.4 billion net profit during the same period a year ago.

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Honda has been steadily expanding its global manufacturing operations – it now produces about nine of every ten vehicles sold in North America in the region – but favorable exchange rates nonetheless helped the third-largest Japanese maker deliver such a strong quarter, the weak yen credited with adding $4.2 billion, or 425 billion yen, to its revenues for the quarter.


Honda Earnings Slide Despite Global Sales Increase

Mazda, meanwhile, surges back into the black.

by on Jul.31, 2013

Despite strong U.S. sales of models like the new Accord, Honda's bottom line results disappointed analysts and investors.

Honda’s bottom line took an unexpected hit during the latest quarter, the third-largest Japanese maker reporting that earnings slid 7% compared to the year before despite increased sales outside its home market and the boost Japanese makers, in general, have been getting from a weaker yen.

Honda reported a net profit of 122.4 billion yen, or $1.25 billion during the April-June period – the first quarter in the Japanese fiscal year. A survey of industry analysts by FactSet showed a consensus forecast of 146 billion yen, or $1.5 billion.

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“The figures were lower” than expected, Yuuki Sakurai, chief executive officer of Fukoku Capital Management Inc., told the Bloomberg news service. “The global economy is slowing down, and just because the yen is weaker doesn’t mean Japanese carmakers can sell cars.”


Honda Profits Tank, Maker Hints at Further Troubles Ahead

Japanese maker withdraws sales guidance for rest of year.

by on Oct.31, 2011

Shortages of the 2012 Honda Civic were a significant drag on the maker's earnings.

Honda saw profits for the second quarter of its fiscal year plunge by 68%, well beyond what analysts had been anticipating – and the maker is hinting the situation may not improve as quickly as it originally anticipated.

Honda had been hoping to begin a much-anticipated turnaround as it finally got its plants back up to speed in the wake of the March 11 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. But the maker is warning it now faces another serious setback as the disastrous floods in Thailand knock a critical plant out of action.

“To put it bluntly, we’re in a really tough spot,” said Honda Chief Financial Officer Fumihiko Ike,” during a briefing on the second quarter results.  “We’re in a much more difficult position because our car factory is inundated.”

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While the maker’s U.S. dealers do no market any vehicles sold in Thailand, that doesn’t mean Honda of America is out of the woods.  The loss of the Thai plant could have a significant global impact, as it produces parts and components used at Honda plants around the world.  Making matters worse, about 10% of Honda’s Tier-One suppliers in Thailand have also been flooded and so have others down the supply chain.


Honda Earnings Tumble – But Mitsubishi Rides Out Quake With Rare Profit

Both makers anticipate earnings upturn over coming months.

by on Aug.01, 2011

Honda's earnings could rebound if new products like the next-gen CR-V catch on in the months ahead.

With some of its key models still in short supply in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Northeast Japan, few analysts were surprised when Honda Motor Co. reported a 90% plunge in profits for the latest quarter.

The real shock came from long-troubled Mitsubishi Motors, which rode out the impact of parts and product shortages to post a rare profit for the first quarter of the Japanese fiscal year, which began on April 1, just weeks after the natural disaster struck.

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Both companies – like most of the Japanese industry — are betting that as shortages are made up, earnings will steadily improve in the months ahead.  Honda, in fact, raised its full-year profit forecast, underscoring its confidence in a strong recovery.  But the maker has several critical challenges.  It has to get the new 2012 Civic into full production mode.  Its spring launch unfortunately coincided with the Japanese disaster and U.S. officials warn the new small car may not reach normal production levels until autumn.  Meanwhile, Honda has to hope there will be no more setbacks as it prepares to launch the next generation of its compact CR-V crossover.


Honda Earnings Down, Longer-Term Forecast Up – For Now

Rising yen causing big troubles.

by on Oct.29, 2010

U.S. sales up but margins down for Honda as the dollar continues to slide against the yen.

Honda is raising its profit forecast for the current fiscal year – even as the rising yen takes a toll on its current performance.

The maker forecasts it will earn 500 billion yen – or $6.2 billion – for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, a sharp increase from an earlier forecast of 455 billion yen.  But the upside projection was tempered by news that second-quarter earnings fell 15%, largely as the result of a rising yen that has made it increasingly difficult to market products abroad, especially in key markets like the U.S., without slashing margins.

The project full-year numbers actually disguise the degree of trouble facing the maker, however.  Honda has now earned 408 billion yen for the first half of the fiscal year.  Net income for the final six months, it forecast, should slip to just 92 billion, despite a strong operating performance.

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The upwards pressure on the yen versus and dollar and the yen versus the euro has created what Honda executives describe as an acute market crisis, despite the rise in the company’s operating income, which increased by 149.4% in the second fiscal second quarter, ending Sept. 30.

Honda executive vice president Koichi Kondo said Honda has already been working to procure lower-priced parts from overseas suppliers. “It is natural that the strong yen is accelerating this drive,” Kondo said at Honda’s earnings press conference.