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Toyota Earnings Slip; Company Cuts Forecast

Strong yen, production problems, sliding margins take a toll.

by on Aug.04, 2016

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda faces pressure to cut costs even as the maker invests in new products.

Snagged by a strong yen, tepid sales and supplier problems, Toyota Motor Corp. delivered a weak profit for the latest quarter, the Japanese giant also warning that the current fiscal year could be its weakest in nearly half a decade.

Toyota, whose global sales slipped behind rival Volkswagen AG for the first half of this year, said it earned $5.1 billion for the April-June quarter, the first in its new fiscal year. That was a decline of 14.5%. Operating earnings, meanwhile, were off 15%, to $5.9 billion.

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Net revenues also declined 5.7%, to $60.9 billion, despite a modest 1% increase in global vehicle sales. The maker sold 2.53 million cars, trucks and crossovers for the quarter, but that number was short of expectations due to a series of natural and man-made disasters that impacted production in Toyota’s home market plants.


Toyota Earnings Up – But Outlook Bleak Going Forward

Japanese giant forecasts 35% profit plunge for current fiscal year.

by on May.11, 2016

Toyota's record earnings were overshadowed by some serious concerns going forward.

Even while celebrating yet another record annual profit officials at Toyota Motor Corp. put a bleak face on, warning that profits for the current fiscal year are likely to fall by 35% or more.

The auto industry’s sales leader expects to be hit hard by the growing strength of the Japanese yen. And it also could feel the brunt of plant closures and cutbacks caused by the damaging earthquake that hit the southwestern part of the country last month.

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The automaker had been able to drive profits to record levels three years in a row largely due to the “tailwind” of a weak yen said Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda. “Since the start of the year, the tide has changed,” he added.


Toyota Quarterly Earnings Top $5.4 Billion

Net income jumps 5% despite flat sales.

by on Feb.05, 2016

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda unveils the new Lexus LC 500 at last month's Detroit Auto Show.

Toyota managed to pull together a 5% jump in net profits for the third quarter of its fiscal year, despite a tepid global economy and relatively flat sales.

The automaker announced it made 627.9 billion yen, or $5.4 billion, during the October-December period, up from 600 billion yen the year before. Quarterly sales and revenues were up a more modest 2.4%, to $62.7 billion. A weak yen played in Toyota’s favor.

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The news came two days after rival General Motors reported record earnings of $9.7 billion – for the full fiscal year. Meanwhile, he world’s second-largest automaker, Volkswagen AG, said on Friday it would delay issuing its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings as it struggles to account for the impact of its ongoing diesel emissions cheating scandal.


Weak Yen Equals Strong Earnings for Toyota

But Japanese giant cuts global sales outlook.

by on Nov.05, 2015

The 2016 Toyota Prius will be the first model to use the Toyota New Generation Architecture.

The world’s largest automaker delivered the industry’s biggest profit for the July to September quarter, earnings for Toyota Motor Corp. rising 13.5% to 611.7 billion yen, or $5.0 billion, despite decreased sales and increased spending.

Toyota saw global sales slip by 42,000 vehicles, to 2.48 million, during the second quarter of its fiscal year, the decline coming in Europe, Japan and other parts of Asia. Even so, it generated 7.1 trillion yen, or $58.5 billion, an 8% increase in revenues.

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TMC Managing Officer Tetsuya Otake credited, “progress in cost reduction and other profit improvement activities, in addition to favorable foreign exchange rates.” The cheap yen added about 160 billion yen, or $1.3 bilion, to Toyota’s bottom line for the quarter.


Toyota Sharply Downgrades Earnings Forecast

Blames strong yen, Thai flooding.

by on Dec.09, 2011

Toyota faces a grim fiscal year.

Weeks after company officials expressed their hopes that things were getting back to normal, Toyota officials have issued a bleak forecast that sharply downgrades its earnings for the rest of the fiscal year.

Having earlier cut earnings projections due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan – and led to months of automotive production cuts – Toyota now says the strong yen, as well as Thai flooding, will reduce its earnings for the fiscal year, which ends March 31, by more than half.

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The maker now anticipates a net profit of 180 billion – or $2.3 billion at the current exchange rate – down from the 390 billion yen it forecast in August.  During a conference call this morning it also said revenues will dip from the earlier forecast of 19 trillion yen to just 18.2 trillion, or $234.4 billion.


Quake Will Clip Toyota Profits By 35%

But maker forecasts a significant recovery in 2nd half of fiscal year.

by on Jun.10, 2011

Toyota expects to make up much of its lost production of vehicles like the RAV-4 during the second half of its current fiscal year.

Toyota’s balance sheet will take a significant hit as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Northeast Japan earlier this year, the disaster now forecast to reduce the maker’s profits by 35% for the current fiscal year.

The maker’s operating profit is expected to slip to 300 billion yen, or $3.7 billion at the anticipated exchange rate of 82 yen to the dollar – which is also significantly lower than the consensus forecast of 434 billion yen anticipated by 23 analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.  But Toyota officials now say they also anticipate a faster recovery than first feared, with production during the second half of the fiscal year, which began on April 1, running substantially higher than originally planned.

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“We will enter a phase of production make-up and recovery and will make up for lost production to the tune of 350,000 units,” said Senior Managing Director Takahiko Ijichi, during a conference call this morning, “so the overall unit production decrease would be 450,000 units” for the full fiscal year.


Toyota Profits Down – But Big Increase Forecast

Maker hammered by strong yen, but bets on cost-cutting, emerging market demand.

by on Feb.08, 2011

Toyota is hoping to boost sales - and profits - with a new Prius sub-brand of hybrids.

Hammered by a strong yen, the end of green car incentives at home and the cost of reining in quality and safety issues, Toyota Motor Co. is reporting a sharp, 39% decline in its fiscal third-quarter net earnings, but the maker now expects full-year profits to come in at 40% above previous forecasts, largely driven by sales in emerging markets.

While vehicle sales slipped during the October – December quarter, the world’s largest automaker also predicts sales will recover and see a slight increase before the fiscal year ends on March 31st.  Toyota just narrowly maintained its lead over global second-ranked General Motors during the 2010 calendar year, but the Japanese maker now anticipates selling 7.48 million vehicles worldwide for its current fiscal year, an increase of 70,000 over its earlier forecast.

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Though the third-quarter was a challenging one, a survey of industry analysts suggests the results were in line with, or slightly better than, most had forecast.  Net income dipped to 93.6 billion yen, or $1.14 billion at the current exchange rate.

A variety of factors can be pointed to for Toyota’s recent problems.  There are higher material costs.  The Japanese home market suffered a downturn due to the government’s cancellation of the green car incentive program.  And sales in North America took hits – despite the general recovery of the U.S. economy – due to the apparent impact of the maker’s ongoing safety problems.