By on August 4, 2010

The suspense-filled wait for Toyota Motor Corp’s first quarter profits is finally over. Some expected (hoped?) that ToMoCo would pay dearly for the recalls. Others consulted their crystal ball that said that Toyota might have netted more than a billion US in the first quarter.  They were all wrong. Way off the mark. Not even on the same planet.

According to a communiqué sent out today by Toyota, net income increased from a loss of 77.8 billion yen in the same quarter last year to 190.4 billion yen this year. That, ladies and gentlemen, equates $2.2b in today’s dollars. According to The Nikkei [sub], the reasons for all that profit are “recovering sales at home and abroad,” along with “the company’s efforts to slash costs,” and last but not least “a operating profit of 211.6 billion yen” ($2.47b). Where does all that money really come from?

  • Japan, operating loss of 27.5 billion yen (-$320m)
  • North America, operating income of 109.7 billion yen ($1.28b)
  • Europe, operating loss of 6.8 billion yen (-$80m)
  • Asia, operating income of 90.2 billion yen ($1.05b))
  • Central and South America, Oceania and Africa, operating income of 41.0 billion yen (-$480m)
  • Financial services, operating income of 115.1 billion yen ($1.34b)

The biggest source of income of Toyota is North America, followed by “Asia.” Toyota needs to get stronger in China to shelter itself from possible additional  U.S. fallout. The very biggest source is Financial Services, which wasn’t even included in the operating profit of 211.6 billion yen. (And in case you are nitpicking: The table is missing 5 billion yen.)

Financial Services is a high margin business for any auto maker, it’s hard to live on cars alone without a captive financing arm. TMC made all that money in banking due to “a large decrease in the costs related to loan losses and residual losses in Financial Services,” as TMC Senior Managing Director Takahiko Ijichi explained

For the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, which runs from April to March the next year,  TMC very cautiously revised its consolidated vehicle sales from 7.29m to 7.38m units, a mere increase of 90K units more than announced in their May 2010 forecast. For the full fiscal year, TMC likewise cautiously up-revised it’s expected net income to 340 billion yen ($4m), a smidgen of an improvement over the 310 billion yen predicted in May.

For the rest of the year, Ijichi struggles with ” a lack of visibility concerning currency movements and the possible backlash in demand after the end of the demand-stimulus programs in Japan.”  That’s bean counter-speak for “we have no idea, but we are worried.” Better worried now than caught flatfooted later.

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

3 Comments on “Toyota Declares Q1 Profit. Guess How Much?...”


  • avatar
    EChid

    “the company’s efforts to slash costs”

    And how effective they have been Toyota, see Consumer Reports’ review of the 2011 Sienna, quality concerns, any new model’s interior bits etc.

    Well done.

  • avatar
    John Horner

    “Financial Services is a high margin business for any auto maker, it’s hard to live on cars alone without a captive financing arm.”

    Which is why General Motors had to get back into captive financing.

  • avatar

    Although profits appear to be good, Toyota has faced more than 6 recalls in the last two months. That’s on top of the 8 million vehicles recalled earlier this year. In a poll of young consumers between the ages of 19-24, I found that over 36% of the participants no longer had a positive perception of Toyota’s ability “to produce quality cars.”

    Although short term profits are good, longer term, Toyota is losing market share, and the brand’s image is tarnished by all of the recalls:

    http://wp.me/pQr4T-ac


Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    CoreyDL - The Explorer is not a good “value” any way you slice it, and not really a great car for the money either.
  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    bball40dtw - Mark isn’t a Ford loyalist. He bought the Fiesta because he likes small cars with manual transmissions and got a screaming deal. Also, despite what you...
  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    CoreyDL - Good for him, maybe this one is the right one.
  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    PrincipalDan - Now that the W-body has been replaced by the current Super Epsilon Impala, the Taurus is now the car for Americans who “purchase by the pound.”...
  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    CoreyDL - I really question the interior longevity of current VW products. I feel like they’re gonna be ratty pretty quickly.
  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    madman2k - We are thinking about getting an Explorer in about a year. I want one with the 4WD option and was considering this V6. The power numbers sound like it would be...
  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    ajla - I really wouldn’t expect a V8. Once FCA drops the 5.7L and Genesis drops the 5.0L, I’m thinking SRT will be the only four door under $60K to offer a V8....
  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    Drzhivago138 - “…but the heft midsize gets the sheet metal pushed out a few inches…” The Maxima is one inch wider than the Altima. The Impala is the...
  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    PrincipalDan - Yes Jack Baruth is married to Danger Girl. I’m anticipating an Anime Series coming to Netflix based on their exploits with Jack’s son playing the...
  • Re: 2016 Ford Taurus Limited Review

    VoGo - If you want to compare inventory duration with the Hellcat, then the GT350 is the right comparison, not a basic family sedan. The Charger outsells the Taurus, but...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributing Writers

  • Bark M., United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Vojta Dobes, Czech Republic

Get No-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners Automotive News in your Facebook Feed!

Already Liked