Toyota Profit To Drop 40 Percent

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
toyota profit to drop 40 percent

Automotive News [sub] reports Toyota’s profits are set to slide 40 percent when the firm announces its annual numbers. At issue: exposure to weak American sales and a slowdown in China. And though reaping just over half its expected profits sounds like bad news, ToMoCo will still pull down $12.8b this year. Needless to say, that’s a mighty impressive accomplishment for a firm that’s so dependent on flagging US sales. Koichi Ogawa, chief portfolio manager at Daiwa Asset Management, says Toyota is still on solid ground. “Given that the price of fuel and some raw materials is falling, earnings in the auto sector are likely to start to recover in six months to a year. This could be a good buying opportunity for long-term investors.” A quick look at Toyota stock shows it’s fallen steadily from its longtime high of $137/share in February of 2007. It’s still dropping, currently trading at about $65. Still… with a rock-solid 6.5 price-to-earnings ratio, and a portfolio that includes massive investments in hybrid and electric technology, Toyota is no GM or Ford. No siree.

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  • Menno_ Menno_ on Oct 09, 2008

    That's a funny comment, iNeon, when you stop to realize that my last "American" car was a 1999 Dodge Neon (hecho en Mexico) and my current "Foreign" car is a Hyundai Sonata, manufactured in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • SkiD666 SkiD666 on Oct 09, 2008

    menno, you have to be careful when using words like 'built' and 'manufactured' when talking about the origin of certain cars. 'Assembled' is a better word because the actual content of 'American' parts in a vehicle varies quite a bit.

  • Toxicroach Toxicroach on Oct 09, 2008

    Does anyone give a shit about the big 3 anymore? It's been 20 years since the last fit of protectionism... since most people would be indicting themselves of being unamerican... I don't think you're going to see the same level of Toyota hate you did in 1990.

  • Obbop Obbop on Oct 09, 2008

    Toyota service treadted me from fairly up to very finely. Chevy service spat upon me, repeatedly. I hope Chevy/GMC rusts in peace. My only regret is that the minority at the top of the GMC hierarchy will live lives of luxury while, as typical, the common folks suffer. The class war continues.