Toyota Profits Plummet 73.6%
Automotive News [sub] reports that Toyota’s profits took a dive in Q3, as sales in its North American and European markets dried-up and blew away. “North America slumped to a $335.9 million operating loss in the April-September fiscal first half. Sales there slid 9.4 percent to 1.357 million vehicles in the period. For the full year, Toyota lowered its ambitions 2.420 million units, an 18.2 percent fall off.” Bottom line? “Toyota now expects global operating profit to plummet 73.6 percent to 600.0 billion yen ($5.83 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008. Just three months ago, Toyota had forecast operating profit to decline a comparatively modest 29.5 percent to $15.5 billion. The new goal would be Toyota’s lowest operating profit since the company began calculating in U.S. accounting standards in 1998.” But it is, let’s face it, a profit. If GM and Ford report similar revenue drops tomorrow– and why wouldn’t they be worse?– excrement and air movement device will collide. (As everyone and their mother are predicting.) Meanwhile, back to Toyota…
“This is an unprecedented situation,” Executive Vice President Mitsuo Kinoshita said whilst delivering the results. “Every week, the environment gets worse.” Kinoshita reckons the global car market– and thus Toyota’s profits– won’t rebound until late 2009. “At the earliest.” Needless to say, it’s all hands on deck at ToMoCo. “Watanabe is now chairing an ‘Emergency Profit Improvement Committee’ [EPIC?] charged with staunching the bleeding and making sure Toyota stays in the black for 2009 and 2010. Details are scant, but the committee will review everything from pricing to product pipeline.” I wonder if they run a fleet of Gulfstreams or pay their CEO $15.5m a year? No, didn’t think so…
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