Saturday 3 December 2016

Weaker yen boosts outlook at Toshiba

Pavel Alpeyev

Published 29/09/2016 | 02:30

A man walks past a logo of Toshiba Corp at an electronics store in Tokyo. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A man walks past a logo of Toshiba Corp at an electronics store in Tokyo. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Toshiba raised its forecast for first-half operating profit to 70 billion yen (€619m) from 30 billion yen, crediting growth in storage and electronic devices for a more than doubling of its earnings outlook.

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A weaker-than-expected yen and sales of hard drives and smartphone memory are the main factors, the Japanese company said in a statement yesterday. Toshiba's shares climbed as much as 4.7pc in Tokyo early yesterday.

Toshiba, which makes everything from computers to nuclear power equipment, in August reported its first operating profit in six quarters.

The manufacturer is cutting thousands of jobs, shedding operations and narrowing the scope of its businesses to recover from an accounting scandal that upended the Tokyo-based company and its management. The company said demand from PC and game console manufacturers boosted sales of hard drives. It may have also benefited from supplying memory chips to Apple Inc.

"Apple's recent upgrades to its smartphone embedded memory have also helped Toshiba's cause," Amir Anvarzadeh, Singapore-based head of Japanese equity sales at BGC Partners, wrote in a note.

"Many analysts have already upgraded the name and their forecasts in anticipation of this revision."

The company kept its forecast for 100 billion yen in net income and 120 billion yen of operating profit for the fiscal year ending March 2017.

That compares with the 135 billion yen and 165 billion yen averages of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. (Bloomberg)

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