Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic)(NYSE:PC)(TOKYO:6752) today reported its consolidated financial results for the second quarter and six months ended September 30, 2012, of the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 (fiscal 2013).
Consolidated Second-quarter Results
Consolidated group sales for the second quarter decreased by 12% to 1,823.7 billion yen compared with 2,075.7 billion yen for the second quarter of the year ended March 31, 2012 (fiscal 2012), due mainly to sales decrease in digital products under severe global competition as well as weak Japanese markets for flat-panel TVs and global note PCs. Of the consolidated group total, domestic sales amounted to 956.1 billion yen, down by 11% from 1,068.8 billion yen a year ago. Overseas sales decreased by 14% to 867.6 billion yen from 1,006.9 billion yen a year ago.
During the second quarter under review, despite signs of a moderate recovery, the global economy continues to contract with much deep remaining uncertainty due to the European financial crisis and slowdown of the Asian economic expansion including China. In the meantime, the Japanese market partly showed its recovery with the growing reconstruction demand following the Great East Japan Earthquake and the automobile sales growth thanks to the eco-car subsidy. However, the electronics industry continued to be difficult with downturn in digital products, especially flat-panel TVs, and sales decline in electronic components.Under such business circumstances, Panasonic has been working towards filtering unprofitable models and enhancing BtoB businesses with one of its basic guidelines, "Focus on Profitability." Operating profit 1 increased to 48.8 billion yen from 42.0 billion yen a year ago, due to fixed cost reductions and streamlining material costs. In the meantime, pre-tax loss was 316.5 billion yen compared with a loss of 141.9 billion yen a year ago, due mainly to business restructuring expenses including impairment losses of goodwill and intangible assets. Net loss attributable to Panasonic Corporation amounted to 698.0 billion yen compared with a loss of 105.8 billion yen a year ago as a result of the increase in valuation allowances to deferred tax assets. 1 For information about operating profit, see Note 2 of the Notes to consolidated financial statements. Consolidated Six-month Results Consolidated group sales for six months ended September 30, 2012 decreased by 9% to 3,638.2 billion yen, compared with 4,005.2 billion yen in the same period of fiscal 2012. Domestic sales amounted to 1,878.2 billion yen, down by 8% from 2,036.4 billion yen a year ago, while overseas sales decreased by 11% to 1,760.0 billion yen, down from 1,968.8 billion yen a year ago.