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Announcement Of Financial Results: Panasonic Reports Second-Quarter And Six-Month Results

Net loss attributable to Panasonic Corporation, per share was 296.39 yen, compared with the forecast of an income of 6.49 yen.

Forecast for Fiscal 2013

Regarding full year forecast for fiscal 2013, the company revised its original sales forecast of 8,100.0 billion yen significantly downward to 7,300.0 billion yen, due mainly to worsening market conditions in digital consumer products and the slowdown economy in emerging countries.

Operating profit is expected to be 140.0 billion yen, a decrease from the previous forecast of 260.0 billion yen due mainly to sales decrease.

Pre-tax loss is forecast to be 365.0 billion yen, a deterioration from the original forecast of an income of 160.0 billion yen, owing primarily to business restructuring expenses in other deductions incurred in six months ended September 30, 2012. Anticipated additional business restructuring expenses in third quarter onward are also expected to contribute to the downward revision of full year forecasts. Total restructuring expenses for fiscal 2013 are expected to be 440.0 billion yen, compared with the original forecast of 41.0 billion yen.

Net loss attributable to Panasonic Corporation is expected to be 765.0 billion yen, a deterioration from the previous forecast of an income of 50.0 billion yen mainly as a result of the aforementioned increase in valuation allowances to deferred tax assets.

Net income attributable to Panasonic Corporation, per share is anticipated to be a loss of 330.93 yen, compared with the previous forecast of an income of 21.63 yen.

Basic Policy for Providing Return to Shareholders and Dividend forecast for fiscal 2013

Since its establishment, Panasonic has managed its businesses under the concept that returning profits to shareholders is one of its most important policies. From the perspective of return on the capital investment made by shareholders, Panasonic, in principle, distributes profits to shareholders based on its business performance and is aiming for stable and continuous growth in dividends, targeting a dividend payout ratio of between 30% and 40% with respect to consolidated net income attributable to Panasonic Corporation.

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