Difference Between Result and Forecast for Consolidated Six-month

Regarding the first six months result of fiscal 2013, sales were 3,638.2 billion yen compared with the forecast of 3,960.0 billion yen, due mainly to sales decrease in digital consumer products.

Operating profit was 87.4 billion yen, a slight decrease from the forecast of 90.0 billion yen, as fixed cost reductions and streamlining material costs could not offset the sales decrease.

In the meantime, Pre-tax loss was 278.7 billion yen, compared with the forecast of an income of 60.0 billion yen, due mainly to incurring business restructuring expenses including impairment losses of goodwill and intangible assets in other deductions. The company incurred business restructuring expenses of 355.5 billion yen. This included 237.8 billion yen of impairment loss of goodwill and 87.6 billion yen of impairment loss of intangible assets in solar, consumer-use lithium-ion battery and mobile phone businesses. With continuous price declines in solar, and consumer-use lithium-ion batteries, the company revised the strategies for sales and investment which had resulted in the aforementioned impairments. Regarding the mobile phone business, a decline in market share in Japan and the revision of the overseas development strategy resulted in the aforementioned impairments.

Net loss attributable to Panasonic Corporation was 685.2 billion yen, a deterioration from the original forecast of an income of 15.0 billion yen, due mainly to an increase in valuation allowances to deferred tax assets. The company increased the valuation allowances to deferred tax assets in Panasonic Corporation (371.5 billion yen) and Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. (41.0 billion yen) and incurred provision for income taxes of 412.5 billion yen in total in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Based on a decline in profitability due mainly to significant sales decreases in digital consumer products including flat-panel TVs in Japan and continuous severe business environment in the third quarter onwards, the company increased valuation allowances to deferred tax assets of the aforementioned two companies after a careful consideration over the realizability of deferred tax assets in accordance with U.S. GAAP. An increase in valuation allowances to deferred tax assets, as well as impairment losses of goodwill and intangible assets, do not have any impact on cash flow.

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