Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) today announced its consolidated third-quarter financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. Results are summarized below, both as an aggregation of Kyocera's first three fiscal quarters (the "period," i.e., nine months), and as the third quarter alone (the "quarter," i.e., three months), ended Dec. 31, 2017. Complete details are available at: https://global.kyocera.com/ir/
 

Consolidated Financial Highlights: Nine Months Ended December 31, 2017
Unit: Millions (except percentages and per-share amounts)
    Nine Months Ended December 31,
 

2016(FY17)in JPY
 

2017(FY18)in JPY
  Increase  

2017(FY18)in USD
 

2017(FY18)in EUR

Amountin JPY
  %
Net sales: 1,014,628 1,145,016 130,388 12.9 10,133 8,482
Profit from operations: 67,102 108,984 41,882 62.4 964 807
Income before income taxes: 98,706 144,864 46,158 46.8 1,282 1,073

Net income attributable toKyocera Corporation'sshareholders:
70,852 90,267 19,415 27.4 799 669

Diluted earnings per shareattributable to KyoceraCorporation's shareholders:
  192.88   245.49  

-
 

-
  2.17   1.82
Note on exchange rates: U.S. dollar (USD) and euro (EUR) conversions are provided above as a convenience to the reader, based on the rates of USD1 = JPY113 and EUR1 = JPY135, rounded to the nearest unit (as of December 29, 2017)
 

SummaryDuring this nine-month period, robust demand for information and telecommunications equipment, automobiles, and industrial machinery fueled a significant increase in the company's revenue from electronic devices and automotive/industrial components. Revenue in the document solutions business increased as well, following new product launches and related sales promotions. Additionally, merger and acquisitions made a further contribution to the company's business expansion.

As a result, the company attained record nine-month sales of JPY1,145,016 (USD10,133) million, an increase of JPY130,388 (USD1,154) million, or 12.9%, over the same period of the prior year. Most profit metrics showed significant increases as well, due mainly to stronger sales and successful cost reduction measures. Profit from operations increased 62.4%, to JPY108,984 (USD964) million; and income before income taxes increased 46.8%, to JPY144,864 (USD1,282) million. Net income attributable to Kyocera Corporation's shareholders increased 27.4%, to JPY90,267 (USD799) million, despite third-quarter expenses at U.S. subsidiaries including AVX Corporation, primarily resulting from tax law revisions in the U.S., which amounted to a decrease of approximately JPY11,000 (USD97) million.

Average exchange rates for the nine months reflected the Japanese yen's weakening against the U.S. dollar by approximately 4.7%, to JPY112, and against the euro by approximately 9.3%, to JPY129, as compared with the same period of the prior year. As a result, net sales and income before income taxes increased by approximately JPY39 billion (USD345 million) and JPY13 billion (USD115 million), respectively, as compared with the prior-year period.

 

Consolidated Financial Highlights: Third Quarter
Unit: Millions (except percentages)
    Three Months Ended December 31,
 

2016(FY17-Q3)in JPY
 

2017(FY18-Q3)in JPY
 

Increase(Decrease)
 

2017(FY18-Q3)in USD
 

2017(FY18-Q3)in EUR

Amountin JPY
  %
Net sales: 361,385 406,671 45,286 12.5 3,599 3,012
Profit from operations: 33,317 39,479 6,162 18.5 349 292
Income before income taxes: 50,128 57,024 6,896 13.8 505 422

Net income attributable toKyocera Corporation'sshareholders:
  34,699   28,880   (5,819)   (16.8)   256   214

(See note above regarding exchange rates.)
 

Expectations for the Full Fiscal YearFor the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, Kyocera makes no change to the forecasts for net sales, profit from operations, or income before income taxes that it announced on October 30, 2017, since its business results are generally in line with those projections. However, net income attributable to Kyocera Corporation's shareholders has been revised as shown below, in reflection of the aforementioned expenses related to U.S. tax law revisions.

Regarding average exchange rates for the full fiscal year, Kyocera's October 30, 2017 forecast of JPY111 against the U.S. dollar remains unchanged, while Kyocera's forecast of JPY128 against the euro has been revised to JPY130 , marking depreciation of JPY2 (1.6%).
 

Consolidated Forecast: Year Ending March 31, 2018
Unit: Yen in millions (except percentages, per-share amounts and exchange rates)
     

Fiscal 2017Results
   

Fiscal 2018ForecastAnnounced onOctober 30,2017
 

Fiscal 2018ForecastAnnounced onFebruary 1,2018
 

Increase(%) toFiscal 2017Results
Net sales: 1,422,754 1,560,000 1,560,000 9.6
Profit from operations: 104,542 135,000 135,000 29.1
Income before income taxes: 137,849 170,000 170,000 23.3

Net income attributable toKyocera Corporation'sshareholders:
103,843 119,000 108,000 4.0

Diluted earnings per shareattributable to KyoceraCorporation's shareholders:
282.62 323.62 * 293.71 ** -
Average USD exchange rate: 108 111 111 -
Average EUR exchange rate: 119 128 130 -
*Forecast of "Diluted earnings per share attributable to Kyocera Corporation's shareholders" is based on the diluted average number of shares outstanding during the six months ended September 30, 2017.
**Forecast of "Diluted earnings per share attributable to Kyocera Corporation's shareholders" is based on the diluted average number of shares outstanding during the nine months ended December 31, 2017.
 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSExcept for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, product demand, competition, regulatory approvals, the effect of economic conditions and technological difficulties, and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About KYOCERA Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO; TOKYO:6971; https://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components, electronic devices, semiconductor packages, solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2017, the company's consolidated net sales totaled 1.42 trillion yen (approx. USD 12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the "Top 100 Global Innovators" list by Clarivate Analytics and is ranked #522 on Forbes magazine's 2017 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.

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