Tosoh Reports Its First-Half Consolidated Results for Fiscal 2015

Tokyo, Japan—Tosoh Corporation is pleased to announce its consolidated results for the first half of its 2015 fiscal year, from April 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014. Consolidated net sales amounted to ¥384.0 billion (US$3.7 billion), up ¥18.3 billion, or 5.0%, compared with consolidated net sales in the same period a year earlier. Higher export prices and a weakening yen were the main contributors to the increase. Rising costs for naphtha and other raw materials led to higher product prices. Of our product groups, the Specialty Group saw the biggest expansion in product shipments and thus contributed largely to consolidated net sales growth.

Profits also grew compared with the same period in the prior fiscal year, despite increases in plant maintenance and other fixed costs. Profitability benefited most from price increases for domestic caustic soda and other products, an improvement in trade conditions, and an increase in unit sales. Operating income amounted to ¥18.6 billion (US$180.3 million), an increase of ¥0.3 billion, or 1.6%, compared with operating income in the first half of fiscal 2014.

Ordinary income, however, declined ¥2.2 billion, to ¥21.3 billion (US$207.0 million), or 9.4%, compared with ordinary income in the first half of fiscal 2014. The decrease reflected an insurance payment in the first half of fiscal 2014 related to the No. 2 Vinyl Chloride Monomer Plant accident. Net income thus contracted ¥0.4 billion, or 2.8%, to ¥13.7 billion (US$133.3 million).

Japan’s economy was generally upbeat in the first half of fiscal 2015, supported by low but firm personal consumption resulting from improving personal income and employment. The recovery, however, could be characterized as mild to weak given that it was a reaction to the rush of demand that occurred at the end of the previous fiscal year in anticipation of the April 1, 2014, hike in Japan’s consumption tax.


Results by business segment

Petrochemical Group
First-half fiscal 2015 net sales for the Petrochemical Group grew ¥6.8 billion, or 6.2%, compared with group net sales for the same period the year before, to ¥116.6 billion (US$1.1 billion). The group’s operating income, though, decreased ¥2.3 billion, or 34.4%, to ¥4.3 billion (US$42.2 million).

Shipments of propylene, cumene, and other olefins were down because of a decline in unit production caused by scheduled maintenance. Shipments of ethylene, however, increased because of a change in the balance between Tosoh’s ethylene purchases and in-house consumption. Among other performance-enhancing factors, Tosoh implemented price increases for its products to reflect higher naphtha prices, and the export price for cumene improved because of the weakening of the yen.

Polyethylene resins saw a decrease in sales of general-use high-density polyethylene and product price increases in response to rising naphtha prices. Shipments of chloroprene rubber (CR) expanded on the strength of recovering demand in markets abroad.

Chlor-alkali Group
Chlor-alkali Group first-half fiscal 2015 net sales increased ¥2.7 billion, or 2.0%, to ¥137.4 billion (US$1.3 billion), compared with group sales in the first half of fiscal 2014. In contrast, group operating income decreased ¥1.3 billion, for an operating loss of ¥0.5 billion (US$4.6 million).

Shipments of caustic soda increased in the period under review compared with the same period a year earlier. In addition, domestic prices for caustic soda rose because of price revisions implemented in spring 2014.

Shipments of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) declined, but the weakening yen and strengthening overseas markets improved export prices. Domestically sold PVC also benefited from a price increase, implemented early in fiscal 2015.

Domestic shipments of cement declined because labor shortages put many construction projects behind schedule. Cement exports increased.

Shipments of urethane raw materials expanded. But overseas market prices for urethane raw materials decreased.

Specialty Group
Net sales for the Specialty Group in the first half of fiscal 2015 amounted to ¥78.2 billion (US$759.1 million), an increase of ¥6.2 billion, or 8.6%, compared with the group’s net sales in the first half of fiscal 2014. Operating income rose ¥3.3 billion, or 33.5%, to ¥13.3 billion (US$129.4 million).

A recovery in demand for ethyleneamines improved the demand-supply balance and led to increased volume domestically as well as overseas.

Separation-related products saw shipments of liquid chromatography packing materials decline. Diagnostic-related products, however, saw an increase in shipments of in vitro diagnostic reagents.

Shipments of high-silica zeolites (HSZ) for automobile catalytic converters and petrochemical catalysts increased. Zirconia shipments remained firm, and shipments of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) for dry cells rose. Shipments of silica glass for flat-panel displays and for semiconductors also expanded.

Engineering Group
First-half fiscal 2015 net sales for the Engineering Group were ¥31.2 billion (US$303.0 million), an increase of ¥2.3 billion, or 7.9%, compared with the group’s first-half net sales in fiscal 2014. Operating income improved ¥0.3 billion, but the group still recorded an operating loss of ¥73 million (US$0.7 million).

Domestic sales of water treatment facilities, services, and related chemicals increased because of major orders from the domestic electronics industry and because of capital investment, maintenance, renovation, and other business by domestic clients in industry in general. Overseas sales, conversely, declined because of decreased capital investment in the electronics industry worldwide.

Construction-related companies posted an increase in sales in the first half of fiscal 2015 compared with the same period the year before.

Other
Trading and logistical sales for the first half of fiscal 2015 rose ¥0.4 billion, or 1.9%, compared with net sales for the same period the year before, to ¥20.5 billion (US$199.2 million). Other operating income was ¥1.4 billion (US$14.0 million), an increase of ¥0.2 billion, or 15.8%.

Note: For reference purposes only, US dollar amounts have been translated, unless otherwise indicated, from yen at the rate of ¥103.01 = US$1, the average exchange rate during the period under review.

Outlook for the fiscal year to March 31, 2015
Demand is expected to remain weak, but Japan’s economy should nevertheless continue its mild recovery. Reasons for the positive outlook include ongoing improvement in personal income and employment and the continued benefit of the Japanese government’s economic policies.

Concern remains, though, regarding a downward swing in the global economy. The Tosoh Group is therefore making every effort to boost its profitability. It is expanding its sales volume, maintaining an optimum pricing structure, and reducing costs throughout its operations, among other things.

Based on differences between the actual results for the first half of fiscal 2015 and the results forecast on May 9, 2014, Tosoh is also revising its performance forecasts for fiscal year 2015, ending March 31, 2015. The company’s altered projections are given in the table to follow. These full-year forecasts are based on a standard price for naphtha of ¥67,000 per kiloliter and on an exchange rate of ¥105.00 to the US dollar.

Revised Full-Year Forecast for Fiscal 2015 (April 1, 2014–March 31, 2015)

  Net Sales Operating Income Ordinary Income Net Income EPS
Previous Forecast (A)  ¥810 billion
¥46 billion
¥45 billion
¥52 billion ¥86.79
Revised Forecast (B)
¥810 billion
¥50 billion ¥52 billion ¥58 billion ¥96.80
Difference (B - A) ¥0 ¥4 billion ¥7 billion ¥6 billion  
% difference 0.0 8.7 15.6 11.5
Reference: FY2014 performance ¥772.3 billion ¥41.6 billion ¥49.5 billion ¥29.6 billion ¥49.35
Note: For further details, please refer to Tosoh's press release on its revised full-year consolidated results forecasts, also dated October 31, 2014.

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Tosoh Corporation is the parent of the Tosoh Group, which comprises 130 companies worldwide and a multiethnic workforce of over 11,000 people and generated net sales of ¥772.3 billion (US$7.5 billion at the year-end rate of ¥100.17 to the US dollar) in fiscal 2014, ended March 31, 2014.

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