Tosoh Reports on Consolidated Results for Fiscal 2014

Tokyo, Japan—Tosoh Corporation is pleased to announce its consolidated results for its 2014 fiscal year, from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014. Consolidated net sales amounted to ¥772.3 billion (US$7.7 billion), up ¥103.8 billion, or 15.5%, from fiscal 2013. Factors contributing to the increase included the lessening impact of the accident at the Nanyo Complex’s No. 2 Vinyl Chloride Monomer Plant, adjustments to domestic prices based on a rise in the cost for naphtha and other raw materials, and adjustments to export prices based on the weakening of the yen.

Profits also rose sharply compared with the prior fiscal year. Supported by improvements in volume sold and in terms of trade, the company posted operating income of ¥41.6 billion (US$415 million), an increase of ¥17.1 billion, or 69.9%, over operating income for the same period the previous year. Ordinary income climbed ¥15.9 billion, to ¥49.6 billion (US$494.2 million), or 47.4%, over ordinary income for the same period last year. This increase was attributed to exchange rate gains. Tosoh’s net income for fiscal year 2014 advanced ¥12.7 billion, or 75.3%, to ¥29.6 billion (US$295.1 million).

In fiscal 2014, signs of a self-sustaining recovery in Japan’s real economy mounted throughout the year. The recovery is being driven by the impact of the lifting of long-term deflation and the ripple effect of the Japanese government’s monetary and fiscal initiatives. Financial markets strengthened amid rising stock prices and a weakening yen. In addition, business confidence continued to spread and improve while consumer spending remained firm amid improving numbers for employment and personal income.


Results by business segment

Petrochemical Group
Petrochemical Group net sales for fiscal 2014 rose ¥35.8 billion, or 19.1%, compared with group net sales for the same period the year before, to ¥223.5 billion. The group’s operating income increased ¥4.2 billion, or 40.3%, to ¥14.8 billion.

Shipments of ethylene, propylene and other olefins were generally brisk. Tosoh successfully implemented price increases against the backdrop of higher prices for naphtha and other raw materials and costs. Cumene also reaped the benefits of a weaker yen and stronger export markets, consequently generating higher returns from exports.

Polyethylene resin sales were invigorated by a recovery in the photovoltaic cell market that boosted shipments of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer. Higher naphtha costs again enabled Tosoh to implement domestic price increases. Shipments of chloroprene rubber (CR) and chlorosulphonated polyethylene (CSM) expanded on the strength of recovering demand in markets abroad and improved export prices because of the weaker yen.

Chlor-alkali
Group Chlor-alkali Group net sales increased ¥49.0 billion, or 20.6%, year on year, to ¥286.3 billion. Rallying from an operating loss in the previous fiscal year, the group improved profits by ¥5.5 billion, to record an operating income of ¥3.9 billion.

Exports and domestic shipments of caustic soda fell throughout fiscal 2014. Mitigating the continued weak caustic soda market, a recovery in Tosoh’s vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) manufacturing volumes supported an increase in VCM shipments. Moreover, the weaker yen and strengthening of overseas markets improved export prices. Domestically sold PVC also benefited from a price increase implemented around the beginning of the fiscal year.

The group’s shipments of cement increased as a result of strong demand created by the ongoing rebuilding efforts related to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Shipments of urethane raw materials expanded in Japan and export prices improved because of the weaker yen.

Specialty Group
Net sales for the Specialty Group in fiscal 2014 amounted to ¥153.4 billion, an increase of ¥21.7 billion, or 16.5%, from the group’s net sales for the preceding fiscal year. Operating income surged ¥10.2 billion, or 114.1%, to ¥19.2 billion.

Shipments of ethyleneamines by the Specialty Group decreased because of adjustments to production volumes that were made as part of an effort to improve profitability. The decline in production volume, however, was somewhat offset by price increases and the depreciation of the yen. Shipments of bromine and bromine flame retardant products, on the other hand, rose.

Similarly, the group’s shipments of separation-related products, and especially of its liquid chromatography packing materials, expanded. Among the group’s diagnostic-related products, shipments of automated immunoassay (AIA) equipment and in vitro diagnostic reagents also increased.

Shipments of electrolytic manganese dioxide for dry cell and rechargeable batteries rose, with export prices firming up because of the weaker yen. Strong demand for high-silica zeolites (HSZ) applications for petrochemical catalysts and automobile catalytic converters boosted HSZ shipments. Zirconia shipments for the dental materials market also increased.

Engineering Group
Fiscal 2014 net sales for the Engineering Group were ¥68.6 billion, a decrease of ¥4.2 billion, or 5.7%, from the group’s net sales for fiscal 2013. Operating income fell ¥3.1 billion, or 71.1%, to ¥1.3 billion.

During the year in review, the group’s sales of water treatment facilities, services, and related chemicals slumped because of a flurry of postponements or cancellations of capital investment, maintenance, renovation, and other business by domestic clients in the electric power generation industry and industry in general. In contrast, overseas orders and sales rose on the strength of improved industrial performance, particularly in the electronics industry. The group’s construction-related companies posted sales growth.

Other
Other net sales in fiscal 2014 climbed ¥1.5 billion, or 3.8%, from net sales the year before, to ¥40.6 billion. Other operating income was ¥2.4 billion, an increase of ¥0.2 billion, or 11.1% year on year. Sales by trading companies and logistics subsidiaries increased.


Outlook for the fiscal year to March 31, 2015

A slight downturn is expected in Japan’s economy in early fiscal 2015 in reaction to the spike in demand ahead of the April hike in the consumption tax. However, there are expectations that corporate earnings, employment, and personal income will continue to improve. Reasons for the positive outlook include, among other factors, the economic base support provided by the benefits of the Japanese government’s economic policies and the recovery in the global economy. Risk remains, though, that a downward swing in the global economy could topple a recovery in Japan. 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.

Tosoh’s projections for fiscal year 2015, ending March 31, 2015, call for net sales of ¥810 billion, operating income of ¥46 billion, ordinary income of ¥45 billion, and net income of ¥52 billion. These full-year forecasts are based on a domestic standard price for naphtha of ¥70,000 per kiloliter and on an exchange rate of ¥100.00 to the US dollar.

Please note that the projections include a decline in tax expenses of ¥24 billion based on the booking of deferred tax assets related to the temporary differences arising from the company’s assumption of losses carried forward, etc., of Nippon Polyurethane Industry Co., Ltd. (NPU) following the scheduled merger of the two companies in October 2014. There is a possibility that this figure could change substantially when the company reassess its position following the merger.


TOSOH CORPORATION
 
WHO WE ARE

It 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$7.7 billion at the year-end rate of ¥100.17 to the US dollar) in fiscal 2014, ended March 31, 2014.

WHAT WE DO

Tosoh is one of the largest chlor-alkali manufacturers in Asia. The company supplies the plastic resins and an array of the basic chemicals that support modern life. Tosoh’s petrochemical operations supply ethylene, polyethylene, and functional polymers, while its advanced materials business serves the global semiconductor, display, and solar industries. Tosoh has also pioneered sophisticated bioscience systems that are used for the monitoring of life-threatening diseases. In addition, Tosoh demonstrates its commitment to a sustainable future in part by manufacturing a variety of eco-products.

 

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