Toyota raises its full-year profit outlook on weaker yen, cost cutting

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp on Monday raised its full-year profit forecast by 9.7 per cent as the world’s No 2 automaker expects a bigger reprieve from a weakening yen while cost-cutting efforts also help.
Toyota has been cutting costs by sourcing more car parts locally and marketing locally produced cars more aggressively to mitigate the impact of yen strength as part of emergency measures implemented last year, around when the US dollar sank to 100 yen.
The Japanese automaker expects net profit through March to come in at 1.7 trillion yen ($15.08 billion), compared with a previous forecast for 1.55 trillion yen. It also sees a higher operating profit of 1.85 trillion yen versus 1.7 trillion yen stated in November.
Analysts expect net profit to come in at 1.721 trillion yen for the year, and operating profit at 2.02 trillion yen.
Toyota still expects its full-year profit to tumble from last year’s record 2.31 trillion yen, but its outlook has improved as it anticipates the domestic currency to average around 107 yen to the US dollar and 118 yen to the euro through March. That compares with previous forecasts of 103 yen and 114 yen respectively.
While it contends with currency volatility, Toyota is struggling to supply more sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to the United States, its biggest market, where customer demand for larger models including and trucks has surged due to historically low gasoline prices.
That has forced Toyota and other Japanese automakers, including Honda Motor Co Ltd, to shift production away from sedans, their staple in the region. Toyota last year raised exports of its popular RAV4 SUV crossovers from Canada. — Reuters