FY2007 First Quarter Highlights
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today reported its financial results for the first quarter (April to June) of fiscal year (FY) 2007.
Mazda’s first quarter consolidated sales revenue increased by 11 percent year-on-year to 814.3 billion yen and consolidated operating profit increased by 9 percent to 32.3 billion yen. Favorable exchange rates contributed to the higher revenue. Consolidated operating profit rose from the effects of a weaker yen and successful cost cutting initiatives although these were partially offset by greater investment in R&D and higher depreciation costs. Consolidated ordinary profit fell 12 percent to 21.2 billion yen resulting primarily from forward exchange contract accounting effects caused by the depreciating yen. Consolidated net income was down 62 percent to 2.5 billion yen. Although ordinary profit and net income were down year-on-year, both figures are within planning assumptions and were budgeted at the beginning of the financial year.
Mazda’s first quarter consolidated global retail volumes were down one percent to 323,000 units compared with the same period in FY2006.
On a geographic basis, retail sales volumes in North America* reached 108,000 units, a 6 percent increase year-on-year, due mainly to the sales growth in Canada and Mexico. Retail sales in Europe progressed at a similar rate to last year -- when Mazda surpassed 300,000 unit sales for the first time in the 15 years since 1991 -- to reach 78,000 units. Mazda retail sales in Japan were down 7 percent, to 57,000 units, as a result of the drop in demand for registered vehicles. In China, local production of Mazda brand vehicles in Hainan Province ceased, resulting in a 44 percent decrease in sales of Mazda brand vehicles to 16,000 units. However, excluding the volume of Hainan-produced vehicles, Mazda3 sales pushed the retail volume up in China by 26 percent compared to the prior fiscal year. In other markets, the retail volume grew 15 percent to 64,000 units, with strong contributions from healthy sales of the CX-7, BT-50 and Mazda3.
Financial Projections for FY2007
Mazda Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer and CFO, David E. Friedman, said, “Going forward, we are aiming for steady growth. During the first quarter under the Mazda Advancement Plan, sales in North America and Europe continued to be brisk. Following the successful launch of the all-new Mazda2 in Japan, we will be rolling out this exciting new car in Europe and other regions within this fiscal year. Our increased investment for the future and inventory streamlining initiatives are also progressing according to plan.”
* Mazda’s figures for North America include Mexico and Puerto Rico
FY2007 Projections Key Data
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