Toyota Motor CorporationTM posted consolidated net income of ¥446.4 billion ($3.75 billion) in fourth-quarter fiscal 2015, higher than ¥297 billion ($2.88 billion) posted in the year-ago quarter.
Consolidated revenues in the quarter increased 8.4% year over year to ¥7.17 trillion ($59.82 billion). Revenues also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $56.69 billion.
Unit sales went down 4.3% year over year to 2.23 million vehicles globally. Unit sales rose 7.1% to 607,000 vehicles in North America and 5.2% to 225,000 vehicles in Europe. However, sales declined 13.5% to 626,933 units in Japan, 11.5% to 361,000 units in Asia and 1.2% to 414,000 units in other regions (Central and South America, Oceania, Africa and the Middle East).
Operating income increased to ¥635.7 billion ($5.34 billion) from ¥436.1 billion ($4.23 billion) a year ago.
Fiscal 2015 Results
Toyota recorded earnings of ¥687.66 ($12.50) per share in fiscal 2015, improving from ¥574.92 ($11.50) per share in fiscal 2014. Earnings per ADR also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $11.69. Net income increased to ¥2.17 trillion ($19.7 billion) from¥1.82 trillion ($18.2 billion) in fiscal 2014.
Consolidated revenues were ¥27.23 trillion ($247.5 billion) in fiscal 2015 compared with ¥25.69 trillion ($256.9 billion) in fiscal 2014. Revenues also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $224.43 billion.
The Automotive segment's revenues rose 7.5% to ¥6.51 trillion ($54.66 billion) in the quarter, while the operating income improved 69.4% to ¥533.7 billion ($4.48 billion).
The Financial Services segment's revenues went up 21% to ¥446 billion ($3.75 billion), while the operating income fell 18.6% to ¥76.7 billion ($644.54 million).
All Other businesses' revenues climbed 9.5% to ¥399.4 billion ($3.36 billion). However, operating income fell 3.5% to ¥22.4 billion ($188.24 million).
Toyota had cash and cash equivalents of ¥2.28 trillion ($20.8 billion) as of Mar 31, 2015, compared with ¥2.04 trillion ($20.4 billion) as of Mar 31, 2014. Total debt amounted to ¥18.98 trillion ($172.5 billion) as of Mar 31, 2015 compared with ¥16.33 trillion ($163.3 billion) as of Mar 31, 2014.
In fiscal 2015, operating net cash flow was ¥3.69 trillion ($33.51 billion) compared with ¥3.65 trillion ($36.46 billion) recorded in the year-ago period.
Fiscal 2016 Guidance
Toyota revealed its consolidated revenue guidance of ¥27.5 trillion ($239.1 billion) for fiscal 2016. The revenue guidance reflects a 1% improvement from fiscal 2015.
Operating income guidance is ¥2.8 trillion ($24.3 billion). The guidance implies a 1.8% year-over-year increase.
Net earnings are expected to be around ¥2.25 trillion ($19.6 billion) or ¥715.01 per share ($12.43 per ADR). The net income guidance reflects expectations of a 3.5% improvement over fiscal 2015.
Consolidated vehicle sales for fiscal 2016 are expected to be about 8.9 million units, down from nearly 8.97 million vehicles sold in fiscal 2015.
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