Scandal-hit Toshiba warns of $4.5 bln annual loss, job cuts

Scandal-hit Toshiba warns of $4.5 bln annual loss, job cuts

TOKYO - Agence France-Presse
Scandal-hit Toshiba warns of $4.5 bln annual loss, job cuts

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Crisis-hit Toshiba warned on Dec. 21 it would book a record $4.5 billion annual loss and slash thousands of jobs, as the vast firm’s shares plunged in Tokyo.

The moves are part of a restructuring announced in the wake of an embarrassing accounting scandal that rocked one of Japan’s best-known firms.

The announcement marked the latest blow to the 140-year-old firm after revelations earlier this year that executives systematically pressured underlings to inflate profits to hide poor results.

Investors dumped Toshiba shares in response to a weekend report about the eye-watering loss, which was confirmed after markets closed Monday.

The stock tumbled 9.80 percent to end at 254.8 yen ($2.10) before the official news. Toshiba said it expected a 550 billion yen ($4.5 billion) net loss for the fiscal year to March, from a small loss a year earlier.

Among the job cuts are 6,800 positions in its lifestyle division, which makes consumer electronics and home appliances, and about 1,000 jobs at its corporate headquarters.

The company, which has about 200,000 employees globally, earlier said it would cut 2,800 jobs from its memory chip division.

It is also stopping production of televisions overseas.

Known for its televisions and electronics, including the world’s first laptop personal computer and DVD player, Toshiba has a range of other operations including power transmission and medical equipment.

One of the most damaging accounting scandals to hit Japan in recent years, the case forced Toshiba’s incumbent president and seven other top executives to resign.

The company has admitted it had inflated profits by about $1.2 billion since the 2008 global financial crisis.