Toyota full-year net profit beats forecast

Toyota full-year net profit beats forecast

Toyota full-year net profit beats forecast

Top-selling automaker Toyota said yesterday that its full-year net profit beat expectations while projecting better sales and revenue for the year ahead in a sign supply chain disruptions may be easing.

The Japanese firm reported 2.45 trillion yen ($18.12 billion) in net profit for the fiscal year, down 14 percent from a year earlier but still beating its projections of 2.36 trillion yen.

It said it expects full-year net profit to increase 5 percent for the year ahead to 2.58 trillion yen on “improvements in semiconductor supply and the efforts of production sites”.

The auto titan retained its top-selling crown for the third year in a row in 2022, but like much of the industry has battled pandemic headwinds and the effects of a global chip shortage.

Chief Financial Officer Yoichi Miyazaki cited everything from natural disasters to the chip crisis for production constraints over the last fiscal year and acknowledged “soaring materials prices” had weighed on the bottom line.

Toyota sold more than 10.5 million cars worldwide in the last financial year, including those made by its subsidiaries like Hino Motors and Daihatsu, and is projecting a massive jump to 11.4 million for the fiscal year ahead.     

Earlier this year, Toyota made a surprise shake-up of its leadership, replacing Akio Toyoda, whose grandfather founded the company, with 53-year-old Sato as CEO.   

He has vowed to “accelerate” the development of battery-powered electric vehicles through a “new approach,” including the invention of “next-generation” Lexus vehicles by 2026.   

Toyota pioneered hybrid cars, but some critics say the company has been slow to make the shift to battery-powered engines, even as demand soars for low-emission automobiles.

The firm has set a target of boosting annual EV sales to 1.5 million units by 2026 -- a huge jump from just over 20,000 in 2022.