Tosoh Reports Its Consolidated Results for the First Nine Months of Fiscal 2019

Tokyo, Japan— Tosoh Corporation is pleased to announce its cumulative consolidated results for the first three quarters of its 2019 fiscal year, from April 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018.

The company’s consolidated net sales for the nine-month period under review were ¥645.8 billion (US$5.8 billion), up ¥43.9 billion, or 7.3%, from the same period of fiscal 2018. The increase was attributable to higher sales prices driven by an increase in the price of naphtha and to orders received by the Engineering Group for semiconductor-related plants.

Operating income, though, was ¥79.6 billion (US$716 million), down ¥14.7 billion, or 15.6%, from the same period one year earlier. This was due to the worsening of trade conditions caused by increased raw material and fuel prices. Ordinary income also decreased, ¥16.5 billion, or 16.6%, compared with the same period in fiscal 2018, to ¥83.2 billion (US$748 million), due to factors including lower foreign exchange gains. And profit attributable to owners of the parent company was down ¥12.6 billion, or 18.3%, to ¥56.4 billion (US$507 million).

During the first nine months of fiscal 2019, the Japanese economy showed signs of a gradual recovery, with improvements in corporate earnings and in employment and income. Concerns, however, over a global economic slowdown due to trade friction between the US and China contributed to heightened uncertainty.

Results by business segment

Petrochemical Group

Petrochemical Group net sales rose ¥9.2 billion, or 6.8%, to ¥144.6 billion (US$1.3 billion), compared with the same period the previous year. The group’s operating income, however, decreased ¥5.3 billion, or 29.9%, to ¥12.3 billion (US$111 million) due to the worsening of trade conditions.

Shipments of olefin products, such as ethylene and propylene, decreased in line with decreases in production volume amid scheduled annual plant maintenance. But product prices rose, reflecting the increase in naphtha and other costs.

Domestic shipments of polyethylene resin fell, but product prices increased to reflect higher naphtha costs. And although chloroprene rubber shipments decreased in line with a decrease in production volume, export prices increased on strong demand overseas.

Chlor-alkali Group

The Chlor-alkali Group’s net sales amounted to ¥254.0 billion (US$2.3 billion), an increase of ¥11.0 billion, or 4.6%, compared with the same period in fiscal 2018. Operating income, however, decreased ¥13.6 billion, or 29.5%, to ¥32.6 billion (US$293 million) due to the worsening of trade conditions

Domestic and overseas shipments of caustic soda were strong, and despite a worsening of market conditions overseas, prices increased because of price revisions in Japan. Shipments and product prices of vinyl chloride monomer increased on the strength of improved market conditions overseas. Shipments of polyvinyl chloride resin decreased amid a decrease in production volume, but product prices rose because of changes in domestic prices and improved market conditions overseas.

Domestic cement shipments were strong. But exports of cement decreased.

Shipments of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) decreased, and MDI export prices fell on account of worsening market conditions overseas.

Specialty Group

Net sales by the Specialty Group increased ¥9.6 billion, or 6.9%, to ¥148.0 billion (US$1.3 billion). Operating income increased to ¥28.3 billion (US$256 million), an improvement of ¥1.3 billion, or 4.7%.

Shipments of ethyleneamine decreased in line with a decrease in production volume.

Among the group’s separation-related products, shipments of liquid chromatography packing materials to Europe decreased. The group’s diagnostic-related products, however, saw increased shipments of in-vitro diagnostic reagents to China.

Exports of high-silica zeolites increased, particularly for automobile exhaust catalysts. Shipments of zirconia for use in decorative applications likewise increased, as did shipments of silica glass for semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

Engineering Group

Engineering Group net sales rose to ¥66.0 billion (US$594 million), an increase of ¥11.7 billion, or 21.5%, compared with the same period in fiscal 2018. Operating income also increased, ¥3.1 billion, or 239.6%, to ¥4.4 billion (US$40 million).

The Engineering Group’s water treatment business saw increased sales. This was due to orders received domestically and overseas for large, semiconductor-related projects and to robust capital investment and production activity. Both of these factors, moreover, resulted in favorable performance in maintenance and replacement of consumable parts by the group’s solution business.

Sales by the group’s construction subsidiaries increased.

Ancillary

Ancillary net sales increased ¥2.3 billion, or 7.3%, compared with the same period the previous year, to ¥33.2 billion (US$299 million). Operating income, however, decreased to ¥1.9 billion (US$17 million), down ¥197 million, or 9.3%.

Sales by trading companies and other operations trended high for the period under review.

Financial condition

Total assets for the cumulative first three quarters of fiscal 2019 increased over total assets at the end of fiscal 2018, rising ¥25.8 billion, to ¥871.5 billion (US$7.8 billion), because of an increase in tangible fixed assets.

Fiscal 2019 cumulative third-quarter liabilities declined compared with liabilities at the end of fiscal 2018. Liabilities for the third quarter decreased ¥6.0 billion, to ¥311.6 billion (US$2.8 billion), as a result of declines in income taxes payable and long-term debt.

An increase in third-quarter net profit attributable to owners of the parent company contributed to an increase in net assets to ¥559.8 billion (US$5.0 billion). This represents a rise of ¥31.8 billion over the amount at the end of fiscal 2018.

Note: For reference purposes only, US dollar amounts have been translated, unless otherwise indicated, from yen at the rate of ¥111.14 = US$1, the average exchange rate during the period under review.

Outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019

The full-year fiscal 2019 consolidated financial results forecast announced on November 1, 2018, remains unchanged.


TOSOH CORPORATION

Who We Are

Tosoh is the parent of the Tosoh Group, which comprises over 100 companies worldwide and a multiethnic workforce of over 12,000 people and generated net sales of ¥822.9 billion (US$7.4 billion at the average rate of ¥110.85 to the US dollar) in fiscal 2018, ended March 31, 2018.

What We Do

Tosoh is one of the largest chlor-alkali manufacturers in Asia. The company supplies the plastic resins and an array of the basic chemicals that support modern life. Tosoh’s petrochemical operations supply ethylene, polyethylene, and functional polymers, while its advanced materials business serves the global semiconductor, display, and solar industries. Tosoh has also pioneered sophisticated bioscience systems that are used for the monitoring of life-threatening diseases. In addition, Tosoh demonstrates its commitment to a sustainable future in part by manufacturing a variety of eco-products.

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