Komatsu sees slight decline in sales in first half of year, cuts profit forecast by 26%

Updated Oct 30, 2013

Komatsu logoCiting a decrease in demand for mining equipment, Komatsu announced decreases in both sales and operating income for the first six months of its fiscal year.

In the last six months, the company reports that net sales were down 0.6 percent to 925.1 billion yen ($9.46 billion) compared to the same period last year. Operating income was down 2.1 percent to 108.9 billion yen ($1.1 billion).

The company says it worked to offset that decrease in demand by “expanding sales volume of construction equipment in Japan where demand has been steady and in China where demand has upturned for recovery.”

In its Industrial Machinery and Others the company saw increases in both sales and segment profits thanks to steady sales of sheet-metal and press machines.

Looking forward to the end of its fiscal year, Komatsu expects sales volume will be over what it projected in both Japan and in China. However, it now expects mining demand to finish significantly below where it expected at the beginning of the fiscal year, especially in Latin America, Oceania and Asia.

Because of these realizations, Komatsu expects a decline in sales volume in construction, mining and utility equipment. Coupling those expectations with assumptions of some factors of loss, including a future risk on the inventory of wire saws, the company revised down its outlook for the remainder of the year.

The company has cut its forecast for profits by 26 percent to 136 billion yen ($1.39 billion) for the 2013 fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.

It decreased its forecast for net sales 9.3 percent to ÂĄ1.86 trillion ($19 billion). The forecast for operating income was cut by 31 percent to ÂĄ210 billion ($2.15 billion).