Crystal clear: Years of malaise Photo: Reuters file picture
Crystal clear: Years of malaise Photo: Reuters file picture

Foxconn puts bounce back at Sharp

Venerable Japanese zombie raises full-year profit forecast after swinging into black under Taiwanese owners

February 3, 2017 3:19 PM (UTC+8)

Sharp Corp lifted its full-year profit guidance after posting its first quarterly net profit in over two years as the Japanese liquid crystal display maker pressed ahead with cost-cutting measures under the ownership of Taiwan’s Foxconn.

Sharp, a major supplier of LCD panels to Apple Inc, raised its operating profit forecast to 37.3 billion yen (US$330 million) for the year ending in March from an earlier forecast of 25.7 billion, the company said in a statement on Friday.

Net profit was 4.2 billion yen for October-December, compared with a 24.7 billion yen loss a year earlier. It was the first profit on a net basis since July-September 2014. The result missed a Thomson Reuters Starmine SmartEstimate of 4.6 billion yen drawn from four analysts.

The return to profit comes as Sharp tapped Foxconn’s massive parts procurement power, reviewed the lineup of products and implemented various measures to cut fixed costs. Sharp also benefited as production cutbacks by Korean rivals in LCD panels for television sets fueled a shortage.

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