Honda yearly earnings solid despite chip crisis
Japanese auto giant Honda said Friday net profit rose 7.6 per cent in the financial year to March, benefiting from strong motorbike sales and a weaker yen.
The company also expects net profit to remain steady in the current financial year, even as the global microchip shortage and virus-related supply chain disruption cause headaches for the car industry.
Honda said annual net profit rose 7.6 per cent to 707 billion yen ($5.5 billion) in 2021-22 and issued a forecast of 710 billion yen net profit for the year to March 2023.
Sales last year were up 10.5 per cent, it said, "due mainly to increased sales revenue in motorcycle business and financial services business operations as well as positive foreign currency translation effects."
But "despite shifting to a recovery trend, the economic environment surrounding the company, its consolidated subsidiaries and its affiliates... continued to be difficult due to the impact of (the) semiconductor supply shortage, and increases in raw material costs, among other factors."
Honda said its factories in Japan and overseas had been forced to suspend or reduce output due to supply chain and staffing issues related to Covid-19.