Japan's Asahi Kasei nine-month net profit down 26% in 2012

05 February 2013 04:39  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s Asahi Kasei posted a 26% year-on-year decrease in its nine-month net profit to yen (Y) 35.6bn ($385m), because of deteriorating market conditions in the chemicals and electronics segments, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Operating profit for the nine months to 31 December 2012 fell by 28% year on year to Y62.5bn, while net sales increased by 2.8% to Y1,202.6bn.

In the chemicals segment, operating profit fell by 60% to Y17.4bn from the same time in the previous year, while net sales declined by 4.6% to Y501.4bn.

This was partly because terms of trade deteriorated significantly as prices for acrylonitrile (ACN) and other monomers declined as demand stagnated in China and other countries, Asahi Kasei said.

($1 = Y92.42)

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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