Sumitomo Rubber Publishes Strong Q3 Results
Sumitomo Rubber Industries has published sales of 120 billion yen (£581 million, up 8 per cent year-on-year) and operating profit of 9.3 billion yen (£45 million up 18.6 per cent year-on-year). Analysts report that results were ahead of plan and tyre sales particularly “outperformed forecasts.” Exports are reported to have been particularly strong and high performance tyres are said to have sold well domestically.
As a result of the strong quarter Sumitomo has raised its full year forecast to sales of 500 billion yen (up 6.3 per cent) and operating profit of 46 billion yen (up 1 per cent). However, Deutsche Bank analysts said: “We feel that the company is somewhat conservative about our fourth quarter. Our current forecasts are sales of 496.0 billion yen [and] operating profit of 50.0 billion.”