Bridgestone Revises 2008 Fiscal Projections Following EC Fine
Following the January 28 European Commission decision regarding the international marine hose cartel, Bridgestone has once more revised its consolidated financial projections for the 2008 fiscal year. The company anticipates net sales of 3,250 billion yen (£25.5 billion), an amount unchanged since it last revised its projections on December 22, 2008 and 170 billion yen (£1.3 billion) less than the company’s original 2008 year projection, announced on August 8, 2008. Operating income, at 118 billion yen (£926.7 million) and ordinary income of 64 billion yen (£502.6 million) also remain the same as the December 22 projection. Net income, however, is now projected to be 7.5 billion yen (£58.9 million), a reduction of 4.5 billion yen (£35.3 million) or 35 per cent from the December revisions. Last August the tyre major had anticipated net income of 66 billion yen (£518.3 million).
The fine of 58.5 million euros imposed by the European Commission against Bridgestone amounts to approximately 7.5 billion yen. Bridgestone management now expects a decline in net income from the projections announced on December 22, 2008 because the company accrued the amount of the fine as an extraordinary loss during fiscal 2008.