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Consolidated Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended June 30, 2020

In the three-month period ended June 30, 2020, the movement of people and commodities was greatly restricted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Although economic activities are gradually being resumed, the speed of recovery is unclear and there is concern regarding the possibility of further stagnation due to a potential second wave of infections.

The Company’s revenue for the three-month period ended June 30, 2020, was down due to reduced revenue in the Automotive Division, a result of decreases in sales volumes in overseas automobile operations; in the Chemicals Division, a result of falling methanol prices and lower synthetic resin transactions; and in the Metals & Mineral Resources Division, a result of declines in prices and transactions volumes for coal and other resources.
Profit for the period (attributable to owners of the Company) decreased year on year as a result of declines in gross profit and share of profit of investments accounted for using the equity method.
The impact of these declines could not be counteracted by benefits of reductions in non-personnel expenses and other selling, general and administration expenses and an improved balance of other income and expenses due in part to a gain on the partial sale of a natural gas-fired power project company.

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(Billions of Yen)

FY2019 1Q
Results
FY2020 1Q
Results
Difference
Revenue 437.4 349.3 (88.1)
Gross Profit 54.9 39.0 (15.9)
Profit for the Year attributable to owners of the Company 14.3 2.4 (11.9)

Changes of Yearly Financial Results (Cumulative)

Gross Profit

Profit attributable to owners of the Company

Segment Performance [Profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company]

Segment Performance [Profit for the Period (Attributable to owners of the Company)]

(Billions of Yen)

FY2019 1Q FY2020 1Q Difference
Automotive 1.5 (1.8) (3.3)
Aerospace & Transportation Project 0.2 (0.5) (0.7)
Machinery & Medical Infrastructure 0.3 1.1 +0.8
Energy & Social Infrastructure 0.3 1.8 +1.5
Metals & Mineral Resources 7.1 (2.0) (9.1)
Chemicals 2.3 0.0 (2.3)
Foods & Agriculture Business 0.7 2.0 +1.3
Retail & Lifestyle Business 1.1 0.6 (0.5)
Industrial Infrastructure &
Urban Development
(0.9) (0.6) +0.3
Other 1.7 1.8 +0.1

Factor behind year on year change in earnings

Automotive ¥(1.8) billion(down ¥(3.3) billion YoY)
Decreased due to reduced automobile sales as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic
Aerospace & Transportation Project ¥(0.5) billion(down ¥(0.7) billion YoY)
Decreased due to reduced aircraft related transactions
Machinery & Medical Infrastructure ¥1.1 billion(up ¥0.8 billon YoY)
Increased due to higher returns from medical infrastructure business and industrial machinery transactions
Energy & Social Infrastructure ¥1.8 billion(up ¥1.5 billion YoY)
Increased due to gains on asset replacement in power generation businesses
Metals & Mineral Resources ¥(2.0) billion(down ¥(9.1) billion YoY)
Decreased due to reduced steel demand declines and coal market stagnated as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic
Chemicals ¥0 billion(down ¥(2.3) billion YoY)
Decreased due to impacts of the drop in methanol price as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic
Foods & Agriculture Business ¥2.0 billion(up ¥1.3 billion YoY)
Increased due to improved profitability stemming from lower production costs as well as higher sales volumes in overseas fertilizer businesses
Retail & Lifestyle Business ¥0.6 billion(down ¥(0.5) billion YoY)
Decreased due to halted operation of commercial facilities as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic
Industrial Infrastructure & Urban Development ¥(0.6) billion(up ¥ 0.3 billion YoY)
Relatively unchanged year on year
Other ¥1.7 billion (up ¥0 billion YoY)

Commodity Prices and Exchange Rates

FY2019 Results
(Apr.-Jun.'19 Avg.)
FY2020
Assumption
(Annual Avg.)
⇒ Revised Forecast
FY2020 Results
(Apr.-Jun.'20 Avg.)
Crude oil (Brent) US$68.4 / bbl US$25.0 / bbl (1H)
US$35.0 / bbl (2H)
US$33.4 / bbl
Thermal Coal * US$80.2 / t US$63.8 / t
⇒ US$58.0 / t    
US$54.4 / t
Coking Coal * US$203.7 / t US$135.0 / t
⇒ US$125.0 / t    
US$119.0 / t
Exchange rate ¥109.7 / US$ ¥108.0 / US$ ¥107.4 / US$
* Coal prices are based on standard market prices and therefore differ from the Company’s selling prices.

Full Year Forecast of Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2021

(Billions of Yen)

FY2019
Results
FY2020
Revised Forecast
(Aug.4, 2020)
Difference
Gross Profit 220.5  203.0   (17.5) 
Profit for the year attributable to owners of the Company 60.8  30.0  (30.8) 

FY2020 Profit for the Year Forecast by Segment

Caution regarding Forward-looking Statements
This document contains forward-looking statements based on information available to the company at the time of disclosure and certain assumptions that management believes to be reasonable. Actual results may differ materially based on various factors including the timing at which the COVID-19 pandemic ends; changes in economic conditions in key markets, both in and outside of Japan; and exchange rate movements. The Company will provide timely disclosure of any material changes, events, or other relevant issues.

*Dividend Yield is calculated based on the closing stock price on the previous day.
*Dividends per share is the latest dividend forecast.

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