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Tosoh Reports Its Consolidated Results for the First Nine Months of Fiscal 2021

February  02,  2021 –

Tokyo, Japan— Tosoh Corporation is pleased to announce its cumulative consolidated results for the first three quarters of its 2021 fiscal year, from April 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

The company’s consolidated net sales for the nine-month period under review were ¥516.6 billion (US$4.9 billion), down ¥75.1 billion, or 12.7%, from the same period of fiscal 2020. The drop in net sales was attributable to a global-scale contraction in demand caused by the spread of the coronavirus and the resulting sharp decline in naphtha and overseas market conditions.

Operating income likewise decreased, ¥15.2 billion, or 23.1%, to ¥50.6 billion (US$476.9 million), from the same period one year earlier. This decrease was due to a decrease in sales volume, and a deterioration in the difference between product receipt and payment due to falling prices for raw materials and fuel.

Ordinary income decreased, ¥18.9 billion, or 26.9%, compared with the same period in fiscal 2020, to ¥51.2 billion (US$482.6 million). A decrease in insurance income was the main factor behind the drop in ordinary income. Profit attributable to owners of the parent company, in turn, fell ¥11.7 billion, or 25.4%, to ¥34.5 billion (US$325.2 million).

During the first nine months of Tosoh’s 2021 fiscal year, the Japanese economy experienced a rapid decline in demand domestically and overseas. This was caused by restrictions on economic and social activity brought about by the spread of the coronavirus. Although there were indications of a gradual upturn in economic activity from summer onward, the outlook for the economy remained uncertain, as the number of people newly infected with the coronavirus rose rapidly in various parts of Japan from the end of 2020. Turning to the global economy, the momentum of coronavirus infection shows no signs of abating, with highly infectious variants having been identified mainly in Europe. The coronavirus continues to cause considerable damage to the societies and economies of countries around the world, giving rise to concerns of a prolonged economic downturn.

Chlor-alkali Group

The Chlor-alkali Group’s net sales amounted to ¥190.7 billion (US$1.8 billion), a decrease of ¥33.0 billion, or 14.7%, compared with the same nine-month period in fiscal 2020. Group operating income also decreased, ¥1.3 billion, or 5.9%, to ¥20.5 billion (US$193.2 million), due to decreased shipments of urethane raw materials and vinyl chloride resin, and a deterioration in the difference between product receipts and payments caused by falling prices of raw materials such as naphtha.

Shipments of caustic soda, primarily for export, were essentially the same as during the corresponding period a year earlier, but product prices fell to reflect the decline in overseas market conditions. Shipments of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) increased due to increased production volume, while poor market conditions abroad contributed to driving VCM product prices down. Domestic and export shipments of PVC resin decreased due to demand being suppressed by the spread of the coronavirus.

Domestic and export shipments of cement fell due to sluggish demand.

Shipments of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), both domestically and overseas, decreased due to the spread of the coronavirus driving demand downward. And product prices fell to reflect a decline in overseas market conditions.

Specialty Group

Net sales by the Specialty Group decreased ¥6.7 billion, or 4.8%, to ¥132.8 billion (US$1.2 billion), compared with the first three quarters of the previous fiscal year. Specialty Group operating income decreased to ¥18.0 billion (US$169.6 million), a decline of ¥5.0 billion, or 21.6%. The decrease was attributable largely to the impact caused by the spread of the coronavirus.

Shipments of ethyleneamine decreased both domestically and overseas because of the spread of the coronavirus suppressing demand.

Among the group’s separation-related products, shipments of liquid chromatography packing materials, primarily to Europe and the United States, increased. Meanwhile, the group’s diagnostic-related products saw a decline in shipments of in vitro diagnostic reagents, to Europe, the United States, and China.

High-silica zeolite shipments, too, decreased, mainly for automotive exhaust gas catalysts. This was the result of sluggish demand caused by the spread of the coronavirus. Shipments of zirconia for decorative applications increased, as did shipments of silica glass, the latter driven by robust demand from the semiconductor market. Domestic and export shipments of electrolytic manganese dioxide for dry cells increased.