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Troubled Toshiba reports unaudited results after two delays

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 4:00 AM
Toshiba Corp President Satoshi Tsunakawa addresses a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Toshiba Corp, whose US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Company has filed for bankruptcy protection, reported unaudited earnings Tuesday and projected a ¥1.01-trillion (US$9.2-billion) loss for the fiscal year that ended in March.

Tokyo-based Toshiba's unaudited results showed it racked up a ¥532.5-billion (US$4.8-billion) loss for the April-December 2016 period. In February, the company, whose products include computer chips and household appliances, had forecast a ¥390 billion (US$3.5-billion) loss for the fiscal year.

The projected loss ballooned because of losses related to Westinghouse's bankruptcy filing last month, the company said.

Toshiba's auditor, Price-waterhouseCoopers Aarata, said it could not reach a conclusion in its review of the figures because of uncertainties related to the acquisition of US nuclear construction company CB&I Stone and Webster.

Toshiba, among Japan's most prestigious companies for decades, in recent years has been selling off some of its choicest businesses to survive.

 

DRAMATIC REVISIONS

 

Costs soared after the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, because of growing safety concerns and stricter regulations. A souring of sentiment towards nuclear power in some countries, weaker oil prices and the growing appeal of natural gas have also hurt its nuclear energy-based business strategy.

President Satoshi Tsunakawa apologised again for the problems, but said he did not foresee a need for any dramatic revisions in the earnings report. He called the auditor's decision not to approve it "truly regrettable".

Tsunakawa told reporters that Toshiba's executives have given up pay and were making other cost cuts, including selling a majority stake in the company's prized memory chip operations. Apart from its embattled nuclear segment, Toshiba's other operations are healthy, Tsunakawa said.

But the company's reputation has been tarnished by a scandal over doctoring of accounting books to meet unrealistic profit targets.

Speculation has been rife that Toshiba may get delisted. Tsunakawa said he hoped that won't happen. He said Toshiba plans to report its full annual earnings in May.

Toshiba still faces the challenge of decommissioning the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which sank into multiple meltdowns after the 2011 tsunami in northeastern Japan.