July 28, 2021 — Canon announced its financial results for the second quarter and first half ending June 30, 2021. Second-quarter net sales increased by 31.0% year-on-year to ¥881.9 billion. Net sales for the first half of the year increased by 18.5% year-on-year to ¥1,724.6 billion. Gross profit margin increased by 6.5 points to 47.4%. Operating expenses increased by 16.1% year-on-year to ¥340.4 billion due to the effects of exchange rate fluctuations, although expense ratio improved significantly thanks to Group-wide promotion of efficiency for expenses and the results of structural reform. As a result, operating profit totaled ¥77.3 billion representing in a shift from an operating loss in the same period of the previous year to an operating profit.
Other income (deductions) decreased by ¥2.0 billion year-on-year to ¥8.5 billion, due to such factors as
valuation losses on securities, while income before income taxes totaled ¥85.8 billion and net income attributable to Canon Inc. totaled ¥61.1 billion, with both incomes having recovered significantly from net losses in the same period of the previous year. Operating profit for the first half of the year increased by 877.6% to ¥147.8 billion, while income before income taxes increased by 456.4% to ¥151.8 billion and first-half net income attributable to Canon Inc. increased by 707.9% to ¥105.6 billion.
Basic net income attributable to Canon Inc. shareholders per share was ¥58.48 for the second quarter, a year-on-year increase of ¥66.93 representing in a shift from a loss in the same period of the previous year, and ¥100.99 for the first half, a year-on-year increase of ¥88.58.
Looking at Canon’s second-quarter performance by business unit, in the Printing Business Unit, unit sales of office MFDs increased compared with the same period of the previous year, thanks to strong sales of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX series. For equipment for the production printing market, sales increased and unit sales significantly increased compared with the same period of the previous year. Sales of services and consumables increased as a result of higher print volumes, particularly for office MFDs, as corporate activity gradually headed toward recovery.
As for the Prosumer, unit sales of laser printers, both monochrome and color models, decreased compared with the same period of the previous year due to stagnation of production activity resulting from lockdowns in Southeast Asia despite an increase in demand due to remote working. Unit sales of consumables increased significantly compared with the same period of the previous year, when demand decreased due to the impact of COVID-19. For inkjet printers, unit sales were below those of the same period of the previous year, when demand from home use increased rapidly due to the spread of COVID-19. However, sales were above those of the same period of the previous year as unit sales of refillable ink tank printers increased compared with the same period of the previous year based on strong global demand. These factors resulted in total sales for the business unit of ¥489.6 billion, a year-on-year increase of 24.5%, while income before income taxes increased by 229.5% year-on-year to ¥66.0 billion. Sales for the combined first six months of the year totaled ¥959.0 billion, a year-on-year increase of 10.1%, while income before income taxes totaled ¥120.6 billion, a year-on-year increase of 57.0%.
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