|Date :||April 25, 2007
|Place :||TSE Hall
Mr. Zenji Miura, CFO of Ricoh Company, Ltd., explained FY2007 results using materials below.
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|The consolidated sales of the Ricoh group increased year-on-year for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007, especially due to steady growth of color products in the "Office Solutions," such as MFPs and printers both in Japan and overseas. Sales of products in the "Industrial Products" and "Others" also increased. As a result, the consolidated sales exceeded 2 trillion yen for the first time. We also achieved a new record of net income thanks to the increase of value-added products, consecutive cost reduction and the weak yen effect. We plan for a second half dividend of 15 yen per share, which translates into 28 yen per share over the full year.
We forecast 2.25 trillion yen in sales and 117 billion yen - a new record - in net income for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008, and we also plan to raise dividends 5 yen to 33 yen per share for this term.
|Q1.||Is the operating profit forecast of 195 billion yen for fiscal March 2008 a little cautious? Do you have another higher in-house target?|
|A1.||We forecast performance considering both opportunities and risks. We see particular risks in entering a new business area in fiscal 2008. Naturally, we would like to exceed the forecast if possible.|
|Q2.||What is your schedule for releasing new products in fiscal 2008?|
|A2.||New products will be released one by one, but we can't disclose the details here.|
|Q3.||How much does Danka Europe (Infotec Europe at present) contribute to the sales forecast for the fiscal 2008?|
|A3.||We forecast about 40 billion yen.|
|Q4.||How much do you forecast extra depreciation & amortization for fiscal 2008 (influenced by the accounting system change of depreciation & amortization recording in Japan)?|
|A4.||Not so much. We forecast depreciation & amortization including that impact.|
|Q5.||Hasn't the situation in which Ricoh maintains advantage in color MFPs changed?|
|A5.||We recognize that our color MFPs remain highly competitive.|
|Q6.||What is the price trend for copiers?|
|A6.||We do not recognize that it worsened rapidly in fiscal March 2007.|
|Q7.||How much do you estimate the impact of Xerox's acquisition of Global Imaging will be?|
|A7.||We do not disclose the extent of the influence. It is included in the performance forecast for fiscal 2008.|
|Q8.||What is your forecast for the sales of JV based on IBM printing business (InfoPrint Solutions Company) for this fiscal year?|
|A8.||We estimate 50-60 billion yen in sales.|
|Q9.||Will extra expenses be caused by the consolidation of InfoPrint Solutions Company?|
|A9.||For the time being we are utilizing the general affairs and IT systems of IBM, and gradually shifting over to Ricoh's style.
Such expenses are included in the forecast for this fiscal year. We can not forecast the other expenses at this moment.
|Q10.||When will the production printing market expand to 2 or 3 trillion yen from the present 1 trillion yen?|
|A10.||We forecast that this will be around 2010.|