Yokohama Rubber reported 14.5% increase in 2023 sales revenue

Yokohama Rubber reported 14.5% increase in 2023 sales revenue

The company says it broke several performance records.

The Yokohama Rubber Co. recently revealed its business and financial results for fiscal 2023 (Jan. to Dec.). Sales revenue increased 14.5% over the previous year, to 985.3 billion yen (approx. $6.6 billion); business profit increased 41.4%, to 99.1 billion yen (approx. $663.9 million); operating profit increased 45.8%, to 100.4 billion yen (approx. $672.6 million); and profit attributable to owners of parent increased 46.4%, to 67.2 billion yen (approx. $450.2 million).

All of those figures were record-highs for full-year performance at Yokohama Rubber, the company said. Yokohama Rubber achieved its target, meanwhile, of raising the ratio of business profit to sales revenue to above 10%. That was the target for that ratio under the company’s medium-term management plan, Yokohama Transformation 2023 (YX2023).

The company said its sales and earnings performance reflected successful measures for promoting sales of high-value-added products, including the global flagship Advan brand tires and the GeoLandar brand tires for SUVs and pickup trucks; improvements in the product mix; price increases; declines in raw material costs and logistics expenses; and the weakening of the yen against other principal currencies. The company said it posted record sales revenue and business profit in each of the three years of YX2023.

Both sales revenue and business profit increased over the previous year in Yokohama Rubber’s Tires segment. The company said its business in original equipment tires expanded as sales of vehicle models factory-fitted with Yokohama Rubber tires grew in Japan and in North America and as the company won new fitments on vehicle models. Yokohama Rubber also posted sales growth over the previous year in replacement tires. It said its Japanese business in replacement summer tires was robust, and the company replacement tire business expanded, too, in China, in India and other Asian markets outside Japan.

Yokohama Rubber also posted a large increase in sales revenue in off-highway tires for agricultural machinery, industrial machinery and other applications. Sales declined in the legacy business of YOHT (Yokohama Off-Highway Tires), which the company handled as the ATG (Alliance Tire Group) segment prior to 2022. That decline occurred on account of continuing adverse conditions in the European and North American markets, Yokohama said. The overall sales increase in off-highway tires reflected the acquisition, completed in May 2023, of the Swedish company Trelleborg Wheel Systems Holding AB. That company has operated since the acquisition as Y-TWS (Yokohama-TWS).

Sales revenue and business profit increased over the previous year in Yokohama’s MB (Multiple Business) segment, too. Business volume in hose & couplings was basically unchanged from the previous year. Weak sales of hydraulic hoses for construction equipment and other applications, undermined by sluggish demand, offset North American sales growth in automotive hoses. Sales increased in industrial products, as Yokohama posted growth in Japanese business in conveyor belts and as business expanded in marine products and in replacement fixtures and components for commercial aircraft.

Management projects that full-year sales and earnings will again attain record-high levels in fiscal 2024, Yokohama said. Its projections call for a 7.6% increase in sales revenue, to 1,060.0 billion yen (approx. $7.1 billion); a 16.0% increase in business profit, to 115.0 billion yen (approx. $770 million); a 15.1% increase in operating profit, to 115.5 billion yen (approx. $772.7 million); and a 10.8% increase in profit attributable to owners of parent, to 74.5 billion yen (approx. $499.1 million).

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