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Notification of Revision to Business Forecast and Dividend Forecast

Based on recent business performance, DISCO Corporation ("the Company") has decided to revise the Company's business forecasts for April to December (the accumulated third quarter results), released on August 4, 2016, and to disclose the forecasts for the full year results of the year ending March 31, 2017, which have not been disclosed before.

The company also decided to disclose its dividend forecasts for October to March (the second-half) of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, which have also not been disclosed before.

1. Business forecast revision

Revision of consolidated business forecasts

Revised consolidated forecast (accumulated) for the 3Q of the year ending March 31, 2017

(April 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016) (Millions of yen)
Net sales Operating income Ordinary income Net income Net income per share
(yen)
Previous forecast (A) 90,200 18,300 19,200 14,300 399.60
Revised forecast (B) 95,500 20,600 21,400 16,100 449.82
(B)-(A) 5,300 2,300 2,200 1,800
% change 5.9 12.6 11.5 12.6
(Reference)
Results for the 3Q of the previous fiscal year
(3Q of the year ending March 31, 2016)
94,292 23,869 23,956 16,459 460.58

Revised consolidated forecast for the year ending March 31, 2017

(April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017) (Millions of yen)
Net sales Operating income Ordinary income Net income Net income per share
(yen)
Previous forecast (A) - - - - -
Revised forecast (B) 123,000 25,400 26,400 20,100 561.57
(B)-(A) - - - -
% change - - - -
(Reference)
Results for the previous fiscal year
(the year ending March 31, 2016)
127,850 30,338 30,690 23,096 646.09

Revision of non-consolidated business forecasts

Revised non-consolidated forecast (accumulated) for the 3Q of the year ending March 31, 2017

(April 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016) (Millions of yen)
Net sales Operating income Ordinary income Net income Net income per share
(yen)
Previous forecast (A) 78,700 13,500 15,300 11,700 326.94
Revised forecast (B) 81,400 14,200 15,700 12,100 338.06
(B)-(A) 2,700 700 400 400
% change 3.4 5.2 2.6 3.4
(Reference)
Results for the 3Q of the previous fiscal year
(3Q of the year ending March 31, 2016)
80,530 19,212 22,260 16,161 452.24

Revised non-consolidated forecast (accumulated) for the year ending March 31, 2017

(April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017) (Millions of yen)
Net sales Operating income Ordinary income Net income Net income per share
(yen)
Previous forecast (A) - - - - -
Revised forecast (B) 104,300 17,200 19,700 15,400 430.26
(B)-(A) - - - -
% change - - - -
(Reference)
Results for the previous fiscal year
(the year ending March 31, 2016)
109,127 24,271 27,367 20,957 586.26

Reason for the revisions

The forecast for April to December (the accumulated 3rd quarter results) of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 (released on August 4 this year) was revised due to the market environment of the semiconductor and electronic component industry, and business results and trends in the company’s performance.

Note: The above forecast of financial results is based on certain information available to the Company at the time of announcement, and actual operating results may differ from the forecast due to various factors.

2. Revised dividend forecasts
(yen) Dividend per share
1Q-end 2Q-end 3Q-end Year-end Annual
Previous forecast - 70 - - -
Revised forecast - - - 213 296
Results for this year - 83 -
(Reference)
Results for previous year
- 85 - 230 315

Reason

The final dividend forecast consists of ¥58, which is equivalent to 25% of the consolidated net income for the second half of the fiscal year, as stated in our dividend policy, together with an additional ¥155, representing one-third of the balance of cash and deposits in excess of the amount required as of the end of the fiscal year. This brings the total year-end dividend to ¥213 per share.

Note: The above forecast for the final dividend is based on certain information available to the Company at the time of announcement, and actual payments of the final dividends may differ from the forecast due to actual operating results and projected funding requirements.

DISCO's dividend policy
To improve the transparency of the Company’s stance prioritizing the return of profits to shareholders, the dividend payout ratio is set at 25% of the consolidated net income.

However, notwithstanding this net income linked-benchmark, the Company will strive to maintain a reliable dividend of 10 yen per half-year.

Except when there is a loss, if the year-end balance of cash and deposits after payment of dividends and income taxes is greater than the projected funding requirements for the acquisition of technology resources, (such as through patent purchases and investment in venture businesses, facility expansion, the retirement of interest-bearing debt and other purposes), one-third of that surplus will be added to dividends.

Furthermore, the ¥20 payout stipulated in our stable dividend policy may be reviewed if there are consolidated net losses in three consecutive years.
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