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Nissan Reports Record Results for FY03

Ghosn unveils highlights of NISSAN Value-Up to follow NISSAN 180

TOKYO - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced record operating profits of 825 billion yen (US $7.29 billion, euro 6.29 billion), up 11.9% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004. The operating profit margin came to 11.1%, reaffirming Nissan's position as one of the most profitable automakers in the world. Despite a negative foreign exchange rate outlook, operating profits for fiscal year 2004 are forecast to continue to grow to a new record level.


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Carlos Ghosn

 

President and CEO Carlos Ghosn also unveiled highlights of NISSAN Value-Up, the three-year business plan that will follow NISSAN 180 in April 2005.

"NISSAN 180 propelled us to the top performance rank of the world's automakers. NISSAN Value-Up will broaden and strengthen that position," said Ghosn.

Consolidated net revenues totaled 7.429 trillion yen (US $ 65.6 billion, euro 56.6 billion), up 8.8%. Net profit after tax came to 503.7 billion yen (US $4.45 billion, euro 3.84 billion), up 1.7%. Return on invested capital reached a record 21.3%.

Nissan sold 3,057,000 vehicles worldwide in fiscal year 2003, an increase of 10.4%, or 287,000 units, surpassing the 3-million sales mark for the first time in 13 years.

"During the past year, Nissan boldly and thoughtfully leveraged its global reach," said Ghosn. "We advanced our operations in China through our joint venture with Dong Feng and entered high-volume, full-size segments in the United States for the first time."

NISSAN Value-Up

The company's new three-year business plan commits to sustained growth, high profitability and return on investment. The plan's commitments are:

  • to reach annual global sales of 4.2 million units by the end of fiscal year 2007;

  • to maintain an operating profit margin at the top level among global automakers; and

  • to maintain a minimum 20% return on invested capital.

NISSAN Value-Up will expand the company's worldwide presence. Infiniti will be launched as a global tier-one luxury brand. In total, 28 all-new Nissan and Infiniti models will be launched in markets around the world, supporting a strategy of significant geographic expansion.

Other FY03 financial highlights:

Indebtedness

Nissan's net automotive debt stood at 13.6 billion yen (US $120 million, euro 103.7 million) at the end of fiscal year 2003 under new accounting standards.

Dividend

As previously announced, Nissan's board of directors will propose a full-year 19 yen per share dividend at Nissan's next annual general shareholders' meeting on June 23, 2004.

Outlook:

Business risks include adverse movements in foreign exchange rates and rising commodity prices and interest rates. Opportunities lie in the accelerated implementation of all of Nissan's actions plans during the final year of NISSAN 180.

FY04 forecast:

Based on this outlook and assuming foreign exchange rates of 105 yen/dollar and 125 yen/euro, Nissan filed the following forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2005, with the Tokyo Stock Exchange:

  • consolidated net revenues of 8.176 trillion yen;

  • operating profit of 860 billion yen;

  • ordinary profit of 846 billion yen; and - - net profit of 510 billion yen.

(Amounts in dollars and euros are translated for the convenience of the reader only at the foreign exchange rates of 113.2 yen/dollar and 131.2 yen/euro, the average rates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004.)

(April 26, 2004)


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