TOKYO : Japan’s Sony Group Corp posted on Wednesday a 32per cent rise in third-quarter operating profit, smashing analyst estimates.
Operating profit was 465.2 billion yen ($4.05 billion) in the three months to Dec. 31. That in contrast with an estimated common profit of 351.6 billion yen from 9 analysts surveyed by Refinitiv.
Sony hiked its full-year profit forecast to 1.2 trillion yen from 1.04 trillion yen. That prediction is larger than a median 1.09 trillion yen profit forecast from 24 analysts, Refinitiv information confirmed.
The conglomerate – spanning areas comparable to leisure, sensors and monetary companies – switched to IFRS accounting requirements from U.S. GAAP in the present monetary yr.
Sony is benefiting from sturdy demand for its PlayStation 5 (PS5) video games console which it launched in November 2020. A scarcity of semiconductors, nonetheless, means it’s struggling to supply sufficient consoles to fulfill that demand.
The group mentioned final yr it is going to spend 2 trillion yen over three years on strategic investments, together with a push to increase subscribers to its gaming and leisure companies because it streamlines its client electronics enterprise.
On Tuesday, the corporate introduced it is going to purchase Bungie Inc, the unique creator of the “Halo” videogame, for $3.6 billion. That comes after XBox console maker Microsoft Corp mentioned final month it is going to buy “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard for $69 billion.
The Japanese client tech firm can also department out into electrical automobiles (EVs), with Chief Executive Kenichiro Yoshida unveiling a brand new EV prototype and asserting the creation of a mobility enterprise at a tech commerce present in Las Vegas final month.
Growing demand for EVs is spurring new entrants into auto markets. Through EVs, Sony is aiming to construct a enterprise that may remodel automobiles from transportation machines to leisure areas.
Sony has mentioned it is going to choose new companions for its EV undertaking based mostly on the know-how they’ll deliver.
In November chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) mentioned it had agreed to construct a $7 billion chip plant in Japan that may provide Sony with semiconductors for its picture sensor enterprise from 2024.
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(Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)