Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE) Expecting Profits to Quadruple This Year

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By Jacob Maslow

sonySony Corp (NYSE:SNE) announced that the company expects operating profits to quadruple this year. The company’s camera sensors and cost cuts are the cause for the company’s resurgence after years of losses.

The company said operating profits by the year ending in March of 2016 will rise to $2.7 billion, or 320 billion yen. The year prior, the company’s operating profits were 68.5 billion yen. If the company meets its internal forecasts, it would be Sony’s best operating profits in 7 years. Despite quadrupling operating profits, the company is still forecasted to miss analyst expectations of 408 billion yen.

Sony has made major cost cuts over the past 7 years. The company exited the PC market and spun off its TV division. The company has plans to spin off other businesses, such as Sony’s audio and video operations. Making the spinoff companies accountable for their profits and losses is the goal of the company’s restructuring plans, which are starting to materialize this year.

The company’s operating losses for its mobile unit will fall greatly this year to just 39 billion yen, down from losses of 217.6 billion yen. While revenue is expected to fall 3.8 percent this year, profits are expected to be 140 billion yen. Sony operated at a 126 billion yen loss the year before.

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