MOSCOW (MRC) -- Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp reduced its full-year net profit projections by a half on Monday citing write-downs caused by plunging commodities prices, said Binarytribune.
Like international oil majors and mining companies, Japan's trading companies have been caught flat-footed by the rout in commodities, with oil down as much as 60 percent and copper falling about 25 percent since the middle of last year.
The trading house said it would consolidate business divisions and strengthen oversight to catch risks early, but would continue to seek out investment opportunities.
"We did not expect (crude oil prices) would fall below USD45. There is no mistake that this was quite different from our earlier outlook," Marubeni President Fumiya Kokubu told reporters at a hastily called news conference.
In addition, the trader revealed a goodwill impairment loss of approximately Y50bn related to its acquisition of Idaho-headquartered fertilizer and grain merchant Gavilon. "The performance of Gavilon for the current fiscal year is expected to fall short of the initial business plan, as was the case in the previous fiscal year," Marubeni disclosed.
As MRC wrote before, Marubeni Corporation concluded an off-take agreement with Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical Limited Liability Company, the operator of the Nghi Son Refinery & Chemical Complex in Vietnam, for its products, namely polypropylene and sulfur.
Marubeni is delighted to be a support of the first Japanese-owned refinery & chemical complex located outside of Japan in terms of stable operations by committing to long-term off-taking and is willing to continue its contribution to the emerging Vietnamese economy for further development.