*NEWS*CANON TARGETS CHINA !
*NEWS*CANON TARGETS CHINA !
2006-03-21 at 10:27:00 am #15142
Canon targets China
- Japanese consumer electronics giant Canon saw its annual revenue in
China grow by 38% year-on-year last year, a company executive said.
set target for the world’s largest digital camera manufacturer was a
24% year-on-year increase. The firm’s annual revenues in China stood at
US$450 million in 2004.
The higher-than-expected sales growth was
mainly attributed to aggressive expansion efforts in recent years by
the firm, which entered China nine years ago.
Hideki Ozawa, president and chief executive officer of Canon
said the top priority for Canon now is to boost sales as it has
finished “infrastructure construction”, known as the firm’s
“The second phase is from 2005 to 2010, in which
we will focus on expanding our market share and increasing sales,” he
said. “In 2006, Canon China hopes to grow [annual revenue] by 30%.”
also president of Canon Asia Marketing Group, has set an ambitious goal
to double the firm’s annual revenues in China to US$1 billion by 2008.
won approval from the Chinese government in 2004 to directly import and
sell its products in China, which has given a major boost to sales.
the company’s products had to be imported via Hong Kong, and its
manufacturing facilities in China were solely focused on exports.
consumer electronics market, despite heated price wars, still offers a
big opportunity for Canon. It boasts a wide portfolio of imaging
products including cameras, camcorders, printers, copiers and scanners,
noted Ozawa, adding: “The world of digital photography is growing with
remarkable speed. The compact digital camera market in China is
increasing by 50% every year. Demand for professional digital SLR
[Single Lens Reflex] has never been so large, both in technology and in
variety of needs.”
According to US-based research firm IDC, China’s
consumer electronics market was worth 61.60 billion yuan (US$7.7
billion) in 2004 and is expected to hit 159.64 billion yuan by 2009.
A total of 5.3 million digital cameras were sold in China last year, showed statistics by data tracking firm GFK China.
figure is forecast to grow by 32% to 7 million units this year. Around
109,000 camcorders are projected to be sold this year.
Sony and Canon dominate China’s digital imaging market.
said Canon will strengthen research and development (R&D) as well
as its localization efforts in China to help it achieve the US$1
billion goal by 2008.
Meanwhile in Tokyo, Canon Inc shares gained
150 yen to reach a record 7,410 yen at one point in Monday’s trading,
buoyed by the yen’s depreciation against the dollar and purchases by
Canon’s operating profit is said to jump 7.7
billion yen (US$66 million) for each 1 yen depreciation. Because the
yen fell to 117 yen to the dollar Monday, this alone was a buying
incentive for the company’s stock.
But volume buy orders, which are
believed to have come from European investors, created additional
upward pressure on Canon’s share price.
“Foreign investors are
switching from semiconductor manufacturing equipment makers, whose
stock prices have become slightly overvalued, [to Canon shares],” said
Hirokazu Mitsuda, an analyst at Daiwa Institute of Research.
analysts repeatedly noted, Canon’s stock has been undervalued. Even
based on Monday’s high closing price of 7,400 yen, the firm’s projected
price-earnings ratio (PER) stands at 16, well below the average 22-plus
level forecast for shares listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s first
“Investors saw intensifying price competition in the
printer market as a negative factor for Canon’s earnings, but the
company’s competitive edge has in fact strengthened,” said Satomi
Ushioda, an analyst at Nikko Citigroup Ltd.
Canon’s net profit rose
12% to 384.1 billion yen in 2005 to mark its sixth consecutive year of
record net profits. Its sales and profit are forecast to rise again in