*NEWS*CANON TARGETS CHINA !

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*NEWS*CANON TARGETS CHINA !

 user 2006-03-21 at 10:27:00 am Views: 79
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    Canon targets China
    BEIJING
    - Japanese consumer electronics giant Canon saw its annual revenue in
    China grow by 38% year-on-year last year, a company executive said.

    The
    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
    China,
    said the top priority for Canon now is to boost sales as it has
    finished “infrastructure construction”, known as the firm’s
    “first-phase plan”.
    “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%.”
    Ozawa,
    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.
    Canon
    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.
    Previously,
    the company’s products had to be imported via Hong Kong, and its
    manufacturing facilities in China were solely focused on exports.
    China’s
    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.
    The
    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.
    Ozawa
    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
    foreign investors.
    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.
    As many
    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
    section.
    “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
    2006.