HONDA DOWN 96%
July 29 2009

Honda release:

Honda's consolidated net income attributable to Honda Motor Co., Ltd. for the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2009 totaled JPY 7.5 billion (USD 79 million), a decrease of 95.6% from the same period in 2008. Basic net income attributable to Honda Motor Co., Ltd. per common share for the quarter amounted to JPY 4.17 (USD 0.04), a decrease of JPY 91.39 from JPY 95.56 for the corresponding period last year. One Honda American Depository Share represents one common share.

Consolidated net sales and other operating revenue (herein referred to as "revenue") for the quarter amounted to JPY 2,002.2 billion (USD 20,854 million), a decrease of 30.2% from the same period in 2008, primarily due to decreased revenue in the automobile business and unfavorable currency translation effects. Honda estimates that if calculated at the same exchange rate as the corresponding period in 2008, revenue for the quarter would have decreased by approximately 20.7%.

Consolidated operating income for the quarter totaled JPY 25.1 billion (USD 262 million), a decrease of 88.0%, due primarily to decreased profit attributable to decreased revenue, the increase in fixed costs per unit as a result of reduced production and the unfavorable impact of currency effects caused by the appreciation of the Japanese yen, despite decreased SG&A expenses and R&D expenses and continuing cost reduction efforts.

Consolidated income before income taxes and equity in income of affiliates for the quarter totaled JPY 5.4 billion (USD 57 million), a decrease of 97.6% from the same period in 2008.

Equity in income of affiliates amounted to JPY 14.2 billion (USD 148 million) for the quarter, a decrease of 62.7% from the corresponding period last year.

With respect to Honda's sales for the fiscal first quarter by business segment, motorcycle unit sales totaled 2,252 thousand units, a decrease of 17.1% from the same period last year. Unit sales in Japan totaled 45 thousand units, a decrease of 22.4% compared to the same period last year. Outside of Japan, total unit sales was 2,207 thousand units, a decrease of 16.9% from the same period in 2008*, due mainly to a decrease in sales of motorcycle knocked-down parts for local production at Asian affiliates accounted for under the equity method and decreased unit sales in Other regions including South America, more than offsetting increased unit sales in India and Vietnam. Revenue from sales to external customers decreased 34.8%, to JPY 256.3 billion (USD 2,670 million) from the same period last year, due mainly to decreased unit sales and unfavorable currency translation effects. Operating income decreased 81.9% to JPY 5.6 billion (USD 59 million) from the same period last year, due primarily to decreased profit attributable to decreased revenue and the unfavorable impact of currency effects, more than offsetting decreased SG&A expenses and R&D expenses.


*Of the net sales of Honda-brand motorcycle products that are manufactured and sold by overseas affiliates accounted for under the equity method, those with respect to which parts for manufacturing were not supplied from Honda or its subsidiaries are not included in net sales and other operating revenue, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Accordingly, these unit sales are not included in the financial results. Sales of such products amounted to approximately 1,220 thousand units for the period.