Fujitsu Back in the Black for Fiscal Year

Company said sales of semiconductors and technology services had declined, but restructuring and cost-cutting contributed to the improved performance

Fujitsu, embroiled in a dispute with its former boss, announced a return to profit on April 30 after massive losses the previous year as cost-cutting measures offset a decline in sales.

The computer and technology services firm posted a net profit of 93.1 billion yen (US$1 million) for the financial year ended March, against a loss of 112.4 billion yen a year earlier.

Operating profit jumped 37.2% to 94.4 billion yen, from 68.8 billion a year earlier. Sales came to 4.68 trillion yen, slightly down from 4.69 trillion the previous year, the company said.

Fujitsu said sales of semiconductors and technology services had declined, but restructuring and cost-cutting contributed to the improved performance.

For the current year to March, Fujitsu forecast a net profit of 95 billion yen and operating profit of 185 billion yen on sales of 4.8 trillion yen.

Fujitsu radically revamped its operations amid the economic downturn, transferring its hard disk drive business to Toshiba and outsourcing semiconductor production to a Taiwanese firm. The reforms came under former president Kuniaki Nozoe, who is now in the middle of a legal feud with the company. Nozoe claims he was asked to leave over wrongful claims he has ties to an investment fund with alleged criminal links.

When Nozoe's resignation was announced in September last year, Fujitsu said the 62-year-old was leaving on health grounds. However, last month he asked a court to nullify his resignation, claiming he quit under duress after Fujitsu made the allegation.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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