The company can spend up to 200 billion yen to buy a 2.02% stake
After posting earnings that fell short of analysts’ expectations, Sony Group Corp. said it will repurchase up to 200 billion yen ($1.5 billion) of its own stock.
In the fourth fiscal quarter, the company earned 138.6 billion yen in operational profit, falling short of analysts’ expectations of 148.5 billion yen.
Weak yen gives Sony limited upside potential
Sony announced it will repurchase up to 25 million shares for 200 billion yen over the next year, representing 2.02% of total shares outstanding.
Even if the yen falls more versus the dollar and euro, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Wakasugi, a weak yen is unlikely to benefit Sony’s bottom line significantly.
According to the analyst, the company’s PlayStation and smartphone hardware sections have considerable foreign exchange charges, which balance the image sensor division’s development potential.
This year, the company’s stock has dropped 27%, closely in line with the Nasdaq Technology Index.