Sharp is a Japanese multinational electronics manufacturer that dominates the Japanese market, with the largest market share by sales for both cell phones and LCD TV's. Globally, Sharp is still a small player, with less than 10% of the LCD market and about 1% of the cell phone market. Unfortunately, the global economic downturn has hit Sharp worse than most American companies. Japan, where the company makes almost half of its sales, has had a larger drop in spending than other markets.
Sharp is facing several challenges. The growing feasibility of manufacturing OLED TV's at low cost is challenging Sharp's piece of the TV market, as they are more efficient than LCD TV's. Sharp has seen a rapid decline in demand for its products due to the economic slowdown. Also, worsening trade conditions caused by the strength of the yen have further reduced demand for Sharp's products.
Fiscal 2009 Results
Net sales for fiscal 2009 were 2,755.9 billion yen, down 3.2% compared to the previous year. In fiscal 2009, demand in the Japanese domestic market recovered thanks to government stimulus packages such as the Eco-Point System, a subsidy program to award "eco-points" for the purchase of environmentally-friendly consumer electronics. However, in general, the harsh business environment continued, with price declines resulting from severe price competition and the appreciation of the yen. Amid these circumstances, Sharp worked to increase sales of LED AQUOS, a high-image-quality, low-energy-consumption LCD TV, as well as health- and environment-related products, such as solar cells and home appliances equipped with Plasmacluster Ion technology. As a result, net sales continued to recover steadily from their low point in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 (January to March 2009).
Operating income was 51.9 billion yen, an improvement of 107.3 billion yen compared to the operating loss of 55.4 billion yen recorded in the previous year. This was due mainly to the cost reduction implemented as part of the recovery plan. Total costs for fiscal 2009 were reduced by 213.8 billion yen compared to the previous year, reaching our annual reduction target of 200.0 billion yen.
Net income was 4.3 billion yen, an improvement of 130.2 billion yen from the net loss of 125.8 billion yen recorded last year.
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In December of 2008, Sharp pleaded guilty to the U.S. government of three conspiracies to fix the prices of TFT-LCD panels sold to Dell, Apple Computer, and Motorola Inc. Sharp's collaborators include LG, which was fined $400M, and Chunghwa, which was fined $65M. In Japan, Sharp was fined $3M for fixing the price of LCD panels sold to Nintendo. In the U.S., Sharp was fined $120M, and has been forced to lower the prices of its LCD panels across the globe, cutting into the margins of its most profitable business. Company executives have avoided the fines and prison sentences imposed on LG and Chunghwa executives in the U.S. so far, but as of January, the matter is not over.
oled srneecs are oled srneecs are such a leap forward in performance; to the performance of CRT srneecs, which means unlimited contrast ratio and extremely low respond time .BUT the thing does not shoot lazers at a glass screen so its actually flatttttso its kinda the best of both worlds, lcd and crtwhat im looking forward to is how high the hz (FPS) of the screen can reach when combined with the respond time
Sharp is a baby in the global cell phone industry, with just 1% market share in terms of sales in 2008. The company has, until 2008, focused on the Japanese market, where it is the largest manufacturer of cell phones.
Competitors with cell phone market share by sales for 2008 include:
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