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ya, i saw that too... the auto industry is going through some hard times... even more reason i wouldn't think the LF-A would start production any time soon
 

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More bad news for Toyota.

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From John's Journal at http://autolinedetroit.tv

http://www.autolinedetroit.tv/journal/?p=2431


Toyota’s Weakening Financials

January 22nd, 2009 at 11:17am

Toyota used to be in such a strong financial position that it earned the nickname the Bank of Toyota. That description no longer replies. Also, many industry observers are under the mistaken impression that Toyota has no corporate debt. That doesn’t apply anymore, either.As part of its ambitious global expansion efforts, Toyota’s borrowing and have debt load more than doubled over the last decade. In 2000 Toyota’s current liabilities* totaled ¥5.5 trillion, right now that stands at ¥12.4 trillion.

Although the company still has a solid balance sheet, it’s not as solid as it used to be. Moreover, the company is projecting it will lose money in the current fiscal year, something that has never happened before in its history.

This helps explain why Toyota is taking drastic action in the face of the current economic downturn, such as temporarily shutting down all of its manufacturing facilities in Japan. Now, even Toyota has to worry about how much cash it has on hand.

In its most recent financial report, Toyota states that it has ¥1.8 trillion in cash, which is roughly $18.5 billion, or about the same level of cash Ford reported in its most recent financial statement.

More tellingly, Toyotas total current liabilities (short term) now match its total current assets. In the past, Toyota’s current assets always exceeded its current liabilities. When a company’s liabilities exceed its assets, it has to dip into its cash reserves to make up the difference-unless its operations are generating positive cash flow. But right now Toyota is not generating positive cash flow.

This is the same situation that the Big Three found themselves in some years back, but failed to address. Toyota is obviously attacking the problem head-on. But it’s surprising to see how close the company has come to the edge of the cliff.

* current liabilities include: borrowing, long-term debt payments, accounts payable and accrued expenses.
 

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Toyota can always ask for a bailout plan like the big three! Our government is very generous. Even the porn industry asked for a bailout. ::filled with sarcasm currently::
 

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Good find Jeff! Another interested article is that Toyota has a new President :cool:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/20/business/toyotaweb-411722.php

TOKYO: Toyota, the Japanese auto giant, on Tuesday named Akio Toyoda to head the company his grandfather founded, in a widely expected management reshuffle as the company struggles - like the rest of the auto industry - amid the worst demand downturn in decades.

The appointment comes as Toyota braces for an operating loss in the fiscal year ending March 31, its first operating loss in over 70 years.

Earlier Tuesday, the company released sales figures for 2008 showing that vehicle sales had dropped 4 per cent to 8.972 million last year. This is in line with previous company forecasts, and reflects the grim environment for the auto industry that has forced the leading U.S. automakers to seek government bailouts.

For the parent only, which excludes the minivehicle maker Daihatsu Motor and the truck unit Hino Motors, sales fell 5 percent to 7.996 million vehicles, Toyota said in a statement. Sales at the two units totaled 976,000, up about 4 percent from 2007.

Consumer demand for cars and other goods has plummeted, especially in the United States and Europe, as the global economy slows. Automakers across the world have raced to cut back production and work forces, but even those, like Toyota, which had been considered relatively resilient to the downturn because of their stable of fuel-efficient cars, have seen sales slump as the downturn and credit crunch drag on.

Toyoda will succeed Katsuaki Watanabe, who will become vice-chairman, in June. Fujio Cho will remain as chairman.

Fluent in English, Toyoda, an executive vice president whose responsibilities included Toyota's North American operations, has spent years learning the automaker's far-flung operations, working in China and Japan as well as the United States. Toyoda is something of a corporate star in Japan, and will likely draw more attention to Toyota, often considered the most conservative Japanese car company.

Toyoda earned a law degree at Keio University in Japan and an MBA at Babson College in Massachusetts and spent time at the beginning of his career as a management consultant in New York.

"If I am going to be at the top of the car company, I want to be the owner-chef" - with knowledge not just of its vehicles but their ingredients, he said in an interview last February.

Shares of Toyota were up 1.3 percent at ¥3,070, outperforming a decline of 2.6 percent in the Nikkei 225 share average.

Running Toyota might seem like Toyoda's birthright, but it was not guaranteed. His family, which started the auto company in 1937 as an offshoot of its automated loom business, controlled less than 1 percent of the automaker's stock as of last year.
 

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Thanks Mike, a very interesting article. Hopefully Toyota is now in good hands.

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No problem. With Akio now as the president, I'm sure we are going to start to see more of the F series. He is one of the major components and pushers of the F division :D
 

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No problem. With Akio now as the president, I'm sure we are going to start to see more of the F series. He is one of the major components and pushers of the F division :D
Cool, I'm glad to hear it.

You know if the whole "F" story is true, it is pretty amazing how good this car is for their first try. I can't wait to see what the next generation F is like.

Jeff
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The story many don't hear is the fact, even when the production is shut down to a hault, Toyota is still paying FULL salaries to the workers. They work on their certifications, do some house cleaning, and make any changes they need to in the lines. Then, when that is done, they ask the employee to volunteer out in the community, again getting paid just as if they were at the plant !!!
 

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Interesting, I didn't know that Andy, thanks for the info :cool:
 

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The shutdown currently does not only apply to Toyota in Japan. Canon is also doing the same thing. Japan is also getting hard with the recession going on. But the difference between Japan auto makers and American auto makers is that the Japanese not only work to bring in new cars but they also work to improve it and make it better (fuel efficient, better quality, thinks about the customers own benefits).
 
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