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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20549

FORM 6-K

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the month of January 2016
Commission File Number: 001-06439

SONY CORPORATION
(Translation of registrant's name into English)

1-7-1 KONAN, MINATO-KU, TOKYO, 108-0075, JAPAN
(Address of principal executive offices)

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SONY CORPORATION
 
(Registrant)
   
   
 
By:  /s/  Kenichiro Yoshida
 
                (Signature)
 
Kenichiro Yoshida
 
Executive Deputy President and
 
Chief Financial Officer
 
Date: January 29, 2016

List of materials

Documents attached hereto:
 
i) Press release announcing Consolidated Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2015

 
 

 
 
 
News & Information
1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku
Tokyo 108-0075 Japan


No. 16-011E
3:00 P.M. JST, January 29, 2016
 
 
Consolidated Financial Results
for the Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2015
 
Tokyo, January 29, 2016 -- Sony Corporation today announced its consolidated financial results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2015 (October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015).
 
   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015 
   
Change in yen
   
2015* 
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 2,566.7     ¥ 2,580.8       +0.5 %   $ 21,507  
Operating income
    182.1       202.1       +11.0       1,685  
Income before income taxes
    167.8       193.3       +15.2       1,611  
Net income attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
    90.0       120.1       +33.5       1,001  
Net income attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders per share of common stock:
                               
    - Basic
  ¥ 78.12     ¥ 95.25       +21.9     $ 0.79  
    - Diluted
    76.96       93.33       +21.3       0.78  
 
* U.S. dollar amounts have been translated from yen, for convenience only, at the rate of 120 yen = 1 U.S. dollar, the approximate Tokyo foreign exchange market rate as of December 31, 2015.

All amounts are presented on the basis of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the U.S. (“U.S. GAAP”).

Sony Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries are together referred to as “Sony”.

The average foreign exchange rates during the quarters ended December 31, 2014 and 2015 are presented below.

   
Third Quarter ended December 31
   
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change
   
The average rate of yen
                   
1 U.S. dollar
  ¥ 114.5     ¥ 121.4       5.7 %
(yen depreciation)
1 Euro
    143.0       133.0       7.5  
(yen appreciation)
 
Consolidated Results for the Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2015

Sales and operating revenue (“Sales”) increased 0.5% compared to the same quarter of the previous fiscal year (“year-on-year”) to 2,580.8 billion yen (21,507 million U.S. dollars).  Sales were essentially flat year-on-year mainly due to increases in Game & Network Services (“G&NS”) segment sales, reflecting a significant increase in PlayStation®4 (“PS4”) software sales, and in Pictures segment sales, reflecting a significant increase in Motion Pictures sales, substantially offset by decreases in Mobile Communications (“MC”) segment sales, reflecting a significant decrease in smartphone unit sales, and in Devices segment sales, primarily reflecting a significant decrease in image sensor sales.  On a constant currency basis, sales were essentially flat year-on-year.  For further details about the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on sales and operating income (loss), see Notes on page 10.
 
 
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Operating income increased 20.1 billion yen year-on-year to 202.1 billion yen (1,685 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to improvements in the results of All Other, the Pictures segment, the MC segment and the G&NS segment.  The increase in consolidated operating income was partially offset by a significant deterioration in the operating results of the Devices segment, primarily due to deterioration in the operating results of the battery business, including the recording of a 30.6 billion yen (255 million U.S. dollars) impairment charge related to long-lived assets.  In the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, an 11.2 billion yen write-down of PlayStation®Vita (“PS Vita”) and PlayStation®TV (“PS TV”) components in the G&NS segment was recorded.

During the current quarter, restructuring charges, net, decreased 3.0 billion yen year-on-year to 6.1 billion yen (51 million U.S. dollars).

Equity in net income of affiliated companies, recorded within operating income, was 1.8 billion yen (15 million U.S. dollars), compared to a loss of 0.1 billion yen in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  This improvement was mainly due to an improvement of equity in net income (loss) for AEGON Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd. in the Financial Services segment.

The net effect of other income and expenses was an expense of 8.9 billion yen (74 million U.S. dollars), an improvement of 5.4 billion yen year-on-year mainly due to a decrease in foreign exchange loss, net.

Income before income taxes increased 25.5 billion yen year-on-year to 193.3 billion yen (1,611 million U.S. dollars).

Income taxes: During the current quarter, Sony recorded 55.7 billion yen (464 million U.S. dollars) of income tax expense, resulting in an effective tax rate of 28.8%.  This effective tax rate was lower than the Japanese statutory tax rate primarily as a result of profits recorded in the insurance business, which is subject to lower tax rates, coupled with lower income tax expenses due to profits recorded at Sony Corporation and its national tax filing group in Japan, which currently have valuation allowances for deferred tax assets.  In the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, Sony recorded 56.2 billion yen of income tax expense, resulting in an effective tax rate of 33.5%.

Net income attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders, which deducts net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, increased 30.2 billion yen year-on-year to 120.1 billion yen (1,001 million U.S. dollars).
 
Operating Performance Highlights by Business Segment

“Sales and operating revenue” in each business segment represents sales and operating revenue recorded before intersegment transactions are eliminated.  “Operating income (loss)” in each business segment represents operating income (loss) reported before intersegment transactions are eliminated and excludes unallocated corporate expenses.

Mobile Communications (MC)

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change in yen
   
2015
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 450.9     ¥ 384.5       -14.7 %   $ 3,204  
Operating income
    10.4       24.1       +133.2       201  
 
Due to certain changes in Sony’s organizational structure, sales and operating revenue and operating income (loss) of the MC segment of the comparable prior period have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.  For details, please see Notes on page 10.

Sales decreased 14.7% year-on-year (a 13% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 384.5 billion yen (3,204 million U.S. dollars).  This decrease was due to a significant decrease in smartphone unit sales resulting from a strategic decision not to pursue scale in order to improve profitability.

Operating income increased 13.8 billion yen year-on-year to 24.1 billion yen (201 million U.S. dollars).  This significant increase was primarily due to an improvement in product mix reflecting a shift to high value-added models, as well as reductions in costs including marketing, research and development and other selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by the above-mentioned decrease in smartphone unit sales and the negative impact of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar, reflecting the high ratio of U.S. dollar-denominated costs.  During the current quarter, there was an 18.8 billion yen negative impact from foreign exchange rate fluctuations.
 
 
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Game & Network Services (G&NS)

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change in yen
   
2015
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 531.5     ¥ 587.1       +10.5 %   $ 4,892  
Operating income
    27.6       40.2       +45.5       335  

The G&NS segment includes the Hardware, Network, and Other categories.  Hardware includes home and portable game consoles; Network includes network services relating to game, video and music content provided by Sony Network Entertainment International LLC; Other includes packaged software and peripheral devices.

Sales increased 10.5% year-on-year (an 11% increase on a constant currency basis) to 587.1 billion yen (4,892 million U.S. dollars).  This significant increase was primarily due to increases in PS4 software sales and PS4 hardware unit sales, partially offset by a decrease in PlayStation®3 (“PS3”) software and hardware sales.

Operating income increased 12.6 billion yen year-on-year to 40.2 billion yen (335 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to the increase in PS4 software sales as well as the absence in the current quarter of an 11.2 billion yen write-down of PS Vita and PS TV components recorded in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  Partially offsetting the increase in operating income were the negative impact of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar, reflecting the high ratio of U.S. dollar-denominated costs, and the decrease in PS3 software sales.  During the current quarter, there was a 19.2 billion yen negative impact from foreign exchange rate fluctuations.
 
Imaging Products & Solutions (IP&S)

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change in yen
   
2015
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 201.9     ¥ 191.9       -5.0 %   $ 1,599  
Operating income
    19.7       23.7       +20.5       197  

The IP&S segment includes the Digital Imaging Products, Professional Solutions and Other categories.  Digital Imaging Products includes compact digital cameras, interchangeable single-lens cameras and video cameras; Professional Solutions includes broadcast- and professional-use products; Other includes operating revenues and flow cytometers. Due to certain changes in Sony’s organizational structure, sales and operating revenue and operating income (loss) of the IP&S segment of the comparable prior period have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation. For details, please see Notes on page 10.

Sales decreased 5.0% year-on-year (a 5% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 191.9 billion yen (1,599 million U.S. dollars).  This decrease was primarily due to decreases in unit sales of video cameras and digital cameras* reflecting a contraction of the market, partially offset by an improvement in the product mix of digital cameras reflecting a shift to high value-added models.

Operating income increased 4.0 billion yen year-on-year to 23.7 billion yen (197 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was mainly due to the improvement in the product mix of digital cameras and cost reductions, partially offset by the impact of the above-mentioned decrease in sales.  During the current quarter, there was a 2.3 billion yen negative impact from foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

* Digital cameras includes compact digital cameras, interchangeable single-lens cameras and interchangeable lenses.
 
 
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Home Entertainment & Sound (HE&S)

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change in yen
   
2015
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 420.2     ¥ 402.0       -4.3 %   $ 3,350  
Operating income
    26.0       31.2       +19.8       260  

The HE&S segment includes the Televisions and Audio and Video categories.  Televisions includes LCD televisions; Audio and Video includes Blu-ray DiscTM players and recorders, home audio, headphones and memory-based portable audio devices.  Due to certain changes in Sony’s organizational structure, sales and operating revenue and operating income (loss) of the HE&S segment of the comparable prior period have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation. For details, please see Notes on page 10.

Sales decreased 4.3% year-on-year (a 3% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 402.0 billion yen (3,350 million U.S. dollars).  This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in unit sales of LCD televisions, and a decrease in home audio and video unit sales, reflecting a contraction of the market, as well as the impact of foreign exchange rates, partially offset by an improvement in the product mix of LCD televisions, reflecting a shift to high value-added models.

Operating income increased 5.2 billion yen year-on-year to 31.2 billion yen (260 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to cost reductions and an improvement in product mix, partially offset by the negative impact of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar, reflecting the high ratio of U.S. dollar-denominated costs, as well as the impact of the above-mentioned decrease in sales.  During the current quarter, there was a 14.9 billion yen negative impact from foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

In Televisions, sales* were 278.5 billion yen (2,321 million U.S. dollars), essentially flat year-on-year.  This was primarily due to a decrease in LCD television unit sales resulting from a strategic decision not to pursue scale in order to improve profitability and the impact of foreign exchange rates, substantially offset by the improvement in product mix reflecting a shift to high value-added models.  Operating income** increased 6.6 billion yen year-on-year to 15.9 billion yen (132 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to cost reductions and the improvement in product mix, partially offset by the negative impact of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar, reflecting the high ratio of U.S. dollar-denominated costs, and the impact of the decrease in unit sales.

*  Sales for Televisions do not include operating revenue.
** The operating income in Televisions excludes restructuring charges, which are included in the overall segment results and are not allocated to product categories.
 
Devices

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change in yen
   
2015
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 285.9     ¥ 249.9       -12.6 %   $ 2,082  
Operating income (loss)
    53.8       (11.7 )     -       (97 )

The Devices segment includes the Semiconductors and Components categories.  Semiconductors includes image sensors and camera modules; Components includes batteries and recording media.  Due to certain changes in Sony’s organizational structure, sales and operating revenue and operating income (loss) of the Devices segment of the comparable prior period have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.  For details, please see Notes on page 10.

Sales decreased 12.6% year-on-year (a 16% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 249.9 billion yen (2,082 million U.S. dollars).  This decrease was primarily due to a significant decrease in sales of image sensors, reflecting a decrease in demand for mobile products, and a significant decrease in battery business sales.  This sales decrease was partially offset by an increase in sales of camera modules which were lower than originally forecasted and the impact of foreign exchange rates.  Sales to external customers decreased 7.5% year-on-year.
 
 
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Operating loss of 11.7 billion yen (97 million U.S. dollars) was recorded, compared to an operating income of 53.8 billion yen in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  This significant deterioration was primarily due to the  deterioration in the operating results of the battery business, including the recording of a 30.6 billion yen (255 million U.S. dollars) impairment charge related to long-lived assets, increases in depreciation and amortization expenses as well as in research and development expenses for image sensors and camera modules, and the impact of the decrease in sales of image sensors.  For the battery business, due to the increasingly competitive markets, Sony performed an impairment analysis in the current quarter ended December 31, 2015, and reduced the corresponding estimated future cash flows and the estimated ability to recover the entire carrying amount of the long-lived assets, resulting in an impairment charge.  During the current quarter, there was a 3.1 billion yen positive impact from foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

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Total inventory of the five Electronics* segments above as of December 31, 2015 was 644.7 billion yen (5,373 million U.S. dollars), a decrease of 27.6 billion yen, or 4.1% year-on-year.  Inventory decreased by 188.8 billion yen, or 22.7% compared with the level as of September 30, 2015.

* The term “Electronics” refers to the sum of the MC, G&NS, IP&S, HE&S and Devices segments.

In connection with the realignments made from the first quarter and the third quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, total inventory of the five Electronics segments as of December 31, 2014 and September 30, 2015 has been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.  For further details, please see Notes on page 10.

*    *    *    *    *
 
Pictures

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change in yen
   
2015
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 206.6     ¥ 262.1       +26.9 %   $ 2,184  
Operating income
    6.2       20.4       +227.4       170  

The Pictures segment is comprised of the Motion Pictures, Television Productions, and Media Networks categories.  Motion Pictures includes the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures; Television Productions includes the production, acquisition and distribution of television programming; Media Networks includes the operation of television and digital networks.

The results presented in Pictures are a yen-translation of the results of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (“SPE”), a U.S.-based operation that aggregates the results of its worldwide subsidiaries on a U.S. dollar basis.  Management analyzes the results of SPE in U.S. dollars, so discussion of certain portions of its results is specified as being on “a U.S. dollar basis.”

Sales increased 26.9% year-on-year (a 21% increase on a U.S. dollar basis) to 262.1 billion yen (2,184 million U.S. dollars).  The increase in sales on a U.S. dollar basis was primarily due to significantly higher sales for Motion Pictures, partially offset by the impact of foreign exchange rates.  The increase in Motion Pictures sales was primarily driven by higher theatrical revenues, as the current quarter benefitted from the strong worldwide theatrical performances of Spectre and Hotel Transylvania 2, partially offset by lower home entertainment revenues, as the same quarter of the previous fiscal year benefitted from the home entertainment performances of 22 Jump Street and The Equalizer.

Operating income increased 14.1 billion yen year-on-year to 20.4 billion yen (170 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to the impact of the above-mentioned increase in sales, partially offset by higher theatrical marketing expenses.  The increase in operating income also reflects lower overhead expenses as compared to the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, primarily due to a reduction in incentive compensation expense as well as insurance recoveries related to losses incurred from the cyberattack on SPE’s network and IT infrastructure in the Fall of 2014.
 
 
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Music

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change in yen
   
2015
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 167.5     ¥ 181.2       +8.2 %   $ 1,510  
Operating income
    25.9       27.4       +5.7       228  

The Music segment is comprised of the Recorded Music, Music Publishing and Visual Media and Platform categories.  Recorded Music includes the distribution of physical and digital recorded music and revenue derived from artists’ live performances; Music Publishing includes the management and licensing of the words and music of songs; Visual Media and Platform includes various service offerings for music and visual products and the production and distribution of animation titles.

The results presented in Music include the yen-translated results of Sony Music Entertainment (“SME”), a U.S.-based operation which aggregates the results of its worldwide subsidiaries on a U.S. dollar basis, the results of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., a Japan-based music company which aggregates its results in yen, and the yen-translated consolidated results of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (“Sony/ATV”), a 50% owned U.S.-based joint venture in the music publishing business which aggregates the results of its worldwide subsidiaries on a U.S. dollar basis.

Due to certain changes in Sony’s organizational structure, sales and operating revenue and operating income (loss) of the Music segment of the comparable prior period have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.  For details, please see Notes on page 10.

Sales increased 8.2% year-on-year (a 4% increase on a constant currency basis) to 181.2 billion yen (1,510 million U.S. dollars) primarily due to the impact of the depreciation of the yen against the U.S. dollar.  The increase in sales on a constant currency basis is due to higher Recorded Music sales, reflecting an increase in digital streaming revenue, and higher Visual Media and Platform sales, reflecting the strong performance of a game application for mobile devices.  The current quarter includes the record-breaking sales of Adele’s new album 25.  Other best-selling titles included One Direction’s Made in the A.M., Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bruce Springsteen’s The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.

Operating income increased 1.5 billion yen year-on-year to 27.4 billion yen (228 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to the above-mentioned increase in sales in Recorded Music and Visual Media and Platform.
 
Financial Services

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change in yen
   
2015
 
Financial services revenue
  ¥ 304.9     ¥ 322.0       +5.6 %   $ 2,684  
Operating income
    50.9       52.2       +2.7       435  

The Financial Services segment results include Sony Financial Holdings Inc. (“SFH”) and SFH’s consolidated subsidiaries such as Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (“Sony Life”), Sony Assurance Inc. and Sony Bank Inc.  The results of Sony Life discussed in the Financial Services segment differ from the results that SFH and Sony Life disclose separately on a Japanese statutory basis.

Financial services revenue increased 5.6% year-on-year to 322.0 billion yen (2,684 million U.S. dollars) primarily due to an increase in revenue at Sony Life.  Revenue at Sony Life increased 5.7% year-on-year to 295.0 billion yen (2,458 million U.S. dollars) mainly due to an increase in insurance premium revenue reflecting a steady increase in policy amount in force.

Operating income of 52.2 billion yen (435 million U.S. dollars) was recorded, essentially flat year-on-year.  At Sony Life, operating income of 51.6 billion yen (430 million U.S. dollars) was recorded, essentially flat year-on-year, mainly due to the above-mentioned increase in insurance premium revenue, substantially offset by an increase in operating expenses.
 
 
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All Other

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Third Quarter ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
Change in yen
   
2015
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 117.6     ¥ 96.8       -17.7 %   $ 807  
Operating income (loss)
    (12.6 )     5.7       -       47  

All Other included costs related to the PC business in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  Due to certain changes in Sony’s organizational structure, sales and operating revenue and operating income (loss) of All Other of the comparable prior period have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.  For details, please see Notes on page 10.

Sales decreased 17.7% year-on-year to 96.8 billion yen (807 million U.S. dollars).
 
Operating income of 5.7 billion yen (47 million U.S. dollars) was recorded, compared to an operating loss of 12.6 billion yen in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  This significant improvement was primarily due to a decrease in PC exit costs, including restructuring charges and after-sales service expenses, as well as the absence in the current quarter of sales company fixed costs charged to the PC business in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year which were allocated based on the prior year results.

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Consolidated Results for the Nine Months ended December 31, 2015

For Consolidated Statements of Income and Business Segment Information for the nine months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, please refer to pages F-3 and F-7 respectively.

Sales for the nine months ended December 31, 2015 (“the current nine months”) were 6,281.6 billion yen (52,347 million U.S. dollars), essentially flat year-on-year.  This was primarily due to the significant increase in sales in the G&NS segment and the impact of foreign exchange rates, substantially offset by the significant decrease in sales in the MC segment.

During the current nine months, the average rates of the yen were 121.7 yen against the U.S. dollar and 134.4 yen against the euro, which were 12.2% lower and 4.4% higher, respectively, as compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year.  On a constant currency basis, consolidated sales decreased 4%.  For further details about sales on a constant currency basis, see Notes on page 10.

In the MC segment, sales decreased significantly primarily due to a significant decrease in smartphone unit sales resulting from a strategic decision not to pursue scale in order to improve profitability.  In the G&NS segment, sales increased significantly primarily due to the contribution of PS4 software sales.  In the IP&S segment, sales were essentially flat year-on-year primarily due to an improvement in the product mix of digital cameras reflecting a shift to high value-added models, substantially offset by a decrease in unit sales of digital cameras reflecting a contraction of the market.  In the HE&S segment, sales decreased primarily due to decreases in LCD televisions and home audio and video unit sales.  In the Devices segment, sales increased mainly due to the impact of foreign exchange rates and an increase in sales of image sensors.  In the Pictures segment, sales increased primarily due to the impact of the depreciation of the yen against the U.S. dollar.  On a U.S. dollar basis, sales for the Pictures segment decreased primarily due to lower home entertainment and television licensing revenues for Motion Pictures and the impact of foreign exchange rates.  In the Music segment, sales increased significantly primarily due to the impact of the depreciation of the yen against the U.S. dollar and higher Recorded Music and Visual Media and Platform sales.  In the Financial Services segment, revenue was essentially flat year-on-year primarily due to a deterioration in investment performance in the separate account at Sony Life, substantially offset by an increase in insurance premium revenue at Sony Life.
 
 
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Operating income increased 220.7 billion yen year-on-year to 387.1 billion yen (3,226 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to the absence of the impairment charge of goodwill of 176.0 billion yen recorded in the MC segment in the same period of the previous fiscal year, the improvement in the operating results of All Other, reflecting a decrease in operating loss of the PC business, as well as the improvements in G&NS, Music, IP&S and HE&S segment results, partially offset by significant deteriorations in the operating results of the Devices and Pictures segments.

Operating income during the current nine months includes a 30.6 billion yen (255 million U.S. dollar) impairment charge of long-lived assets in the battery business recorded in the Devices segment, a 151 million U.S. dollar (18.1 billion yen) gain on the remeasurement to fair value of SME’s 51% equity interest in Orchard Media, Inc. (“The Orchard”), which had previously been accounted for under the equity method, as a result of SME increasing its ownership interest to 100%, recorded in the Music Segment, as well as a gain of 12.3 billion yen (101 million U.S. dollars) from the sale of a part of the logistics business, in connection with the formation of a logistics joint venture, recorded in Corporate and elimination.  The operating income in the same period of the previous fiscal year included the above-mentioned 176.0 billion yen impairment charge of goodwill recorded in the MC segment, a gain of 14.8 billion yen recognized on the sale of certain buildings and premises at the Gotenyama Technology Center in Japan, recorded in Corporate and elimination and an 11.2 billion yen write-down of PS Vita and PS TV components recorded in the G&NS segment.

In the MC segment, operating loss decreased significantly year-on-year mainly due to the absence in the current period of the above-mentioned goodwill impairment charge recorded in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  In the G&NS segment, operating income increased significantly year-on-year primarily due to the contribution of PS4 software sales.  In the IP&S segment, operating income increased significantly year-on-year primarily due to an improvement in the product mix of digital cameras as a result of a shift to high value-added models.  In the HE&S segment, operating income increased year-on-year primarily due to cost reductions and an improvement in product mix reflecting a shift to high value-added models.  In the Devices segment, operating income decreased significantly mainly due to the recording of an impairment charge in the battery business.  In the Pictures segment, operating results deteriorated significantly primarily due to the above-mentioned decrease in Motion Pictures sales.  In the Music segment, operating income increased significantly primarily due to the gain recorded on the remeasurement to fair value of SME’s 51% equity interest in The Orchard.  In the Financial Services segment, operating income was essentially flat year-on-year.  This result was primarily due to increases in the provision of policy reserves and the amortization of deferred insurance acquisition costs, both pertaining to variable insurance, driven by the deterioration in investment performance in the separate account at Sony Life, substantially offset by an improvement in investment performance in the general account at Sony Life.

Restructuring charges, net, recorded as operating expenses, amounted to 21.8 billion yen (182 million U.S. dollars) for the current nine months, compared to 33.7 billion yen for the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Equity in net income of affiliated companies, recorded within operating income, decreased 0.6 billion yen year-on-year to 3.1 billion yen (26 million U.S. dollars) for the current nine months.

The net effect of other income and expenses was income of 17.1 billion yen (142 million U.S. dollars), compared to an expense of 20.1 billion yen in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  This was primarily due to an increase in the gain on sales of securities investments.

Income before income taxes increased 257.9 billion yen year-on-year to 404.2 billion yen (3,368 million U.S. dollars) for the current nine months.

Income taxes: During the current nine months, Sony recorded 119.4 billion yen (994 million U.S. dollars) of income tax expense, resulting in an effective tax rate of 29.5%.  This effective tax rate was lower than the Japanese statutory tax rate primarily as a result of profits recorded in the insurance business, which is subject to lower tax rates, coupled with lower income tax expenses due to profits recorded at Sony Corporation and its national tax filing group in Japan, which currently have valuation allowances for deferred tax assets.  In the same period of the previous fiscal year, Sony recorded 112.3 billion yen of income tax expense, and Sony’s effective tax rate exceeded the Japanese statutory tax rate.  This was primarily due to the nondeductible goodwill impairment recorded during the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Net income attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders, which deducts net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, was 236.1 billion yen (1,968 million U.S. dollars) in the current nine months, compared to a loss of 19.2 billion yen in the same period of the previous fiscal year.

*    *    *    *    *
 
 
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Cash Flows

For Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, charts showing Sony’s cash flow information for all segments, all segments excluding the Financial Services segment and the Financial Services segment alone, please refer to pages F-5 and F-17.

Operating Activities: During the current nine months, there was a net cash inflow of 321.5 billion yen (2,680 million U.S. dollars) from operating activities, a decrease of 61.4 billion yen, or 16.0% year-on-year.

For all segments excluding the Financial Services segment, there was a net cash inflow of 22.6 billion yen (189 million U.S. dollars), a decrease of 89.9 billion yen, or 79.9% year-on-year.  This decrease was primarily due to an increase in inventories, compared to a decrease in the same period of the previous fiscal year, partially offset by factors such as a larger increase in notes and accounts payable, trade.

The Financial Services segment had a net cash inflow of 308.2 billion yen (2,569 million U.S. dollars), an increase of 30.0 billion yen, or 10.8% year-on-year.  This increase was primarily due to an increase in insurance premium revenue at Sony Life.

Investing Activities: During the current nine months, Sony used 669.8 billion yen (5,582 million U.S. dollars) of net cash in investing activities, an increase of 306.0 billion yen, or 84.1% year-on-year.

For all segments excluding the Financial Services segment, there was a net cash outflow of 186.6 billion yen (1,555 million U.S. dollars), an increase of 139.9 billion yen, or 299.8% year-on-year.  This increase was primarily due to an increase in the amount of fixed asset purchases, such as semiconductor manufacturing equipment, partially offset by factors such as cash inflow from the sale of certain shares of Olympus Corporation.

The Financial Services segment used 482.1 billion yen (4,018 million U.S. dollars) of net cash, an increase of 165.0 billion yen, or 52.0% year-on-year.  This increase was mainly due to a year-on-year increase in payments for investments and advances at Sony Life.

In all segments excluding the Financial Services segment, net cash used in operating and investing activities combined*1 for the current nine months was 163.9 billion yen (1,366 million U.S. dollars), a 229.8 billion yen deterioration from cash generated in the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Financing Activities: Net cash provided by financing activities during the current nine months was 497.8 billion yen (4,148 million U.S. dollars), compared to a net cash outflow of 184.6 billion yen in the same period of the previous fiscal year.

For all segments excluding the Financial Services segment, there was a 275.3 billion yen (2,294 million U.S. dollars) net cash inflow, compared to a net cash outflow of 281.5 billion yen in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  This change was primarily due to the issuance of new stock and convertible bonds in the current nine months.

In the Financial Services segment, financing activities provided 212.0 billion yen (1,767 million U.S. dollars) of net cash, an increase of 122.9 billion yen, or 137.9% year-on-year.  This increase was primarily due to a larger increase in short-term borrowings and policyholders’ account at Sony Life.

Total Cash and Cash Equivalents: Accounting for the above factors and the effect of fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, the total outstanding balance of cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2015 was 1,090.6 billion yen (9,089 million U.S. dollars).  Cash and cash equivalents of all segments excluding the Financial Services segment was 845.0 billion yen (7,042 million U.S. dollars) at December 31, 2015, an increase of 202.0 billion yen, or 31.4% compared with the balance as of December 31, 2014, and an increase of 103.1 billion yen, or 13.9% compared with the balance as of March 31, 2015.  Sony believes that it continues to maintain sufficient liquidity through access to a total, translated into yen, of 537.9 billion yen (4,483 million U.S. dollars) of unused committed lines of credit with financial institutions in addition to the cash and cash equivalents balance at December 31, 2015.  Within the Financial Services segment, the outstanding balance of cash and cash equivalents was 245.7 billion yen (2,047 million U.S. dollars) at December 31, 2015, a decrease of 44.9 billion yen, or 15.4% compared with the balance as of December 31, 2014, and an increase of 38.1 billion yen, or 18.4% compared with the balance as of March 31, 2015.
 
 
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*1 Sony has included the information for cash flow from operating and investing activities combined, excluding the Financial Services segment’s activities, as Sony’s management frequently monitors this financial measure, and believes this non-U.S. GAAP measurement is important for use in evaluating Sony’s ability to generate cash to maintain liquidity and fund debt principal and dividend payments from business activities other than its Financial Services segment.  This information is derived from the reconciliations prepared in the Condensed Statements of Cash Flows on page F-17.  This information and the separate condensed presentations shown below are not required or prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  The Financial Services segment’s cash flow is excluded from the measure because SFH, which constitutes a majority of the Financial Services segment, is a separate publicly traded entity in Japan with a significant minority interest and it, as well as its subsidiaries, secure liquidity on their own.  This measure may not be comparable to those of other companies.  This measure has limitations because it does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures principally due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the principal payments required for debt service.  Therefore, Sony believes it is important to view this measure as supplemental to its entire statement of cash flows and together with Sony’s disclosures regarding investments, available credit facilities and overall liquidity.

A reconciliation of the differences between the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows reported and cash flows from operating and investing activities combined excluding the Financial Services segment’s activities is as follows:

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Nine months
ended December 31
 
   
2014
   
2015
   
2015
 
                   
Net cash provided by operating activities reported in the consolidated statements of cash flows
  ¥ 382.9     ¥ 321.5     $ 2,680  
Net cash used in investing activities reported in the consolidated statements of cash flows
    (363.8 )     (669.8 )     (5,582 )
      19.1       (348.3 )     (2,902 )
                         
Less: Net cash provided by operating activities within the Financial Services segment
    278.2       308.2       2,569  
Less: Net cash used in investing activities within the Financial Services segment
    (317.1 )     (482.1 )     (4,018 )
Eliminations *2
    7.9       10.5       87  
                         
Cash flow provided by (used by) operating and investing activities combined excluding the Financial Services segment’s activities
  ¥ 65.9     ¥ (163.9 )   $ (1,366 )

*2
Eliminations primarily consist of intersegment dividend payments.

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Notes

Business Segment Realignment
Sony realigned its business segments from the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 to reflect modifications to its organizational structure as of April 1, 2015, primarily repositioning certain operations in All Other and the Devices segment.  In connection with this realignment, the operations of Sony’s disc manufacturing business in Japan, which were included in All Other, are now included in the Music segment and the operations of So-net Corporation and its subsidiaries, which were included in All Other, are now included in the MC segment.  Certain operations regarding pre-installed automotive audio products which were included in the Devices segment are now included in the HE&S segment.

In addition, in order to reflect a change as of October 1, 2015 in the Corporate Executive Officer in charge of the medical business, which was previously included in All Other, this business is now included in the IP&S segment from the third quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

In connection with these realignments, the sales and operating income (loss) of each segment in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 have been reclassified to conform to the presentation of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

Impact of Foreign Exchange Rate Fluctuations on Sales and Operating Income (Loss)
For all segments other than Pictures and Music, the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on sales is calculated by applying the change in the yen’s periodic weighted average exchange rates for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2014 from the three and nine months ended December 31, 2015 to the major transactional currencies in which the sales are denominated.  The impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on operating income (loss) described herein is calculated by subtracting from the impact on sales the impact on cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses calculated by applying the same major transactional currencies calculation process to cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses as for the impact on sales.  Since the worldwide subsidiaries of the Pictures segment and of SME and Sony/ATV in the Music segment are aggregated on a U.S. dollar basis and are translated into yen, the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations is calculated by applying the change in the periodic weighted average exchange rates for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2014 from the three and nine months ended December 31, 2015 from U.S. dollar to yen to the U.S. dollar basis operating results.  This information is not a substitute for Sony’s consolidated financial statements measured in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  However, Sony believes that these disclosures provide additional useful analytical information to investors regarding the operating performance of Sony.

*    *    *    *    *
 
 
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Outlook for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2016

The forecast for consolidated results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, as announced on October 29, 2015, remains unchanged, as per the table below.
 
   
(Billions of yen)
 
   
January
Forecast
   
March 31, 2015
Results
   
Change from
March 31, 2015 Results
 
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 7,900     ¥ 8,215.9       -3.8 %
Operating income
    320       68.5    
+ ¥251.5 bil
 
Income before income taxes
    345       39.7    
+ ¥305.3 bil
 
Net income (loss) attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
    140       (126.0 )  
+ ¥266.0 bil
 

Assumed foreign currency exchange rates for the remainder of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 are the following.
 
 
 
Remainder of the current
fiscal year
 
(For your reference)
Remainder of the current fiscal year
at the time of the October forecast*
 
Consolidated forecast and
forecasts for each segment
 
Consolidated forecast
Forecasts for each segment
1 U.S. dollar
approximately 120 yen
 
approximately 125 yen
approximately 121 yen
1 Euro
approximately 129 yen
 
approximately 130 yen
approximately 132 yen
 
* Due to volatility in foreign exchange rates, the assumed foreign currency exchange rates were revised after the individual segments had already completed their October forecasts.  Accordingly, the impact of the difference between the assumed rates and the rates used when the individual segments completed their forecasts were included in the October forecast for All Other.

Restructuring charges are expected to be approximately 35 billion yen for Sony in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, compared to 98.0 billion yen recorded in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015.  This amount will be recorded as an operating expense included in the above-mentioned forecast for operating income.
 
 
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The forecast for each business segment has been revised as follows:

   
(Billions of yen)
   
Change - January Forecast from
 
   
January
Forecast
   
October
Forecast
   
March 31, 2015
Results
   
October
Forecast
   
March 31, 2015
Results
 
Mobile Communications
                             
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 1,140     ¥ 1,190     ¥ 1,410.2       -4.2 %     -19.2 %
Operating loss
    (60 )     (60 )     (217.6 )     -    
+ ¥ 157.6 bil
 
Game & Network Services
                                       
Sales and operating revenue
    1,520       1,520       1,388.0       -       +9.5 %
Operating income
    85       80       48.1    
+ ¥ 5.0 bil
   
+ ¥ 36.9 bil
 
Imaging Products & Solutions
                                       
Sales and operating revenue
    710       720       723.9       -1.4 %     -1.9 %
Operating income
    63       58       41.8    
+¥ 5.0 bil
   
+ ¥ 21.2 bil
 
Home Entertainment & Sound
                                       
Sales and operating revenue
    1,150       1,140       1,238.1       +0.9 %     -7.1 %
Operating income
    38       25       24.1    
+ ¥ 13.0 bil
   
+ ¥ 13.9 bil
 
Devices
                                       
Sales and operating revenue
    940       1,060       927.1       -11.3 %     +1.4 %
Operating income
    39       121       89.0    
- ¥ 82.0 bil
   
- ¥ 50.0 bil
 
Pictures
                                       
Sales and operating revenue
    1,000       1,000       878.7       -       +13.8 %
Operating income
    35       35       58.5       -    
- ¥ 23.5 bil
 
Music
                                       
Sales and operating revenue
    600       550       559.2       +9.1 %     +7.3 %
Operating income
    84       74       60.6    
+ ¥10.0 bil
   
+ ¥ 23.4 bil
 
Financial Services
                                       
Financial services revenue
    1,060       1,060       1,083.6       -       -2.2 %
Operating income
    175       175       193.3       -    
- ¥ 18.3 bil
 
All Other, Corporate and Elimination
                                       
Operating loss
    (139 )     (188 )     (229.3 )  
+ ¥49.0 bil
   
+ ¥ 90.3bil
 
Consolidated
                                       
Sales and operating revenue
    7,900       7,900       8,215.9       -       -3.8 %
Operating income
    320       320       68.5       -    
+ ¥ 251.5 bil
 
 
Mobile Communications
Sales are expected to be lower than the October forecast primarily due to an expected decrease in smartphone unit sales.  The forecast for operating loss remains unchanged from the October forecast due to the above-mentioned decrease in sales being offset mainly by higher than originally anticipated selling prices of smartphones and additional cost reductions.

Game & Network Services
The forecast for sales remains unchanged from the October forecast.  Operating income is expected to be above the October forecast primarily due to an increase in network sales, partially offset by the impact of a change in the launch date of a first-party title.

Imaging Products & Solutions
Sales are expected to be lower than the October forecast primarily due to lower than expected sales of broadcast- and professional-use products.  Operating income is expected to be higher than the October forecast primarily due to an improvement in the product mix of digital cameras reflecting a shift to high value-added models, partially offset by the above-mentioned decrease in sales.

Home Entertainment & Sound
Sales are expected to be higher than the October forecast primarily due to an upward revision in the annual unit sales forecast for LCD televisions.  Operating income is expected to be higher than the October forecast primarily due to the impact of the above-mentioned increase in sales and cost reductions.  Included in this forecast is the reversal recorded for certain sales incentive accruals, which were related to the current and prior periods.  For further details, see Note 8 on page F-19.
 
 
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Devices
Sales are expected to be lower than the October forecast primarily due to significantly lower than expected sales of image sensors and camera modules, reflecting a decrease in demand for mobile products and lower than expected sales in the battery business.  The forecast for operating income is expected to be significantly lower than the October forecast primarily due to the impact of the above-mentioned decrease in sales and the recording of an impairment charge related to long-lived assets in the battery business during the current quarter.

Sony is currently formulating its business plan for all of its business segments for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.  With regard to the camera module business, there is a possibility that factors such as a decrease in projected future demand, which caused a downward revision in the forecast for the current fiscal year for the business, could continue to have a negative impact on the business going forward.  It is therefore possible that the above-described business environment might result in an impairment charge against long-lived assets in the camera module business.

Music
Sales are expected to be higher than the October forecast primarily due to higher than expected sales for Recorded Music and Visual Media and Platform.  Operating income is expected to be higher than the October forecast due to the impact of the above-mentioned increase in sales.
 
The forecasts for sales and operating income for the Pictures and Financial Services segments remain unchanged from the October forecast.

The effects of future gains and losses on investments held by the Financial Services segment due to market fluctuations have not been incorporated within the above forecast as it is difficult for Sony to predict market trends in the future.  Accordingly, future market fluctuations could further impact the current forecast.
 
Sony’s forecast for capital expenditures and research and development expenses for the current fiscal year, as announced on October 29, 2015, has been changed as per the table below.  The forecast for depreciation and amortization remains unchanged.
 
Consolidated
   
(Billions of yen)
   
Change - January Forecast
from
 
   
January
Forecast
   
October
Forecast
   
March 31, 2015
Results
   
October
Forecast
   
March 31, 2015
Results
 
Capital expenditures*
  ¥ 475     ¥ 510     ¥ 251.0       -6.9 %     +89.2 %
[additions to property, plant and equipment (included above)
    395       430       164.8       -8.1       +139.6 ]
[additions to intangible assets (included above) *
    80       80       86.2       -       -7.2 ]
Depreciation and amortization**
    365       365       354.6       -       +2.9  
[for property, plant and equipment (included above)
    175       175       165.9       -       +5.5 ]
[for intangible assets (included above)
    190       190       188.8       -       +0.7 ]
Research and development expenses
    470       490       464.3       -4.1       +1.2  

* Does not include the increase in intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions.
** The forecast for depreciation and amortization includes amortization expenses for deferred insurance acquisition costs.
 
 
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Sony without Financial Services
   
(Billions of yen)
   
Change - January Forecast
from
 
   
January
Forecast
   
October
Forecast
   
March 31, 2015
Results
   
October
Forecast
   
March 31, 2015
Results
 
Capital expenditures*
  ¥ 466     ¥ 501     ¥ 243.9       -7.0 %     +91.0 %
[additions to property, plant and equipment (included above)
    393       428       163.4       -8.2       +140.5 ]
[additions to intangible assets (included above) *
    73       73       80.5       -       -9.3 ]
Depreciation and amortization
    294       294       288.4       -       +1.9  
[for property, plant and equipment (included above)
    174       174       164.7       -       +5.7 ]
[for intangible assets (included above)
    120       120       123.7       -       -3.0 ]
* Does not include the increase in intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions.

A 19.0 billion yen investment related to the purchase of semiconductor fabrication facilities, equipment and related assets from Toshiba Corporation is included in the January forecast for capital expenditures.  This amount was not included in the October forecast because a definitive agreement was reached in December 2015.

This forecast is based on management’s current expectations and is subject to uncertainties and changes in circumstances.  Actual results may differ materially from those included in this forecast due to a variety of factors.  See “Cautionary Statement” below.

  *    *    *    *    *

Year-end Dividend for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2016

Sony paid 10 yen per share as an interim dividend, and plans to pay 10 yen per share as the year-end dividend, resulting in a total dividend of 20 yen per share for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

  *    *    *    *    *
 
 
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Cautionary Statement
 
Statements made in this release with respect to Sony’s current plans, estimates, strategies and beliefs and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements about the future performance of Sony.  Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those statements using words such as “believe,” “expect,” “plans,” “strategy,” “prospects,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “project,” “anticipate,” “aim,” “intend,” “seek,” “may,” “might,” “could” or “should,” and words of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of future operations, financial performance, events or conditions.  From time to time, oral or written forward-looking statements may also be included in other materials released to the public.  These statements are based on management’s assumptions, judgments and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it.  Sony cautions investors that a number of important risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and therefore investors should not place undue reliance on them.  Investors also should not rely on any obligation of Sony to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Sony disclaims any such obligation.  Risks and uncertainties that might affect Sony include, but are not limited to:
(i)
the global economic environment in which Sony operates and the economic conditions in Sony’s markets, particularly levels of consumer spending;
(ii)
foreign exchange rates, particularly between the yen and the U.S. dollar, the euro and other currencies in which Sony makes significant sales and incurs production costs, or in which Sony’s assets and liabilities are denominated;
(iii)
Sony’s ability to continue to design and develop and win acceptance of, as well as achieve sufficient cost reductions for, its products and services, including televisions, game platforms and smartphones, which are offered in highly competitive markets characterized by severe price competition and continual new product and service introductions, rapid development in technology and subjective and changing consumer preferences;
(iv)
Sony’s ability and timing to recoup large-scale investments required for technology development and production capacity;
(v)
Sony’s ability to implement successful business restructuring and transformation efforts under changing market conditions;
(vi)
Sony’s ability to implement successful hardware, software, and content integration strategies for all segments excluding the Financial Services segment, and to develop and implement successful sales and distribution strategies in light of the Internet and other technological developments;
(vii)
Sony’s continued ability to devote sufficient resources to research and development and, with respect to capital expenditures, to prioritize investments correctly (particularly in the electronics businesses);
(viii)
Sony’s ability to maintain product quality;
(ix)
the effectiveness of Sony’s strategies and their execution, including but not limited to the success of Sony’s acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic investments;
(x)
significant volatility and disruption in the global financial markets or a ratings downgrade;
(xi)
Sony’s ability to forecast demands, manage timely procurement and control inventories;
(xii)
the outcome of pending and/or future legal and/or regulatory proceedings;
(xiii)
shifts in customer demand for financial services such as life insurance and Sony’s ability to conduct successful asset liability management in the Financial Services segment;
(xiv)
the impact of unfavorable conditions or developments (including market fluctuations or volatility) in the Japanese equity markets on the revenue and operating income of the Financial Services segment;
(xv)
Sony’s ability to anticipate and manage cybersecurity risk, including the risk of unauthorized access to Sony’s business information, potential business disruptions or financial losses; and
(xvi)
risks related to catastrophic disasters or similar events.
Risks and uncertainties also include the impact of any future events with material adverse impact.
 
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Presentation slides: http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/15q3_sonypre.pdf
 
 
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(Unaudited)
                       
Consolidated Financial Statements
                       
Consolidated Balance Sheets
                       
   
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
March 31
 
December 31
 
Change from
 
December 31
ASSETS
 
2015
 
2015
 
March 31, 2015
 
2015
Current assets:
                       
Cash and cash equivalents
 
¥
949,413
   
¥
1,090,637
   
¥
+141,224
   
$
9,089
 
Marketable securities
   
936,731
     
957,809
     
+21,078
     
7,982
 
Notes and accounts receivable, trade
   
986,500
     
1,318,825
     
+332,325
     
10,990
 
Allowance for doubtful accounts and sales returns
   
(86,598
)
   
(107,848
)
   
-21,250
     
(899
)
Inventories
   
665,432
     
741,727
     
+76,295
     
6,181
 
Other receivables
   
231,947
     
255,882
     
+23,935
     
2,132
 
Deferred income taxes
   
47,788
     
52,061
     
+4,273
     
434
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
   
466,688
     
531,525
     
+64,837
     
4,429
 
Total current assets
   
4,197,901
     
4,840,618
     
+642,717
     
40,338
 
                                 
Film costs
   
305,232
     
357,635
     
+52,403
     
2,980
 
                                 
Investments and advances:
                               
Affiliated companies
   
171,063
     
167,334
     
-3,729
     
1,394
 
Securities investments and other
   
8,360,290
     
8,806,908
     
+446,618
     
73,391
 
     
8,531,353
     
8,974,242
     
+442,889
     
74,785
 
                                 
Property, plant and equipment:
                               
Land
   
123,629
     
122,619
     
-1,010
     
1,022
 
Buildings
   
679,125
     
653,706
     
-25,419
     
5,448
 
Machinery and equipment
   
1,764,241
     
1,809,552
     
+45,311
     
15,079
 
Construction in progress
   
35,786
     
85,357
     
+49,571
     
711
 
     
2,602,781
     
2,671,234
     
+68,453
     
22,260
 
Less-Accumulated depreciation
   
1,863,496
     
1,847,339
     
-16,157
     
15,394
 
     
739,285
     
823,895
     
+84,610
     
6,866
 
                                 
Other assets:
                               
Intangibles, net
   
642,361
     
631,990
     
-10,371
     
5,267
 
Goodwill
   
561,255
     
612,614
     
+51,359
     
5,105
 
Deferred insurance acquisition costs
   
520,571
     
538,981
     
+18,410
     
4,492
 
Deferred income taxes
   
89,637
     
78,567
     
-11,070
     
655
 
Other
   
246,736
     
248,181
     
+1,445
     
2,068
 
     
2,060,560
     
2,110,333
     
+49,773
     
17,587
 
Total assets
 
¥
15,834,331
   
¥
17,106,723
   
¥
+1,272,392
   
$
142,556
 
                                 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
                               
Current liabilities:
                               
Short-term borrowings
 
¥
62,008
   
¥
211,280
   
¥
+149,272
   
$
1,761
 
Current portion of long-term debt
   
159,517
     
154,300
     
-5,217
     
1,286
 
Notes and accounts payable, trade
   
622,215
     
703,912
     
+81,697
     
5,866
 
Accounts payable, other and accrued expenses
   
1,374,099
     
1,463,292
     
+89,193
     
12,194
 
Accrued income and other taxes
   
98,414
     
147,656
     
+49,242
     
1,230
 
Deposits from customers in the banking business
   
1,872,965
     
1,861,127
     
-11,838
     
15,509
 
Other
   
556,372
     
555,566
     
-806
     
4,630
 
Total current liabilities
   
4,745,590
     
5,097,133
     
+351,543
     
42,476
 
                                 
Long-term debt
   
712,087
     
734,265
     
+22,178
     
6,119
 
Accrued pension and severance costs
   
298,753
     
294,574
     
-4,179
     
2,455
 
Deferred income taxes
   
445,876
     
437,146
     
-8,730
     
3,643
 
Future insurance policy benefits and other
   
4,122,372
     
4,388,208
     
+265,836
     
36,568
 
Policyholders’ account in the life insurance business
   
2,259,514
     
2,413,031
     
+153,517
     
20,109
 
Other
   
316,422
     
313,183
     
-3,239
     
2,610
 
Total liabilities
   
12,900,614
     
13,677,540
     
+776,926
     
113,980
 
                                 
Redeemable noncontrolling interest
   
5,248
     
7,035
     
+1,787
     
59
 
                                 
Equity:
                               
Sony Corporation’s stockholders’ equity:
                               
Common stock
   
707,038
     
858,768
     
+151,730
     
7,156
 
Additional paid-in capital
   
1,185,777
     
1,324,964
     
+139,187
     
11,041
 
Retained earnings
   
813,765
     
1,037,280
     
+223,515
     
8,644
 
Accumulated other comprehensive income
   
(385,283
)
   
(437,250
)
   
-51,967
     
(3,643
)
Treasury stock, at cost
   
(4,220
)
   
(4,244
)
   
-24
     
(35
)
     
2,317,077
     
2,779,518
     
+462,441
     
23,163
 
                                 
Noncontrolling interests
   
611,392
     
642,630
     
+31,238
     
5,354
 
Total equity
   
2,928,469
     
3,422,148
     
+493,679
     
28,517
 
Total liabilities and equity
 
¥
15,834,331
   
¥
17,106,723
   
¥
+1,272,392
   
$
142,556
 
 
 
F-1

 
 
Consolidated Statements of Income
                       
   
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
   
Three months ended December 31
   
2014
 
2015
 
Change from 2014
 
2015
Sales and operating revenue:
                       
Net sales
 
¥
2,239,485
   
¥
2,238,674
         
$
18,656
 
Financial services revenue
   
303,211
     
320,368
           
2,670
 
Other operating revenue
   
24,053
     
21,770
           
181
 
     
2,566,749
     
2,580,812
     
+0.5
%
   
21,507
 
                                 
Costs and expenses:
                               
Cost of sales
   
1,659,261
     
1,623,410
             
13,528
 
Selling, general and administrative
   
473,282
     
461,418
             
3,845
 
Financial services expenses
   
251,375
     
267,365
             
2,228
 
Other operating expense, net
   
608
     
28,253
             
236
 
     
2,384,526
     
2,380,446
     
-0.2
     
19,837
 
                                 
Equity in net income (loss) of affiliated companies
   
(128
)
   
1,779
     
     
15
 
                                 
Operating income
   
182,095
     
202,145
     
+11.0
     
1,685
 
                                 
Other income:
                               
Interest and dividends
   
3,408
     
2,739
             
23
 
Gain on sale of securities investments, net
   
1,042
     
219
             
2
 
Other
   
10
     
355
             
3
 
     
4,460
     
3,313
     
-25.7
     
28
 
                                 
Other expenses:
                               
Interest
   
5,942
     
8,346
             
70
 
Foreign exchange loss, net
   
10,607
     
1,954
             
16
 
Other
   
2,178
     
1,878
             
16
 
     
18,727
     
12,178
     
-35.0
     
102
 
                                 
Income before income taxes
   
167,828
     
193,280
     
+15.2
     
1,611
 
                                 
Income taxes
   
56,162
     
55,676
             
464
 
                                 
Net income
   
111,666
     
137,604
     
+23.2
     
1,147
 
                                 
Less - Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
   
21,695
     
17,470
             
146
 
                                 
Net income attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
 
¥
89,971
   
¥
120,134
     
+33.5
%
 
$
1,001
 
                                 
Per share data:
                               
Net income attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
                               
— Basic
 
¥
78.12
   
¥
95.25
     
+21.9
%
 
$
0.79
 
— Diluted
   
76.96
     
93.33
     
+21.3
     
0.78
 
                                 
                                 
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
                               
   
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Three months ended December 31
    2014   2015  
Change from 2014
  2015
                                 
Net income
 
¥
111,666
   
¥
137,604
     
+23.2
%
 
$
1,147
 
                                 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax –
                               
Unrealized gains on securities
   
34,324
     
23,002
             
192
 
Unrealized gains on derivative instruments
 
     
3,855
             
32
 
Pension liability adjustment
   
(752
)
   
459
             
4
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
   
75,051
     
(10,338
)
           
(87
)
                                 
Total comprehensive income
   
220,289
     
154,582
     
-29.8
     
1,288
 
                                 
Less - Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests
   
33,754
     
20,676
             
172
 
                                 
Comprehensive income attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
 
¥
186,535
   
¥
133,906
     
-28.2
%
 
$
1,116
 
 
 
F-2

 
 
Consolidated Statements of Income
                       
   
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
   
Nine months ended December 31
   
2014
 
2015
 
Change from 2014
 
2015
Sales and operating revenue:
                       
Net sales
 
¥
5,385,450
   
¥
5,405,599
         
$
45,047
 
Financial services revenue
   
817,153
     
807,092
           
6,726
 
Other operating revenue
   
75,565
     
68,920
           
574
 
     
6,278,168
     
6,281,611
     
+0.1
%
   
52,347
 
                                 
Costs and expenses:
                               
Cost of sales
   
3,978,983
     
3,985,905
             
33,216
 
Selling, general and administrative
   
1,302,932
     
1,258,448
             
10,487
 
Financial services expenses
   
673,884
     
666,479
             
5,554
 
Other operating (income) expense, net
   
159,750
     
(13,146
)
           
(110
)
     
6,115,549
     
5,897,686
     
-3.6
     
49,147
 
                                 
Equity in net income of affiliated companies
   
3,702
     
3,145
     
-15.0
     
26
 
                                 
Operating income
   
166,321
     
387,070
     
+132.7
     
3,226
 
                                 
Other income:
                               
Interest and dividends
   
9,160
     
9,055
             
75
 
Gain on sale of securities investments, net
   
8,628
     
51,796
             
432
 
Other
   
2,092
     
1,541
             
13
 
     
19,880
     
62,392
     
+213.8
     
520
 
                                 
Other expenses:
                               
Interest
   
18,401
     
19,321
             
161
 
Foreign exchange loss, net
   
15,175
     
20,302
             
169
 
Other
   
6,375
     
5,655
             
48
 
     
39,951
     
45,278
     
+13.3
     
378
 
                                 
Income before income taxes
   
146,250
     
404,184
     
+176.4
     
3,368
 
                                 
Income taxes
   
112,286
     
119,354
             
994
 
                                 
Net income
   
33,964
     
284,830
     
+738.6
     
2,374
 
                                 
Less - Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
   
53,154
     
48,702
             
406
 
                                 
Net income (loss) attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
 
¥
(19,190
)
 
¥
236,128
   
%  
$
1,968
 
                                 
Per share data:
                               
Net income (loss) attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
                               
— Basic
 
¥
(17.50
)
 
¥
191.98
   
%
 
$
1.60
 
— Diluted
   
(17.50
)
   
189.17
   
     
1.58
 
                                 
                                 
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
                               
   
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Nine months ended December 31
    2014   2015  
Change from 2014
  2015
                                 
Net income
 
¥
33,964
   
¥
284,830
     
+738.6
%
 
$
2,374
 
                                 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax –
                               
Unrealized gains (losses) on securities
   
49,390
     
(34,864
)
           
(290
)
Unrealized gains on derivative instruments
 
     
2,114
             
18
 
Pension liability adjustment
   
(2
)
   
1,366
             
11
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
   
105,768
     
(22,239
)
           
(185
)
                                 
Total comprehensive income
   
189,120
     
231,207
     
+22.3
     
1,928
 
                                 
Less - Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests
   
72,136
     
47,046
             
393
 
                                 
Comprehensive income attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
 
¥
116,984
   
¥
184,161
     
+57.4
%
 
$
1,535
 
 
 
F-3

 
 
Supplemental equity and comprehensive income information
 
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Sony Corporation’s
stockholders’ equity 
 
Noncontrolling
interests
    Total equity  
Balance at March 31, 2014
 
¥
2,258,137
   
¥
525,004
   
¥
2,783,141
 
Exercise of stock acquisition rights
   
703
   
     
703
 
Conversion of zero coupon convertible bonds
   
107,660
   
     
107,660
 
Stock based compensation
   
845
   
     
845
 
                         
Comprehensive income:
                       
Net income (loss)
   
(19,190
)
   
53,154
     
33,964
 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax –
                       
Unrealized gains on securities
   
33,778
     
15,612
     
49,390
 
Pension liability adjustment
   
44
     
(46
)
   
(2
)
Foreign currency translation adjustments
   
102,352
     
3,416
     
105,768
 
Total comprehensive income
   
116,984
     
72,136
     
189,120
 
                         
Dividends declared
 
     
(13,075
)
   
(13,075
)
Transactions with noncontrolling interests shareholders and other
   
(2,951
)
   
8,713
     
5,762
 
Balance at December 31, 2014
 
¥
2,481,378
   
¥
592,778
   
¥
3,074,156
 
                         
Balance at March 31, 2015
 
¥
2,317,077
   
¥
611,392
   
¥
2,928,469
 
Issuance of new shares
   
301,708
   
     
301,708
 
Exercise of stock acquisition rights
   
1,752
   
     
1,752
 
Stock based compensation
   
977
   
     
977
 
                         
Comprehensive income:
                       
Net income
   
236,128
     
48,702
     
284,830
 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax –
                       
Unrealized losses on securities
   
(33,853
)
   
(1,011
)
   
(34,864
)
Unrealized gains on derivative instruments
   
2,114
   
     
2,114
 
Pension liability adjustment
   
1,361
     
5
     
1,366
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
   
(21,589
)
   
(650
)
   
(22,239
)
Total comprehensive income
   
184,161
     
47,046
     
231,207
 
                         
Dividends declared
   
(12,612
)
   
(19,947
)
   
(32,559
)
Transactions with noncontrolling interests shareholders and other
   
(13,545
)
   
4,139
     
(9,406
)
Balance at December 31, 2015
 
¥
2,779,518
   
¥
642,630
   
¥
3,422,148
 
                         
On July 21, 2015, Sony issued 87,200,000 new shares of common stock by way of a Japanese public offering and an international offering. In addition, on August 18, 2015, Sony issued 4,800,000 new shares of common stock by way of third-party allotment in connection with secondary offering of shares to cover over-allotments.
 
                         
                         
   
Sony Corporation’s
 stockholders’ equity
 
Noncontrolling
interests
  Total equity
Balance at March 31, 2015
 
$
19,310
   
$
5,095
   
$
24,405
 
Issuance of new shares
   
2,514
   
     
2,514
 
Exercise of stock acquisition rights
   
15
   
     
15
 
Stock based compensation
   
8
   
     
8
 
                         
Comprehensive income:
                       
Net income
   
1,968
     
406
     
2,374
 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax –
                       
Unrealized losses on securities
   
(282
)
   
(8
)
   
(290
)
Unrealized gains on derivative instruments
   
18
   
     
18
 
Pension liability adjustment
   
11
     
0
     
11
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
   
(180
)
   
(5
)
   
(185
)
Total comprehensive income
   
1,535
     
393
     
1,928
 
                         
Dividends declared
   
(106
)
   
(166
)
   
(272
)
Transactions with noncontrolling interests shareholders and other
   
(113
)
   
32
     
(81
)
Balance at December 31, 2015
 
$
23,163
   
$
5,354
   
$
28,517
 
 
 
F-4

 
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
               
 
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
 
Nine months ended December 31
 
 
2014  
2015
 
2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
               
Net income
 
¥
33,964
   
¥
284,830
   
$
2,374
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
                       
Depreciation and amortization, including amortization of deferred insurance acquisition costs
   
251,080
     
275,130
     
2,293
 
Amortization of film costs
   
190,892
     
200,643
     
1,672
 
Accrual for pension and severance costs, less payments
   
(7,694
)
   
(6,667
)
   
(56
)
Other operating (income) expense, net
   
159,750
     
(13,146
)
   
(110
)
Gain on sale or devaluation of securities investments, net
   
(8,193
)
   
(51,546
)
   
(430
)
Gain on revaluation of marketable securities held in the financial services business for trading purposes, net
   
(88,299
)
   
(4,347
)
   
(36
)
(Gain) loss on revaluation or impairment of securities investments held in the financial services business, net
   
(2,363
)
   
2,586
     
22
 
Deferred income taxes
   
16,585
     
12,543
     
105
 
Equity in net income of affiliated companies, net of dividends
   
1,633
     
3,816
     
32
 
Changes in assets and liabilities:
                       
Increase in notes and accounts receivable, trade
   
(318,401
)
   
(310,954
)
   
(2,591
)
(Increase) decrease in inventories
   
20,366
     
(91,742
)
   
(765
)
Increase in film costs
   
(205,190
)
   
(252,998
)
   
(2,108
)
Increase in notes and accounts payable, trade
   
34,943
     
85,718
     
714
 
Increase in accrued income and other taxes
   
46,113
     
43,932
     
366
 
Increase in future insurance policy benefits and other
   
355,114
     
312,040
     
2,600
 
Increase in deferred insurance acquisition costs
   
(58,352
)