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May 1, 2014
05:52 EDTSNESony lowers FY14 operating income outlook to 26B yen from 80B yen
Sony keeps its FY14 sales outlook at 7.7T yen. Sony expects to record approximately 30B yen in additional expenses in FY14 related to exiting the PC business. Since Sonyís announcement on February 6 that it will exit the PC business, PC sales for FY14 and expected PC sales for FY15 are underperforming the February expectation, the company said. Consequently, Sony expects to record write-downs for excess components in inventory and accrual of expenses to compensate suppliers for unused components ordered for Sonyís spring PC lineup. In addition, certain restructuring charges are expected to be recorded ahead of schedule. It added, "However, there has been no significant change to the expected total charges relating to Sonyís withdrawing from the PC business as the increase in the costs recorded in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 will be offset by lower costs in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. This decrease is because promotional costs that were expected to be incurred for Sonyís spring PC lineup in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 are no longer expected to be incurred, and because the above-mentioned restructuring charges that were expected to be recorded in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 are now expected to be incurred in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014." It also expects to record approximately 25B yen in impairment charges mainly related to its overseas disc manufacturing business.
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February 27, 2015
08:59 EDTSNESony fires Sony Pictures Digital president, Variety says
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February 25, 2015
08:45 EDTSNEEros International announces content partnership with Sony Television
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February 24, 2015
13:01 EDTSNETom Rothman to replace Amy Pascal at Sony Pictures, FT reports
Former Fox Filmed Entertainment (FOXA) co-Chairman Tom Rothman will replace Amy Pascal as co-chairman of Sony Pictures (SNE), The Financial Times reports. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has extended his contract, the publication notes. Rothman has run Sony's TriStar label since 2013. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
07:27 EDTSNESony breach underscored failings in corporate, government cooperation, WSJ says
A Wall Street Journal review of the hack attack on Sony Entertainment shows that the companies and government agencies fighting the hackers based some decisions on little information or consultation since the parties often held too closely to their own interests, illustrating major shortcomings in how the government and companies work together to respond to such attacks. The Journal cites interviews with executives, U.S. officials and people briefed on their conversations in its report. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
06:11 EDTSNESony may be contemplating replacing CEO Hirai with CFO Yoshida, NY Post says
Sony may be considering replacing CEO Kaz Hirai with current CFO Kenichiro Yoshida, reports the New York Post, citing several Hollywood sources. Yoshida has received heavy media praise for his restructuring efforts and is currently set to add the title of executive deputy president in April. The article emphasizes that this is speculation among Hollywood figures. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
09:14 EDTSNESony Pictures co-chairman position may be split into multiple roles, FT says
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06:57 EDTSNESony to release high-end audio memory card, WSJ says
Sony will release a high-end, audio-focused memory card next month, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson comments. The 64gb micro SD card will sell for $160 in Japan -- which the paper notes is roughly five times the average price for standard 64gb cards -- and produces less electrical noise when reading data. A Sony spokesperson stated, "We arenít that sure about the productís potential demand." Reference Link
February 18, 2015
12:30 EDTSNESony upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
06:00 EDTSNESony plans to split out Video & Sound unit, others thereafter
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05:58 EDTSNESony sets FY17 ROE target of more than 10%
Sony held its Corporate Strategy Meeting and unveiled a mid-term strategy that charts the path forward for the company over the next three years. Sony said it will position Return on Equity as its primary key performance indicator and has set a target for consolidated ROE of more than 10% and a target for consolidated operating profit of more than 500B yen for the Sony Group in FY2017, the final year of its mid-range corporate plan.
February 17, 2015
05:52 EDTSNESony to establish alliance to promote Ultra HD technology, DigiTimes reports
Sony (SNE) is planning to form an alliance with 10 companies including Cisco (CSCO) and Rohde & Shwarz to boost IP-based Ultra HD video broadcasts, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the alliance named IP Life Consortium will allow TV stations worldwide to set up Ultra HD infrastructure with lower costs. Reference Link

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