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FORM 6-K

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
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For the month of February 2013
Commission File Number: 001-06439

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

1-7-1 KONAN, MINATO-KU, TOKYO, 108-0075, JAPAN
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SONY CORPORATION
 
(Registrant)
   
   
 
By:  /s/  Masaru Kato
 
                (Signature)
 
Masaru Kato
 
Executive Vice President and
 
Chief Financial Officer
 
Date: February 7, 2013

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i) Press release announcing Consolidated Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2012
 
 

 
 
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No. 13-018E
3:00 P.M. JST, February 7, 2013
 
Consolidated Financial Results
for the Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2012
 
Tokyo, February 7, 2013 -- Sony Corporation today announced its consolidated financial results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2012 (October 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012).
 
    (Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
   
Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
    2012*
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 1,822.9     ¥ 1,948.0       +6.9 %   $ 22,391  
Operating income (loss)
    (91.7 )     46.4       -       534  
Income (loss) before income taxes
    (105.9 )     29.4       -       338  
Net loss attributable to Sony Corporation’s
stockholders
    (159.0 )     (10.8 )     -       (124 )
Net loss attributable to Sony Corporation’s
stockholders per share of common stock:
                               
    - Basic
  ¥ (158.40 )   ¥ (10.72 )     -     $ (0.12 )
    - Diluted
    (158.40 )     (10.72 )     -       (0.12 )
 
*
U.S. dollar amounts have been translated from yen, for convenience only, at the rate of 87 yen = 1 U.S. dollar, the approximate Tokyo foreign exchange market rate as of December 31, 2012.

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

Sony realigned its business segments from the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 to reflect modifications to its organizational structure as of April 1, 2012, primarily repositioning the operations of the previously reported Consumer Products & Services (“CPS”), Professional, Device & Solutions (“PDS”) and Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) segments.  In connection with this realignment, the operations of the former CPS, PDS and Sony Mobile segments are reclassified in five newly established segments, namely the Imaging Products & Solutions (“IP&S”), Game, Mobile Products & Communications (“MP&C”), Home Entertainment & Sound (“HE&S”) and Devices segments, as well as All Other.  The previously reported Sony Mobile segment is now included in the MP&C segment as the Mobile Communications category.  The network business previously included in the CPS segment and the medical business previously included in the PDS segment are now included in All Other.  For further details regarding segment and category changes, see page 16.

In connection with this realignment, both sales and operating revenue (“sales”) and operating income (loss) of each segment in the third quarter and nine months ended December 31, 2011 have been restated to conform to the current fiscal year’s presentation.

The average foreign exchange rates during the quarters ended December 31, 2011 and 2012 are presented below.

   
Third quarter ended December 31
 
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change
 
The average rate of yen
                   
1 U.S. dollar
  ¥ 76.4     ¥ 81.2       6.0 %
yen depreciation
1 Euro
    102.8       105.4       2.5  
yen depreciation
 
 
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Consolidated Results for the Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2012

Sales were 1,948.0 billion yen (22,391 million U.S. dollars), an increase of 6.9% compared to the same quarter of the previous fiscal year (“year-on-year”).  This increase was primarily due to a significant increase in sales in the MP&C segment, the Pictures segment and the Financial Services segment, while sales decreased significantly primarily in the HE&S segment, resulting from a decrease in LCD television unit sales, and in the Game segment.  On a constant currency basis, sales increased 3% year-on-year.  For further details about sales on a constant currency basis, see Note on page 10.  The significant increase in MP&C segment sales was primarily due to the impact of the consolidation of Sony Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Mobile,” formerly known as Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Ericsson”)) as a wholly-owned subsidiary from February 2012.  During the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, Sony Mobile was an affiliated company accounted for under the equity method.  On a pro forma basis, had Sony Mobile been fully consolidated in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, consolidated sales would have remained essentially flat.

Operating income of 46.4 billion yen (534 million U.S. dollars) was recorded, compared to an operating loss of 91.7 billion yen in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  This improvement was primarily due to a 63.4 billion yen impairment loss on the shares of S-LCD Corporation (“S-LCD”) which were sold in January 2012 in accordance with the Television Profitability Improvement Plan, and a 33.0 billion yen valuation allowance which Sony Ericsson recorded on certain of its deferred tax assets, which were both recorded in equity in net loss of affiliated companies in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  In addition, although operating income significantly decreased in the Game segment, the Devices segment, which saw a significant increase in sales of image sensors, and the Pictures segment, which had a significant increase in motion picture revenues, also contributed to this improvement.

Restructuring charges, net, increased 12.2 billion yen year-on-year to 16.7 billion yen (192 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to restructuring initiatives in both the electronics business operations and Sony’s headquarters.

Equity in net loss of affiliated companies, recorded within operating income, decreased 108.4 billion yen year-on-year to 0.4 billion yen (4 million U.S. dollars).  This improvement was primarily due to the recording of equity in net loss for S-LCD of 66.0 billion yen and equity in net loss for Sony Ericsson of 43.1 billion yen, which were both recorded in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.

The net effect of other income and expenses was an expense of 17.0 billion yen (195 million U.S. dollars) in the current quarter, compared to an expense of 14.2 billion yen in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  This deterioration was primarily due to a higher loss on the devaluation of securities investments, partially offset by a decrease in net foreign exchange losses.

Income before income taxes of 29.4 billion yen (338 million U.S. dollars) was recorded, compared to a loss of 105.9 billion yen recorded in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.

Income taxes: During the current quarter, Sony recorded 25.9 billion yen (298 million U.S. dollars) of income tax expense.  As of March 31, 2012, Sony had established a valuation allowance against certain deferred tax assets for Sony Corporation and its national tax filing group in Japan, the consolidated tax filing group in the U.S., and certain other subsidiaries.  During the current fiscal year, certain of these tax filing groups and subsidiaries incurred losses and as such Sony continued to not recognize the associated tax benefits.  As a result, Sony’s effective tax rate for the current quarter exceeded the Japanese statutory tax rate.

Net loss attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders, which excludes net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, decreased 148.2 billion yen year-on-year to 10.8 billion yen (124 million U.S. dollars).
 
 
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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.
 
Imaging Products & Solutions (IP&S)
 
   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
 
2012
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 189.4     ¥ 180.5       -4.7 %   $ 2,075  
Operating loss
    (6.7 )     (2.9 )     -       (33 )

The IP&S segment includes the Digital Imaging Products and Professional Solutions categories.  Digital Imaging Products includes compact digital cameras, video cameras and interchangeable single lens cameras; Professional Solutions includes broadcast- and professional-use products.

Sales decreased 4.7% year-on-year (a 9% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 180.5 billion yen (2,075 million U.S. dollars).  This decrease was primarily due to a significant decrease in unit sales of compact digital cameras reflecting a contraction of the low-end of the market resulting from the popularization of smartphones as well as a significant decrease in sales of broadcast- and professional-use products.  Sales of interchangeable single-lens cameras increased significantly year-on-year.

Operating loss decreased 3.9 billion yen year-on-year to 2.9 billion yen (33 million U.S. dollars).  This decrease was mainly due to a decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by the unfavorable impact of the above-mentioned decrease in sales.
 
Game

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
 
2012
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 316.1     ¥ 268.5       -15.1 %   $ 3,086  
Operating income
    33.8       4.6       -86.4       53  

Sales decreased 15.1% year-on-year (an 18% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 268.5 billion yen (3,086 million U.S. dollars).  Overall segment sales decreased significantly due to lower sales of hardware and software of the PlayStation®3 (“PS3”) and PSP® (PlayStation Portable) (“PSP”), partially offset by the sales of the PlayStation®Vita introduced in December 2011.

Operating income decreased 29.2 billion yen year-on-year to 4.6 billion yen (53 million U.S. dollars).  This decrease was primarily due to the above-mentioned decrease in sales of PS3 software and PSP hardware.
 
Mobile Products & Communications (MP&C)

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
 
2012
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 164.0     ¥ 318.8       +94.4 %   $ 3,665  
Operating loss
    (48.4 )     (21.3 )     -       (245 )
 
 
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The MP&C segment includes the Mobile Communications and Personal and Mobile Products categories.  Mobile Communications includes mobile phones; Personal and Mobile Products includes personal computers.  The supplemental pro forma financial information related to Sony Mobile is presented to enhance investors’ understanding of Sony’s operating results, is based on estimates and assumptions which Sony believes are reasonable, is not intended to represent or be indicative of what Sony’s operating results would have been had Sony Mobile been a wholly-owned subsidiary for the entire fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, and should not be taken as indicative of Sony’s future operating results.

Sales increased 94.4% year-on-year (a 92% increase on a constant currency basis) to 318.8 billion yen (3,665 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to the consolidation of Sony Mobile from February 2012, partially offset by significantly lower sales of PCs resulting from a decline in unit sales.

On a pro forma basis, had Sony Mobile been fully consolidated in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, segment sales would have increased approximately 10%.  This was due to an increase in sales of mobile phones primarily resulting from higher average selling prices, reflecting a product portfolio shift to smartphones from feature phones, and higher unit sales of smartphones, being partially offset by significantly lower sales of PCs.

Operating loss decreased 27.1 billion yen year-on-year to 21.3 billion yen (245 million U.S. dollars).  This improvement was primarily due to the 33.0 billion yen valuation allowance on certain deferred tax assets of Sony Ericsson included within equity in net loss of affiliated companies in the same quarter in the previous fiscal year.

On a pro forma basis, had Sony Mobile been fully consolidated in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, operating loss would have been approximately 33.7 billion yen.  The significant decrease in the operating loss over the previous fiscal year on a pro forma basis was primarily due to the favorable impact of the above-mentioned increase in sales of mobile phones, partially offset by the impact of the lower sales of PCs.
 
Home Entertainment & Sound (HE&S)

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
 
2012
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 394.3     ¥ 323.8       -17.9 %   $ 3,722  
Operating loss
    (89.8 )     (8.0 )     -       (92 )

The HE&S segment includes the Televisions and Audio and Video categories.  Televisions includes LCD televisions; Audio and Video includes home audio, Blu-ray DiscTM players and recorders, and memory-based portable audio devices.

Sales decreased 17.9% year-on-year (a 22% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 323.8 billion yen (3,722 million U.S. dollars).  This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in LCD television unit sales.

Operating loss decreased 81.8 billion yen year-on-year to 8.0 billion yen (92 million U.S. dollars).  This improvement was primarily due to the impairment loss of 63.4 billion yen on Sony’s shares of S-LCD which were sold in January 2012 in accordance with the Television Profitability Improvement Plan, included in equity in net loss of affiliated companies in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, and reductions in LCD panel related expenses and operating expenses.  Included in the reduction of LCD panel related expenses was the impact of not having incurred any expenses for the low capacity utilization of S-LCD.

In Televisions, sales decreased 23.3% year-on-year to 182.7 billion yen (2,100 million U.S. dollars) and operating loss* decreased 86.6 billion yen year-on-year to 14.7 billion yen (169 million U.S. dollars).

*
The operating loss in Televisions excludes restructuring charges, which are included in the overall segment results and are not allocated to product categories.
 
 
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Devices

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
 
2012
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 233.2     ¥ 217.3       -6.8 %   $ 2,498  
Operating income (loss)
    (15.6 )     9.7       -       111  

The Devices segment includes the Semiconductors and Components categories.  Semiconductors includes image sensors; Components includes batteries, recording media and data recording systems.

Sales decreased 6.8% year-on-year (an 11% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 217.3 billion yen (2,498 million U.S. dollars).  This decrease was primarily due to the absence of the small- and medium-sized display business and the chemical products related business which were included in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, partially offset by a significant increase in sales of image sensors reflecting higher demand for mobile products.  Sales to external customers decreased 5.8% year-on-year.

Excluding the impact of the small- and medium-sized display business and the chemical products related business, overall segment sales increased significantly year-on-year.

Operating income of 9.7 billion yen (111 million U.S. dollars) was recorded, compared to an operating loss of 15.6 billion yen in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  This improvement was primarily due to the above-mentioned increase in sales of image sensors.

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Total inventory of the five Electronics* segments above as of December 31, 2012 was 682.8 billion yen (7,849 million U.S. dollars), an increase of 114.2 billion yen, or 20.1% year-on-year.  Inventory decreased by 68.2 billion yen, or 9.1% compared with the level as of September 30, 2012.  The increase from December 31, 2011 was primarily due to the consolidation of Sony Mobile from February 2012.  Excluding the impact of the consolidation of Sony Mobile, inventory increased approximately 9% compared with the level as of December 31, 2011.

* The term “Electronics” refers to the sum of the IP&S, Game, MP&C, HE&S and Devices segments.

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Pictures

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
 
2012
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 160.6     ¥ 208.9       +30.1 %   $ 2,402  
Operating income
    0.7       25.3       -       291  

The results presented in Pictures are a yen-translation of the results of Sony Pictures Entertainment (“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 30.1% year-on-year (a 22% increase on a constant currency (U.S. dollar) basis) to 208.9 billion yen (2,402 million U.S. dollars).  The increase in sales was primarily due to significantly higher theatrical and home entertainment revenues from the current year’s film slate.  Theatrical revenues increased due to the strong performances of Skyfall and Hotel Transylvania, while home entertainment revenues increased due to the strong performance of The Amazing Spider-Man and Men in Black 3.  Television revenues were essentially flat year-on-year primarily due to higher advertising revenues from Sony’s television networks in India, offset by lower revenues from U.S. television network programming.
 
 
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Operating income increased 24.6 billion yen year-on-year to 25.3 billion yen (291 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to the significantly stronger performance of the current year’s film slate and lower theatrical marketing expenses.  In addition, the same quarter of the previous fiscal year included the theatrical underperformance of Arthur Christmas.


Music

    (Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
    Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
 
2012
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 123.4     ¥ 126.4       +2.4 %   $ 1,453  
Operating income
    15.3       16.4       +7.4       188  

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.

Sales increased 2.4% year-on-year (a 1% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 126.4 billion yen (1,453 million U.S. dollars).  The increase in sales was primarily due to the favorable impact of the depreciation of the yen against the U.S. dollar as well as the growth in digital revenue, partially offset by the continued worldwide contraction of the physical music market.  Best-selling titles during the quarter included One Direction’s Take Me Home, P!nk’s The Truth about Love, Celine Dion’s Sans Attendre and Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire.

Operating income increased 1.1 billion yen year-on-year to 16.4 billion yen (188 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to the favorable impact of the depreciation of the yen against the U.S. dollar and the growth in digital revenue.
 
Financial Services

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
 
2012
Financial services revenue
  ¥ 220.1     ¥ 266.4       +21.0 %   $ 3,062  
Operating income
    32.6       34.2       +5.1       394  

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. (“Sony Bank”).  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 21.0% year-on-year to 266.4 billion yen (3,062 million U.S. dollars) primarily due to an increase in revenue at Sony Life.  Revenue at Sony Life increased 26.0% year-on-year to 250.8 billion yen (2,883 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to significantly improved investment performance in the separate account reflecting the fact that there was a significant rise in the Japanese stock market during the current quarter, as compared with a decline in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  Insurance premium revenue of Sony Life increased, reflecting its higher policy amount in force.

Operating income increased 1.6 billion yen year-on-year to 34.2 billion yen (394 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was mainly due to an increase in operating income at Sony Life, partially offset by an increase in foreign exchange losses on foreign-currency denominated customer deposits at Sony Bank.  Operating income at Sony Life increased 7.7 billion yen year-on-year to 44.1 billion yen (507 million U.S. dollars).  This increase was primarily due to a decrease in the amortization of deferred insurance acquisition costs for variable insurance driven primarily by the aforementioned improved performance of investments in the separate account.
 
 
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Consolidated Results for the Nine Months Ended December 31, 2012

For Consolidated Statements of Income and Business Segment Information for the nine months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, please refer to pages F-3 and F-7 respectively.

Sales for the nine months ended December 31, 2012 (“the current nine months”) increased 3.6% year-on-year to 5,067.8 billion yen (58,251 million U.S. dollars).  This was primarily due to a significant increase in the sales of the MP&C segment reflecting the impact of the consolidation of Sony Mobile from February 2012, partially offset by a significant decrease in the sales of the HE&S segment.  On a pro forma basis, had Sony Mobile been fully consolidated in the same period of the previous fiscal year, consolidated sales would have decreased by approximately 4% year-on-year.

During the current nine months, the average rates of the yen were 80.0 yen against the U.S. dollar and 102.3 yen against the euro, which were 2.5% lower and 6.7% higher, respectively, as compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year.  On a constant currency basis, consolidated sales decreased 4%.  For further details about sales on a constant currency basis, see Note on page 10.

In the IP&S segment, sales decreased primarily due to lower sales of compact digital cameras and broadcast- and professional-use products.  In the Game segment, sales decreased significantly due to lower sales of PS3 and PSP hardware and software.  In the MP&C segment, sales increased significantly primarily due to the impact of the consolidation of Sony Mobile from February 2012.  In the HE&S segment, sales decreased significantly primarily due to lower unit sales of LCD televisions.  In the Devices segment, sales decreased significantly mainly due to the absence of the small- and medium-sized display business which was included in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  In the Pictures segment, sales increased significantly primarily due to higher theatrical and home entertainment revenues from the current year’s film slate, partially offset by the sale of a participation interest in Spider-Man merchandising rights in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  In the Music segment, sales decreased primarily due to the continued worldwide contraction of the physical music market and a larger number of key releases in Japan during the same period of the previous fiscal year.  In the Financial Services segment, revenue increased significantly primarily due to significantly improved investment performance in the separate account and higher insurance premium revenue at Sony Life.

Operating income of 83.0 billion yen (954 million dollars) was recorded, compared to an operating loss of 65.9 billion yen in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  This improvement was primarily due to a significant improvement in the operating results of the HE&S and Devices segments, partially offset by a significant decline in the operating income of the Game segment.  Operating income during the current nine months was favorably impacted by a net benefit of 32.6 billion yen (375 million U.S. dollars) from insurance recoveries relating to damages and losses incurred from the floods in Thailand (the “Floods”) which took place in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.

In the IP&S segment, operating income decreased year-on-year primarily due to a decrease in sales of compact digital cameras and broadcast- and professional-use products.  In the Game segment, operating income decreased significantly year-on-year primarily due to the decrease in sales of PS3 and PSP hardware and software.  In the MP&C segment, operating loss significantly increased year-on-year primarily due to a decrease in PC sales. In the HE&S segment, operating loss decreased significantly primarily due to the impairment loss of 63.4 billion yen on Sony’s shares of S-LCD in the same period of the previous fiscal year, and a reduction of LCD panel related expenses and operating expenses, including the expenses incurred for the low capacity utilization of S-LCD of 22.8 billion yen recorded in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  In the Devices segment, operating results improved significantly year-on-year and operating income was recorded primarily due to the increased sales of image sensors, and the decrease in restructuring charges, as well as the insurance recoveries mentioned above.  In the Pictures segment, operating income increased slightly primarily due to the stronger theatrical and home entertainment performance of the current year’s film slate and lower theatrical marketing expenses, partially offset by the sale of a participation interest in Spider-Man merchandising rights in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  In the Music segment, despite significantly lower restructuring charges, operating income decreased slightly primarily due to a benefit from the recognition of digital license revenue in the same period of the previous fiscal year and the impact of lower sales.  In the Financial Services segment, operating income increased primarily due to an improvement in net gains and losses on investments in the general account at Sony Life.
 
 
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Restructuring charges, recorded as operating expenses, amounted to 39.4 billion yen (453 million U.S. dollars) for the current nine months compared to 35.0 billion yen for the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Equity in net loss of affiliated companies, recorded within operating income, decreased 108.7 billion yen year-on-year to 3.8 billion yen (43 million U.S. dollars).  In the same period of the previous fiscal year, Sony recorded equity in net loss of 67.5 billion yen for S-LCD and 46.2 billion yen for Sony Ericsson.  Included in the equity in net loss recorded in the same period of the previous fiscal year is the above-mentioned 63.4 billion yen impairment loss on the shares of S-LCD, and a 33.0 billion yen valuation allowance which Sony Ericsson recorded on certain of its deferred tax assets.

The net effect of other income and expenses was an expense of 24.5 billion yen (281 million U.S. dollars), compared to an expense of 16.8 billion yen in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  This increase in expenses was primarily due to the higher loss on the devaluation of security investments.

Income before income taxes of 58.5 billion yen (672 million U.S. dollars) was recorded, compared to a loss of 82.7 billion yen recorded in the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Income taxes: During the current nine months, Sony recorded 67.9 billion yen (780 million U.S. dollars) of income tax expense.  As of March 31, 2012, Sony had established a valuation allowance against certain deferred tax assets for Sony Corporation and its national tax filing group in Japan, the consolidated tax filing group in the U.S., and certain other subsidiaries.  During the current fiscal year, certain of these tax filing groups and subsidiaries incurred losses and as such Sony continued to not recognize the associated tax benefits.  As a result, Sony’s effective tax rate for the current nine months exceeded the Japanese statutory tax rate.

Net loss attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders for the current nine months decreased 150.6 billion yen year-on-year to 50.9 billion yen (585 million U.S. dollars).

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Cash Flows (for the nine months ended December 31, 2012)

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-14, respectively.

Operating Activities: During the current nine months, there was a net cash inflow of 220.4 billion yen (2,533 million U.S. dollars) from operating activities, a decrease of 63.4 billion yen, or 22.4% year-on-year.

For all segments excluding the Financial Services segment, there was a net cash outflow of 62.8 billion yen (721 million U.S. dollars) for the current nine months, compared to a net cash inflow of 41.7 billion yen in the same period of the previous fiscal year.  The net cash outflow was mainly due to the negative impact of a larger decrease in notes and accounts payable, trade, and a larger increase in inventories.  This was partially offset by the positive impact of a decrease in other receivables, included in other current assets, from third-party original equipment and design manufacturers, compared to an increase in the same period of the previous fiscal year, and an improvement in the amount of net losses after taking into account non-cash adjustments (including depreciation and amortization, deferred income taxes, equity in net income (loss) of affiliated companies and other operating (income) expenses).

The Financial Services segment had a net cash inflow of 289.1 billion yen (3,323 million U.S. dollars), an increase of 39.1 billion yen, or 15.6% year-on-year.  This increase was primarily due to the contribution from insurance premiums resulting from a steady increase in policy amount in force at Sony Life.

Investing Activities: During the current nine months, Sony used 721.0 billion yen (8,288 million U.S. dollars) of net cash in investing activities, an increase of 113.9 billion yen, or 18.8% year-on-year.

For all segments excluding the Financial Services segment, 205.5 billion yen (2,363 million U.S. dollars) was used, a decrease of 36.6 billion yen, or 15.1% year-on-year.  This decrease was primarily due to a decrease year-on-year in purchases of fixed assets and an increase in cash inflow resulting from the sale of the chemical products related business and the sale of Sony’s equity interest in Sharp Display Products Corporation, and was partially impacted by a receipt of insurance proceeds related to fixed assets affected by the Floods.  This decrease was partially offset by the increase in cash outflow, year-on-year, resulting from the acquisition of Gaikai Inc., included in other investing activities, and the investments in EMI Music Publishing and Olympus Corporation, included in payments for investments and advances.
 
 
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The Financial Services segment used 516.3 billion yen (5,934 million U.S. dollars) of net cash, an increase of 155.6 billion yen, or 43.1% year-on-year.  This increase was mainly due to a greater increase in net payments for investments held by Sony Bank.

In all segments excluding the Financial Services segment, net cash used in operating and investing activities combined*1 for the current nine months was 268.3 billion yen (3,084 million U.S. dollars), an increase of 67.8 billion yen, or 33.8% year-on-year.

Financing Activities: During the current nine months, 286.6 billion yen (3,294 million U.S. dollars) of net cash and cash equivalents was generated by financing activities, an increase of 127.1 billion yen, or 79.7% year-on-year.

For all segments excluding the Financial Services segment, there was a 92.4 billion yen (1,062 million U.S. dollars) net cash inflow, an increase of 58.9 billion yen, or 175.9% year-on-year.  This increase was primarily due to the issuance of convertible bonds and an increase in borrowings from financial institutions which exceeded an increase in redemptions of corporate bonds and in repayments of borrowings from financial institutions, a decrease in the issuance of commercial paper compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year, and the execution of a tender offer for shares of So-net Entertainment Corporation during the current nine months.

In the Financial Services segment, financing activities generated 189.0 billion yen (2,172 million U.S. dollars) of net cash, an increase of 75.2 billion yen, or 66.0% year-on-year.  This increase was primarily due to a larger increase in customer deposits at Sony Bank.

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, 2012 was 698.0 billion yen (8,023 million U.S. dollars).  Cash and cash equivalents of all segments excluding the Financial Services segment was 561.1 billion yen (6,449 million U.S. dollars) at December 31, 2012, a decrease of 70.5 billion yen, or 11.2% compared with the balance as of December 31, 2011, and a decrease of 158.3 billion yen, or 22.0% compared with the balance as of March 31, 2012.  Sony believes it continues to maintain sufficient liquidity through access to a total, translated into yen, of 777.4 billion yen (8,936 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, 2012.  Within the Financial Services segment, the outstanding balance of cash and cash equivalents was 136.9 billion yen (1,574 million U.S. dollars) at December 31, 2012, a decrease of 33.2 billion yen, or 19.5% compared with the balance as of December 31, 2011, and a decrease of 38.2 billion yen, or 21.8% compared with the balance as of March 31, 2012.

*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-14.  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.
 
 
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A reconciliation of the differences between the Consolidated Statement 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
   
2011
 
2012
 
2012
                   
Net cash provided by operating activities reported in the consolidated
statements of cash flows
  ¥ 283.8     ¥ 220.4     $ 2,533  
Net cash used in investing activities reported in the consolidated
statements of cash flows
    (607.2 )     (721.0 )     (8,288 )
      (323.4 )     (500.6 )     (5,755 )
                         
Less: Net cash provided by operating activities within the Financial
Services segment
    250.0       289.1       3,323  
Less: Net cash used in investing activities within the Financial
Services segment
    (360.7 )     (516.3 )     (5,934 )
Eliminations *2
    12.2       5.1       60  
                         
Cash flow used in operating and investing activities combined
excluding the Financial Services segment’s activities
  ¥ (200.5 )   ¥ (268.3 )   $ (3,084 )

*2
Eliminations primarily consist of intersegment dividend payments.

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Note

The descriptions of sales on a constant currency basis reflect sales obtained by applying the yen’s monthly average exchange rates from the previous same quarter or nine months of the previous fiscal year to local currency-denominated monthly sales in the current quarter or nine months of the current fiscal year.  In certain cases, most significantly in the Pictures segment and SME and Sony/ATV in the Music segment, the constant currency amounts are after aggregation on a U.S. dollar basis.  Sales on a constant currency basis are not reflected in Sony’s consolidated financial statements and are not measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Sony does not believe that these measures are a substitute for U.S. GAAP measures.  However, Sony believes that disclosing sales information on a constant currency basis provides additional useful analytical information to investors regarding the operating performance of Sony.

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Outlook for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2013

The forecast for consolidated results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, as announced on November 1, 2012, remains unchanged, as per the table below.
   
(Billions of yen)
   
February Forecast
 
Change from
March 31, 2012
Actual Results
 
March 31, 2012
Actual Results
Sales and operating revenue
  ¥ 6,600       +1.6 %   ¥ 6,493.2  
Operating income (loss)
    130       -       (67.3 )
Income (loss) before income taxes
    150       -       (83.2 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
    20       -       (456.7 )

Assumed foreign currency exchange rates for the fourth quarter (from January 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013): approximately 88 yen to the U.S. dollar and approximately 115 yen to the euro.  (Assumed foreign currency exchange rates for the second half of the fiscal year at the time of the November forecast: approximately 80 yen to the U.S. dollar and approximately 100 yen to the euro.)

The consolidated sales forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 remains unchanged, primarily due to the favorable impact of the depreciation of the yen as well as higher than expected financial services revenue in the current quarter compared to the November forecast, partially offset by downward revisions in annual unit sales forecasts of key products resulting from the stagnation of the electronics products market in all regions.  The consolidated operating income forecast for the fiscal year remains unchanged because lower than expected results of the electronics segments are expected to be offset primarily by higher than expected results of the Financial Services segment in the current quarter and by planned asset sales.  The forecast for each business segment is as follows:
 
 
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IP&S

Primarily because sales from broadcast- and professional-use products are expected to be lower than the November forecast and because the annual unit sales forecast for compact digital cameras has been lowered, segment sales are expected to be lower than the November forecast.  Due to the negative impact of the above-mentioned decrease in sales, operating income is expected to be significantly lower than the November forecast.  Sales are expected to decrease and operating income is expected to decrease significantly year-on-year.

Game

Primarily due to the lowering of the annual unit sales forecast for portable hardware, sales and operating income are expected to be lower than the November forecast.  Sales and operating income are expected to decrease significantly year-on-year.

MP&C

Primarily due to the lowering of the annual unit sales forecast for PCs, segment sales are expected to be lower than the November forecast.  Due to the negative impact of the above-mentioned decrease in sales, operating income is expected to be significantly lower than the November forecast.  Due to the consolidation of Sony Mobile, sales are expected to increase significantly year-on-year.  Operating results are expected to deteriorate significantly year-on-year primarily due to the large remeasurement gain recorded in the previous fiscal year for Sony Mobile.

On a pro forma basis, had Sony Mobile been fully consolidated from the beginning of the previous fiscal year, a significant increase in sales would be anticipated and operating loss would have remained essentially flat.

HE&S

Primarily due to the lowering of the annual unit sales forecast for LCD televisions and Blu-ray disc players and recorders, segment sales are expected to be lower than the November forecast.  Operating results are expected to be significantly lower than the November forecast mainly due to the negative impact of lowering the annual unit sales forecast for Blu-ray players and recorders.  Sales are expected to decrease significantly and operating losses are expected to decrease significantly year-on-year.

Devices

Primarily because sales of both image sensors and battery-related products are expected to be lower than the November forecast, segment sales are expected to be lower than the November forecast.  Primarily due to the negative impact of the above-mentioned decrease in sales, operating income is expected to be significantly lower than the November forecast.  Sales are expected to decrease significantly year-on-year primarily because of the absence of the small- and medium-sized display business which was included in the previous fiscal year.  Operating results are expected to improve significantly year-on-year.

Pictures

Primarily due to the depreciation of the yen, sales are expected to be higher than the November forecast.  The outlook for operating income remains unchanged from the November forecast.  Sales and operating income for the current fiscal year are expected to increase year-on-year.

Financial Services

Due to the recording of financial services revenue and operating income in the current quarter that exceeded the November forecast, financial services revenue and operating income for the current fiscal year are expected to exceed the November forecast.  Financial services revenue is expected to increase while operating income is expected to decrease year-on-year.

As is Sony’s policy, the effects of gains and losses on investments held by the Financial Services Segment due to market fluctuations since January 1, 2013, have not been incorporated within the above forecast as Sony cannot predict where the financial markets will be through the end of the current fiscal year.  Accordingly, these market fluctuations could further impact the current forecast.
 
 
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The forecast for sales and operating income in the Music segment remains unchanged from the November forecast.

The forecast for capital expenditures for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 has been revised downward compared to the November forecast as per the table below.  The forecast for depreciation and amortization and research and development expenses remains unchanged from the November forecast.

   
(Billions of yen)
   
February
Forecast
 
Change from
November
Forecast
 
November
Forecast
 
Change from
March 31, 2012
Results
 
March 31, 2012
Results
Capital expenditures
(additions to property, plant and
equipment)
  ¥ 200       -4.8 %   ¥ 210       -32.2 %   ¥ 295.1  
Depreciation and amortization*
    330       -       330       +3.3       319.6  
[for property, plant and
equipment (included above)
    200       -       200       -4.4       209.2 ]
Research and development
expenses
    470       -       470       +8.4       433.5  

*
The forecast for depreciation and amortization includes amortization expenses for intangible assets and for deferred insurance acquisition costs.

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.

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Management Focus and Topics
 
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Consolidated sales for the third quarter increased year-on-year, primarily due to the favorable impact of the year-on-year depreciation of the yen and the impact of fully consolidating Sony Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Mobile”) in February 2012.  Key electronics products sales during the third quarter were below expectations, reflecting a slowing of the global economy and intensified competition.  Operating results for the third quarter improved significantly year-on-year, primarily due to an improvement in the operating results of the television business.  However, operating results were below expectation compared to the November 2012 forecast, primarily due to the above-mentioned sales conditions of key electronics products, which were partially offset by the strong performance of the Pictures, Music and Financial Services segments.
   
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The consolidated sales forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 remains unchanged despite a lowering of the annual unit sales forecast for key electronics products, primarily due to the favorable impact of depreciation of the yen as well as higher than expected financial services revenue in the third quarter compared to the November forecast.  Although the severe operating environment is expected to continue in the fourth quarter, the operating income forecast for the fiscal year remains unchanged because operating income in the Financial Services segment in the third quarter was higher than expected and Sony has been planning to engage in activities such as asset sales.
   
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The new management team established in April 2012 continues to execute key measures meant to revitalize and grow Sony’s electronics businesses.  The team places particular importance on making steady progress in the mobile businesses, which are growth drivers, and the television business, which is working to return to profitability.
   
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In the mobile businesses, Sony Mobile strengthened ties with the Sony Group upon being fully consolidated in February 2012, and has been working to deliver attractive products to the market more quickly by reorganizing its global business structure, streamlining the supply chain and strengthening marketing.  The benefits of these actions are now being realized in Sony’s products such as the XperiaTM Z smartphone announced at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show held in January 2013. The XperiaTM Z is full of cutting-edge Sony technologies such as the Exmor RS for mobile stacked CMOS image sensor (a world first, developed by Sony), a battery that allows the phone to be used for an extended period of time, image processing and picture enhancement from Sony’s digital imaging, and image engine from Sony’s televisions.  Going forward, by strengthening product appeal, Sony aims to expand its share in these growing markets and lead the electronics businesses to growth.
   
n
In the television business, Sony is steadily implementing the Television Profitability Improvement Plan announced in November 2011, with the goal of turning that business to a profit in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.  Improvement in the profitability of the business during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 is steadily progressing according to plan due to a significant reduction in the cost of procuring LCD panels, continued cost improvements through a reduction in the number of models, primarily in developed countries, and other efforts.  Strengthening product appeal is an important element of bringing the television business to profitability in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.  Along these lines, Sony aims to increase sales and further improve profitability by selling LCD televisions that feature “TRILUMINOS Display” technology, which significantly expands the color reproduction field, improving picture and sound quality and aggressively introducing products that fit the specific needs of the regions in which they are launched.  Moreover, by adding to a range of 4K LCD TVs and launching a 4K distribution service in the U.S. in summer 2013, Sony will further expand the ability of consumers to enjoy watching 4K video at home.  As for next generation OLED display devices, Sony developed the world’s largest OLED TV that displays 4K resolution images on a 56-inch screen.
   
n
In the digital imaging and the game businesses, which are positioned as core areas of the electronics businesses along with the mobile businesses, the shrinking market for compact digital cameras, due to the expansion of the smartphone market, and the slow penetration of the PlayStation®Vita portable entertainment platform are recognized as particularly important issues.  Sony is working to improve profitability through reinforcement of its high value added products that are differentiated by the use of highly competitive image sensors developed by Sony.  In the game business, Sony is working to expand sales and operating income through the introduction of an attractive software lineup and through offering game software on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
 
 
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Sony is implementing various measures to improve costs in each of its businesses.  With regards to restructuring the electronics businesses, the consolidation of manufacturing sites aimed at further improving the efficiency of manufacturing operations in Japan and the reduction of headquarters and administrative personnel resulting from simplification of the organization and enhancing work efficiency are progressing as planned.
   
n
In the areas of investment in core and new businesses aimed at achieving growth, in June 2012, Sony announced a capital investment plan which aims to enhance production capacity of CMOS image sensors.  Image sensors not only contribute to the differentiation of Sony’s products, but they also contribute to profit through external sales.  Sony is expanding production capacity of stacked CMOS image sensors, which are more compact and functional, and will enable Sony to meet the increasing demand for high resolution image sensors in the growing mobile devices market which includes smartphones and tablets.  In the medical business, Sony announced that it plans to establish a business venture with Olympus Corporation in September 2012, and preparations are moving forward with the goal of establishing the business venture on April 1, 2013, subject to obtaining regulatory approvals in Japan and other countries.  In addition, Sony acquired U.S.-based Gaikai Inc. in August 2012, with the aim of strengthening the game business.  To ensure the availability of long-term funds mainly to make these investments, which are expected to contribute to profitability in the mid- to long-term, Sony issued 150 billion yen (1,724 million U.S. dollars) of Zero Coupon Convertible Bonds during the third quarter.
   
n
Sony is transforming its business portfolio and reorganizing its assets by selecting and concentrating business lines in an effort to strengthen its corporate structure.  In the area of business portfolio transformation, Sony decided to reduce its exposure to several businesses and product categories, including through the sale of the small- and medium-sized display business in March 2012 and the chemical products related business in September 2012.  In order to maximize group synergies and to strengthen the network services business, Sony made So-net Entertainment Corporation a wholly-owned subsidiary in January 2013.  In the area of asset reorganization, in January 2013, Sony entered into a contract to sell the headquarters building of Sony Corporation of America, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary.
   
n
As mentioned above, Sony is not only implementing various measures to improve profitability but it is also undertaking a growth strategy expected to yield profitability in the mid- to long-term, select and concentrate businesses and transform its business portfolio.  Sony is also working to improve its cash flow* position by carefully selecting investments, reorganizing assets and strengthening control of working capital such as inventory.  Moreover, Sony continues to diversify its sources of funds and further stabilize its financial foundation to ensure quick investment decisions are possible despite the severe environment.
   
Efforts being made in the Pictures and Music businesses, which consistently contribute to Sony’s annual operating income, are as follows:
   
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In the Pictures segment, Sony aims to grow its operating income from its core operations which encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; and television networks.  The development of franchise films with worldwide appeal, such as The Amazing Spider-Man, which was highly successful during the current fiscal year, as well the sequel to The Smurfs (scheduled for release in July 2013 in the U.S.), is a key area of focus for Sony’s motion picture production business.  Within the television production business, Sony actively provides programming to broadcast and cable television networks and digital outlets.  During the third quarter, Sony had television programs on all four of the major U.S. broadcast networks.  In the television network business, Sony currently is broadcasting in more than 159 countries around the world.  Going forward, Sony plans to further expand its high margin television networks business by launching and acquiring channels in growing markets, such as the agreement entered into by Sony to acquire an additional ownership interest in Multi Screen Media Private Ltd. in India in June 2012.
   
n
In the Music segment, although the physical music market continues to decline, the digital distribution market is expanding, primarily due to the rise of new services, mainly in Europe and the U.S.  Sony aims to further expand its business by increasing its market share through the discovery and development of new, talented artists, by offering its music libraries on growing digital distribution platforms and by developing new business opportunities.  In addition, Sony is working to improve profitability by realigning its costs to meet the changing market environment and pursuing growth opportunities by cultivating new businesses such as television shows centered on music and developing talent.  One example of this strategy is the group One Direction, which was developed from The X Factor, a popular music audition television show in the U.K.  One Direction released a very successful album during the third quarter and is the industry’s biggest breakthrough act of 2012.  Moreover, in the music publishing business, which manages and exploits music publishing rights, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC began administering the world-class global music catalogue of EMI Music Publishing starting in June of 2012.  Sony plans to solidify its position as the top player in the industry through efficient management and good creative decisions.
 
*
Cash flow provided by operating and investing activities combined excluding the Financial Services segment’s activities
 
 
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 (Supplemental Information)

In addition to operating income (loss), Sony’s management also evaluates Sony’s performance using non-U.S. GAAP adjusted operating income (loss).  Operating income (loss), as adjusted, which excludes equity in net income (loss) of affiliated companies, restructuring charges and impairments of long-lived assets, is not a presentation in accordance with U.S. GAAP, but is presented to enhance investors’ understanding of Sony’s operating results by providing an alternative measure that may be useful in understanding Sony’s historical and prospective operating performance.  Sony’s management uses this measure to review operating trends, perform analytical comparisons, and assess whether its structural transformation initiatives are achieving their objectives.  This supplemental non-U.S. GAAP measure should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, Sony’s operating income (loss) in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Consolidated Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2012, as Adjusted

   
(Billions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Third quarter ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change in yen
 
2012
Operating income (loss)
  ¥ (91.7 )   ¥ 46.4       - %   $ 534  
Less: Equity in net loss of affiliated companies*1
    (108.8 )     (0.4 )     -       (4 )
Add: Restructuring charges recorded within operating expenses*2
    4.5       16.7       +271.5       192  
Add: Impairments of long-lived assets*3
    2.1       1.5       -29.0       17  
Operating income, as adjusted
  ¥ 23.7     ¥ 65.0       +174.3 %   $ 747  

Outlook for the Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2013 (“FY12”), as Adjusted

   
(Billions of yen)
   
March 31, 2012
Actual Results
 
FY12 February Forecast
 
Change in yen
Operating income (loss)*4
  ¥ (67.3 )   ¥ 130       - %
Less: Equity in net loss of affiliated companies*1
    (121.7 )     (5 )     -  
Add: Restructuring charges, net, recorded within operating expenses*2
    54.8       75       +36.9  
Add: Impairments of long-lived assets*3
    29.3       10       -65.9  
Operating income, as adjusted*4
  ¥ 138.5     ¥ 220       +58.8 %

*1
 Equity in net loss of affiliated companies for the third quarter of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 includes a 63.4 billion yen impairment loss on Sony's shares of S-LCD which were sold in January 2012 and a 33.0 billion yen valuation allowance (Sony’s 50% share of the 654 million euro valuation allowance which Sony Ericsson recorded under U.S.GAAP against certain of its deferred tax assets in the quarter ended December 31, 2011).  Equity in net loss of affiliated companies for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 includes a 60.0 billion yen loss from the aforementioned impairment loss on Sony's shares of S-LCD and subsequent foreign currency adjustments, as well as the aforementioned 33.0 billion yen valuation allowance of Sony Ericsson.  In addition, as Sony sold its shares of S-LCD in January 2012 and acquired Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson’s 50% equity interest in Sony Ericsson with the company becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony in February 2012, the results of both companies are not included in the equity in net loss of affiliated companies for the actual results of the third quarter and for the outlook of the full fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.
 
 
*2
 Sony is undertaking several structural transformation initiatives to enhance profitability through the implementation of various cost reduction programs as well as the adoption of horizontal platforms.  Sony defines restructuring initiatives as activities initiated by Sony, such as exiting a business or product category or implementing a headcount reduction program, which are designed to generate a positive impact on future profitability.  Restructuring charges are recorded, depending on the nature of the individual items, in cost of sales, selling, general and administrative expenses as well as other operating (income) expense, net, in the consolidated statement of income.  Sony includes losses due to long-lived asset impairments in restructuring charges when those impairments are directly related to Sony’s current restructuring initiatives.
 
 
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*3
 The 1.5 billion yen (17 million U.S. dollars) and the 2.1 billion yen in non-cash impairment charges of long-lived assets recorded within operating results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2012 and for the third quarter ended December 31, 2011 respectively are related to the fair value of long-lived assets in the LCD television asset group being lower than net book value.  The 29.3 billion yen in non-cash impairment charges of long-lived assets for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 is related to the above-mentioned LCD television asset group and network business asset group, with charges of 16.7 billion yen and 12.6 billion yen, respectively.  Substantially all of the 10.0 billion yen in non-cash impairment charges of long-lived assets expected for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 relates to the LCD television asset group.  For the LCD television asset group, the corresponding estimated future cash flows leading to the impairment charges reflect the continued deterioration in LCD television market conditions in Japan, Europe and North America, and unfavorable foreign exchange rates.  For the network business asset group, which has made investments in network improvements and security enhancements, the corresponding estimated future cash flows leading to the impairment charges, primarily related to certain intangible and other long-lived assets, reflected management’s revised forecast over the limited period applicable to the impairment determination.  Sony has not included these losses on impairment in restructuring charges.
   
*4
The operating loss and operating income, as adjusted, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, includes a gain of 102.3 billion yen due to the remeasurement of the 50% equity interest Sony owned in Sony Mobile prior to the acquisition described above.
 
See the chart below for further details regarding segment and category changes as of April 1, 2012.  The Audio and Video category includes the previous Home Audio and Video category and memory-based portable audio devices, which were previously included in the Personal Mobile Products category.  The Digital Imaging category changed its name to Digital Imaging Products.  The network services business, previously included in the Game category, and the medical business, previously included in the Professional Solutions category were transferred to All Other.  The former Game category has been changed to the Game segment.  The former Sony Mobile Communications segment has been changed to the Mobile Communications category.
 
Fiscal year ended March 31, 2012        Fiscal year ending March 31, 2013
 
 
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Cautionary Statement
 
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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
 
2012
 
2012
  March 31, 2012   2012
Current assets:
                       
Cash and cash equivalents
  ¥ 894,576     ¥ 698,029     ¥ -196,547     $ 8,023  
Marketable securities
    680,913       658,250       -22,663       7,566  
Notes and accounts receivable, trade
    840,924       1,004,324       +163,400       11,544  
Allowance for doubtful accounts and sales returns
    (71,009 )     (80,715 )     -9,706       (928 )
Inventories
    707,052       769,582       +62,530       8,846  
Other receivables
    202,044       171,422       -30,622       1,970  
Deferred income taxes
    36,769       39,501       +2,732       454  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    463,693       459,752       -3,941       5,285  
Total current assets
    3,754,962       3,720,145       -34,817       42,760  
                                 
Film costs
    270,048       258,297       -11,751       2,969  
                                 
Investments and advances:
                               
Affiliated companies
    36,800       70,193       +33,393       807  
Securities investments and other
    6,282,676       6,883,951       +601,275       79,126  
      6,319,476       6,954,144       +634,668       79,933  
                                 
Property, plant and equipment:
                               
Land
    139,413       138,854       -559       1,596  
Buildings
    817,730       826,648       +8,918       9,502  
Machinery and equipment
    1,957,134       1,910,063       -47,071       21,954  
Construction in progress
    35,648       38,801       +3,153       446  
      2,949,925       2,914,366       -35,559       33,498  
Less-Accumulated depreciation
    2,018,927       2,003,099       -15,828       23,024  
      930,998       911,267       -19,731       10,474  
                                 
Other assets:
                               
Intangibles, net
    503,699       503,946       +247       5,792  
Goodwill
    576,758       626,150       +49,392       7,197  
Deferred insurance acquisition costs
    441,236       455,164       +13,928       5,232  
Deferred income taxes
    100,460       95,483       -4,977       1,098  
Other
    398,030       336,449       -61,581       3,867  
      2,020,183       2,017,192       -2,991       23,186  
                                 
  Total assets
  ¥ 13,295,667     ¥ 13,861,045     ¥ +565,378     $ 159,322  
                                 
                                 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
                               
Current liabilities:
                               
Short-term borrowings
  ¥ 99,878     ¥ 231,838     ¥ +131,960     $ 2,665  
Current portion of long-term debt
    310,483       212,656       -97,827       2,444  
Notes and accounts payable, trade
    758,680       633,598       -125,082       7,283  
Accounts payable, other and accrued expenses
    1,073,241       1,033,596       -39,645       11,880  
Accrued income and other taxes
    63,396       84,648       +21,252       973  
Deposits from customers in the banking business
    1,761,137       1,868,439       +107,302       21,476  
Other
    463,166       478,323       +15,157       5,499  
Total current liabilities
    4,529,981       4,543,098       +13,117       52,220  
                                 
Long-term debt
    762,226       942,592       +180,366       10,834  
Accrued pension and severance costs
    309,375       310,990       +1,615       3,575  
Deferred income taxes
    284,499       292,913       +8,414       3,367  
Future insurance policy benefits and other
    3,208,843       3,450,383       +241,540       39,660  
Policyholders’ account in the life insurance business
    1,449,644       1,585,375       +135,731       18,223  
Other
    240,978       251,349       +10,371       2,887  
  Total liabilities
    10,785,546       11,376,700       +591,154       130,766  
                                 
Redeemable noncontrolling interest
    20,014       2,936       -17,078       34  
                                 
Equity:
                               
Sony Corporation’s stockholders’ equity:
                               
Common stock
    630,923       630,923    
      7,252  
Additional paid-in capital
    1,160,236       1,126,927       -33,309       12,953  
Retained earnings
    1,084,462       1,021,026       -63,436       11,736  
Accumulated other comprehensive income
    (842,093 )     (762,249 )     +79,844       (8,762 )
Treasury stock, at cost
    (4,637 )     (4,459 )     +178       (51 )
      2,028,891       2,012,168       -16,723       23,128  
                                 
Noncontrolling interests
    461,216       469,241       +8,025       5,394  
  Total equity
    2,490,107       2,481,409       -8,698       28,522  
  Total liabilities and equity
  ¥ 13,295,667     ¥ 13,861,045     ¥ +565,378     $ 159,322  
 
 
F-1

 
 
Consolidated Statements of Income
                       
   
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
   
Three months ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change from 2011
 
2012
Sales and operating revenue:
                       
Net sales
  ¥ 1,588,421     ¥ 1,660,703           $ 19,089  
Financial services revenue
    219,374       265,578             3,053  
Other operating revenue
    15,081       21,699             249  
      1,822,876       1,947,980       +6.9 %     22,391  
                                 
Costs and expenses:
                               
Cost of sales
    1,262,557       1,282,776               14,745  
Selling, general and administrative
    355,674       388,687               4,468  
Financial services expenses
    186,421       230,746               2,652  
Other operating (income) expense, net
    1,155       (1,018 )             (12 )
      1,805,807       1,901,191       +5.3       21,853  
                                 
Equity in net loss of affiliated companies
    (108,797 )     (360 )  
      (4 )
                                 
Operating income (loss)
    (91,728 )     46,429    
      534  
                                 
Other income:
                               
Interest and dividends
    2,469       2,689               31  
Gain on sale of securities investments, net
    323       52               1  
Other
    1,613       879               10  
      4,405       3,620       -17.8       42  
                                 
Other expenses:
                               
Interest
    4,983       7,356               86  
Loss on devaluation of securities investments
    2,341       7,288               84  
Foreign exchange loss, net
    9,386       4,120               47  
Other
    1,881       1,855               21  
      18,591       20,619       +10.9       238  
                                 
Income (loss) before income taxes
    (105,914 )     29,430    
      338  
                                 
Income taxes
    28,916       25,907               298  
                                 
Net income (loss)
    (134,830 )     3,523    
      40  
                                 
Less - Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
    24,138       14,286               164  
                                 
Net loss attributable to Sony Corporation’s
  ¥ (158,968 )   ¥ (10,763 )   %   $ (124 )
   stockholders
                               
                                 
                                 
                                 
Per share data:
                               
Net loss attributable to Sony Corporation’s
                               
   stockholders
                               
   — Basic
  ¥ (158.40 )   ¥ (10.72 )   %   $ (0.12 )
   — Diluted
    (158.40 )     (10.72 )  
      (0.12 )
                                 
                                 
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
                               
   
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
 
   
Three months ended December 31
 
      2011     2012  
Change from 2011
    2012
                                 
Net income (loss)
  ¥ (134,830 )   ¥ 3,523     %   $ 40  
                                 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax –
                               
Unrealized gains (losses) on securities
    (9,297 )     20,524               236  
Unrealized gains (losses) on derivative instruments
    (55 )     169               2  
Pension liability adjustment
    (3,035 )     (3,421 )             (39 )
Foreign currency translation adjustments
    25,116       131,934               1,517  
                                 
Total comprehensive income (loss)
    (122,101 )     152,729    
      1,756  
                                 
Less - Comprehensive income attributable
    19,635       15,628               180  
   to noncontrolling interests
                               
                                 
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable
  ¥ (141,736 )   ¥ 137,101     %   $ 1,576  
to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
                               
 
 
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Consolidated Statements of Income
                       
   
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
   
Nine months ended December 31
   
2011
 
2012
 
Change from 2011
 
2012
Sales and operating revenue:
                       
Net sales
  ¥ 4,236,557     ¥ 4,297,417           $ 49,396  
Financial services revenue
    603,636       689,940             7,930  
Other operating revenue
    52,593       80,465             925  
      4,892,786       5,067,822       +3.6 %     58,251  
                                 
Costs and expenses:
                               
Cost of sales
    3,278,103       3,334,185               38,324  
Selling, general and administrative
    1,021,213       1,066,896               12,263  
Financial services expenses
    516,554       594,876               6,838  
Other operating (income) expense, net
    30,269       (14,855 )             (171 )
      4,846,139       4,981,102       +2.8       57,254  
                                 
Equity in net loss of affiliated companies
    (112,510 )     (3,765 )  
      (43 )
                                 
Operating income (loss)
    (65,863 )     82,955    
      954  
                                 
Other income:
                               
Interest and dividends
    9,084       11,597               133  
Gain on sale of securities investments, net
    643       184               2  
Other
    6,885       2,897               33  
      16,612       14,678       -11.6       168  
                                 
Other expenses:
                               
Interest
    17,544       20,831               239  
Loss on devaluation of securities investments
    3,155       7,477               86  
Foreign exchange loss, net
    7,436       5,812               67  
Other
    5,314       5,020               58  
      33,449       39,140       +17.0       450  
                                 
Income (loss) before income taxes
    (82,700 )     58,493    
      672  
                                 
Income taxes
    74,807       67,917               780  
                                 
Net loss
    (157,507 )     (9,424 )  
      (108 )
                                 
Less - Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
    43,940       41,450               477  
                                 
Net loss attributable to Sony Corporation’s
  ¥ (201,447 )   ¥ (50,874 )   %   $ (585 )
stockholders
                               
                                 
                                 
                                 
Per share data:
                               
Net loss attributable to Sony Corporation’s
                               
stockholders
                               
— Basic
  ¥ (200.73 )   ¥ (50.69 )   %   $ (0.58 )
— Diluted
    (200.73 )     (50.69 )  
      (0.58 )
                                 
                                 
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
                               
   
(Millions of yen, millions of U.S. dollars)
   
Nine months ended December 31
      2011     2012  
Change from 2011
    2012
                                 
Net loss
  ¥ (157,507 )   ¥ (9,424 )   %   $ (108 )
                                 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax –
                               
Unrealized gains on securities
    9,798       39,176               450  
Unrealized gains on derivative instruments
    1,774       306               4  
Pension liability adjustment
    (957 )     (1,375 )             (16 )
Foreign currency translation adjustments
    (115,610 )     46,605               536  
                                 
Total comprehensive income (loss)
    (262,502 )     75,288    
      866  
                                 
Less - Comprehensive income attributable
    45,477       46,318               534  
to noncontrolling interests
                               
                                 
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable
  ¥ (307,979 )   ¥ 28,970     %   $ 332  
to Sony Corporation’s stockholders
                               
 
 
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, 2011
  ¥ 2,547,987     ¥ 388,592     ¥ 2,936,579  
Exercise of stock acquisition rights
    4       163       167  
Stock based compensation
    1,548               1,548  
                         
Comprehensive income:
                       
Net income (loss)
    (201,447 )     43,940       (157,507 )
Other comprehensive income, net of tax –
                       
Unrealized gains on securities
    7,252       2,546       9,798  
Unrealized gains on derivative instruments
    1,774               1,774  
Pension liability adjustment
    (957 )             (957 )
Foreign currency translation adjustments
    (114,601 )     (1,009 )     (115,610 )
Total comprehensive income (loss)
    (307,979 )     45,477       (262,502 )
                         
Dividends declared
    (12,545 )     (6,515 )     (19,060 )
Transactions with noncontrolling interests shareholders and other
    (1,431 )     241       (1,190 )
Balance at December 31, 2011
  ¥ 2,227,584     ¥ 427,958     ¥ 2,655,542  
                         
Balance at March 31, 2012
  ¥ 2,028,891     ¥ 461,216     ¥ 2,490,107  
Exercise of stock acquisition rights
            109       109  
Stock based compensation
    629               629  
                         
Comprehensive income:
                       
Net income (loss)
    (50,874 )     41,450       (9,424 )
Other comprehensive income, net of tax –
                       
Unrealized gains on securities
    30,683       8,493       39,176  
Unrealized gains on derivative instruments
    306               306  
Pension liability adjustment
    85       (1,460 )     (1,375 )
Foreign currency translation adjustments
    48,770       (2,165 )     46,605  
Total comprehensive income
    28,970       46,318