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The economic outlook for 2021 remains uncertain mainly because of the spread of COVID-19, which has not yet abated, and the reissued state of emergency in Japan at the beginning of the year. We must continue implementing economic activities while taking preventive measures against the infectious disease. However, the economy is expected to recover slowly given an expected reactionary increase in sales from the sharp decline in 2020, and fiscal and monetary policies and economic support amid the COVID pandemic, which have been implemented worldwide.

Regarding the markets in which the Group participates, sales of both interchangeable lens cameras and interchangeable lenses are projected to turn positive in 2021, reflecting robust sales of mirrorless cameras and a reactionary increase in sales in response to a significant decline in 2020. In the surveillance camera market, security demand is projected to continue to grow and the use of surveillance cameras is expected to expand to include remote monitoring and marketing. In the factory automation (FA) market, manufacturing efficiency and automation demand have been increasing. The vehicle-mounted camera market is looking toward the trend of automated driving. These industrial markets are expected to recover toward the conventional growth track.

Under these circumstances, the Group intends to aggressively release its house-brand interchangeable lenses for mirrorless cameras, which are strong in sales. In the Chinese market, which is our focus area, sales began to increase significantly from the second half of 2020. We also intend to increase the sales volume of lenses for surveillance cameras, as well as the sales amount of lenses for industrial markets, such as FA/machine vision lens and automotive lens, in the Chinese market.
Based on the above, the Group's consolidated results forecast for the fiscal year ending December 2021 is as follows: net sales of 54 billion yen (up 11.6% year on year), operating income of 4.4 billion yen (up 23.1% year on year), ordinary income of 4.4 billion yen (up 17.3% year on year), and profit attributable to owners of parent of 2.9 billion yen (up 48.1% year on year). Double-digit increases in revenue and profit are expected.
This forecast was prepared based on assumed exchange rates of 105 yen to the U.S. dollar and 123 yen to the euro.
*The results forecast is prepared based on information available at the time of relevant announcements and actual results may differ due to a range of factors.