Will Nikon be out of business in 5 years?

Started Oct 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jeff
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Re: Will Nikon be out of business in 5 years?
In reply to Charles Wass, Oct 28, 2013

Charles Wass wrote:

Nikon is diversified. They are leading players, perhaps the leading player, in photolithography equipment, the equipment used to manufacture computer chips. I concede that I do not know what proportion of their sales come from that technology. See http://www.nikonprecision.com.

Charlie

Nikon has three main business units, Precision Equipment (for electronic devices), Imaging, and Instruments. Imaging products is by far the biggest, constituting 75% of corporate net sales. and the majority of their operating income. See http://www.nikon.com/about/info/domains/index.htm

Their financials are fundamentally sound with relatively low debt, global reach in the business units, and seasoned leadership in their key business units. Their annual report is strong http://www.nikon.com/about/ir/ir_library/ar/pdf/ar2013/13annual_e.pdf

But they are in some very tough businesses. Instruments is a money loser, and both Imaging and Precision Equipment are facing strong competition in rapidly changing markets. In the photolithography market, AMSL (http://www.siliconsemiconductor.net/article/74993-Can-Nikon-or-Canon-Ever-Catch-ASML-in-the-Lithography-Market.php) is now the market leader.

I'm not sure what their future looks like, but it should be an interesting ride for them over the next few years.

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