Honda Motor boosted operating profit for the fiscal second quarter to 30 September 2012) 92.1% to JPY100.8bn after vehicle sales rose, mainly in North America and Japan, as it finally recovered from the impact of last year's Japanese earthquake. The automaker also cited strong sales of new models and an increase in motorcycle sales, mainly in India.

Pre-tax profit rose 38.8% to JPY106.2bn and net profit was up 36.1% to JPY82.2bn.

First fiscal half operating income rose a staggering 268.7% year on year to JPY276.8bn while net profit was up 132% to JPY213.9bn.

Nonetheless, Honda has revised down its operating income forecast for the full fiscal year to 31 March, 2013 from the previously announced JPY620bn to JPY520bn citing the impact of anti-Japan sentiment which has recently affected its sales in China, falling sales in Europe and South America "due to changes in the business environment" and "the unfavorable currency effects due to depreciation of local currencies in some emerging countries".

Honda also cut its full year net profit forecast from JPY470bn to JPY375bn as it expects a decline in its share from affiliates mostly in China.

It will, however, boost Q2 quarterly dividend JPY4 to JPY19 per share while total cash dividends for the full year will be up JPY16 to JPY76.

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Consolidated Financial Summary for the Fiscal 2nd Quarter ended September 30, 2012

TOKYO, Japan, October 29, 2012 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its consolidated financial results for the fiscal second quarter and the fiscal first half ended September 30, 2012.

Consolidated operating income for the fiscal second quarter (July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012) amounted to 100.8 billion yen, an increase of 92.1% compared to the same period last year, primarily due to an increase in automobile sales, mainly in North America and Japan, as a result of the recovery from the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and strong sales of new models, as well as an increase in motorcycle sales, mainly in India. Consolidated income before income taxes amounted to 106.2 billion yen, an increase of 38.8% compared to the same period last year, and consolidated net income*1 amounted to 82.2 billion yen, an increase of 36.1% compared to the same period last year.

Consolidated operating income for the fiscal first half (April 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012) amounted to 276.8 billion yen, an increase of 268.7% compared to the same period last year, and consolidated net income*1 amounted to 213.9 billion yen, an increase of 132.0% compared to the same period last year.

Honda made a downward revision to the forecast for consolidated operating income for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 from the previously announced 620.0 billion yen to 520.0 billion yen factoring in the impact of the recent situation in China, a decline in sales in Europe and South America due to changes in the business environment, and the unfavorable currency effects due to depreciation of local currencies in some emerging countries. In addition to consolidated operating income, Honda also made a downward revision to the forecast for consolidated net income*1 for the current fiscal year from the previously announced 470.0 billion yen to 375.0 billion yen anticipating a decline in equity in income of affiliates mostly in China.

Despite the revisions to forecasts for consolidated financial results for the current fiscal year, as per the previously announced forecast, the quarterly dividend for the current fiscal second quarter will be 19 yen per share, a 4 yen increase compared to the quarterly dividend for the same period last year. The total cash dividends to be paid for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 are planned to be 76 yen per share, an increase of 16 yen per share from the previous fiscal year.

Consolidated Financial Results for the Fiscal 2nd Quarter and Fiscal First half

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Forecasts for the Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2013 (FY13)

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*1
Net income attributable to Honda Motor Co., Ltd. based on U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
*2
Honda Group Unit Sales is the total unit sales of completed products (motorcycles, ATVs, automobiles, power products) of Honda, its consolidated subsidiaries and its affiliates accounted for under the equity method.
*3
Consolidated Unit Sales is the total unit sales of completed products (motorcycles, ATVs, automobiles, power products) corresponding to consolidated net sales, which consists of unit sales of completed products of Honda and its consolidated subsidiaries.
*4
Consolidated Unit Sales of ATVs included in motorcycle business for the fiscal 2nd quarter ended September 30, 2011 and 2012 are 31 thousand units and 30 thousand units, respectively. Consolidated Unit Sales of ATVs included in motorcycle business for the fiscal first half ended September 30, 2011 and 2012 are 57 thousand units and 59 thousand units, respectively.
*5
Certain sales of automobiles that are financed with residual value type auto loans by our Japanese finance subsidiaries are accounted for as operating leases in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and are not included in consolidated net sales to the external customers in our automobile business. As a result, they are not included in Consolidated Unit Sales, but are included in Honda Group Unit Sales of our automobile business.
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Forecasts announced on July 31, 2012 were the same as the forecasts announced at the beginning of the current fiscal year (announced on April 27, 2012).

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