TOKYO -- Nissan said Tuesday it expects to post an annual operating loss for a second straight year, as the coronavirus pandemic hampers its efforts to emerge from a slump in sales.
The automaker forecasts an operating loss of 470 billion yen ($4.5 billion), which would be its biggest, according to Nissan data that goes back to 1977, and much larger than a consensus estimate of a 262.8 billion yen loss drawn from 20 analysts polled by Refinitiv.
The company predicted revenue would plunge by a fifth to 7.8 trillion yen ($74.1 billion) and global vehicle sales would fall 16 percent.
Years of aggressive expansion, particularly in emerging markets, has left Japan's No. 2 automaker with dismal margins, an aging portfolio and a tarnished brand.
Still reeling from the 2018 arrest and ouster of former CEO Carlos Ghosn, Nissan unveiled a far-reaching restructuring plan in May that calls for a dramatic reduction in production lines and its vehicle model range.
In the first quarter, Nissan posted an operating loss of 153.9 billion yen ($1.5 billion), its second consecutive quarterly loss after falling 94.8 billion yen into the red between January and March.
Nissan's woes have highlighted the fragility of its automaking partnership with Renault, which has also announced a major restructuring as it rows back on policies pursued by Ghosn, now a fugitive wanted on charges of financial misconduct in Tokyo. Ghosn denies the charges.
Mitsubishi Motors, a junior partner in the three-way alliance, saw its shares tumble about 13 percent on Tuesday after sales in Southeast Asia plunged 70 percent during the April-June quarter.