By Dr. Serkan Toto – On Japan's Game Industry

The Pokemon Company Hits Record Profits In 2020

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The Pokemon Company (TPC) is seeing record numbers and has, for the first time, its sales numbers disclosed to the public (JP).

According to the Japanese government’s Official Gazette, TPC recorded the following financial performance for the fiscal year that ended on February 28, 2021 (numbers rounded):

  • Sales: 120 billion yen (US$1.1 billion)
  • Operating profit: 27.8 billion yen (US$254 million)
  • Net profit: 18.6 billion yen (US$170 million)

TPC is a private company, which means the company is not obligated to disclose a full breakdown of its financials.

This is the first time that the Official Gazette actually showed not only TPC’s sales but also the operating profit.

Net profit was disclosed in the publication in years past and has never been higher than the US$170 million in the history of TPC, which is currently in its 24th fiscal.

(Net profit was up 21.2% year-on-year.)

I would not be surprised to see these numbers surpassed this fiscal (which started on March 1), as it will include Pokemon Snap (released in April), Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl (scheduled for November) and Pokémon Legends: Arceus (scheduled for January 2021).

One key beneficiary of TPC’s financial performance is Nintendo (7974), which owns 32% of voting rights in the company.

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Dr. Serkan Toto

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