Johnson & Johnson estimates profit loss upon Venezuelan devaluation
The company projects that devaluation will translate into a loss of four cents per share in the first quarter, yet it will not hit profits in 2013
J & J said that the charge is equivalent to about four cents per share and will not hit the company's estimated income in 2013 (USD 5.36-5.45 per share), Reuters informed.
Early in February, Venezuela devaluated the bolivar from VEB 4.30 to VEB 6.30 per US dollar. This is the country's fifth devaluation in 10 years.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.