(Bloomberg) -- Nissan Motor Co. fell the most in a month after warning that full-year operating profit came in 15% lower than it forecast as recently as February as sales fell short of expectations.

The Japanese carmaker’s preliminary profit figure of ¥530 billion ($3.4 billion) fell short of the ¥620 billion predicted by the company and by analysts. The company’s shares dropped as much as 3.6% in early trading in Tokyo on Monday, the most since March 26 on an intraday basis.

The full-year warning follows another miss in February when third-quarter profit came in below estimates. The manufacturer cited “temporary logistics disruption and intensifying competition” and lowered its vehicle sales forecast to 3.55 million units at the time. Now, Nissan says it expects to sell 3.44 million units. That compares with around 5 million as little as five years ago, with an aging lineup, lack of hybrid options in North America and intensifying competition in China contributing to the decline. 

An earthquake in Japan earlier this year and other logistics issues also affected sales, according to the company. 

“The US has a big impact and the hybrid mix is growing more than what we anticipated,” Chief Executive Officer Makoto Uchida said during a virtual press conference. Nissan is also bearing the cost of investments that suppliers made based on previous sales targets, as well as providing relief to them from increasing inflation, he said. 

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Last month, Nissan unveiled plans to sell an additional 1 million vehicles a year by 2027 by introducing dozens of new models — including more cost-effective EVs. It also announced a partnership with Honda Motor Co. to develop EV technology. The rivals, which initially signed a memorandum of understanding, said they will collaborate on core technology for battery-based electric vehicles, including software.

But Friday’s release may cast doubt on Nissan’s ability to achieve the goals set out in the plan it announced in March.

The factors of lower sales volume and various cost-relief measures have been known for some time, and “it’s unclear if they were factored into Nissan’s mid-term plan,” Bloomberg Intelligence senior analyst Tatsuo Yoshida wrote in a note. “It could undermine the viability of its targets.” 

On the topic of the weakening yen, which is trading near a 34-year low, Nissan’s Chief Financial Officer Stephen Ma said the foreign-exchange impact is “positive” and the company will give a detailed analysis during its earnings announcement, which is likely to come next month. For now, the company has no plans to change its dividend policy, he said.

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