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Groupe Renault Revenues Up 15.9% In Third Quarter 

By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 14:30

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Groupe Renault revenues came to €12,218 million in the third quarter of 2017 (up 15.9 per cent). Excluding the impact of the consolidation of AVTOVAZ, Group revenues increased by 9.8 per cent to €11,584 million (up 12.2 per cent at constant exchange rates).

During this quarter, Groupe Renault continued to report rising sales (+9.4 per cent to 866,233 units) and market share (+0.2 points to 3.8 per cent) at global level.

In Europe, Group registrations rose 4.9 per cent in a market that grew by 1.4 per cent, with 397,097 vehicles registered in the third quarter. The Group took a 9.9 per cent share of the European market, up 0.3 points.

The Renault brand posted growth of 2.9 per cent, buoyed by the launch of New Koleos and the success of ZOE Z.E. 40. Clio is Europe’s second best-selling vehicle, while Captur is the number-one crossover in its segment.

Renault continues to lead the way in the electric vehicle segment, with 7,697 vehicles sold in the third quarter. ZOE registered 6,665 sales, an increase of 67 per cent.

The Dacia brand reported a 10.3 per cent rise in sales, driven primarily by the performance of Sandero (+12 per cent).

Outside Europe, the Group is continuing to consolidate its position with the success of new models: sales rose 13.5 per cent in a market that expanded by 5.5 per cent.

In Eurasia, sales rose 24.3 per cent in a market that grew by 15.5 per cent. The market share of the Group, which now includes the Lada brand, increased by 1.8 points to 24.6 per cent.

In Russia, the Group’s second biggest market in volume, sales jumped 22.9 per cent (at constant scope, including Lada). Buoyed by the success of Lada Vesta, Lada Xray and Renault Kaptur, the Group increased market share to 28.2 per cent, a rise of 1.2 points.

In Turkey, sales surged by 40.6 per cent. The Group increased market share by 3.5 points to 18.8 per cent on the back of the success of New Mégane Sedan, which totalled over 8,412 registrations in the third quarter.

In Asia-Pacific, Group registrations rose 21.1 per cent in a market that grew by 4.7 per cent.

In China, the Group increased sales by 123.6 per cent, with 16,807 vehicles sold during this quarter.

In South Korea, Renault Samsung Motors sales fell by 8.2 per cent owing to the lack of new model in a fiercely competitive market. This fall follows strong growth in 2016 with the launch of SM6 and QM6.

In the Americas region, sales rose 14.0 per cent in a market that expanded by 7.1 per cent. The Group increased its market share by 0.4 points to 7.3 per cent. The Group is continuing to reap the full benefits of the recovery of the Brazilian market, which expanded by 14.6 per cent. Registrations jumped 24.8 per cent and market share rose to 8.5 per cent (+0,7 points), buoyed by strong sales of the new models, Captur and Kwid. Launched in July, Kwid has already totalled over 13,600 sales.

In Argentina, where the market expanded by 18.5 per cent, Group registrations rose 7.7 per cent pending the Kwid start of sales.

In the Africa, Middle-East, India region, Group registrations fell by 1.3 per cent in a market that grew by 4.2 per cent. In India, sales fell by 20.7 per cent on third-quarter 2016, pending the launch of Captur in early November.

In Iran, the Group confirmed the trend noted in first-half 2017 with a 28.1 per cent increase in deliveries, on the back of the success of Tondar and Sandero. The Group increased its market share by 0.8 points to 10.5 per cent.

Third quarter revenues by operating sector

Automotive excluding AVTOVAZ revenues totaled €10,974 million (up 9.9 per cent). The volume effect (+2.7 points) is still benefiting from the on-going recovery in the Russian, Brazilian and Turkish markets, as well as the good sales momentum in Europe. The combined effect of price and mix is impacting positively for 2.2 points. The increase in sales to partners contributed 4.8 points to the revenue growth, reflecting the positive momentum in sales of vehicles assembled (notably in Europe with the ramp-up of Nissan Micra production) and in our CKD1 activity in Iran and China. The “others” effect (+2.6 points) is mainly explained by the robust performance of used vehicles and spare parts activities. The currency effect turned negative at -2.4 points, mainly due to the strengthening of the Euro versus a basket of currencies (notably Argentinean peso, Turkish lira and Korean won).

Sales Financing (RCI Banque) posted revenues of €610 million in the third quarter, up 9.5 per cent on 2016. The number of new financing contracts increased by 14.0 per cent. Average performing assets rose 18.2 per cent to €40.1 billion.

AVTOVAZ revenues amounted to €634 million in the third quarter (entity not fully consolidated in 2016).

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Outlook for 2017

In 2017, the global market should see growth of 2 per cent to 3 per cent (versus +1.5 per cent to +2.5 per cent previously). The European market is expected to grow around 3 per cent (versus +2 per cent previously). The French market is expected to expand by around 4 per cent (versus +2 per cent previously).

Outside Europe, the Russian market could grow around 10 per cent (versus more than 5 per cent previously), and the Brazilian market up to 8 per cent (versus by 5 per cent previously). The growth momentum is expected to continue in China (around 5 per cent) and India (more than 8 per cent).

Within this context, and including AVTOVAZ, Groupe Renault is confirming its guidance:

– increase Group revenues, beyond the impact of AVTOVAZ (at constant exchange rates)*,
– increase Group operating profit in euros*,
– generate a positive automotive operational free cash flow.

* compared with 2016 Groupe Renault published results

Groupe Renault consolidated revenues

(€ million) 2017 2016
Q1
 Automotive excl. AVTOVAZ 11,939 9,942
Sales Financing 621 547
 AVTOVAZ 569
 Total 13,129 10,489
Q2
Automotive excl. AVTOVAZ 15,056 14,136
Sales Financing 630 560
AVTOVAZ 722
Total 16,408 14,696
Q3
Automotive excl. AVTOVAZ 10,974 9,989
Sales Financing 610 557
AVTOVAZ 634
Total 12,218 10,546
Automotive excl. AVTOVAZ  37,969  34,067
Sales Financing  1,861  1,664
AVTOVAZ  1,925  –
Total  41,755  35,731

 

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