BMW Group sales in the three months from July to September dipped 0.4% to EUR18,750m.

Profit before financial result (EBIT) fell 3.7% to EUR1,928m due to new technology cost, increased personnel costs and growing competition. Third-quarter profit before tax (EBT) inched up just 0.1% to EUR1,989m while net profit was up 3.2% to EUR1,330m.

Group revenues for the nine month period fell 0.8% to EUR55,848m, EBIT was off 5.7% to EUR6,035m, profit before tax slipped 0.3% to EUR6,024m, EBIT margin was 10.8% and net profit rose 3% to EUR4,034m.

"Reported figures for both the third quarter and the nine-month period have developed positively despite the higher level of expenditure on new technologies and a challenging market environment in Europe. We have recorded best-ever worldwide sales volume figures to date and remain within our targeted margin range for the automotive segment", chairman Norbert Reithofer said in a statement.

Third-quarter automotive segment sales rose just 0.1% to EUR17,196m. Higher costs, increased production and market launch costs plus "the impact of weak car markets in some parts of Europe" depressed EBIT 6% to EUR1,549m for an EBIT margin of 9.0%. Profit before tax fell 4.1% to EUR1,631m.

Nine month sales increased 1.2%, EBIT fell 11.9% to EUR4,887m and profit before tax 9% to EUR4,795m. EBIT margin was 9.5%.

Unit sales during the third quarter rose 10.7% to a new record of 481,657 units while the nine-month tally was up 7.5% to a record 1,436,178 units.

BMW brand sales were up 11.7% to 405,350 units in the third quarter and 9% to 1,209,598 units in nine months.

Even in troubled Europe, third quarter group sales increased 1% to 204,828 units while nine month volume creaked up 0.2% to 641,537 units. Many other regions saw double digit percentage increases.

BMW sees the global market up 4.1% this year and is sticking to its forecasts.

"After a good third quarter, we are well on course to achieve our targets for the full year. We continue to target sales volume growth in the current year in the single-digit percentage range and hence a new sales volume record. Due to high levels of expenditure for new technologies and models as well as investment in the production network, the group profit before tax for 2013 should be on a similar level with the previous year." Reithofer said.

The automotive segment continues to forecast an EBIT margin of between 8% and 10% for the current year.

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BMW Group on course after good third quarter

 

Group revenues in third quarter at EUR 18.75 billion

Profit before taxes of approximately EUR 1.99 billion

Third-quarter net profit rises to EUR 1.33 billion

Nine-month Group revenues at approximately EUR 55.85 billion

Nine-month profit before taxes of EUR 6.02 billion

Nine-month Group net profit up to EUR 4.03 billion

BMW Group reaffirms outlook for full year 2013

 

Munich. Despite challenging and volatile business conditions, the BMW Group continued on its successful course during the third quarter and first nine-month period of 2013 and maintained its position as the world's leading premium car company.

 

Group revenues in the three months from July to September were on a similar level with the previous year and totalled EUR 18,750 million (2012: EUR 18,817 million;

-0.4%). Profit before financial result (EBIT) was almost on par with last year’s, which stood at EUR 1,928 million (2012: EUR 2,002 million; -3.7%). This result was due to high levels of expenditure on new technologies, increased personnel costs and growing competition. Third-quarter profit before tax (EBT) rose to EUR1,989 million (2012: EUR 1,987 million; +0.1%), while Group net profit increased by 3.2% to EUR 1,330 million (2012: EUR 1,289 million).

 

"Reported figures for both the third quarter and the nine-month period have developed positively despite the higher level of expenditure on new technologies and a challenging market environment in Europe. We have recorded best-ever worldwide sales volume figures to date and remain within our targeted margin range for the Automotive segment", stated Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Tuesday in Munich.

 

Group revenues for the nine-month period totalled EUR 55,848 million (2012: EUR 6,312 million; -0.8%). EBIT in this period amounted to EUR 6,035 million (2012: EUR 6,403 million; -5.7%). Profit before tax, at EUR 6,024 million (2012: EUR 6,043 million; -0.3%), was almost on par with the previous year’s high figure. The Group's EBIT margin for the nine-month period was 10.8%. Group net profit increased by 3.0% to EUR 4,034 million (2012: EUR 3,918 million).

 

Automotive segment: EBIT margin of 9.5% over nine-month period

Third-quarter revenues of the Automotive segment were practically unchanged at EUR 7,196 million (2012:  EUR 17,187 million; +0.1%). Influenced by the high level of expenditure on new technologies, increased production and market launch costs as well as the impact of weak car markets in some parts of Europe, EBIT amounted to EUR 1,549 million (2012: EUR 1,647 million; -6.0%), resulting in an EBIT margin of 9.0%. Profit before tax amounted to EUR 1,631 million (2012: EUR ,701 million; -4.1%).

 

Segment revenues in the nine months from January to September increased by 1.2% to EUR 51,304 million (2012: EUR 50,712 million). EBIT amounted to EUR4,887 million (2012: EUR 5,545 million; -11.9%) and profit before tax to EUR ,795 million (2012: EUR 5,271 million; -9.0%). The segment EBIT margin for the nine-month period was 9.5%.

 

Sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand cars during the third quarter rose by 10.7% to a new record of 481,657 units (2012: 434,963 units). The equivalent figure for the nine-month period rose by 7.5% to a new high to date of 1,436,178 units (2012: 1,335,502 units).

 

The BMW brand retained pole position in the premium segment worldwide during the nine-month period under report. Worldwide sales increased by 11.7% to 405,350 units (2012: 362,898 units) in the third quarter and by 9.0% to 1,209,598 units (2012: 1,109,962 units) for the nine-month period.

 

In terms of models, the BMW X1 and the 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series each retained market leadership in their relevant segment.

 

The BMW X1 remained popular with customers, with 116,451 units (2012: 102,519 units) sold in the period under report, an increase of 13.6% over the previous year. The BMW X3 recorded another good performance and saw sales volume rise by 5.7% to 113,945 units (2012: 107,833 units). Despite the forthcoming model change, sales of the BMW X5 increased by 2.0% to 78,244 units (2012: 76,725 units). The new BMW X5 will become available in mid-November.

 

One of the main drivers of growth was the BMW 3 Series, nine-month sales of which jumped by 27.6% to 365,772 units (2012: 286,622 units). The BMW 5 Series remained a success story, with sales of 270,902 units (2012: 263,738 units; +2.7%). Sharp growth was also registered by the BMW 6 Series, with sales in the nine-month period up by 22.6% to 20,360 units (2012: 16,607 units).

MINI also increased sales volumes significantly, achieving a new best figure to date for a third quarter. Worldwide sales rose by 5.8% to 75,482 units (2012: 71,339 units). Despite challenging business conditions in Europe, MINI was also able to post its most successful nine-month sales volume figure of all times, with a total of 224,280 units (2012: 223,214 units; +0.5%) sold worldwide.

Sales of the MINI Hatch were up slightly on the previous year at 95,394 units (2012: 95,246 units; +0.2%). 9,041 units of the MINI Paceman have been sold since the model’s launch in mid-March 2013. Nine-month sales of the MINI Roadster rose by 10.1% to 7,635 units (2012: 6,932 units).

 

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars recorded a sales volume of 825 units in the third quarter (2012: 726 units), 13.6% ahead of the previous year. The keys to 2,300 luxury vehicles were handed to customers in the nine-month period from January to September (2012: 2,326 units; -1.1%). A number of models recorded solid growth, in particular those of the Rolls-Royce Phantom family with sales increasing by 34.2% to 596 units (2012: 444 units).

 

The BMW Group was able to record sales volume growth on almost all continents in the period under review. The number of cars sold by the BMW Group in Europe in the third quarter increased by 1.0% to 204,828 units. For the nine-month period, sales in this region were marginally up on the previous year at 641,537 units (+0.2%).

 

Sales in Asia increased by 24.5% to 149,834 units in the third quarter and by 17.7% to 422,777 units in the first three quarters of 2013. Nine-month sales of BMW and MINI brand cars rose to 285,630 units (+20.2%) in China and to 46,564 units (+10.8%) in Japan.

 

The BMW Group continued to perform well in the Americas region, with 111,810 units sold (+15.9%) in the third quarter and 325,677 units sold in the period from January to September (+11.7%). The BMW Group recorded a nine-month sales volume of 262,745 units in the USA, 11.6% ahead of the previous year.

 

Motorcycles segment posts improved nine-month sales volume and earnings figures

Third-quarter revenues of the Motorcycles segment amounted to EUR 324 million (2012: EUR 358 million; -9.5%). The segment recorded negative EBIT of EUR 4 million (2012: negative EBIT of EUR 3 million; -33.3%) and a loss before tax of EUR5 million (2012: loss before tax of EUR 4 million; -25.0%). Despite adverse market conditions, a new volume record was set for the three-month period from July to September, with 28,213 units sold (2012: 26,755 units; +5.4%).  

 

For the nine-month period, segment revenues increased by 1.6% to EUR 1,235 million (2012: EUR 1,216 million). Segment EBIT improved by 13.4% to EUR 93 million (2012: EUR 82 million) and the profit before tax by 12.5% to EUR 90 million (2012: EUR 80 million). Sales volume in the period under review rose by 8.4% to 93,154 units (2012: 85,944 units), a new record for a first nine-month period.

 

Financial Services segment remains on track

Third-quarter revenues of the Financial Services segment increased by 1.6% to EUR ,994 million (2012: EUR 4,916 million). Profit before tax amounted to EUR398 million (2012: EUR 425 million; -6.4%). Nine-month revenues grew by 2.1% to EUR 14,882 million (2012: EUR 14,582 million). Profit before tax climbed by 1.9% to EUR 1,314 million (2012: EUR 1,290 million).

The number of new financing and lease contracts signed worldwide increased by 14.9% to 375,909 contracts (2012: 327,304) in the third quarter and by 12.8% to 1,104,527 contracts (2012: 979,322) over the nine-month period. The number of lease and financing contracts in place with dealers and retail customers increased by 8.1% to 4,048,821 contracts at the end of the reporting period (30 September 2012: 3,745,760 contracts).

 

Workforce size increased

The number of employees at 30 September 2013 increased by 5.0% compared to one year earlier. Overall, the BMW Group had a worldwide workforce of 109,871 employees (30 September 2012: 104,668 employees). The increase was attributable to the growing need for engineers and skilled workers in order to keep pace with continued strong demand on the one hand and to push ahead with innovations and develop new technologies on the other. During the third quarter, 1,400 apprentices – including 1,200 in Germany – began their careers with the BMW Group.

 

BMW Group reaffirms targets for full year 2013

Despite some signs of stabilisation on European car markets, economic conditions in many markets are likely to remain volatile and challenging in the coming months. Overall, the world's car markets are set to grow by 4.1% in the current year.

 

Based on its strong performance in the first nine months of the year, the BMW Group reaffirms its outlook for the current year: “After a good third quarter, we are well on course to achieve our targets for the full year. We continue to target sales volume growth in the current year in the single-digit percentage range and hence a new sales volume record. Due to high levels of expenditure for new technologies and models as well as investment in the production network, the Group profit before tax for 2013 should be on a similar level with the previous year", commented Reithofer.

Despite the additional costs referred to, the Automotive segment continues to forecast an EBIT margin of between 8% and 10% for the current year. This margin range is also seen as a sustainable EBIT margin for the time beyond 2013. However, depending on political and economic developments, actual margins could end up being above or below the targeted range.

The Motorcycles segment forecasts further sales volume growth in the current year thanks to new attractive models such as the R 1200 GS and the full availability of the Scooter, which should, in turn, bring about a further rise in segment revenues and earnings.

 

The Financial Services segment is also expected to put in another strong performance and remains committed to achieving a return on equity of at least 18%.

 

Forecasts for the current year are based on the assumption that worldwide economic conditions will not change significantly.

 

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The BMW Group – an overview 3rd quarter 2013

3rd quarter 2012*

Change in %

Deliveries to customers

Automotive

481,657

434,963

10.7

Thereof:

BMW units

405,350

362,898

11.7

MINI units

75,482

71,339

5.8

Rolls-Royce units

825

726

13.6

Motorcycles units

28,213

26,755

5.4

Workforce1

109,871

104,668

5.0

Operating cash flow

Automotive segmentEUR million

2,570

2,551

0.7

Revenues EUR million

18,750

18,817

-0.4

Thereof:

Automotive EUR million

17,196

17,187

0.1

Motorcycles EUR million

324

358

-9.5

Financial Services EURmillion

4,994

4,916

1.6

Other entities EUR million

1

1

-

Eliminations EUR million

-3,765

-3,645

-3.3

Profit before financial result EUR million

1,928

2,002

-3.7

Thereof:

Automotive EUR million

1,549

1,647

-6.0

Motorcycles EUR million

-4

-3

-33.3

Financial Services EURmillion

390

424

-8.0

Other entities EUR million

14

17

-17.6

Eliminations EUR million

-21

-83

74.7

Profit before tax EURmillion

1,989

1,987

0.1

Thereof:

Automotive EUR million

1,631

1,701

-4.1

Motorcycles EUR million

-5

-4

-25.0

Financial Services EURmillion

398

425

-6.4

Other entities EUR million

11

-37

-

Eliminations EUR million

-46

-98

53.1

Income taxes EUR million

-659

-698

5.6

Net profit EUR million

1,330

1,289

3.2

Earnings per shareEUR

2.02/2.02

1.95/1.95

3.6/3.6

* Prior year figures partially adjusted in accordance with the revised IAS 19 or adjusted in accordance with reclassifications described in the Group Financial Statements for 2012

1 figures exclude dormant employment contracts, employees in the work and non-work phases of pre-retirement part-time working arrangements and low wage earners

2 earnings per share of common stock/preferred stock

           

 

 

Jan.-Sept. 2013

Jan.-Sept. 2012*

Change in %

Deliveries to customers

Automotive

1,436,178

1,335,502

7.5

Thereof:

BMW units

1,209,598

1,109,962

9.0

MINI units

224,280

223,214

0.5

Rolls-Royce units

2,300

2,326

-1.1

Motorcycles units

93,154

85,944

8.4

Workforce1

109,871

104,668

5.0

Operating cash flow

Automotive segmentEUR million

6,919

6,152

12.5

Revenues EUR million

55,848

56,312

-0.8

Thereof:

Automotive EUR million

51,304

50,712

1.2

Motorcycles EUR million

1,235

1,216

1.6

Financial Services EURmillion

14,882

14,582

2.1

Other entities EUR million

4

4

-

Eliminations EUR million

-11,577

-10,202

-13.5

Profit before financial result EUR million

6,035

6,403

-5.7

Thereof:

Automotive EUR million

4,887

5,545

-11.9

Motorcycles EUR million

93

82

13.4

Financial Services EURmillion

1,308

1,291

1.3

Other entities EUR million

38

44

-13.6

Eliminations EUR million

-291

-559

47.9

Profit before tax EURmillion

6,024

6,043

-0.3

Thereof:

Automotive EUR million

4,795

5,271

-9.0

Motorcycles EUR million

90

80

12.5

Financial Services EURmillion

1,314

1,290

1.9

Other entities EUR million

167

-68

-

Eliminations EUR million

-342

-530

35.5

Income taxes EUR million

-1,990

-2,125

6.4

Net profit EUR million

4,034

Original source: BMW