Renault group registrations increased 0.8% during the first quarter of 2015, reaching 641,588 vehicles in a worldwide automotive market up 1.7%.
Market growth and the success of new models in Europe compensated for the downturns in the Russian and Brazilian markets.
- During the first quarter of 2015, Renault group registered 641,588 units (+0.8%), posting a stable worldwide market share at 3.0%.
- In Europe, where the market increased by 8.9%, Group registrations were up 9.9%, driven by the success of Clio, Captur and Twingo.
- International registrations dropped by 11.3%, primarily due to the downturns in the Brazilian and Russian markets.
- Group revenue reached €9,388 million for the quarter, a year-on-year increase of 13.7%, thanks in part to higher sales to partners.
- As a result of a stronger quarter than expected, the Renault group revised its 2015 outlook for the European automotive market and now forecasts a full-year growth of 5%.
- The Group confirms its objectives for the year.
COMMERCIAL RESULTS: Q1 2015 HIGHLIGHTS
In a global automotive market up 1.7%, Renault group registrations increased 0.8% to 641,588 units.
In Europe, Group registrations increased 9.9% in a market up 8.9%, taking a market share of 9.8%. The Renault brand grew 11.8%, supported by Clio 4, Captur and Twingo, up 17%, 27% and 40% respectively.
The Dacia brand recorded a 4.3% growth in sales, thanks to the continued success of Duster and Dokker.
In France, the Group’s biggest market, registrations increased by 3.1% in the period, to 150,179 vehicles, Renault brand sales, up 7.1%, contributing to this growth. Dacia brand sales, however, decreased 12.6% due to the high 2014 Q1 basis of comparison, that followed the launch of Duster Phase 2 at the end of 2013.
Southern Europe recovered strongly, particularly in Spain, where registrations increased 44.9%, with a market share reaching 11.9%. Sandero remained market leader for vehicles sold to private customers. In Italy, the Group's third market, registrations increased by 28.3% to 41,752 units in a market up 12.6%. Clio was the best-selling imported vehicle in Italy.
In Great Britain, the Group continued to gain market share, posting an increase of 18.0% in registrations, in a market up 8.4%.
Outside Europe, emerging markets continued to experience turbulence during the first quarter: registrations decreased from 43% of total sales in Q1 2014 to 38% in Q1 2015.
In the Americas, Brazil, second biggest market in registrations, fell by 16.1%. However, the Group’s market share increased by 0.1 points to 6.8%, despite a 15.3% decrease in registrations.
In Argentina, the market continued declining, posting a 27.6% drop. Renault’s registrations fell 52.7%, as a decision to limit the Group's financial exposure to the Argentinean Peso.To prepare the future, a USD 100 million investment plan was announced, with the intention to produce Logan and Sandero locally and to improve financial flexibility.
In Eurasia, the Group’s two major markets moved in opposite directions. In Russia, Group registrations fell by 40.7% against a market decline of 36.3%. This decline was the result of a decision to preserve profitability, leading to production cuts during several weeks.
By contrast, registrations in Turkey increased by 28.2%, benefiting from a market up 50.3%.
In the Africa, Middle East, India Region, strong sales momentum continued benefiting to the Group in the Maghreb area, as registrations were up 12.6% in a market that dropped 6.2%. Logan is the leading selling car in Algeria and Morocco.
In India, in a market that grew by 4.5%, Renault recorded an 11.4 % decrease in registrations, pending the launch of Lodgy and A-Entry.
In Asia-Pacific , Renault group registrations were up 13.7 % in Korea, thanks to the success of QM3 in the B-segment.
REVENUES BY OPERATING SECTOR
First quarter 2015 Group revenue reached €9,388 million, an increase of 13.7% compared to the same period last year (+12.5%, excluding foreign exchange rate effects).
Automotive revenue came to €8,829 million (+14.3%), due to an increase in invoices (+3.3 points) and sales to partners (+6.7 points). The weakness of the Euro versus a basket of currencies (Korean Won, Indian Rupee, British Pound, Argentinean Peso…) had a favourable impact of 1.3 points. The price effect contributed positively by 2.1 points, as a result of price increases decided at the end of 2014 in emerging countries, in order to compensate for the currency declines (notably in Russia and South America).
Sales financing (RCI Banque) revenues came to €559 million, an increase of 5.5% compared to 2014. New financing contracts increased by 14.2% and totalled 320,200. Outstanding loans increased by 10.4% to €27.3 billion.
Global car demand should continue to grow in 2015 (+2%). The European market, which was better than expected during the first quarter, should increase by 5% (compared to +2% initially forecasted). By contrast, the Brazilian and Russian markets should experience a sharper decrease than expected.
Within this context, the Renault group aims to:
- increase further its registrations and revenues (at constant exchange rates),
- continue to improve the Group’s operating margin and that of the Automotive division,
- generate positive Automotive operational free cash flow.
Renault initially envisaged a global consolidation of AVTOVAZ by the end of 2014. This consolidation was not possible and will occur when conditions for full control will be met.
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