27 July 2017

Group Results for Second Quarter 2017

 

FCA reports record second quarter Adjusted EBIT of €1.9 billion, up 15%, margin up 90 bps to a record 6.7%; Adjusted Net Profit up 52% to €1.1 billion and Net Profit more than tripled to €1.2 billion. Full- year guidance is confirmed.

  • Worldwide combined shipments(1) of 1,225 thousand units, down 1%
  • Net revenues of €27.9 billion, in line with Q2 2016 (down 2% at constant exchange rate, or CER)
  • Adjusted EBIT of €1,867 million, up 15%, mainly driven by Maserati with all segments profitable
  • Record Group margin of 6.7%. All segments improved margins with record NAFTA margin at 8.4% and Maserati at 14.2%
  • Adjusted net profit of €1,080 million, up 52%; Net profit of €1,155 million, up 260%
  • Net industrial debt of €4.2 billion, down €0.9 billion from Q1 2017, driven by cash flow from operations
  • Liquidity strong at €20.0 billion, after planned gross debt reduction of €1.4 billion in quarter 

 

 

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(1) Combined shipments include all shipments by the Group's unconsolidated joint ventures, whereas consolidated shipments only include shipments from the Group's consolidated subsidiaries; (2) Refer to page 6 for reconciliations of Net profit to Adjusted EBIT, Net profit to Adjusted net profit and Diluted EPS to Adjusted diluted EPS and page 7 for the reconciliation of Debt to Net industrial debt; (3) Guidance is not provided on the most directly comparable IFRS financial statement line item for Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted net profit as the income or expense excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures in accordance with our policy are, by definition, not predictable and uncertain. 

 

Results by segment 

 

Record margin at 8.4% driven by favorable mix with lower volumes 

 

  • U.S. market share(4) at 12.4% in line with Q1 2017, down 30 bps year over year, mainly reflecting discontinuance of Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart and Jeep Patriot
  • Decrease in shipments primarily due to planned capacity realignment and the transition to the all- new Jeep Compass
  • Decrease in Net revenues mainly due to lower shipments, partially offset by favorable vehicle mix and positive foreign exchange translation
  • Decrease in Adjusted EBIT mainly due to lower Net revenues and prior year one-off residual values adjustment, substantially offset by lower warranty costs including supplier recoveries, purchasing savings and reduced advertising costs 
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(4) Our estimated market share data presented are based on management's estimates of industry sales data, which use certain data provided by third-party sources, including IHS Markit and Ward's Automotive. 

 

 

New products driving higher volumes and improved mix

  • Market share(6) slightly down in Brazil at 17.6% with improvement in Argentina from 11.5% to 12.6% Increase in shipments mainly due to the all-new Jeep Compass
  • Net revenues increase due to higher shipments, favorable vehicle mix and favorable foreign exchange translation effects
  • Adjusted EBIT increase mainly as a result of higher Net revenues, partially offset by increased product cost driven by inflation
  • Adjusted EBIT excludes total charges of €93 million, of which €40 million relates to workforce restructuring costs and €53 million of asset impairment charges primarily related to the early discontinuance of Fiat Novo Palio production and certain real estate assets in Venezuela 

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During the quarter, the Group reversed a liability of €895 million for Brazilian indirect taxes reflecting recent court decisions. As this liability related to the Group's Brazilian operations in multiple segments and given the significant and unusual nature of the item, it was not attributed to the results of the related segments and was excluded from Group Adjusted EBIT.

 

There was a corresponding €281 million decrease in deferred tax assets related to the release of the above liability. Additionally, due to increased political uncertainty in Brazil, a slower pace of economic recovery is anticipated. As a result, deferred tax assets of €453 million were written-off. These items are excluded from Group Adjusted net profit. 

 

 

Jeep drives 43% increase in combined  shipments, Alfa Romeo launched in China

  • Higher combined shipments driven by ramp-up in localized Jeep production through JV in China 
  • Net revenues increase primarily as a result of favorable vehicle mix; consolidated shipments stabilizing 
  • Adjusted EBIT slightly up due to higher Net revenues and improved results from JV in China, partially offset by commercial launch activities related to Alfa Romeo and negative foreign exchange transaction effects
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(5) Number is not meaningful; (6) Our estimated market share data presented are based on management's estimates of industry sales data, which use certain data provided by third-party sources, including IHS Markit, National Organization of Automotive Vehicles Distribution and Association of Automotive Producers. 


 

Continued improvement in performance with Adjusted EBIT margin up 80 bps

  • European market share (EU28+EFTA) for passenger cars up 40 bps to 7.2% (down 20 bps to 29.0% in Italy) and up 20 bps to 13.2% for light commercial vehicles (LCVs)(7) (41.1% in Italy, down from 43.9%) 
  • Increase in shipments primarily driven by Fiat Tipo family and all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio 
  • Net revenues increase due to higher volumes, driven by the Fiat Tipo family, partially offset by negative net pricing, including devaluation of GBP
  • Adjusted EBIT increase primarily from higher Net revenues as well as purchasing and manufacturing efficiencies 

 

 

Fourth consecutive quarter of double- digit margin

  • Shipments nearly doubled, driven by all-new Levante; increases in all major markets: Europe +93%, China +146% and North America +50%
  • Net revenues increase primarily due to higher shipments 
  • Adjusted EBIT increase primarily due to increase in Net revenues 

 

 

Improved performance from all businesses, with margin up 30 bps

  • Net revenues increase driven by higher volumes across all three businesses
  • Adjusted EBIT increase mainly due to higher Net revenues and industrial efficiencies
  • Magneti Marelli non-captive Net revenues at 65% and Comau at 72%
  • Adjusted EBIT excludes charges of €42 million, primarily related to resolution of certain long-standing legal matters
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(7) Due to unavailability of market data for Italy, the figures reported are an extrapolation and discrepancies with actual data could exist. 

 

 

Reconciliations 

 

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(8) Adjusted EBIT excludes certain adjustments from Net profit including: gains/(losses) on the disposal of investments, restructuring, impairments, asset write-offs and unusual income/ (expenses) that are considered rare or discrete events that are infrequent in nature, and also excludes Net financial expenses and Tax expense/(benefit); (9) Adjusted net profit is calculated as Net profit/(loss) excluding post-tax impacts of the same items excluded from Adjusted EBIT as well as financial income/(expenses) and tax income/(expenses) considered rare or discrete events that are infrequent in nature; (10) Adjusted diluted EPS is calculated by adjusting Diluted EPS for the impact of the same items excluded from Adjusted EBIT, as well as financial income/(expenses) and tax income/(expenses) considered rare or discrete events that are infrequent in nature. 


 

Summary of record results

  • Net profit: Highest Q2 Net profit since 2011Adjusted net profit: Highest Q2 
  • Adjusted net profit since the beginning of the Fiat Chrysler alliance
  • Adjusted EBIT: Highest single quarter Adjusted EBIT and margin since beginning of the Fiat Chrysler alliance
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(11) Net industrial debt is computed as: Debt plus derivative financial liabilities related to industrial activities less (i) cash and cash equivalents, (ii) current available-for-sale and held-for trading securities, (iii) current financial receivables from Group or jointly controlled financial services entities and (iv) derivative financial assets and collateral deposits; therefore, debt, cash and cash equivalents and other financial assets/liabilities pertaining to financial services entities are excluded from the computation of Net industrial debt. 

 

This document, and in particular the section entitled "2017 Guidance", contains forward-looking statements. These statements may include terms such as "may", "will", "expect", "could", "should", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "remain", "on track", "design", "target", "objective", "goal", "forecast", "projection", "outlook", "prospects", "plan", or similar terms. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Rather, they are based on the Group's current expectations and projections about future events and, by their nature, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. They relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur or exist in the future and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on them. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in such statements as a result of a variety of factors, including: the Group's ability to maintain vehicle shipment volumes; changes in the global financial markets, general economic environment and changes in demand for automotive products, which is subject to cyclicality; changes in local economic and political conditions, including with regard to trade policy; the Group's ability to expand certain of the Group's brands internationally; various types of claims, lawsuits, governmental investigations and other contingent obligations against the Group, including product liability and warranty claims and environmental claims, governmental investigations and lawsuits; material operating expenditures in relation to compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations; the Group's ability to enrich its product portfolio and offer innovative products; the high level of competition in the automotive industry, which may increase due to consolidation; exposure to shortfalls in the Group's defined benefit pension plans; the Group's ability to provide or arrange for adequate access to financing for the Group's dealers and retail customers and risks associated with financial services companies; the Group's ability to access funding to execute the Group's business plan and improve the Group's business, financial condition and results of operations; changes in the Group's credit ratings; the Group's ability to realize anticipated benefits from any joint venture arrangements and other strategic alliances; disruptions arising from political, social and economic instability; risks associated with our relationships with employees, dealers and suppliers; increases in costs, disruptions of supply or shortages of raw materials; developments in labor and industrial relations and developments in applicable labor laws; exchange rate fluctuations, interest rate changes, credit risk and other market risks; political and civil unrest; earthquakes or other disasters and other risks and uncertainties.


Any forward-looking statements contained in this document speak only as of the date of this document and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly forward-looking statements. Further information concerning the Group and its businesses, including factors that could materially affect the Company's financial results, is included in the Company's reports and filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the AFM and CONSOB.


On July 27, 2017, at 1 p.m. BST, management will hold a conference call to present the 2017 second quarter results to financial analysts and institutional investors. The call can be followed live and a recording will be available later on the Group website (http://www.fcagroup.com/en-us/pages/home.aspx). The supporting document will be made available on the Group website prior to the call.

 

London, July 27, 2017 

 

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