Porsche: Robust despite coronavirus: 1.2 billion euros operating profit in the first half

After a challenging first half of 2020, Porsche AG achieved a return on sales of 9.9 percent

After a challenging first half of 2020, Porsche AG achieved a return on sales of 9.9 percent. The sales revenue of 12.42 billion euros is 7.3 percent down on the previous year; the return on sales of 1.23 billion euros fell by 26.3 percent compared to 2019.

The good performance compared to the competition is based on an extensive programme to improve the break-even point as well as the successful new Porsche products.

“The current situation has been challenging for our company. We are managing the coronavirus crisis responsibly and systematically, and at the same time see it as an opportunity. We have been given a boost by our attractive new products – from the 911 Turbo to the Taycan electric sports car, which was recently voted the world’s most innovative car,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG. “We stand for visions and set new standards. This pioneering spirit is what drives us,” says Blume. “We will invest 15 billion euros over the next five years in new technologies alone.”

We stand for visions and set new standards. This pioneering spirit is what drives us.
Oliver Blume

 

“When it comes to investment in electromobility and digitalisation, we are still in the fast lane,” confirms Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman and Member of the Executive Board responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche AG. “At the same time, we are continuing to pursue our ambitious strategic targets for the return on sales so that we can safeguard jobs at Porsche in the long term.” That is why the CFO says that Porsche will take further measures to increase efficiency. “Tremendous joint efforts are required in order to secure jobs,” says Meschke.

Deliveries: Strong positioning worldwide

Deliveries in the first six months of 2020 fell globally by 12.4 percent in total to 116,964 vehicles. Despite Porsche Centres remaining closed for several weeks, 4,480 units of the new Taycan were delivered. The iconic 911 also achieved growth of 2.2 percent, with 16,919 deliveries. The Cayenne was the most popular model with a total of 39,245 deliveries, while 34,430 units of the Macan were handed over to customers. China remained the largest single market by volume for the sports car manufacturer in the first half of 2020 with 39,603 deliveries. 32,312 cars were supplied to European customers. In the US, Porsche delivered 24,186 cars between January and June.

Optimistic outlook

“The coronavirus crisis has also not left Porsche unscathed,” says Meschke. “In Europe and the USA, we suffered a significant downturn in the first half of 2020. In China and other Asian markets like Korea and Japan, things have already been running well again for some weeks,” says Meschke. It is still too soon to make a forecast for the rest of the year. “We are optimistic that we will be able to offset some of the losses from March, April and May. Of course, this will only be possible if there are no more setbacks due to coronavirus,” explains Meschke. In 2020, the year of coronavirus, Porsche is abandoning its strategic target of a 15 percent return on sales. “But we are making every effort,” says Meschke, “to also achieve a double-digit return on sales in 2020.”

SOURCE: Porsche

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