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PSA Peugeot Citroën: first-quarter revenues up 4.6%

In the first quarter of 2015, consolidated revenues totalled €13,674 million, a 4.6% rise over the prior-year period. Automotive Division revenues, excluding the contribution of the Chinese joint ventures, amounted to €8,950 million for the period, representing a slight increase on first-quarter 2014. Revenues from new vehicles are up 1.1%, thanks to positive impact of … Continued

In the first quarter of 2015, consolidated revenues totalled €13,674 million, a 4.6% rise over the prior-year period. Automotive Division revenues, excluding the contribution of the Chinese joint ventures, amounted to €8,950 million for the period, representing a slight increase on first-quarter 2014. Revenues from new vehicles are up 1.1%, thanks to positive impact of product mix and price and currency effects (primarily relating to the British pound), offsetting a decline in volumes.

Pro forma Automotive Division revenues1 including our share of the Chinese joint ventures rose 3.3% to €10,217 million, reflecting the strong increase in revenues from China.

In the first quarter of 2015, unit sales of assembled vehicles were sharply higher in Asia, Middle East-Africa and India-Pacific, and slightly lower in Europe. Sales were also down in Latin America and Eurasia, where rightsizing measures on fixed costs are in progress.

In Europe, vehicle sales inched back 1%, whereas new car registrations grew by 4% over the period. In light of the increase in demand, PSA Peugeot Citroën announced that it would be increasing output over the next four months while at the same time pursuing its strategy to improve the pricing power of its three brands, Peugeot Citroën and DS.

In Asia, the Group achieved unit sales up by 9%, led by growth in the Chinese market.

In Latin America and Eurasia, sales are down 35% and 86% respectively, on markets also declining significantly by 12% and 36%. Sales are managed to reach breakeven within 2017 [2], with actions to significantly lower the breakeven point, thus preserving the rebound capacity of the Group.

In the Middle East-Africa and India-Pacific regions, the Group’s sales are up 19% and 32% respectively, with a particularly good performance in Turkey, up 47%.

At 31 March 2015, total vehicle inventory, including independent dealers, stood at 370,000 units, down 54,000 from a year earlier.

Faurecia’s revenues amounted to €5,140 million, up 13.8% on the prior-year period.

Banque PSA Finance’s revenues, accounted for on a 100% basis, rose 1.4% over the period, to €424 million [3].

Commenting on the publication of the first-quarter revenues figures, Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon, said: “We are speeding up the implementation of our “Back in the Race” recovery plan. We remain focused on carrying our targeted measures through to completion, irrespectively of the tailwinds we’ve enjoyed so far this year.”

Outlook

In 2015, PSA Peugeot Citroën expects to see automotive demand increase by 4% in Europe and by about 7% in China, but decline by some 10% in Latin America and around 30% in Russia.

The Group aims to generate operating free cash flow of around €2 billion over the period 2015-2017. It is also targeting an operating margin[4] of 2% in 2018 for the Automotive Division, with the objective of reaching 5% over the period of the next medium-term plan, covering 2019-2023.

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