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Volkswagen posts robust H1 results, enabling investment in mobility, battery platforms and software as future profit pools

Stable H1 sales revenue at EUR 132.3 billion, 2 percent up from previous year levels including first-time consolidation of Navistar

Volkswagen Group posted robust operating results in the first half, enabling important investments in future profit pools and new platforms. The Group continued to make great strategic progress in Q2, registering crucial developments across its tech-platforms – mobility services, batteries and software.

“Despite unprecedented global challenges, Volkswagen has demonstrated remarkable financial robustness. The operating margin in the first half of the year reflects the strong product substance and proportionately higher sales in the premium segment. In addition, the volume group has proven that it can deliver good results even in a challenging environment,” said CFO Arno Antlitz on the occasion of presenting the quarterly figures.

BEV demand continued to grow rapidly in Q2, with the order intake in Western Europe for H1 2022 40 percent above the previous year’s level. Despite supply bottlenecks, a temporary stop of production in Europe and Covid-related lockdowns in China, 118k BEVs were delivered in Q2 – reflecting a share of total deliveries of 6 percent.In the first half of the year, BEV deliveries increased by 27 percent to 217,000 vehicles.Volkswagen addedproduction capacities for the ID.4 in Emden, Chattanooga and for the ID. Buzz in Hanover in the second quarter to support the planned increase of global BEV production in the second half of the year and beyond.

Despite global headwinds and supply chain issues, the Group demonstrated financial resilience in Q2. Sales revenue for the quarter stood at EUR 69.5 billion (3.3 percent increase over 2021).Operating profit before special items in Q2 came in at EUR 4.7 billion and included roughly EUR 2.4 billion of negative fair value effects from derivatives outside hedge accounting (mainly from raw material hedging), a reverse effect compared to Q1. Before these book value losses, the underlying performance even improved over a good Q1 2022.

Operating result before special items for H1 totaled EUR 13.2 billion, a 16.1 percent increase on H1 2021. This was driven by strong performances from the Premium and Sport brand groups, as well as improvements in the Volume Group which achieved a 5.0 percent margin in H1, further underlining the solidity of Volkswagen’s business. In China, the monthly production run-rate noticeably recovered towards the end of Q2, positioning the Group well for the remainder of the year as Covid restrictions continue to ease. The region represents the Group’s second-largest BEV market (29 percent of sales in H1 and Q2), and the biggest growth driver re BEV-deliveries, registering a more than threefold increase on 2021 with 63,500 BEVs delivered in H1 2022.

The Group continued to prioritize investment in future BEV technology and software. R&D expenditure increased to EUR 4.9 billion in Q2 accelerating Volkswagen’s progress towards becoming a software-driven mobility provider.

“The Group’s strong operating profit and financial position enable important investments in future profit pools,” Antlitz said. “Volkswagen also made important strategic progress in the second quarter and significantly advanced the development of its battery, mobility services and software platforms.”

Advancing Volkswagen as one of the leading companies for mobility services

The acquisition of Europcar represents a significant strategic step with which Volkswagen is expanding its mobility services business, tapping into a growth market with customer demand expected to increase rapidly. Future profit pools are very promising. As a result, Volkswagen will be enabled to provide access to all its customers through Europcar’s infrastructure, including key transfer points in airports, train stations and city center locations, from which it can expand mobility services.
Volkswagen is planning to provide its customers with all their mobility needs from a single app, including ride hailing, ride pooling, car sharing, rentals and vehicle subscriptions.

New PowerCo paves the way for battery production expansion

The Salzgitter-based PowerCo, which was formally established in July, is bundling global battery activities from raw materials to recycling.

At the same time, construction work started on the company’s first own cell factory. This will provide a highly standardized blueprint for Volkswagen’s global roll-out of sustainable cell factories that are designed to secure supply and cut battery costs for Volkswagen Group.

CARIAD launches new software updates

CARIAD made significant progress in Q2, expanding its automated driving capabilities and delivering powerful updates to its customers which provide a significantly improved level of automation and add new functionality such as an automatic lane change with Travel Assist, automated parking and Plug & Charge.

CARIAD also signed multiple agreements to secure high-performing hardware for the Group’s software platform and further future-proof the next generation of vehicles.

Outlook

Volkswagen Group confirms its outlook for 2022 after a solid first half as supply constraints ease. The supply of wiring harnesses has been managed successfully and is mostly back to normal levels. The Group expects the product mix to normalize in H2 as the semi-conductor situation improves in combination with a strong order book. A noticeable recovery of the monthly sales towards the end of Q2 additionally bodes well for H2 sales.

However, it is still not possible to conclusively assess the specific effects of the war in Ukraine or effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Volkswagen Group’s business, on the global economy and growth in the industry in fiscal year 2022. In Europe in particular, there are uncertainties regarding energy supply.
“Despite all the caution in the face of the volatile market environment and geopolitical risks, we are confident that we can further accelerate the transformation of the Group,” CFO Antlitz concluded.

Key Figures

Volkswagen Group

Q2H1
20222021%20222021%
Volume Data1 in thousands
Deliveries to customers (units)1,9772,547–22.43,8754,979–22.2
Vehicle sales (units)2,0112,326–13.54,0064,660–14.0
Production (units)2,1162,194–3.54,1604,512–7.8
Employees (on June 30, 2022/Dec. 31, 2021)668.0672.8–0.7
Financial Data (IFRSs), € million
Sales revenue69,54367,293+ 3.3132,285129,669+ 2.0
Operating result before special items4,7356,546–27.713,18811,358+ 16.1
Operating return on sales before special items (%)6.89.710.08.8
Special items–230x–360x
Operating result4,5056,546–31.212,82811,358+ 12.9
Operating return on sales (%)6.59.79.78.8
Earnings before tax5,1406,690–23.214,03411,153+ 25.8
Return on sales before tax (%)7.49.910.68.6
Earnings after tax3,9145,040–22.310,6388,454+ 25.8
Automotive Division2
Total research and development costs4,9303,774+ 30.69,2897,735+ 20.1
R&D ratio (%)8.56.88.57.2
Cash flows from operating activities7,80310,197–23.513,60419,088–28.7
Cash flows from investing activities attributable to operating activities37,0024,711+ 48.611,3118,897+ 27.1
of which: capex2,3851,853+ 28.74,0893,777+ 8.3
capex/sales revenue (%)4.13.33.73.5
Net cash flow8015,486–85.42,29310,191–77.5
Net liquidity at June 3028,20935,048–19.5

1Volume data including the unconsolidated Chinese joint ventures. These companies are accounted for using the equity method. Prior-year deliveries have been updated to reflect subsequent statistical trends.
2
Including allocation of consolidation adjustments between the Automotive and Financial Services divisions.
3
Excluding acquisition and disposal of equity investments: Q2 €4,846 (3,553) million, H1 €8,694 (7,359) million.

Key Figures by Brand and Business

Brand Groups

As at Q1, and in line with its NEW AUTO strategy, the Group reports on its brand groups Volume, Premium and Sport & Luxury. In addition, CARIAD is visible as a separate unit, as is TRATON, which is reported on without separate disclosure of Scania & MAN and Navistar.

Vehicle salesSales revenueOperating result
Thousand vehicles/€ million202220212022202120222021
Volume brand group1,9562,38853,01055,3452,6462,874
Volkswagen Passenger Cars1,2181,55233,32235,8191,8601,202
ŠKODA44746310,22310,199676974
SEAT2363105,3775,656–97–26
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles1531885,0465,29818787
Tech. Components8,1479,755–28575
Consolidation–97–125–9,105–11,3825062
Audi (Premium brand group)151360929,86930,5364,9653,291
Porsche Automotive (Sport & Luxury brand group)214915216,42515,1073,2612,660
TRATON Commercial Vehicles313812717,61313,404617355
Equity accounted companies in China41,4311,522
MAN Energy Solutions1,6321,58113182
CARIAD249170–978–502
Volkswagen Financial Services21,94321,5562,9832,339
Other5–180–138–8,457–8,029–438258
Volkswagen Group before special items13,18811,358
Special items–360
Volkswagen Group4,0064,660132,285129,66912,82811,358
Automotive Division64,0064,660109,066107,0279,7268,841
of which: Passenger Cars Business Area3,8684,53389,82092,0418,9788,521
Commercial Vehicles Business Area13812717,61313,404618334
Power Engineering Business Area1,6321,581129–14
Financial Services Division23,22022,6423,1022,517

1The previous year’s figures were calculated by means of the simple addition of the figures for Bentley.
2
Porsche (including Financial Services): sales revenue €17,922 (16,525) million, operating result €3,480 (2,792) million.
3
Includes Navistar as of July 1, 2021.
4
The sales revenue and operating result of the equity-accounted companies in China are not included in the consolidated figures; the share of the operating result generated by these companies amounted to €1,402 (1,272) million.
5
In the operating result, mainly intragroup items recognized in profit or loss, in particular from the elimination of intercompany profits; the figure includes depreciation and amortization of identifiable assets as part of purchase price allocation, as well as companies not allocated to the brands.
6
Including allocation of consolidation adjustments between the Automotive and Financial Services divisions.

SOURCE: Volkswagen

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