PSA, Fiat Chrysler in the black despite decline in sales
PARIS: US-Italian automaker Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA, now merged in the Stellantis group, both managed to chalk up a 2020 profit despite falling...
Fiat Panda and Fiat 500 mild-hybrid cars are seen in piazza Maggiore, in Bologna, Italy, on Feb 4, 2020. Fiat Chrysler eked out a net profit of just €24 million last year. – REUTERSPIXPARIS:US-Italian automaker Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA, now merged in the Stellantis group, both managed to chalk up a 2020 profit despite falling sales due to the coronavirus pandemic, company results showed on Wednesday.
The two automakers, which completed their merger in January, bring together marques such as Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Maserati.Fiat Chrysler (FCA) eked out a net profit of just €24 million (RM117.4 million) last year, according to a Stellantis statement, holding up against multiple virus lockdowns which devastated the economy. In 2019, Fiat Chrysler posted a net profit of €2.7 billion.
For the fourth quarter of 2020, the company said net profit was €1.56 billion, down just 1% compared with the same period a year earlier as the industry picked up after virus restrictions were eased.Sales however plunged 20% to €86.7 billion for the year, with volume down 22% to 3.43 million vehicles, reflecting the damage caused earlier in the first wave of the pandemic. headtopics.com
PSA meanwhile had a 2020 consolidated net income of €2.0 billion (RM9.78 billion), according to Netherlands-based Stellantis.PSA revenues plunged to €60.7 billion, from €74 billion in 2019, with volumes slumping nearly 28% to 2.5 million vehicles, Stellantis said.
It said that despite the problems caused by Covid-19, both parts of the group had managed to keep prices steady, producing a profit margin of 4.3% at FCA and 6.1% at PSA.“These figures demonstrate the financial soundness of Stellantis, bringing together two strong and healthy companies,“ group boss Carlos Tavares said.
“Stellantis gets off to a flying start and is fully focused on achieving the full promised synergies” of the merger, estimated at €5 million a year, said Tavares, who previously headed up PSA.The new company is targeting an operating profit margin of between 5.5% and 7.5% this year – as long as there are no further significant lockdowns.
If that is the case, there should be a market rebound of 10% in Europe, 8.0 percent in North America, 20% in South America and 5.0% in China, it added.Like nearly all its auto peers, Stellantis is aiming to up its offer of electric vehicles – currently 29 models, to be increased by 10 this year – which it wants to make more affordable for the middle classes. headtopics.com
Stellantis, based in Amsterdam, has nearly 300,000 employees worldwide. – AFP Read more: theSun »
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