Mladá Boleslav, 2 August 2018: Bernhard Maier, ŠKODA AUTO CEO: “The results of the first half of the year demonstrate that we are on the right path with Strategy 2025. The current product range has been very well received by our customers. Our model campaign continues in the second half of the year with the launch of the new FABIA and KODIAQ RS. Converting our vehicles to the new WLTP cycle remains a challenge.”
ŠKODA AUTO’s sales revenue increased by 5.1% to 9.161 billion euros between January and June 2018 (first half of 2017: 8.720 billion euros). In the same period, operating profit fell by 4.5% to 821 million euros (first half of 2017: 860 million euros). Return on sales reached 9.0% compared to 9.9% in the first six months of 2017. Net cash flow totalled 980 million euros (first half of 2017: 1,152 million euros).
"ŠKODA AUTO continues to show stable profitability and yield security in the first half of the year. Important factors influencing this are our active mix management within the framework of the positive sales volume development and our consistent cost management," says SKODA AUTO Board Member for Finance and IT Klaus-Dieter Schürmann, adding: "Stricter emission and CO2 regulations place growing demands on the entire automotive industry. The necessary expenditures for future technologies and new products, as well as negative exchange-rate effects and rising personnel costs due to the new wage agreement, which came into force in April, are increasingly reflected in the result."
ŠKODA AUTO continues to pursue its ambitious Strategy 2025. By the end of 2020, the Czech automobile manufacturer will have introduced 19 new vehicle models and made considerable investments in pioneering technologies such as electromobility and digital services. Added to this is the brand’s expansion into emerging markets such as India, where ŠKODA now holds responsibility for the Volkswagen Group’s market and model campaign.
* Percentage deviations are calculated from non-rounded figures
** Comprises the production of the ŠKODA brand, excluding production in China, Slovakia, Russia and India, but including other Group brands such as SEAT, Audi and VW; vehicle production excluding part/complete kits
*** Comprises sales of the ŠKODA brand to sales companies and includes other Group brands, such as SEAT, Audi and VW; vehicle sales excluding part/complete kits