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Stellantis Q3 23 trading update came in above consensus by 4% to €45.1bn (up by 7% yoy) mainly driven by a better-than-expected performance in margin-accretive North America (48% of group sales) and the Middle East & Africa (7% of group sales) regions. Stellantis was the least impacted by the strikes in the US with a €3bn dent in sales and a <€750m impact on pre-tax profit. Unsurprisingly the guidance remained unchanged with upgraded market growth. We confirm our positive rating.
Companies: Stellantis N.V.
Stellantis posted a slight beat on the top line, a strong beat on profitability and a massive beat on FCF for H1 23. This was supported by better utilisation of capacity as production constraints eased, and by continuously growing synergies. All regions contributed to the growth with resilient margins in North America and growing margins in EEU, while MEA posted a record 25%+ adjusted EBIT margin. The blurry FY23 remained unsurprisingly unchanged but Stellantis raised its market outlook for EEU
Stellantis reported a slight 3% beat to the BB consensus with stronger-than expected North American revenues but weak development in Enlarged Europe. The “third engine” (i.e other regions) did quite well especially in the small but margin-accretive MEA region. The price-mix remained robust while volumes ramped-up owing to the improving supply situation. Unsurprisingly the FY23 market outlook and guidance were confirmed, neither reassuring nor disappointing investors.
FY22 figures beat estimates, including an industrial FCF 9% above consensus at €10.8bn. This was triggered by a slower-than-expected margin decline in H2 and higher-than-guided synergies that reached €7.1bn (vs. €5.0bn in two years). Shareholders will enjoy a c.12% yield with a €4.2bn dividend payment and €1.5m buy-back programme. The FY23 market outlook is consistent with the forecast and the qualitative guidance rather sets a floor. Investors’ focus is on the margin slump, but a good execution
The Juve is prone to serious reputational problems following allegations of questionable accounting practices. The football club known as the Old Lady has been under investigation for over a year now. These inquiries seem to be getting steadily more serious and so much so that Andrea Agnelli, after resigning as Chairman of the Juve, has now been forced to resign from the BODs of Exor and Stellantis. Reputational fallout that could cost the Holding company and the car manufacturer dearly.
Q1 revenues were strong; driven by yet another exceptional quarter in North America, as well as a solid yoy recovery in South America, more than offsetting the chip shortage-induced weakness in Europe. Sustained underlying demand and low inventory levels have reinforced Stellantis’ pricing power, coupled with an improved product mix from successful new model launches, particularly in the high-end. Overall, execution remains top-notch, with STLA sticking to its FY22 guidance despite a more challe
A bit over one year since the merger, the highly awaited presentation of Stellantis’ long-term strategic plan has delivered on the scope and ambition worthy of a contender for the global automaker crown. CEO Carlos Tavares and his team brought out the big numbers and set forth tall commitments that will determine the path for the company as it tackles the challenges facing the industry in terms of electrification, digitalisation and carbon neutrality.
Stellantis closed its first year with a terrific performance, beating expectations by a good margin and showing encouraging progress on the goals set out before the merger. North America remained the group’s main cash cow, although strong improvements were seen across all regions, particularly Europe and South America. Despite ongoing chip and raw material woes, Stellantis is looking at another double-digit margin result in 2022, putting in evidence the unwarranted undervaluation versus its peer
The semiconductor shortage dealt a serious blow to Stellantis’ production plans, given the c.600k units missed over Q3. That did not stop STLA from posting a respectable release, making up for the lost volumes through improvements, mainly on product mix, but also in pricing. The former being the result of the successful launch of new high-margin SUVs for the North American market, providing reassurance that the excellent profitability seen in this region over H1 should not be a one-time thing.
The recently formed group published its first H1 results release, and it was knockout. All regions contributed positively to profitability, driven by a superb performance in North America on the back of strong pricing and a product mix dominated by high-margin pick-up trucks and Jeeps. Moreover, the FCA side of the European operations appears to be rapidly improving, and with €1.3bn in synergies already realised over H1 the group seems quite confident as it significantly upgraded its FY margin g
The newly-formed group had a good first quarter with revenues outpacing the increase in volumes thanks to positive product mix and pricing effects. Market share gains in Europe and the Americas see Stellantis getting cozy amongst the heavyweights of the global car market, even if the semiconductor shortage weighed down on Q1 volumes. Nonetheless, the company remains confident on enduring the worst of the chip crunch (coming in Q2) and confirmed its FY21 guidance.
In the last publication from PSA and FCA as separate companies, the FY20 results put in display the very strong performance shown by both automakers at the end of the year. The record profitability achieved by PSA in H2 and FCA in Q4 serve as a base for a strong start for Stellantis, supported further by better than expected cash generation and an €18bn-strong liquidity reserve to kick-start the machine.
North America’s SUV & pick-up truck fever seems relentless, much to the benefit of FCA’s Ram and Jeep brands, which drove the NA division to a record adjusted EBIT in Q3. The outsized Q2 cash burn has also been fully reversed -and then some- with a €6.7bn-strong industrial FCF at the close of September. With production nearly back to normal in Europe and NA, and the reinstatement of the adjusted EBIT guidance, FCA’s FY20 prospects are looking up.
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