Volvo Cars today reported its highest ever quarterly operating profit of SEK 4.2 billion for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 28.6 per cent compared with the same period last year, driven by a strong increase in global retail sales.
Revenue in the second quarter increased by 26.9 per cent to SEK 66.0 billion, as retail sales rose 14.6 per cent to 170,232 cars. The operating profit margin for the period came in at 6.4 per cent, up from 6.3 per cent for the same period last year.
For the first six months of 2018, Volvo Cars reported an operating profit of SEK 7.8 billion, an increase of 15.7 per cent compared with the same period last year and the highest ever profit for a six-month period.
Revenue in the first half of 2018 increased by 23.6 per cent to SEK 122.9 billion, boosted by the company’s best ever first six months of sales of 317,639 cars, an increase of 14.4 per cent compared with the first half of 2017. The operating profit margin for the period came in at 6.4 per cent.
“These results confirm that Volvo Cars is now well positioned for a new period of sustainable global growth,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. “I expect us to achieve another year of record sales in 2018, as we aim to establish ourselves as a diversified, global mobility provider under our new vision Freedom to Move.”
Since being acquired by Zhejiang Geely Holdings in 2010, the company has completely transformed operations. It has expanded its global manufacturing footprint and completely renewed its model portfolio in recent years. In the first half of 2018, it launched the new V60 premium estate and S60 premium saloon, while it opened a brand-new manufacturing facility in South Carolina, its first in the US.
Volvo Cars recently announced new ambitions for the upcoming years, highlighting its ongoing transition from being merely a car maker into a provider of mobility services.
Volvo Cars aims to position itself as a leading player in the global automotive business. The longer-term ambition is to generate half of all sales annually from fully electric cars, one third of all cars sold to be autonomous driving cars, and to provide half of all cars it offers to customers via its subscription service.
It expects these initiatives to transform its connection to its customer base, with the aim to build a total of more than five million direct consumer relationships some time by the middle of the next decade, creating new sources of recurring revenue. This will also offer the company far greater potential to develop connected and other services for customers.
The full financial report is available for download on https://investors.volvocars.com/.
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Volvo Car Group in 2017
For the 2017 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 14,061 MSEK (11,014 MSEK in 2016). Revenue over the period amounted to 210,912 MSEK (180,902 MSEK). For the full year 2017, global sales reached a record 571,577 cars, an increase of 7.0 per cent versus 2016. The results underline the comprehensive transformation of Volvo Cars’ finances and operations in recent years, positioning the company for its next growth phase.
About Volvo Car Group
Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world, with sales of 571,577 cars in 2017 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.
In 2017, Volvo Cars employed on average approximately 38,000 (30,400) full-time employees. Volvo Cars’ head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars’ head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), Chengdu and Daqing (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China), and body components in Olofström (Sweden).