- Group registrations increased by 2.9%, including Jinbei and Huasong brands since January 1, 2018. On an equivalent scope to 2017, Groupe Renault sales decreased by 1.7% in a global market that fell by 2.4%.
- Group revenues amounted to €11,484 million1-2 in the quarter (-6.0%). At constant exchange rates and perimeter3, the decrease would have been 1.4%.
- The Group confirms its guidance for the year.
Sales results: third quarter highlights
Groupe Renault’s worldwide registrations (passenger cars + light commercial vehicles, including Jinbei and Huasong since January 1, 2018) rose by 2.9% in the third quarter, in a market down 2.4%, resulting in a market share of 4.0% (+0.2 points compared to 2017).
In Europe, Group registrations increased by 8.6% in a market up 0.8%, mainly due to the success of the B segment models (Clio, Captur) and C segment models (Mégane and New Duster). In the electric vehicle segment, ZOE recorded registrations up 7% and Kangoo Z.E. doubled its sales.
Outside Europe, in a market down 3%, Group registrations decreased by 2%, including Jinbei and Huasong (-10.4% excluding Jinbei and Huasong).
In the Americas, Group registrations were up 0.2% despite the fall in the Argentinian market (-24.9%). In Asia-Pacific, the increase was 72%, including Jinbei and Huasong (-14.8% on an equivalent basis in 2017).
The Group faced a slowdown of its registrations in Africa, Middle East, India (-24.4%) and Eurasia (-5.6%) regions. The Africa Middle East India region was mainly impacted by a decline in India (-34.7%) and in Iran, where our activity was stopped. In Eurasia, registrations continued to increase in Russia (+5.0%), but Turkey sales are down 52.5% in a market down 51.3%.
Third quarter revenues by operating sector
In the third quarter of 2018, Group revenues reached €11,484 million1-2 (-6.0%). At constant exchange rates and perimeter3, Group revenues decreased by 1.4%.
As of January 1, 2018, the Group changed the allocation of interest rate subsidies between operating segments, with no impact on consolidated revenues. On a comparable basis, Automotive excluding AVTOVAZ revenues would have been €142 million (1.3 points) higher, offset by an equal decrease in Sales Financing revenues.
Automotive excluding AVTOVAZ revenues amounted to €10,057 million, down 8.4%. Beyond the negative 1.3 points effect mentioned above, revenues were negatively impacted by the sharp devaluation of the Group's main currencies (Argentinian peso, Brazilian real, Turkish lira, Russian ruble), which led to a negative currency effect of 4.0 points. The pricing policy notably implemented in these countries led to a positive price effect of 1.6 points. The volume effect weighed in at -2.6 points, mainly due to the fall in the Turkish and Argentinian markets and a destocking of the dealer network in the third quarter. Finally, the decline in our sales to partners impacted revenues by -3.3 points due to the cessation of our deliveries in Iran, lower demand for diesel engines and lower production for Nissan.
Sales Financing (RCI Banque) posted revenues of €800 million in the third quarter, up 31.1% compared to 2017. Excluding the impact of the accounting change mentioned above, the increase would have been 7.9%. The number of new financing contracts fell 2.5%, mainly due to lower activity in Turkey and Argentina. Average performing assets increased by 12.9% to €45.3 billion.
AVTOVAZ contribution to Group revenues amounted to €627 million in the quarter, down 1.1%, after taking into account a negative exchange rate effect of -€79 million. At constant exchange rates, revenues would have been up 11.4%.
The global market is expected to grow 2% compared to 2017 (previously +3%). The European market is expected to expand more than 1.5% (versus +1.5%) with an increase of more than 4% for France (versus +2%).
Outside Europe, Brazil is expected to grow by 10% and Russia by more than 10%. China is expected to grow by 2% (versus +5%), and India by 8%.
Within this context, Groupe Renault confirms its guidance:
- Increase Group revenues (at constant exchange rates and perimeter3)*
- Maintain Group operating margin above 6.0%*
- Generate a positive Automotive operational free cash flow
1 The Group has applied IFRS 15 since 1 January 2018. The implementation of this standard does not affect the comparability of the published quarterly information.
2 Presented consolidated data do not take into account the application of the requirements of IAS 29 - Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economy for our business in Argentina, as the implementation of this standard has not yet been completed. This standard will be applied in our 2018 full year financials effective retroactively from January 1st, 2018.
3 In order to analyze the change in consolidated revenues at constant perimeter and exchange rates, Groupe Renault recalculates revenues for the current year by applying the average annual exchange rates of the previous year, and excluding significant changes in perimeter that occurred during the year.
* Excluding IFRS 15 impact