RENAULT: 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS - Press release
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For best results when printing this announcement, please click on the link below: http://pdf.reuters.com/htmlnews/8knews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130214:nHUGcWC5 February 14, 2013 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS Despite a challenging European environment, the Renault group reinforced its balance sheet, pursued its global growth strategy and achieved a positive net income of EUR1,735 million. *Group revenues of EUR41,270 million, down 3.2% on 2011. *Group operating margin of EUR729 million, or 1.8% of revenues, compared with EUR1,091 million and 2.6% in 2011. *Group operating income of EUR122 million, compared with EUR1,244 million in 2011. *Contribution of associated companies of EUR1,504 million, compared with EUR1,524 million in 2011. *Net income of EUR1,735 million (including a capital gain of EUR924 million from the disposal of remaining AB Volvo shares). *Positive Automotive operational free cash flow of EUR597 million, mainly resulting from efficient management of the working capital requirement. *The Group moved from a net debt position of EUR299 million at December 31, 2011 to a net cash position of EUR1,492 million mainly due to the disposal of AB Volvo A shares for EUR1,476 million. Commenting, Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renault, said: "In a contrasted global automotive market, Renault benefited from the growth of markets outside Europe, which account for over half of its sales. In the difficult environment in Europe, and especially in France, the Group led a rigorous sales policy and began the renewal of its range with the launch of Clio IV. Thanks to the commitments of all its employees, the Renault group is pursuing its strategy of global growth while strengthening its financial situation and delivering a positive Automotive free cash flow". Group revenues came to EUR41,270 million, down 3.2%. With the strong increase in sales outside Europe (+9.1%) failing to offset the decrease in sales in Europe (-18.0%), The Automotive division contributed EUR39,156 to revenues, down 3.7% on 2011. Group operating margin fell EUR362 million in 2012 to EUR729 million (1.8% of revenues) compared with EUR1,091 million in 2011 (2.6% of revenues). The Automotive division posted a slightly negative operating margin (- EUR25 million or -0.1% of its revenues) compared with a positive EUR330 million in 2011 (0.8% of its revenues). The positive impact from cost reductions for EUR528 million and the good control of G&A expenses did not offset the sharply negative volume impact (- EUR501 million) or the increased competition in Europe (mix/price/enrichment effect of - EUR242 million). The contribution of Sales Financing to Group operating margin came to EUR754 million, compared with EUR761 million in 2011. The cost of risk totaled 0.38% of the outstandings (up 0.15 points), after reaching a low point last year. However, it remains below its historic average, reflecting the continued good quality of the portfolio, despite the worsening economic environment in Europe. Operating income was EUR122 million, after recognizing other negative operating income and expense items, which totaled EUR607 million, mainly du to impairment charges of several vehicles lines, the devaluation of the Iranian currency, and restructuring costs. The contribution of associated companies came to EUR1,504 million in 2012 #_ftn2 (of which EUR1,234 million for Nissan), down from EUR1,524 million in 2011. Net income came to EUR1,735 million, compared with EUR2,139 million in 2011. The total includes a capital gain of EUR924 million from the disposal of A shares in AB Volvo in December. Net income, group share, was EUR1,772 million (EUR6.51 per share). For the fourth consecutive year, Automotive operational free cash flow was positive. Despite the negative impact from sales and operating income, full-year free cash flow came to EUR597 million, mainly resulting from the rigorous management of the working capital requirement. The Group was able to increase its annual investments reaching 8.1% of revenues. This performance, along with the disposal of AB Volvo A shares in December 2012 for EUR1,476 million, enabled the Group to eliminate its net debt. For the first time since the beginning of the Alliance with Nissan in 1999, Renault is reporting a positive Automotive net cash position of EUR1,492 million at December 31, 2012, compared with net debt of EUR299 million at end-December 2011. At the same time, the Automotive division reported a strong liquidity position of EUR13.6 billion, compared to EUR11.4 billion at end-2011. In line with the dividends policy announced in the "Renault 2016 - Drive the Change" plan, a dividend of EUR1.72 per share, strictly representing the dividends received by the Group in 2012 for its shares in listed companies, will be submitted for approval at the next Shareholders' General Meeting. 2013 OUTLOOK In 2013, the European market remains uncertain and is expected to contract by at least 3% with a French market down 3 to 5%. The global automotive market (PC+LCV) is expected to grow 3% year on year. This growth will be fueled by positive momentum expected in China, North America, India (+11%) Russia (+5%), and Brazil (+1.5%). In this context, Renault will pursue its strategy of international development. In Europe, the Group is targeting market share growth with new product launches (Captur, ZOE, Clio Estate, New Logan) and the full impact of the products launched at the end of 2012 (Clio IV and New Sandero) with a sustainable pricing policy. Renault Group is targeting for 2013 (provided European and French markets are not significantly worse than expected): *units sales growth, *positive Automotive operating margin, *positive Automotive operational free cash flow. CONSOLIDATED GROUP RESULTS EUR million 2012 2011 Revenues 41,270 42,628 Operating margin 729 1,091 % of revenues 1.8% 2.6% o/w Automotive -25 330 % of revenues in sector -0.1% 0.8% o/w Sales Financing (RCI Banque) 754 761 Operating income 122 1,244 Net financial income -266 -121 Capital gain from disposal of AB Volvo A shares 924 - Contribution from associated companies 1,504 1,524 o/w Nissan 1,234 1,332 o/w Volvo 80 136 o/w AVTOVAZ 186 49 Current and deferred taxes -549 -508 Net income 1,735 2,139 Net income group share 1,772 2,092 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The consolidated financial statements of the Renault group at December 31, 2012 were approved by the Board of Directors on February 13, 2013. The Group's statutory auditors have conducted a limited review of these financial statements and their report will be issued shortly. The financial report, with a complete analysis of the financial results in 2012, is available for download in the Finance section of www.renault.com. 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