Volkswagen expects significant growth in sales and returns for the current fiscal year. The shareholders should also benefit from this.
Hamburg Despite the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis, Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen is more optimistic about the coming fiscal year. For 2023, the group is forecasting a return on sales of between 7.5 and 8.5 percent. At the lower end of the range, that’s half a percentage point more than forecast for last year.
Sales are expected to increase by between ten and 15 percent, as VW announced on Friday. For deliveries, the target for 2023 is 9.5 million vehicles. In the previous year, VW had brought just under 8.3 million cars to customers.
The Wolfsburg company increased its net profit by around three percent to 15.8 billion euros last year.
The shareholders should benefit from this. Instead of EUR 7.50 per ordinary and EUR 7.56 per preferred share as in the previous year, EUR 8.70 and EUR 8.76 respectively are to flow to the shareholders, including the largest holding company Porsche SE of the Porsche and Piëch families, the state of Lower Saxony and the emirate Qatar.
The VW share was coveted in view of the news: after the figures were announced, their price jumped by more than ten percent, close to the EUR 142 mark, after they had closed yesterday at EUR 128.62.
“Today’s results are further proof of the solid financial basis on which we are consistently implementing our strategy,” explained CFO Arno Antlitz.
Volkswagen published the first key data from its balance sheet in early February. Accordingly, the inflow of cash last year almost halved from 8.6 to five billion euros because many cars had to be produced in stock due to a lack of semiconductors. The funds tied up were significantly higher than expected.
For this year, the people of Lower Saxony are assuming that the trend will be reversed, as stocks are decreasing and production is running smoothly again. Because of the uncertain economy, however, customers are now staying away, which poses new problems for the group.
Supervisory Board: Decision on two plants in America pending
The Volkswagen supervisory board met on Friday to approve the five-year plan for investments and the occupancy of the plants. CEO Oliver Blume had already presented large parts of this to the committee in mid-February. The Handelsblatt reported.
As reported from corporate circles, it was also about larger investments in North America and China. The decision about a new battery cell plant in North America, which is said to be built in Canada, is likely to be particularly capital-intensive. A production plant for the new Scout brand is also on the agenda of the control committee. But the decisions aren’t finalized yet.
Volkswagen acquired the Scout brand when it took over US truck manufacturer Navistars. The brand is considered an icon for pickups in America.
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