Mladá Boleslav, 4 May 2020 – ŠKODA AUTO Group* achieved sales revenues of 4.85 billion euros in the first quarter of 2020, 1.4% below the previous year’s figure. Operating profit reached 307 million euros and thus remains at a solid level, as does the return on sales at 6.3%. However, comparing these figures to the record year of 2019 clearly shows that ŠKODA’s overall business has been severely affected by the current economic situation and the necessary measures to prevent the further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. A look at the deliveries demonstrates this: From January to March 2020, the Czech car manufacturer delivered 232,900 vehicles to customers worldwide, which is significantly lower than the previous year (first quarter of 2019: 307,600 vehicles; -24.3%). Nevertheless, the company continues to invest consistently in its future and is pursuing its transformation from a dedicated automaker to a ‘Simply Clever Company for the Best Mobility Solutions’.
ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier says: “ŠKODA AUTO has achieved record results in recent years and still has sufficient liquidity. This is of great benefit to us in this extremely difficult situation. At present, nobody can accurately estimate how the covid-19 pandemic will affect global car sales in the coming months. One thing is clear: due to the production stop, more than 100,000 vehicles could not be manufactured at ŠKODA. Nevertheless, we are fighting for every car, because our order backlog is still high. Our company is strategically well-positioned, has an excellent foundation and an attractive, modern model portfolio. We are therefore sticking to our medium and long-term plans. We now need targeted government stimuli for the economy as a whole that will take effect quickly and across the board in order to safeguard jobs in the long term and restore confidence in society.”
ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Finance and IT Klaus-Dieter Schürmann emphasises: "We are also feeling the acute economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures required to contain it. Collapsing sales volumes, declining sales revenue and negative exchange rate effects impacted our earnings. Securing liquidity is of central importance in the current situation. ŠKODA AUTO has therefore implemented comprehensive measures to effectively reduce costs and expenses in the short term. With regard to the further financial effects and risks of the Covid-19 pandemic, we must take a long-term view. We expect the greatest impact of the current crisis to be in the second quarter, followed by a gradual recovery in the third quarter and a possible return to the previous year's level in the fourth quarter."
Alain Favey, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing, explains: “The current situation poses enormous challenges for our entire sales organisation. From January to March, we recorded a worldwide decline of around 24% compared to the same period last year. In recent weeks, we have prepared a comprehensive package of measures for each market to support our dealers and importers. Our goal is to get back on track as quickly as possible after the gradual reopening of the dealerships.”
Deliveries in the first quarter of 2020: Between January and March, ŠKODA AUTO delivered 232,900 vehicles to customers worldwide (first quarter of 2019: 307,600 vehicles; -24.3%).
In Western Europe, ŠKODA recorded a total of 106,700 deliveries between January and March (first quarter of 2019: 137,900 vehicles; -22.6%). On its second-largest single market, Germany, the manufacturer delivered 35,800 vehicles to customers in the first three months of the year (first quarter of 2019: 48,000 vehicles; -25.4%). In Norway, ŠKODA achieved double-digit growth in the first quarter of the year contrary to the overall trend: Delivering 1,700 vehicles corresponds to an increase of 25.4% compared to last year (first quarter of 2019: 1,400 vehicles).
In Central Europe, ŠKODA delivered 46,900 vehicles in the first quarter (first quarter of 2019: 52,300 vehicles; -10.2%). In the domestic market of the Czech Republic, deliveries in the first three months declined year-on-year to 21,300 vehicles (first quarter of 2019: 22,000; -3.3%). In Croatia, deliveries in this period rose to 1,500 vehicles, representing growth of 13.3% (first quarter of 2019: 1,300 vehicles).
In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, ŠKODA recorded 8,700 deliveries in the first quarter of the year (first quarter of 2019: 11,000 vehicles; -21.2%).
In Russia, the manufacturer increased its deliveries from January to March by 13.9% to 21,000 vehicles (first quarter of 2019: 18,400 vehicles).
In China, its largest single market worldwide, ŠKODA delivered 29,000 vehicles in the first quarter of the year (first quarter of 2019: 64,300 vehicles; -54.9%).
In India, the company recorded 3,100 deliveries between January and March (first quarter of 2019: 3,900 vehicles; -21.2%).
In Turkey, a total of 3,800 vehicles were delivered in the first quarter, representing an increase of 60.5% over the same period last year (first quarter of 2019: 2,300 vehicles).
ŠKODA deliveries to customers in the first quarter of 2020 (in units, rounded off, listed by model; +/- in per cent compared to previous year):
ŠKODA OCTAVIA (62,400; -32.5%)
ŠKODA KODIAQ (33,600; -5.8%)
ŠKODA KAROQ (30,200; -15.6%)
ŠKODA FABIA (27,300; -44.3%)
ŠKODA KAMIQ (25,500; +107.2%)
ŠKODA SUPERB (21,700; -23.3%)
ŠKODA SCALA (14,500; +3,572.8%)
ŠKODA RAPID (sold in China, Russia and India 14,200; -66.4%)
ŠKODA CITIGO (only sold in Europe: 3,400; -)