ŠKODA AUTO’s sales revenue, deliveries and operating profit increase once again

ŠKODA AUTO’s sales revenue, deliveries and operating profit increase once again

› ŠKODA AUTO achieves best first quarter in company history

› Sales revenue increases 4.9% year-on-year to 4.5 billion euros

› Operating profit rises 5.3% to 437 million euros

› ŠKODA AUTO delivers 316,700 vehicles (+11.7%) in the first three months of 2018

› ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier: “The quarterly sales revenue, deliveries and

operating profit demonstrate that we are growing profitably and sustainably.”

Mladá Boleslav, 27 April 2018 – ŠKODA AUTO continues its growth course. Never before has

the Czech traditional brand achieved such a strong result in terms of sales revenue,

deliveries and operating profit between January and March. The manufacturer delivered

316,700 vehicles worldwide (+ 11.7%). Operating profit increased by 5.3% to 437 million

euros in the same period, while sales revenue increased by 4.9% to 4.5 billion euros.

"We have set the right course with Strategy 2025, and the quarterly sales revenue, deliveries and

operating profit demonstrate that we are growing profitably and sustainably," says ŠKODA AUTO

CEO Bernhard Maier, adding: "Due to the consistently high demand for our vehicles, we are

working hard to expand our production capacities."

In the first quarter of 2018, ŠKODA AUTO's sales revenue increased by 4.9% to 4.547 billion euros

(first quarter of 2017: 4.334 billion euros). Operating profit increased by 5.3% to 437 million euros

(first quarter of 2017: 415 million euros); the return on sales currently stands at 9.6%.

“ŠKODA AUTO achieved another record quarterly result despite the demanding and challenging

market environment. Positive volume and mix effects are the basis for the increased profitability,”

says ŠKODA CFO Klaus-Dieter Schürmann. "Thanks to an attractive model mix, increased demand

for our KODIAQ and KAROQ models and optimised product costs, we have been able to

seamlessly continue our profitable growth from last year. Consistent cost and efficiency

management will continue to be a high priority at ŠKODA AUTO.”

In addition to the bestselling ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the SUV models KODIAQ and KAROQ were

among the growth drivers. From January to March 2018, the Czech carmaker delivered a total of

105,700 OCTAVIAs to customers worldwide, 2.6% more than in the same period of the previous

year. Sales of the large SUV ŠKODA KODIAQ increased by more than 500% to 38,100 units in the

first quarter. The ŠKODA KAROQ, which was launched last autumn, is also contributing to the

positive sales development. ŠKODA AUTO delivered 17,100 units of the compact SUV between

January and March. The second-strongest model after the global bestseller ŠKODA OCTAVIA is

the compact ŠKODA FABIA. Its sales figures of 54,600 deliveries in the first quarter remain at the

previous year's level.

ŠKODA AUTO is diversifying for the future

In response to the profound changes in the automotive industry, ŠKODA AUTO has formulated

Strategy 2025, with which the company intends to actively shape future developments in key areas

such as electromobility, autonomous driving and connectivity. Other important areas of action

include digitising products and processes, entering new markets and expanding the traditional

automotive business to include a variety of mobility services. In this way, ŠKODA AUTO plans to

expand in two dimensions: in addition to increasing vehicle sales, new business areas will broaden

the growth course.

With the current seven car series, ŠKODA AUTO offers the most comprehensive product portfolio

in the company's history. Presenting the ŠKODA VISION X study at the Geneva Motor Show, the

traditional Czech brand provided an exciting outlook for a third model in the successful SUV family.

In addition, the modernised ŠKODA FABIA celebrated its world premiere and, with the ŠKODA

KODIAQ LAURIN & KLEMENT, the new top model of the popular SUV series was presented to the

public for the first time. At the end of April, ŠKODA AUTO also presented the ŠKODA KAMIQ city

SUV – a model developed exclusively for its worldwide strongest single market, China.

ŠKODA AUTO Group – Key figures quarterly comparison – January to March 2018/2017*:

January – March 2018/2017




in %

Deliveries to customers cars 316,700 283,500 +11.7

Deliveries to customers excluding China cars 237,500 216,700 +9.6

Production** cars 242,800 234,300 +3.6

Sales *** cars 256,200 252,400 +1.5

Sales revenue Million EUR 4,547 4,334 +4.9

Operating profit Million EUR 437 415 +5.3

Return on sales % 9.6 9.6 -

Investments Million EUR 109 96 +13.1

Net cash flow Million EUR 595 573 +3.8

* Percent deviations are calculated from the non-rounded numbers.

** Comprises production of the ŠKODA brand, without production in China, Slovakia, Russia or

India, but does include other Group brands, such as SEAT, Audi and VW; Vehicle production

without part/complete kits

*** Comprises sales of the ŠKODA brand, including other Group brands such as SEAT, AUDI and VW; Vehicle

sales without part / complete kits

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