Official Release: The BMW Group continued to chart a course of profitable growth in the third quarter 2016 and revealed how the next stages of its Strategy Number ONE > NEXT will be implemented. As the world’s leading provider of premium products and services for individual mobility, the BMW Group recorded its best ever third quarter sales volume and net profit figures. The company also published details regarding the second phase of its electrification strategy.
“We posted new record earnings and continued to grow profitably – thereby maintaining a strong basis for the consistent implementation of our strategy,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Friday. “We are already achieving measurable success in the areas in which the entire sector is judged, namely our successful electrification strategy, with more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the roads already today, and our consistent achievement of high profitability, which enables us to finance future investments from our own resources.”
Krüger continued: “BMW i has always stood for a great deal more than alternative powertrains: BMW i is our ‘spearhead of innovation’, ensuring that the BMW Group maintains its pioneering technological role. We have already proved this in the field of electric mobility – and we continue to write our own success story in the fields of automated driving and digitalisation.”
Three years after the successful launch of BMW i, the BMW Group is now ready to present the second phase of its electric mobility strategy. Alongside the previously announced expansion of the BMW i model range to include the BMW i8 Roadster and the BMW iNEXT, the BMW Group will press ahead with its plans to systematically transfer all-electric, battery-powered mobility to its core brands. The first step will be an all-electric MINI in 2019, followed by an all-electric BMW X3 in 2020.
“We are absolutely convinced that the mobility of tomorrow is sustainable,” said Krüger. “Years ago, we announced our unambiguous commitment to electric mobility and achieved technological leadership in this field. Growing customer demand confirms that we are on the right track and that now is the right time to take the next steps.”
In the third quarter alone, the BMW Group delivered more than 18,000 electric BMW i and BMW iPerformance vehicles to customers, twice the figure achieved in the same period last year. For the full year 2016, the BMW Group expects to sell more than 60,000 vehicles featuring either all-electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains.
BMW Group posts best-ever figures for the first nine months of 2016
Third-quarter sales volume of the BMW Group’s three premium brands (BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce) climbed by 7.1% to reach 583,499 units (2015: 545,062 units). These figures mark a new all-time high for a third quarter and safeguard the BMW Group’s position as the world’s leading manufacturer of premium vehicles.
Third-quarter revenues rose by 4.6% to € 23,362 million (2015: € 22,345 million). Adjusted for exchange rate factors, revenues increased by 6.6%. At € 2,380 million, profit before financial result (EBIT) was slightly higher than one year earlier (2015: € 2,354 million; +1.1%). Group profit before tax (EBT) improved by 13.8% to € 2,575 million (2015: € 2,263 million). Net profit climbed by 15.3% to € 1,821 million (2015: € 1,579 million), a new record for a third quarter.
Nine-month sales recorded by the Automotive segment rose by 6.2% to reach a new high of 1,746,638 units (2015: 1,644,810 units). The strategy of striving to achieve an evenly balanced distribution of sales worldwide continued to pay off, allowing fluctuations in individual markets to be compensated.
In the first nine months, Group revenues grew by 3.0% to € 69,229 million (2015: € 67,197 million). Profit before financial result (EBIT) edged up by 2.2% to € 7,562 million (2015: € 7,400 million). Group profit before tax (EBT) increased by 8.8% to set a new record of € 7,741 million (2015: € 7,114 million). Group net profit rose by 11.7% to € 5,411 million (2015: € 4,844 million), also marking a new record for the first nine months of a year.
Automotive segment: EBIT margin within target range
Third-quarter revenues of the Automotive segment grew by 2.8% to € 21,564 million (2015: € 20,970 million). As previously reported, upfront expenditure for projects and activities connected with the implementation of Strategy Number ONE > NEXT will affect earnings more in the second half-year than in the first half-year. EBIT for the third quarter came in at € 1,837 million (2015: € 1,912 million; -3.9%) million, resulting in an EBIT margin in the Automotive segment of 8.5% (2015: 9.1%), still within the target range of between 8 and 10%. At € 2,030 million, segment profit before tax was significantly higher than the previous year (€ 1,845 million; +10.0%).
Nine-month segment revenues grew by 2.8% to € 63,250 million (2015: € 61,513 million). EBIT increased to € 5,778 million (2015: € 5,525 million; +4.6%), resulting in an EBIT margin of 9.1% (2015: 9.0%). Profit before tax climbed to € 6,041 million (2015: € 5,323 million; +13.5%), the first time it has exceeded six billion euro in the first three quarters.
In the third quarter, sales of BMW brand vehicles rose by 6.4% to reach a new high of 493,379 units (2015: 463,739 units) for the period. The equivalent nine-month figure of 1,479,936 units (2015: 1,395,780 units; +6.0%) also broke all existing records. Tailwind came from various sources, including contributions made by the BMW Group’s flagship model, the BMW 7 Series, and the BMW X models. Nine-month deliveries of the new BMW 7 Series were 65.8% up on the previous year, outperforming all of its predecessors during the launch period. Additional momentum is expected to come from the top model, the BMW M760Li xDrive. Sales of the BMW X1 in the nine-month period jumped by 82.0% to 149,670 units, while the BMW X3 recorded a 16.5% increase to 116,702 units.
Sales of BMW’s electrified models continue to grow – particularly in Europe and the USA. More than 40,000 BMW i and BMW iPerformance vehicles had been delivered to customers by the end of September – and the upward trend is rising steeply. In September alone, sales of electrified BMW models exceeded the 7,000 mark.
Including the new BMW 740e as well as the BMW 330e and the BMW 225xe Active Tourer launched in spring, the BMW Group already offers a total of seven vehicle models that are either all-electric (such as the BMW i3) or plug-in hybrids which combine an electric motor and a combustion engine. Moreover, the additional version of the BMW i3 with significantly extended electric range that came onto the market in July has also led to a noticeable increase in demand.
MINI also increased higher sales figures for the third quarter, with the number of vehicles sold worldwide rising by 10.8% to 89,179 units (2015: 80,488 units), including significant contributions from the new MINI Clubman and MINI Convertible models. Nine-month sales of MINI climbed by 7.2% to 264,077 units.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the best ever third quarter sales performance in the history of the company, up 12.7% on the previous year. Demand was seen across all Rolls-Royce models, combined with significant interest in Dawn and Black Badge Wraith and Black Badge Ghost. Sales in the nine-month period from January to September totalled 2,625 units, up 0.8% on the previous year. This result is according to plan and the marque remains optimistic for a strong year in 2016.
The upward trend for the BMW Group in Europe continued. Nine-month sales in this region increased by 10.4% to 807,597 units. Double-digit growth was recorded in a number of markets, including Great Britain (189,712 units; +10.6%), France (62,340 units; +10.9%) and Italy (59,921 units; +17.7%).
Deliveries of BMW Group vehicles in Asia rose by 9.1% to 548,986 units during the nine-month period, including sales on the Chinese mainland, which grew by 10.7% to 379,461 units. In Japan, sales volume rose by 9.5% to 55,408 units.
The number of vehicles sold in the Americas region between January and September was 6.5% lower at 338,005 units, including 269,884 units (-8.7%) delivered to customers in the USA.
Continued sales volume growth for Motorcycles segment
The Motorcycles segment continues to perform well. Worldwide sales of BMW motorcycles and maxi-scooters during the three-month period from July to September totalled 35,290 units, 3.8% more than the previous year. Third-quarter segment revenues amounted to € 451 million (2015: € 454 million; -0.7%). Earnings were also down on the previous year, mainly due to expenses incurred during the start-up phase of a number of projects connected with implementing BMW Motorrad’s new strategy. EBIT came in at € 32 million (2015: € 46 million; -30.4%), while profit before tax also finished at € 32 million (2015: € 45 million; -28.9%).
The segment delivered 116,044 (2015: 112,411) motorcycles and maxi-scooters to customers during the first nine months of the year, an increase of 3.2% compared to the previous year. At € 1,650 million, segment revenues were similar to the previous year (2015: € 1,643 million: +0.4%). EBIT amounted to € 224 million (2015: € 273 million; -17.9%), while profit before tax finished at € 223 million (2015: € 271 million; -17.7%).
Financial Services segment continues to perform well
The Financial Services segment continued to grow its business during the third quarter, again setting new records. A total of 467,702 new contracts (2015: 420,639 contracts: +11.2%) were signed between July and September in conjunction with financing and leasing business. The number of lease and financing contracts in place with retail customers at the end of the reporting period increased to 4,599,674 contracts (30 September 2015: 4,227,586 contracts; +8.8%). Segment revenues rose significantly to € 6,403 million (2015: € 5,621 million), 13.9% higher than in the previous year’s equivalent three-month period. Profit before tax rose by 22.9% to € 568 million (2015: € 462 million).
In total, 1,341,792 (2015: 1,222,165) new contracts were signed during the first nine months of the year relating to financing and leasing business, 9.8% more than the previous year. Segment revenues were 6.2% higher at € 18,940 million (2015: € 17,833 million). Profit before tax grew by 8.2% to € 1,641 million (2015: € 1,517 million).
Employee numbers increased
The workforce grew by 3.9% year-on-year as at 30 September. At the end of the reporting period, 126,013 people were employed worldwide (2015: 121,316 people). The BMW Group continues to concentrate its recruitment efforts on attracting the engineers and skilled staff, including software and IT experts, who are needed to keep pace with the constantly growing demand for the company’s vehicles and to create the innovations which will become the technologies of tomorrow.
BMW Group on course to achieve its financial targets for 2016
The BMW Group is confident it will achieve its projected targets for the current financial year – largely thanks to its strong brands, its attractive product portfolio and the expectation that international automobile markets will continue their generally upward trend. These favourable factors contrast with high levels of upfront expenditure for new technologies, fierce competition and rising personnel expenses. The global political and economic environment is expected to remain volatile.
The BMW Group reaffirms its targets for the full year. “We forecast slight increases and hence new record figures for Automotive segment sales volume and profit before tax in 2016,” stated Krüger. With its three premium brands – BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce – the BMW Group is firmly intent on remaining the world’s leading manufacturer of premium vehicles in 2016.
Automotive segment revenues are also set to grow slightly over the year, on the back of increased sales volumes. The Automotive segment’s EBIT margin in 2016 is forecast to remain within the targeted range of between 8 and 10%.
The BMW Group expects the Motorcycles segment to continue its upward trend for the remainder of the current year. The new R NineT Scrambler and G 310 R models have given the product portfolio additional breadth and are attracting new customer groups. A “solid” year-on-year increase in sales volume is forecast for the full year.
The successful business performance of the Financial Services segment is expected to continue. Despite rising equity capital requirements worldwide, for the financial year 2016 the BMW Group forecasts a return on equity (RoE) in line with the previous year (2015: 20.2%) and therefore once again above the target rate of at least 18%.
Forecasts for the current year are based on the assumption that worldwide economic and political environment will not change significantly.