Renault sees 2021 profit despite chip crunch, raw material costs
French carmaker Renault said on Friday it expected to deliver a full-year 2021 profit even as a global shortage in semiconductor chips and rising raw material costs crimped production.
London: French carmaker Renault said on Friday it expected to deliver a full-year 2021 profit even as a global shortage in semiconductor chips and rising raw material costs crimped production.
Renault said it now expected the chip shortage to lead to a production loss of 200,000 units this year, doubling its previous forecast.
The carmaker, which has been focusing more on its most profitable models, reported a return to half-year net profit after a hefty loss a year ago, crediting rising car sales and its pricing efforts.
Renault, which also owns Dacia and Lada brands and has a partnership with Nissan, reported an operating margin of 2.8% for the first half of the year, saying it was aiming for a full-year margin “of the same order”. It added it was ahead of its cost cutting targets.
Renault shares were up 1.5% at 07h47 GMT, after rising more than 4% in early trading.
These results “mark only the first step in our turnaround, which should accelerate with arrival of the new vehicles in preparation,” Chief Executive Officer Luca de Meo, who started a year ago, said in a statement.
Renault almost returned to positive cash flow in the first half of the year, from a nearly 6.4 billion euro outflow in the year-ago period, and executives said they hoped to keep that momentum going.
Renault plans to repay around a fifth of a 5 billion-euro loan from the French state by year end, Chief Finance Officer Clotilde Delbos said. The loan was part of government emergency support offered at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, Renault unveiled a more ambitious strategy for electric vehicles (EVs), betting on new, affordable versions of its iconic small cars of the past to catch up with Volkswagen in the fast-growing sector.
After five consecutive quarters of falling car sales, Renault’s revenue for the first half of 2021 rose 18.7%.(Reuters)