Volvo Cars' First Quarter 2017 Operating Profit Rises 11 Per Cent To Sek3.5 Billion By: Volvo
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, reported an operating profit of SEK3.5 billion for the first three months of the year, up 11 per cent from SEK3.1 billion during the same period last year. The increase was mainly driven by strong demand for the company's XC60 and 90 series cars.
Volvo Cars reported an operating profit margin of 7.3 per cent, down from 7.5 per cent last year. Profitability was partly offset by costs related to the launch of the new 90 series cars and the new XC60, as well as continuous investments in new technologies and a rising number of employees. Since the first quarter of 2016, Volvo Cars has welcomed almost 5,000 new employees, bringing the total global workforce to 33,000.
Global retail sales increased by 7.1 per cent to 129,148 cars in the January-to-March period, resulting in a first quarter revenue of SEK47.6 billion, up 13 per cent from SEK42.0 billion last year.
'In the first three months we have seen strong demand for our 90 series cars as they reached markets worldwide,' said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. 'We also unveiled the new XC60 in the first quarter and we expect this car to have a positive impact on sales and profitability.'
In March, Volvo Cars unveiled the new XC60 model at the Geneva Motor Show, which was received to great acclaim. Later this year, Volvo Cars will launch the XC40, based on the new CMA small vehicle platform, positioning the company for further growth in the fast-growing SUV segment.
More details about the first-quarter results can be found on the Volvo Cars Investor Relations website.