Fiat Profit Soars 82% with Help from Chrysler

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Posted: July 31, 2013 at 3:25 am

Fiat SpA boosted net earnings to €435 million ($577 million) in the second quarter of 2013 from €239 million ($317 million) a year earlier.

Revenue grew 4% to €22.3 billion ($29.6 billion). Vehicle sales rose 5% to 1.2 million units as a 3% decline in Europe was offset by gains in all other regions.

Trading profit (earnings before interest, taxes and one-time items) climbed 9% to €1 billion ($1.3 billion) in the quarter, buoyed by cost cutting in Europe, growing profit in Asia Pacific and a €904 million ($1.2 billion) contribution from affiliate Chrysler.

Without Chrysler’s contributions, Fiat would have posted a €247 million ($328 million) net loss in the April-June period, about the same as a year earlier.

In Europe, the company narrowed its quarterly trading loss 29% to €98 million ($130 million) on a 3% revenue slide to €4.8 billion ($6.4 billion).

Latin American trading income contracted 6% year on year to €224 million ($297 million) in the second quarter. Trading profit edged up 1% to €668 million ($887 million) in North America and nearly tripled to €99 million ($131 million) in Asia Pacific.

Fiat, excluding Chrysler, shrank both its automotive debt and cash position 2% from the previous quarter to €18 billion ($23.9 billion) and €8.9 billion ($11.8 billion), respectively.

Fiat Group reiterates its 2013 outlook for revenue of as much as €92 billion ($122 billon) and net income of as much as €1.5 billion ($2 billion). But Chrysler’s reduced full-year earnings forecast caused analysts to worry that Fiat profit might slip as a result.