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Continental announces first quarter 2019 results

  5/16/2019 - Hanover, Germany - Continental has managed a solid start to the business year. Thanks to its technology portfolio, the company has been able to distance itself from the substantial downward trend on the market. At €11.0 billion, sales were on par with the prior-year level. The adjusted EBIT margin was 8.1 percent (adjusted EBIT: €884 million). “Thanks to our strong market position, we have kept our sales stable in a clearly sluggish market environment. Our stricter cost discipline contributed to our solid results,” said Continental CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart upon the publication of the quarterly figures in Hanover. In the first three months of 2019, global automobile production was down by more than 6 percent year-on-year, according to preliminary figures. In contrast, the technology company’s organic growth (before changes in the scope of consolidation and exchange-rate effects) was down by only 2 percent. In addition to the company’s strong market position, this was also due to exchange-rate effects which totaled €186 million in the first quarter, attributable primarily to the appreciation of the U.S. dollar in relation to the euro. As announced at the annual shareholders’ meeting on April 26, Continental continues to expect a market upturn in the second half of the year and is thus maintaining its annual guidance issued at the beginning of January. The net income attributable to the shareholders of the parent of €575 million was down year-on-year (PY: €738 million). Earnings per share amounted to €2.88 (PY: €3.69). At €884 million, adjusted EBIT was down 17.1 percent compared with the reporting date for the previous year. This corresponds to an adjusted EBIT margin of 8.1 percent after 9.7 percent in the first quarter of the previous year. “The start to the new fiscal year was challenging, as expected,” remarked Wolfgang Schäfer, Continental’s CFO, adding: “We did, however, already start to heighten our cost discipline last year. We are benefiting from this now.” In the first quarter, capital expenditure for research and development and for property, plant and equipment, and software came to over €1.5 billion. “Continental is continuing to invest heavily in the mobility of the future, and thus in its future business success,” Schäfer explained. As at March 31, 2019, Continental’s liquidity reserves totaled €5.7 billion, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of €1.8 billion and committed, unutilized credit lines totaling €3.9 billion.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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