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BMW Group remains on course in third quarter


Best third quarter in BMW Group’s history

Profit before financial result rises to euro 1,716 million

Profit before tax increases to euro 1,644 million

Automotive segment EBIT up to euro 1,819 million

Automotive segment EBIT margin improved to 11.9%

Reithofer reaffirms targets for full year 2011

Munich. The BMW Group remains on its successful course. “We have recorded the best third quarter in the company’s history. During this period, we achieved new records for sales volume, revenues and earnings. The main reasons for this excellent performance have been strong demand worldwide for our vehicles and considerable efficiency improvements”, stated Norbert Reithofer, the Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG on Thursday in Munich.

Revenues rose by 3.8% to euro 16,547 million (2010: euro 15,940 million). The third-quarter profit before financial result (EBIT) climbed by 44.0% to euro 1,716 million (2010: euro 1,192 million) and the profit before tax (EBT) went up by 21.0% to euro 1,644 million (2010: euro 1,359 million). Group net profit improved by 23.8% to euro 1,082 million (2010: euro 874 million). The number of vehicles sold during the three-month period from July to September increased by 9.0% to a new record of 399,218 units (2010: 366,190 units).

New sales volume, revenues and earnings records were also achieved for the nine-month period. Revenues were 15.4% higher at euro 50,472 million (2010: euro 43,731 million). EBIT surged by 92.8% to euro 6,474 million (2010: euro 3,358 million), while the profit before tax rose to euro 6,160 million (2010: euro 3,166 million). This corresponds to an improvement of 94.6%. The nine-month profit after tax doubled to euro 4,103 million (2010: euro 2,032 million). The total number of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered to customers up to the end of September increased by 16.0% to 1,232,584 units (2010: 1,062,216 units).

EBIT margin of 12.8% for automotive segment over nine-month period

Sales volumes of all three group brands were at record levels in the third quarter and for the nine-month period. This is reflected in the revenues and earnings performance for the relevant periods. Automotive segment revenues in the third quarter went up by 8.0% to euro 15,344 million (2010: euro 14,210 million). EBIT climbed by 57.9% to euro 1,819 million (2010: euro 1,152 million), yielding an EBIT margin for the Automotive segment of 11.9%. The segment profit before tax improved to euro 1,745 million (2010: euro 1,285 million; +35.8%).

Nine-month segment revenues increased by 20.3% to euro 46,391 million (2010: euro 38,551 million). EBIT rose sharply to euro 5,935 million (2010: euro 2,760 million), resulting in an EBIT margin for the period of 12.8%. The segment profit before tax improved to euro 5,647 million (2010: euro 2,443 million).

Free cash flow for the nine-month period totalled euro 3,035 million. Adjusted for the injection of equity to one entity in the Financial Services segment and the acquisition of ING Car Lease, free cash flow totalled approximately euro 3.9 billion. The equivalent figure for the third quarter was euro 462 million. The acquisition of ING Car Lease, seasonally higher capital expenditure and a rise in working capital, mainly in conjunction with the BMW 1 Series and 3 Series model changes, were some of the factors holding down free cash flow. Adjusted for ING Car Lease, free cash flow in the period from July to September was euro 711 million.

The number of BMW brand cars sold in the third quarter increased by 8.2% to 332,066 units (2010: 306,982 units). Between January and September, sales of the core brand rose by 14.5% to 1,021,927 units (2010: 892,737 units); this is the first time that the BMW brand has exceeded the one million mark in the first nine months of a year.

The various models of the X Series continued to perform exceedingly well during the period from January to September. Sales of the BMW X1 increased sharply again and were up by 30.4% to 94,294 units (2010: 72,294 units). The new BMW X3 continued to be popular with customers, with worldwide sales more than doubling to 83,754 units (2010: 35,252 units). The BMW X5 remains market leader worldwide in its segment with a total of 75,055 units (2010: 74,655 units) sold during the nine-month period.

The picture is a similar one for the BMW 5 Series. In total, 250,566 units (2010: 155,648 units) were sold in the first nine months of the year, an increase of 61.0% against the corresponding period last year. The BMW 6 Series recorded a sales volume of 5,314 units, 3.2% up on the previous year (2010: 5,149 units). The 6 Series Coupé became available in September 2011 and is set to generate additional demand during the final quarter of the year. The BMW 7 Series continues to perform well, with nine-month sales of the BMW flagship rising to 48,842 units (2010: 47,349 units; +3.2%).

The sales volume of the BMW 1 Series – which is now approaching the end of its product life-cycle - totalled 129,041 units between January and September (2010: 151,681 units). The second generation of the BMW 1 Series was launched in mid-September and will spur demand in the last three months of the current year.

288,077 units of the BMW 3 Series were sold during the first nine months of the year (2010: 295,608 units). The new BMW 3 Series Sedan was presented to the public in mid-October and will be launched on the markets worldwide on 11 February 2012. “The customers’ response to the new BMW 3 Series has been excellent. We are confident that the new BMW 3 Series will continue the success story of this model series”, emphasised Reithofer.

The MINI brand also achieved a new sales volume record, with sales up in the third quarter by 13.4% to 66,303 units (2010: 58,450 units). In total, 208,216 units (2010: 167,751 units) were sold during the nine-month period, an increase of 24.1% over the previous year. Sales of the MINI Countryman improved further to 61,986 units. The MINI Coupé came onto the markets in September as the fifth model variant.

The Rolls-Royce brand also continues to perform well. 849 units (2010: 758 units; +12.0%) were handed over to customers during the third quarter. In the nine-month period to the end of September, sales rose by 41.3% to a new sales volume record figure of 2,441 units (2010: 1,728 units).

The BMW Group increased its sales volume figures in almost all of the world’s regions in the first nine months of 2011. In Europe, the number of cars sold rose by 10.0% to 635,403 units. Sales increased by 9.5% to 209,772 units in Germany and by 9.7% to 128,382 units in Great Britain. Growth was also recorded in Italy (54,349 units; +8.3%) and France (49,233 units; +2.2%).

Nine-month sales in North America rose to 245,903 units, 13.9% ahead of the previous year’s corresponding figure. The number of vehicles handed over to customers in the USA increased by 14.2% to 219,962 units.

The BMW Group also registered continued growth in Asia, where a sales volume of 282,476 units (+36.8%) was recorded in the first nine months of the year. A total of 178,232 units (+45.9%) was sold in China. In Japan, the number of cars sold rose by 7.6% to 34,591 units.

Number of employees increased

The BMW Group’s workforce increased during the period ended 30 September. The number of employees worldwide increased by 4.1% to 100,389 employees at the end of the reporting period (2010: 96,402). One of the reasons for this was the acquisition of ING Car Lease. Skilled workers and engineers were also recruited in order to keep pace with the ongoing strong demand for BMW Group vehicles and to focus on developing new technologies.

The provision of training for young people plays an important role for the BMW Group, with a total of 1,661 apprentices taking up their careers with the BMW Group during the third quarter.

Reithofer: on track to achieve targets for the full year

In view of strong demand for its cars worldwide, the BMW Group remains confident for its full-year performance. “We are on track to achieve our targets for the full year”, stated Reithofer. The expectation remains that group earnings and sales volumes for the full year 2011 will be significantly higher than in the previous year. “We are still aiming to achieve a record-breaking profit before tax and to increase sales volume by over 10% to a new high of more than 1.6 million vehicles“, continued Reithofer.

For the full year, the BMW Group continues to forecast an EBIT margin of over 10% for its Automotive segment and a return on capital employed (RoCE) of over 26%. In the Financial Services segment, the aim is to achieve a significant improvement in pre-tax profit and a return on equity of over 18%. All of these targets are based on the assumption that economic and political conditions as well as the global economy remain stable.

The BMW Group remains committed to achieving its stated long-term profitability targets. The BMW Group is striving to achieve a sustainable EBIT margin in its Automobiles segment of between 8% and 10% in 2012 and beyond. Depending on political and economic developments, however, actual margins may end up being above or below the targeted range.

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      11-03-2011, 10:07 AM   #2
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That graphic has become so familiar this year with record after record set. They must be doing something right. BMW is probably the most mainstream brand that has made a concerted effort to make car ownership a full experience with the brand and not just a one off event that ends once they have your money.
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thas outstand'n, quarter after quarter they jus keep outdoin themselves.

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Well done BMW. I visited my local dealership and my two favorite salesmen said they sold 50 cars together last month.
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Still surprised that Rolls Royce sells quite a bit. I wonder how this compares to the Maybach.
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BMW has set the bar. Superior products offering great value.
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it seems they really do know what their doing, we have to trust them in all they are doing with these new models.

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      11-03-2011, 11:44 AM   #8

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This is what happens when you start designing cars that will appeal more to the average consumer than previous designs. They've clearly succeeded at doing exactly what they wanted.

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I think audi is doing very well too!!! and they are closing the gap year after year!in my opinion it will be very hard for bmw to keep beeing the number one because VAG Group is very powerfull!
I wish they keep the first place for years to come!
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recession my ass? This is Q3, it had september in it only.Wait for Q1 figures then we'll talk!
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What are Audi sales figures? It's almost 2012, Audi has a little more than 3 years to pass BMW...
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