Volkswagen results hit by anti-pollution regulations
FRANKFURT: Volkswagen reported a smaller than expected 18.6 per cent drop in third-quarter adjusted operating profit, boosting its shares despite weaker vehicle sales tied to the introduction of more stringent anti-pollution rules.
The carmaker’s adjusted operating profit came to 3.51 billion euros ($4 billion) in the three months through September, better than the 3.21 billion euros predicted in a Reuters poll of banks and brokerages.
It affirmed on Tuesday its target for 2018 operating return on sales before special items at both the group and its passenger cars business area of 6.5 to 7.5 per cent.
Including special items, such as an 800 million euros fine against VW’S premium brand Audi, the adjusted operating margin will fall moderately short of the expected range, it said.
“The fact that VW does not have to change its forecast makes it look more robust than most of its competitors, namely Daimler and BMW, it demonstrates VW’S talents in both the product and the cost side,” Metzler analyst Juergen Pieper said.
Shares in Volkswagen rose 4.9 per cent to 149.42 euros, making them the biggest gainers on Germany’s blue-chip DAX index.
Volkswagen has struggled to adapt its fleet to the worldwide harmonised light vehicle test procedure, known as WLTP which took effect last month, resulting in a 3.6 per cent decline in deliveries during the quarter as some car models remained unavailable for sale.
Volkswagen is also still feeling the impact of its 2015 diesel emissions scandal that has rewritten the rules for the car industry in many major markets.