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Mitsubishi Motors Reports full-year Financial Results for FY2017 and Issues FY2018 Guidance

Pressemitteilung   •   Mai 14, 2018 10:07 CEST


Tokyo, May 9, 2018 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today announced full-year financial results for Fiscal Year 2017 ended March 31, 2018, and issued its initial forecast for Fiscal Year 2018 ended March 31, 2019.

Osamu Masuko, Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors, said: "In FY2017, the first year of the mid-term business plan (MTP), we were able to make a good start, achieving the targets which were even revised upward during the fiscal year. I also find it very encouraging that our new products, XPANDER and Eclipse Cross have been launched successfully."

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[ Summary of Financial Results (PDF: 18pages 141KB) ]
[ Presentation (PDF: 39pages 1.78MB) ]
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1. FY2017 full-year Financial Results Highlights

Mitsubishi Motors reported net sales up 15% year-on-year to 2.19 trillion yen for Fiscal Year 2017. Operating profit rose sharply to 98.2 billion yen, representing an operating margin of 4.5%, compared with an operating profit of 5.1 billion yen in the same period of Fiscal Year 2016. The company generated net income of 107.6 billion yen for the latest 12-month period, reversing a net loss of 198.5 billion yen in the prior fiscal year.

2. Global sales performance

Global sales volume for Fiscal Year 2017 increased 19% year-on-year to 1,101,000 units.

ASEAN sales increased by 33% to 275,000 units, driven by orders for pick-up trucks in Thailand and the strong performance of the new XPANDER MPV, launched in Indonesia last September.

In China, sales rose 55% year-on-year to 136,000 units due to demand for the localized Outlander.

Sales in Japan increased 23% year-on-year to 98,000 units. The growth was driven by encouraging demand for Kei car models including the "eK Wagon" and "eK Space", as well as for the Delica D:5 and other "Active Gear" series.

The XPANDER is part of a product offensive at Mitsubishi Motors, which also includes the new Eclipse Cross compact SUV. Initial Sales of the Eclipse Cross, launched last year in Europe, are being followed by sales in other important markets including Oceania, North America and Japan.

3. Fiscal year 2018 forecast

MMC forecast that global sales in Fiscal Year 2018 would increase by 14% year-on-year to 1.25 million units. The Eclipse Cross and XPANDER, which we launched last fiscal year, will contribute to the volume growth in this fiscal year. Regionally, our growth will be driven strongly by ASEAN, and by China in which production capacity will be increased by our local joint venture and the dealer network will be enhanced. The sales recovery in Japan will also support the growth.

MMC's financial forecast for Fiscal Year 2018 is following; Net sales are projected to rise 9% year-on-year to 2.40 trillion yen. Based on the exchange rate assumptions that reflect severer market environment than the last year, MMC expects to achieve operating profit of 110.0 billion yen, representing 4.6% operating margin. Net income is forecast to be 110.0 billion yen.

Dividend forecast

Osamu Masuko, CEO, said: "To reassure that we are on the right track in continuing reform initiatives to 'rebuild credibility,' FY2018, the second year of the MTP, is a very important year. While making aggressive investments continuously to 'establish a foundation for profitable and sustainable growth,' we will use our best endeavors to 'expand the size' and 'improve COP margin,' all of which are the goals we announced today."

About MITSUBISHI MOTORS

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a global automobile company based in Tokyo, Japan, which has a competitive edge in SUVs and pickup trucks, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company launched the i-MiEV – the first mass-produced electric vehicle in 2009, which was followed by the OUTLANDER PHEV in 2013 – a plug-in hybrid market leader in Japan and Europe. Mitsubishi Motors has 30,000 employees and a global footprint with production facilities in Japan, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Philippines and Russia. Models, such as the PAJERO SPORT/MONTERO SPORT, TRITON/L200 and OUTLANDER play a major role in achieving its growth. The global sales volume in fiscal year 2017 was 1,101,000 units, and the net sales of Mitsubishi Motors for fiscal year 2017 was 2.19 trillion yen. MMC is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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Die Mitsubishi Motors Corporation ist der älteste Automobil-Serienhersteller Japans. Bereits 1917 fertigte das Unternehmen das serienfähige Modell A in Kobe, es wurde von einem 2,8-Liter-Vierzylinder mit 35 PS angetrieben. 1921 begann die Produktion von Leichtlastwagen, 1934 entstand der erste Personenwagen mit Allradantrieb und Dieselmotor, der PX 33. Mit dem Geländewagen Pajero, dessen Wettbewerbsversion zwölf Mal die Rallye Paris Dakar gewann, hat Mitsubishi Geschichte geschrieben. Auch im On-Road-Rallyesport konnte die Marke punkten und gehört mit fünf Titeln als Rallye-Weltmeister zu den erfolgreichsten Autoherstellern dieses Wettbewerbs. Heute ist das Ziel nachhaltiger Mobilität in die Unternehmensstatuten eingebettet. Mit dem Elektrofahrzeug Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle gelang der Schritt in die E-Mobility, der Plug-in Hybrid Outlander ist das erste SUV Plug-in Hybrid mit Allradantrieb.

Die Deutschlandzentrale der MMD Automobile GmbH (MMDA), dem deutschen Importeur von Mitsubishi Fahrzeugen ist seit Dezember 2017 in Friedberg angesiedelt. Das europäische Entwicklungs- und Designzentrum von MMC ist sesshaft in Trebur.

Im Jahre 1977 begann in Rüsselsheim die Auslieferung der ersten Fahrzeuge mit den drei Diamanten im Kühlergrill. In der mittlerweile 40-jährigen Firmengeschichte von Mitsubishi Motors in Deutschland wurden insgesamt mehr als 1,7 Millionen Fahrzeuge verkauft. Heute sind rund 500.000 zugelassene Mitsubishi Modelle auf deutschen Straßen unterwegs. Die Mitsubishi Modelle werden in Deutschland von Händlern an mehr als 600 Vertriebs- und Servicestandorten vertrieben.

Seit Anfang 2014 gehört die MMD Automobile GmbH mehrheitlich zur Emil Frey Gruppe Deutschland.