Paris (ots/PRNewswire) - Following today's meeting of its Board of
Directors, Valeo presented its consolidated accounts for the third
@@start.t1@@ in millions of euros 3rd quarter 9 months
2007 2006(i) change 2007 2006(i) change
Total operating revenues 2,245 2,153 +4.3% 7,251 7,174 +1.1%
Gross margin 340 322 +5.6% 1,111 1,112 -0.1%
% sales 15.4% 15.2% +0.2 pt 15.5% 15.7% -0.2 pt
Operating income 64 50 +28.0% 231 220 +5.0%
% total revenues 2.9% 2.3% +0.6pt 3.2% 3.1% +0.1 pt
Net income attributable to (40) 7 ns 31 101 -69.3%
% total revenues -1.8% 0.3% ns 0.4% 1.4% -1.0 pt
Basic earnings per share 0.16 0.12 +33.3% 1.13 1.58 -28.5%
(i) As required by IFRS norms, this data has been restated, e.g.
to take into account activities in the process of being sold.
2007 third quarter Group results
In the third quarter of 2007, Valeo's total operating revenues
stood at 2,245 million euros, up by 4.3% compared to the third
quarter of 2006. The impact of exchange rates and changes in the
consolidated reporting entity was -0.9% and +0.3% respectively. On a
like-for-like basis, total operating revenues increased by 4.9%.
The gross margin for the quarter increased by 5.6% to 340 million
euros. It represented 15.4% of sales, up by 0.2 points compared to
the third quarter of 2006, after registering a drop of 0.3 points in
the first half of the year. The net impact of the rise in raw
material prices is estimated at -0.5 points.
Operating income amounted to 64 million euros, or 2.9% of total
operating revenues, compared to 50 million euros and 2.3% of total
revenues for the same period in 2006. This figure takes into account
"other net expenses" of 9 million euros, compared to 15 million euros
Excluding the negative impact of extra costs related to raw
materials, the margin rate was up by 0.8 point.
Net income attributable to Company shareholders was -40 million
euros, including a loss of 52 million euros related to non strategic
activities. Excluding these activities, net income stood at 12
million euros compared to 9 million euros in the third quarter of
At end September, excluding divested assets, the Group's net
income increased by 5% compared to 2006.
Valeo's net debt on 30 September 2007 amounted to 932 million
euros (taking into account the debt of the wiring harness activity of
60 million euros) compared to 968 million euros at the beginning of
the year. The debt-to-equity ratio was 53%, compared to 55% at 31
Highlights of the quarter
On 24 July, Valeo announced the creation of a new majority joint
venture in India with N.K Minda Group for the production of
alternators and starter motors. This is the Group's fourth industrial
site in the Indian market.
On 27 July, the Group acquired Connaught Electronics Ltd. (CEL),
an Irish producer of vehicle electronics. This acquisition reinforces
Valeo's Driving Assistance Domain through the extension of its line
of camera-based vision solutions for low-speed maneuvering.
On 16 October, Valeo signed an agreement with Leoni for the
sale of its wiring harness activity. This divestiture will lead to a
reduction in the Group net debt of around 200 million euros.
The Group's many innovations, presented at the Frankfurt Auto
Show, have been experiencing significant commercial success. New
contracts have been signed for the Park4UTM automatic parking system,
the blind spot detection system and the StARSTM microhybrid system.
Outlook for the fourth quarter
Valeo intends to continue to progress in an environment in which
global automotive production will be less sustained than in the third
Valeo is an independent industrial group dedicated to the design,
production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for
cars and trucks. It is one of the world's leading automotive
suppliers. The Group has 136 production sites, 68 R&D centers, 9
distribution platforms, and employs 74,800 people in 30 countries.
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