Our record results were driven by our team’s tremendous performance in North America. During the quarter, we unveiled ‘white-space’ products across many brands; launched the next chapter for our storied Maserati brand; confirmed our market leadership in Latin America; and continued the rapid pace of our global investments in electrification. Once again, our team has proven its extraordinary resilience and creativity, and, as we close in on the merger to create Stellantis, we are stronger and more focused than ever on our mission to deliver great value for all our stakeholders.”
– Mike Manley, CEO
The health and safety of our employees remains a top priority as FCA’s global operations return to near pre-COVID-19 production levels and the company continues to embrace remote working practices where possible.
In North America, continued strong consumer demand for Ram and Jeep vehicles, coupled with a disciplined approach on incentives and operational costs, generated a record Adjusted EBIT of €2.5 billion and 13.8% margin. U.S. quarterly retail market share remained strong at 12.3%, while dealer orders remain strong entering the final months of the year. The Group unveiled three all-new vehicles to evolve and expand the Ram and Jeep portfolios: the Ram 1500 TRX is the fastest and most powerful massproduced pickup truck in the world; the Grand Wagoneer marks our return to the luxury SUV segment; and, the Jeep Wrangler PHEV 4xe joins the FCA stable of high-voltage electrified vehicles as the most capable, technologically-advanced and eco-friendly Wrangler ever.
EMEA posted market share gains in the EU27 + EFTA + UK for both passenger cars and LCVs and pricing began to improve. In addition, shipments to dealers began for the all-new full electric Fiat 500 and plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep Renegade and Compass. Leasys, FCA Bank’s mobility service company, continued the expansion of its network of mobility stores across Europe, which is targeted to reach 500 locations and be equipped with 1,200 proprietary charging points by year-end.
In LATAM, FCA maintained market-leadership, reaching an 18.0% share for the quarter with growth in key markets, driven by strong demand for the allnew Fiat Strada, the best-selling vehicle in Brazil for September.
Maserati hosted its “MMXX: Time to be Audacious” event in September, in which it laid the foundation for a new era for the brand, unveiled the allnew MC20 super sports car, as well as presented its plans to renew the entire product portfolio with a sustainable launch cadence over the next four years and implement a comprehensive electrification strategy.
FCA and Groupe PSA amended their Combination Agreement in September, preserving its original balance while addressing the liquidity impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the automotive industry. Specifically, the special dividend to be paid to FCA’s shareholders is set at €2.9 billion (previously €5.5 billion) with Groupe PSA’s 46% stake in Faurecia distributed to all Stellantis shareholders promptly after closing following approval by the Stellantis Board and shareholders. As announced today, FCA and Groupe PSA agreed to permit Groupe PSA to dispose of, prior to closing, a portion of its interest in Faurecia not to exceed 7 percent of Faurecia’s outstanding share capital with the proceeds of this disposal, along with the remainder of Groupe PSA’s current 46% stake in Faurecia, to be distributed to all Stellantis shareholders. The annual run-rate synergies for Stellantis were increased to more than €5 billion from the €3.7 billion originally estimated. In addition, the total estimated one-time implementation costs of achieving these synergies has also increased from €2.8 billion to up to €4 billion.
Merger closing is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
FY 2020 guidance is reinstated with Adjusted EBIT between €3.0 – 3.5 billion and Industrial free cash flows between €(1.0) – €0.0 billion. This guidance assumes no further significant disruptions from COVID-19.
(1) All results for the three months ended September 30, 2019 exclude Magneti Marelli up to the completion of the sale transaction on May 2, 2019, following its presentation as a discontinued operation;
(2) Refer to page 3 for the reconciliations of Net profit/(loss) to Adjusted EBIT, page 4 for the reconciliations of Net profit/(loss) to Adjusted net profit, Diluted EPS to Adjusted diluted EPS and of Cash flows from operating activities to Industrial free cash flows for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019.
(3) Adjusted EBIT excludes certain adjustments from Net profit/(loss) from continuing operations, including: gains/(losses) on the disposal of investments, restructuring, impairments, asset write-offs and unusual income/(expenses) that are considered rare or discrete events that are infrequent in nature, and also excludes Net financial expenses and Tax expense/(benefit);
(4) Adjusted net profit is calculated as Net profit/(loss) from continuing operations excluding post-tax impacts of the same items excluded from Adjusted EBIT, as well as financial income/(expenses) and tax income/(expenses) considered rare or discrete events that are infrequent in nature;
(5) Adjusted diluted EPS is calculated by adjusting Diluted earnings/(loss) per share from continuing operations for the impact per share of the same items excluded from Adjusted net profit;
(6) Industrial free cash flows is calculated as Cash flows from operating activities less: cash flows from operating activities from discontinued operations; cash flows from operating activities related to financial services, net of eliminations; investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets for industrial activities; adjusted for net intercompany payments between continuing operations and discontinued operations; and adjusted for discretionary pension contributions in excess of those required by the pension plans, net of tax. The timing of Industrial free cash flows may be affected by the timing of monetization of receivables and the payment of accounts payable, as well as changes in other components of working capital, which can vary from period to period due to, among other things, cash management initiatives and other factors, some of which may be outside of the Group’s control;
(7) Combined shipments include all shipments by the Group’s unconsolidated joint ventures, whereas consolidated shipments only include shipments from the Group’s consolidated subsidiaries.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
This document, in particular references to “FY 2020 guidance”, contains forward-looking statements. In particular, these forward-looking statements include statements regarding future financial performance and the Company’s expectations as to the achievement of certain targeted metrics, including revenues,
industrial free cash flows, vehicle shipments, capital investments, research and development costs and other expenses at any future date or for any future period are forward-looking statements. These statements may include terms such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “could”, “should”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “remain”, “on track”, “design”, “target”, “objective”, “goal”, “forecast”, “projection”, “outlook”, “prospects”, “plan”, or similar terms. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Rather, they are based on the Group’s current state of knowledge, future expectations and projections about future events
and are, by their nature, subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. They relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur or exist in the future and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on them. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including: the extent and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on supply chains, the Group’s production and distribution channels, demand in the Group’s end markets, and the broader impact on financial markets and the global economy; the Group’s ability to launch products successfully and to maintain vehicle shipment volumes; changes in the global financial markets, general economic environment and changes in demand for automotive products, which is subject to cyclicality; changes in local economic and political conditions, changes in trade policy and the imposition of global and regional tariffs or tariffs targeted to the automotive industry, the enactment of tax reforms or other changes in tax laws and regulations; the Group’s ability to expand certain of the Group’s brands globally; the Group’s ability to offer innovative, attractive products; the Group’s ability to develop, manufacture and sell vehicles with advanced features including enhanced electrification, connectivity and automated-driving characteristics; various types of claims, lawsuits, governmental investigations and other contingencies affecting the Group, including product liability and warranty claims and environmental claims, investigations and lawsuits; material operating expenditures in relation to compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations; the intense level of competition in the automotive industry, which may increase due to consolidation; our ability to complete, and realize expected synergies following completion of, our proposed merger with Peugeot S.A., including the expected cumulative implementation costs; exposure to shortfalls in the funding of the Group’s defined benefit pension plans; the Group’s ability to provide or arrange for access to adequate financing for the Group’s dealers and retail customers and associated risks related to the establishment and operations of financial services companies, including capital required to be deployed to financial services; the Group’s ability to access funding to execute the Group’s business plan and improve the Group’s business, financial condition and results of operations; a significant malfunction, disruption or security breach compromising the Group’s
information technology systems or the electronic control systems contained in the Group’s vehicles; the Group’s ability to realize anticipated benefits from joint venture arrangements in certain emerging markets; the Group’s ability to successfully implement and execute strategic initiatives and transactions, including the Group’s plans to separate certain businesses; disruptions arising from political, social and economic instability; risks associated with the Group’s relationships with employees, dealers and suppliers; increases in costs, disruptions of supply or shortages of raw materials; developments in labor and industrial relations, including any work stoppages, and developments in applicable labor laws; exchange rate fluctuations, interest rate changes, credit risk and other market risks; political and civil unrest; earthquakes or other disasters; and other risks and uncertainties.
Any forward-looking statements contained in this document speak only as of the date of this document and the Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise publicly forward-looking statements. Further information concerning the Group and its businesses, including factors that could materially affect the Company’s
financial results, is included in the Company’s reports and filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the AFM and CONSOB.
On October 28, 2020, at 12 p.m. GMT, management will hold a conference call to present the 2020 third quarter results. The call can be followed live and a recording will be available later on the Group’s website (http://www.fcagroup.com/en-us/pages/home.aspx). The supporting document will be made available onthe Group’s website prior to the call.