Porsche gives financial crisis two finger salute

Porsche Cayenne Diesel

Porsche has given the global financial crisis a two finger salute by posting pre-tax profits of €7.34 billion for the period 1 August 2009 to 31 January 2009. Sounds good on the surface, but…

The result is based largely on cash-settled share option transactions surrounding the value of Volkswagen shares.

Investment in future product lines such as the Panamera and hybrid drive Cayenne have had a negative effect on Porsche’s bottom line.

Sales, too, have been down across the board for Porsche, with the Cayenne being the highest selling model (16,773 vehicles against 20,638 in the previous year). The introduction of the new Boxster, Cayman and Cayenne Diesel earlier in the year are expected to give sales a welcome boost.

A press release from Porsche can be read after the jump. It might be best if you have a CPA sitting next to you, though.

Porsche posts substantially increased profits

Option transactions contribute substantially to profits

Stuttgart. After the first six months of the current 2008/09 business year (August 1, 2009 to January 31, 2009), Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart, has posted profits before taxes of EUR 7.34 billion; this compares with EUR 1.66 billion in the same period of the previous year. The principal reason for this dramatic increase is the positive contribution to profits from cash-settled share option transactions by which Porsche participates in changes in the stock exchange price of VW shares. This contribution increased from EUR 850 million in the previous year to EUR 6.84 billion. Porsche SE wishes to point out that this contribution to profits depends on the price of the VW shares. Thus, the amount could decrease again and could, by the end of the business year, be less than the half-year amount. The effect on the full-year results for the 2008/09 business year will depend on the development of the price of the VW shares in the period until July 31, 2009.

Although operating results at Porsche dropped in line with the development of turnover, the operating margin generated is still in double digits. Increased development costs, inter alia for the Gran Turismo Panamera and for the hybrid drive of the Cayenne, had a negative effect. Up to January 5, 2009, the date on which Volkswagen was fully consolidated in the consolidated accounts of Porsche SE, the VW results attributable to Porsche amounted to exactly EUR 444.4 million, as compared with EUR 483.9 million in the previous year. For January 2009, the income statement of VW could not be reflected in the income statement of Porsche SE. The reason for this is the different accounting reference date of Volkswagen AG.

According to the final figures, turnover at Porsche fell in the first half-year by 12.8 per cent to EUR 3.04 billion. Sales decreased by 26.7 per cent to 34,266 units. The substantially better development in turnover compared to the development in sales is primarily due to a changed model mix. Whereas a higher share of the overall sales is attributable to the 911 series, the share of the Boxster series has fallen considerably. Sales of the 911 series amounted to 13,543 vehicles (16,261 in the previous year) and, in the case of the mid-engine sports car, to 3,950 units (9,835 vehicles in the previous year). The Cayenne achieved sales of 16,773 vehicles (20,638 in the previous year).

For the second half of the 2008/09 business year, Porsche is pinning its hopes on the new Boxster and Cayman models, with more powerful and, at the same time, substantially more fuel-efficient engines, and on the Cayenne Diesel. All of these vehicles have been available since February 2009 and have generated significant interest from customers.

Overall, Porsche feels well prepared as regards its product offering. Despite the crisis on the financial markets and the very difficult economic conditions, Porsche SE managed to conclude a new loan in the amount of EUR ten billion at the end of March 2009, which was used to repay the existing loan in the same amount. It has been agreed with the consortium banks that an additional amount of up to EUR 2.5 billion may – and therefore the volume that Porsche originally has planned – be raised from further banks within a specified period on the basis of the loan agreement. The proposed increase of the loan is intended to support the achievement of strategic goals and also to meet future capital requirements. Furthermore, Porsche intends to obtain a credit rating from two internationally recognised agencies. The company believes that this will further improve its refinancing possibilities.