PSA Peugeot Citroen (UG-FR)

QUOTE AND NEWS
Automotive World  Jul 18  Comment 
Olivier Bourges is to join PSA Peugeot Citroën on 1 September 2014 and will be appointed Group General Counsel on 1 October 2014 to replace Pierre Todorov, who has decided to leave the Group to pursue a new professional project. Mr. Bourges will...
Automotive World  Jul 18  Comment 
PSA Peugeot Citroen is showing notable progress on the sales front so far this year. Following a disappointing 4.9% decline in global unit sales in 2013, the OEM’s sales in the first half this year are up 5.5% at 1,541,000 units. Regional...
Automotive World  Jul 17  Comment 
Collaborative research project to increase efficiency of electric  and hybrid vehicles Eco-routing opens energy saving potential of up to 30 percent Optimized driving strategies reduce energy consumption up to 36 percent Project co-funded by the...
Automotive World  Jul 17  Comment 
PEUGEOT sales worldwide up by 5.7% to 853,000 units Sustained growth for PEUGEOT in Europe and China: Europe: +13.5% to 522,000 units China: +32.4% to 185,000 units – a new sales record A young and coherent product range, contributing to the...
Automotive World  Jul 16  Comment 
On Friday, 11 July 2014, PSA Peugeot Citroën and PAN Nigeria Limited signed an assembly and sale of cars agreement in Nigeria. The first vehicle concerned by the agreement will be the Peugeot 301, the assembly of which will begin in the second...
Wall Street Journal  Jul 15  Comment 
Peugeot's shares have performed well on the back of hopes that three years of cash burn are coming to an end. Investors may be banking on too much too soon.
newratings.com  Jul 11  Comment 
PARIS (dpa-AFX) - PSA Peugeot Citroën (PEUGF.PK) Friday said that following exclusive negotiations entered into on February 19, the French car maker and Banque PSA Finance signed a binding Framework Agreement with Santander Consumer Finance or...
Automotive World  Jul 10  Comment 
Following exclusive negotiations entered into on February 19th 2014, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Banque PSA Finance are pleased to announce the signing of a binding Framework Agreement with Santander Consumer Finance (“Santander CF”), the...
Automotive World  Jul 8  Comment 
DS marks two years in China with a special event at DS World in Shanghai Celebrations include delivery of the 10,000th DS in the Chinese market, the launch of a new DS Club & the world-exclusive reveal of DS 6WR’s interior DS has just celebrated...




 

PSA Peugeot Citroen S.A. (EPA:UG) is Europe’s second largest automaker with 13.8% of the European market and the sixth largest worldwide with 4.8% worldwide market share.[1] The company makes both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, making 2/3 of its sales in Western Europe.[2] Unlike PSA’s German and Italian competitors, which often sell automobiles under numerous brand names, PSA has just two - Peugeot and Citroen.

In addition to its automobile division, Peugeot includes:

  • Banque PSA Finance, which supports the sale of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles by financing new vehicle and replacement parts inventory for dealers and offering financing and related services to car buyers[3]
  • Faurecia, an automotive equipment manufacturer focused on four component families: seats, vehicle interior, front end and exhaust systems[3]
  • Gefco, which offers logistics services covering the entire supply chain, including overland, sea and air transport, industrial logistics, container management, vehicle preparation and distribution, and customs and value added tax (VAT) representation[3]
  • Peugeot Scooters, which designs and manufactures scooters and motorcycles.[3]

In November 2009, PSA Peugeot Citroen S.A. acquired EMCON Technologies.[3]

Company Overview

Business and Financial Metrics

First Half of 2010 Results[4]

For the first half of 2010, Peugeot reported revenues increased 20.8% driven by successful new models, market share gains and favorable demand worldwide. The company saw a turnaround in recurring operating income of €1,137 million compared to a loss of €826 million in the first half of 2009. Peugeot saw a significant recovery in automotive recurring operating income, totaling €525 million for the first half of 2010 compared to a loss of €904 million in the first half of 2009. Peugeot reported net income for the first half of €680 million. Notably, the company saw a sharp profit increase at Dongfeng Peugeot Citroën Automobile in China.

Business Segments

Automobile Division (79% of 2009 revenue)[5]

This segments involves the design, manufacture and sale of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under the Peugeot and Citroën brands.

Automotive Equipment Division (15.3% of 2009 revenue)[5]

Peugeot's Faurecia group specialize in Interior Systems, Automotive Seating, Automotive Exteriors and Emissions Control Technologies. Faurecia produces automotive components such as seats, cockpits, acoustic packages, doors, front-ends, and exhaust systems. Worldwide Faurecia has 60,000 employees and 190 manufacturing facilities, creating revenues of the €7,432 million during 2009.[6]

Transportation and Logistics (2.2% of 2009 revenue)[5]

The Gefco group specializes in Logistics and Vehicle & Goods Transportation. This includes vehicle logistics, transportation and supply-chain management for automakers worldwide. This division had sales of €1,046 million in 2009.[7]

Finance (3.2% of 2009 revenue)[5]

Banque PSA Finance group provides retail financing to customers of the Peugeot and Citroën brands and wholesale financing to the two brands’ dealer networks.

Other Businesses (0.3% of 2009 revenue)[5]

Peugeot Motorcycles is the third largest producer of small motor cycles and scooters in Europe.[8]

Trends and Forces

Growing Importance of Fuel Efficiency

PSA held 26% of the European market for vehicles emitting less than 130 grams of CO2 per kilometer, as 52.1% of PSA’s production volume was diesel powered as the company has embraced fuel efficient diesel engines.[9] [10] High fuel prices and government regulation of automobile fuel efficiency make the successful development of fuel efficient cars important to any automaker’s future, and PSA has long produced exclusively small, fuel-efficient automobiles as opposed to SUVs or performance vehicles. Of the European automakers, which have comparatively better efficiency in comparison to Japanese or U.S. producers, PSA's line-up of vehicles has the lowest overall CO2 emissions.[11]

PSA in Emerging Markets

PSA has several factories in Eastern Europe, and has plans to open its first Russian factory in Kaluga during 2010. The company also plans to build two new factories in China, both of which will be operated as a joint venture with a domestic Chinese automaker. Growing consumption from the BRIC economies provides an opportunity for automakers over the next several decades, and PSA has production facilities in Brazil, China, and Russia (but not India).[12] The company’s strongest emerging markets are Brazil and Argentina.[13] Competition already exists for PSA in these markets - firms like Volkswagen (VLKAY), Ford Motor Company (F), and General Motors (GM) already have multiple manufacturing facilities in China, and control a large percentage of the market share.

High Labor Costs in European Union

Approximately 90% of PSA’s employees work in Western Europe, a region with one of the highest labor costs in the world. Labor in Western Europe costs on average 20% more than in the U.S., twice as much as in Korea, and six times more than in Brazil.[14] In part because of the unique relationship between the French state and major national firms such as PSA (the French Government has been shareholder in two-thirds of France's 20 biggest companies in the past several decades[15]) and also due to PSA’s limited operations outside Western Europe, the company has little latitude to transfer production to areas with lower labor costs.

Competition

Unlike other automakers, PSA Peugeot Citroen only markets its products under two brands: Citroen and Peugeot. Citroen is an upscale brand while Peugeot focuses exclusively on the mass market. This focus has been advantageous, as competitors from GM to BMW have been distracted by trying to manage too many brands. In spite of its limited brands, PSA produces vehicles that compete for every niche of the mass auto market, excluding performance and luxury vehicles.

The automakers Renault, now merged with Nissan Motor (NSANY), and FIAT S.p.A. (F-MI) are PSA's chief competitors due to their focus on smaller vehicles and the Western European market.

References

  1. The Group in 2008
  2. The Group in 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Reuters: Peugeot Company Profile
  4. Peugeot Investor Relations: "First Half 2010 Results"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Peugeot Investor Relations: Financial Information by Business Segment
  6. The Group in 2008
  7. The Group in 2008
  8. The Group in 2008
  9. The Group in 2008
  10. The Group in 2008
  11. The Economist: The European car industry
  12. The Group in 2008
  13. The Group in 2008
  14. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  15. The Economist: The state as owner
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