PSA Peugeot Citroen (UG-FR)

QUOTE AND NEWS
newratings.com  Apr 1  Comment 
PARIS (dpa-AFX) - French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroën Group (PEUGY), at a special meeting today of the Mulhouse plant's Works Council, reported that the production of the Peugeot 2008 urban crossover SUV would be further increased, this...
Automotive World  Mar 31  Comment 
Carlos Tavares has been appointed Chairman of the Managing Board, effective 31 March 2014 as announced last 19 February. The Peugeot S.A. Managing Board comprises Carlos Tavares, Chairman, Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon, Grégoire Olivier and...
Automotive World  Mar 31  Comment 
The diesel left-hand-drive European Peugeot 208 was tested by Euro NCAP. Euro NCAP was provided with data that showed the crash test results also apply to the 2008, which is built on the same platform. The Peugeot 2008 was introduced in Australia...
Reuters  Mar 28  Comment 
The chairman of China's Dongfeng Motor Group said on Friday that cooperation with French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen is not limited to the Asia-Pacific, and that Brazil and...
newratings.com  Mar 27  Comment 
PARIS (dpa-AFX) - French car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroën Group (PEUGY) has Wednesday signed the final agreement to a stake to Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Group Co. Ltd. (DNFGY, 0489.HK), its historical partner in China, and the French state as...
Reuters  Mar 26  Comment 
PSA Peugeot Citroen's tie-up with China's Dongfeng was signed on Wednesday, bringing the French carmaker much-needed cash and greater access to Asia but leaving major challenges ahead.
Wall Street Journal  Mar 26  Comment 
Plan calls for China's Dongfeng Motor Group and the French state to acquire 14% stakes in Peugeot by subscribing to a capital increase of at least €3 billion ($4.17 billion).
Automotive World  Mar 26  Comment 
PSA Peugeot Citroën Taps IBM Big Data and Analytics and MobileFirst Solutions to Provide Drivers with Customized Services PSA Peugeot Citroën today announced plans to use IBM (NYSE: IBM) Big Data and Analytics and IBM...
SeekingAlpha  Mar 24  Comment 
By A View from Europe: A lot is happening in the European car industry today. The outlook is improving after several years of decline, but mass-market European players still look quite shaky (despite share price having almost double last year)…...




 

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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