5 February, 2018
Strong turnaround in the domestic business
Tata Motors Ltd today announced its results for the quarter ending Dec 31, 2017.
Performance Highlights (Q3 FY18)
|Q3 FY 18 Vs FY’17||9M FY 18 Vs FY’17|
|EBIT (%)||3.6||80 bps||3.1||(90 bps)|
*Includes one-time credit for pension benefit changes of £437 m (Rs. 3,600 Cr)
TML (S) – Tata Motors Ltd. (Standalone including Joint Operations)
£ M (IFRS)
|Q3 FY 18 Vs FY’17||9M FY 18 Vs FY’17|
|EBIT (%)||2.6||(130 bps)||3.1||(160 bps)|
|Q3 FY 18 Vs FY ’17||9M FY 18 Vs FY‘17|
|EBIT (%)||3.4||980 bps||(0.3)||360 bps|
|Jaguar Land Rover||Tata Motors (Standalone, incl JO)|
N Chandrasekaran, Chairman commented “We have delivered a satisfying quarter of profitable growth. Jaguar Land Rover, despite tough market conditions, continued its volume growth trajectory with strong response to its new product range. In a market that is facing significant disruptions, Jaguar Land Rover will invest for growth while continuing its journey of sustainable profitable growth.
In the domestic business, the “Turnaround Strategy” is delivering results. Our focus on market share gain coupled with operational improvements is working well, with both Commercial and Passenger Vehicles businesses delivering improved results. We will continue on this journey to drive growths ahead of the market, reduce our cost base and invest prudently to deliver better products and service for our customers and improved returns for our shareholders.”
JAGUAR LAND ROVER
In the third quarter, retail sales grew 3.5% to 154,447 units, driven primarily by a 14.6% increase in unit sales in China and an 18.2% rise in Overseas markets. Increased sales in such markets reflected underlying demand for the new Range Rover Velar, the Land Rover Discovery, the recently-launched Jaguar E-PACE compact SUV and, in China, the long-wheelbase Jaguar XF. This improvement was offset by flatter demand in the US, UK and mainland Europe, and the impact of model year change-overs for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Revenues increased 4.3% to £6.3B. Pre-tax profits were £192M (2.6% EBIT margin) compared to £255M (3.9% EBIT margin) in Q3FY17 which included an £85M insurance recovery. Profitability was impacted by the run-out of the 17 Model Year Range Rover and Range Rover Sport (18 Model Year with PHEV option now launching) and higher depreciation and amortization resulting from continued investment to drive profitable growth. Total investment in new products, technology and capacity was over £1B in Q3 and is expected to exceed £4B for the full year.
Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: “We have delivered credible financial results in a challenging period, during which Jaguar Land Rover has continued to over-proportionally invest in long-term growth and autonomous, connected and electric technologies. Despite headwinds and uncertainty in some markets, Jaguar Land Rover still delivered increased unit sales as we continued the launch schedule for new models including the significantly enhanced Range Rover family and all-new Jaguar E-PACE.
As I look ahead, this is a milestone year for Jaguar Land Rover as we prepare to launch our first ever electric car, the Jaguar I-PACE, and Range Rover plug-in hybrids. We continue to remain focused on delivering sustainable and profitable growth, and we expect a stronger all-around performance in the Fourth Quarter driven by new models, seasonality, and improved profitability.”
TATA MOTORS (STANDALONE INCL. JOINT OPERATIONS)
In the third quarter, overall wholesales (including exports) grew 31% to 172,952 units with broad based growth across the entire portfolio in the domestic market- M&HCV trucks up 54%, ILCV trucks up 49%, SCV & Pick Ups up 44%, CV passenger carriers up 15%, PV up 22%. New products in CV with SCR technology has been well received by the customers. “Nexon” has met with excellent consumer response while the existing portfolio of Tiago, Tigor and Hexa continued to deliver strong growths. The performance in the quarter reflects the progress of the Turnaround Strategy which involves focused actions on filling up portfolio gaps, rigorous cost reduction and creating a robust extended supply chain footprint.
Revenue increased 59% to Rs.16,102Cr, Pre-tax profits were Rs.201Cr (3.3% EBIT margin) compared to Pre-tax loss of Rs.1,032Cr (-6.4% EBIT margin) in Q3 FY17.
Mr. Guenter Butschek, Tata Motors CEO & MD, said: “The Turnaround Strategy is delivering results for us as is evident in share gain in an intensely competitive market and improved profitability enabled by a slew of new product launches and customer centric initiatives. The regulatory landscape on emission norms including BSVI, EVs and alternative fuel sources are significant challenges for the industry and Tata Motors is ready to play its part, while we continue on our journey to drive competitive, profitable growth”
ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY ON FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Consolidated Numbers, Ind AS)
Finance Costs and Tax
Finance costs increased by Rs.377Cr to Rs.1,247Cr during Q3 FY’18, as compared to Q3 FY’17.The increase is due to higher borrowings in both TML (S) and JLR.
The Effective Tax Rate for 9M FY18 was 33%. This broadly reflects non- recognition of tax credits in the Standalone business and impact of reduction in tax rates on deferred tax assets (UK reduced from 19% to 17% and US reduced from 35% to 21%).
Joint ventures, Associates and Other income
Net profit from joint ventures and associates contributed Rs.253Cr compared with Rs.380Cr in the same quarter prior year. Other income was Rs.182Cr versus Rs.167Cr in the same quarter prior year.
Free Cash Flows
Free cash flow in the quarter, was negative Rs.5,159Cr reflecting higher investments, lower operating profits and adverse working capital in JLR due to new product launches.
Closing net debt was Rs.47,777Cr compared to Rs.27,485Cr as at 31st March 2017, reflecting negative free cash flow at JLR with continued high investments and unfavourable working capital largely related to new model launches. Total current liabilities amounted to Rs.125,560Cr compared to Rs.115,630Cr as at 31st March 2017. Total current assets including cash increased by Rs.1,285Cr to Rs.117,405Cr as compared to 31st March 2017.
Net Automotive debt stood at Rs.24,540Cr vs Rs.7,397Cr as at 31st March 2017.
Finance and Liquidity
On 10 October 2017, JLR issued a $500M 10 year bond maturing in October 2027. In October 2017, TML Holdings Pte, Singapore has refinanced its existing US$ 850M Syndicated loan facilities with a new £640 million Syndicated loan facilities with an average tenor of around 4.6 years.
Notes: Joint Operations refers to Fiat Automobiles Pvt Ltd and Tata Cummins Pvt Ltd