Continental Q2 Results Preview
Analysts are predicting that Continental will record strong EBITA growth “in the magnitude of 30 – 35 per cent,” alongside “limited sales growth” when the company reports its second quarter figures tomorrow. “However, this will be nearer 2-3 per cent on a like for like basis due to a particularly strong second quarter in 2004 (i.e. passenger car sales went up 9 per cent in the second quarter of 2004). Due to higher Capex and the full payment of the dividend, we don’t expect any debt reduction in the second quarter. Debt reduction should accelerate in the the third and fourth quarters,” the Deutsche Bank analysts added.