Continental’s nine-month 2020 figures show the tyre and automotive supplier “did remarkably well operationally in the third quarter” despite the “still very volatile market environment”, according to outgoing CEO Dr Elmar Degenhart.
Shortly after Continental AG pre-released its fourth quarter 2014 results at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday 12 January 2015, the company also previewed estimated fourth quarter pre-tax profits. The problem is that while the majority of the advance figures were broadly in line with expectations, the pre-tax profit (EBIT) figure wasn’t. So with this in mind it begs the question of whether Continental executives are preparing the market for a lower than expected result when the final figures are published on 5 March 2015.
After what it says was “a successful start to the new year,” Continental Corporation has raised its adjusted EBIT outlook. “For fiscal 2014 we intend to comfortably achieve an adjusted EBIT margin of 10.5 per cent instead of the originally advised 10.0 per cent,” announced Continental CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart at last Friday’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting.