Indian manufacturer Ceat Limited intends to launch a range of truck radial tyres in Europe during the first half of this year. Speaking during an earnings call yesterday, managing director Anant Goenka said the range would arrive in “four to six months’ time” and further push the strong growth the company is already experiencing in the region. The line-up would be similarly positioned to the “Korean players” in the market, he added.
Talk at Yokohama Rubber is of record earnings for the first nine months of a fiscal year. The company reports that between the start of January and the end of September 2021, profit attributable to owners of parent increased approximately tenfold year-on-year, to 43.5 billion yen (£284.9 million). Operating profit was up sevenfold, to 59.3 billion yen (£388.4 million) and business profit rose approximately fourfold, to 37.1 billion yen (£243.0 million). Sales revenue was up 22.3 per cent, to 460.5 billion yen (£3.0 billion).
Although Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ (SRI) sales revenues and particularly profit for the first nine months of 2021 were healthily above those achieved a year earlier, the Japanese firm has downwardly revised its sales and profit forecast for full-year 2021.
Bridgestone Corporation reports revenues of 833.0 billion yen (£5.4 billion) in Q3 2021, a 12 per cent increase on the third quarter result a year earlier. Adjusted operating profit is up 54 per cent, to 101.7 billion yen (£644.4 million), with the margin increasing 3.3 percentage points, to 12.2 per cent. Profit attributable to owners of parent amounted to 70.5 billion yen (£460.6 million).
Anniversary year ups and downs: As it marks one and a half centuries in the business, Continental reports that it has “set the strategic course for the next successful chapter in its history by making its previously announced structural adjustments” during Q3 2021. But the delivery situation for electronic components also worsened during the quarter, and Continental says this “had a significant impact on sales and earnings” that could only be partially offset by sales volumes within its aftermarket tyre and industrial product businesses.
Titan International reports achieving in Q3 2021 its strongest third-quarter results since 2013. Net sales for the three months to 30 September were up 47.8 per cent year-on-year, to US$450.4 million, and the gross margin rose more than three percentage points, to 13.4 per cent on the back of gross profit amounting to $60.3 million.
Nokian Tyres has regained its operational strength. The Finnish manufacturer shares that its sales rose by more than a third in the first nine months of this year, while operating profit more than quadrupled over the same period, nudging the margin up to 17.9 per cent.
Consolidated sales and operating profit may have been down year-on-year during the three months to 30 September 2021, but Hankook Tire was nonetheless pleased to experience “qualitative growth” during the quarter.
Sweden’s Trelleborg AB shares that its Trelleborg Wheel Systems business achieved “strong” organic sales growth during the three months to 30 September 2021, with significant growth in all product categories and in most geographies. Overall net sales were up 14.2 per cent year-on-year, to SEK 2.37 billion (£201.36 million).
For the three months to 30 September 2021, the second quarter of its 2021-22 financial year, Apollo Tyres reports consolidated revenue of Rs 50.77 billion (£493.84 million). This represents an 18 per cent increase over the same period of the previous fiscal year. EBITDA decreased 9.8 per cent year-on-year, to Rs 6.38 billion (£62.06 million) with a margin of 12.6 per cent (16.5 per cent in Q2 2020-21). Net profit amounted to Rs 1.74 billion (£16.93 million).
Tyre maker Ceat Limited, the flagship subsidiary of India’s RPG Group, reports that its net revenue increased 23.9 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of its financial year, the three months to 30 September 2021, to Rs 24.52 billion (£237.51 million). Despite growing revenues, EBITDA shrank from Rs 3.06 billion to 2.25 billion (£21.79 million), and the margin contracted 6.3 percentage points to 9.2 per cent. Net profit stood at Rs 420 million (£4.07 million).
Year-on-year comparisons of financial performance tell us arguably more about global events than an individual company’s economic trajectory at the moment. Thus, it came as no surprise a few months back when Michelin reported much healthier first-half results compared with pandemic-riddled 2020. Similarly, eyebrows aren’t raised now when the company notes the impact of rising materials, shipping and energy costs as well as a shortage of semiconductors and labour shortages upon its performance in Q3 2021.
In light of a range of factors such as ongoing semiconductor supply issues and supply chain uncertainties, Continental has adjusted its outlook for the 2021 fiscal year. Assuming exchange rates in Q4 2021 don’t materially differ to those on 30 September 2021, Continental expects consolidated sales of approximately €32.5 billion to €33.5 billion (as opposed to the projected figure of €33.5 billion to €34.5 billion announced on 5 August) and an adjusted EBIT margin in the range of approximately 5.2 to 5.6 per cent (previously 6.5 to 7.0%).
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. could phone up the team at Guinness World Records, were it so inclined. Each and every one of the company’s earnings figures for the six months to 30 June 2021 were the highest ever for the first half of a fiscal year.
Following the publication of stronger than expected second-quarter 2021 financial results that returned the bottom line to profitability despite pandemic- and seismic-rubber-related headwinds, Toyo published a statement ramping up its full-year 2021 estimates. See accompanying table (below) for further details.