Chrysler Group LLC today reported a net loss of $690 million for the quarter, due to special charges related to Fiat SpA’s acquisition the ownership stake in Chrysler held by the United Auto Workers VEBA.
Net revenue was $19 billion for the quarter, up 23% from $15.4 billion in the prior-year period, primarily driven by an increase in vehicle shipments, including Ram pickup trucks and the all-new Jeep Cherokee.
Chrysler’s modified operating profit during the first quarter was $586 million, or 3.1% of net revenue, compared with the $435 million reported in the year-ago period. The 35% increase was primarily due to higher shipments and improved mix, which was partially offset by increased vehicle costs due to vehicle content enhancements; higher advertising costs; higher depreciation and amortization costs due to new product launches; and foreign exchange effects. (more…)