BMW’s net earnings jumped more than 27% during the second quarter, and the German maker confirmed its earlier forecast of a big jump in sales and profits for all of 2014.
The largest of the luxury car manufacturers, BMW earned 1.77 billion Euros for the April-June period, or $2.38 billion, up from 1.39 billion Euros a year ago. The automaker sold 5.3% more vehicles through its BMW, Rolls-Royce and Mini brands, a total of 533,187 cars and crossovers.
But revenues didn’t quite keep pace, climbing a more modest 1.8%, to 19.9 billion Euros. The strong Euro didn’t help. And BMW has been ramping up spending in a market that is demanding more high-tech features, and solutions to demands for better fuel economy and lower emissions, it said.
BMW’s announcement came shortly after Toyota revealed it had delivered a record $5.7 billion profit for the April-June quarter, the first in its fiscal year, and a nearly 5% year-over-year increase. Japanese makers have benefited from a reverse of the situation facing their European rivals, a weak yen that has helped inflate earnings.
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But the jump in sales of key products helped BMW offset its exchange rate woes. That includes recently updated products, such as the BMW 5-Series and X5, as well as various Rolls-Royce models.
The maker did see a slide in sales at its Mini brand, however, but the British-based maker had anticipated some losses as it began a critical model changeover. It recently launched an all-new version of its hatchback line, and the new, and larger platform it uses will be shared by a number of other Mini models over the next several years.
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BMW’s second-quarter performance exceeded industry expectations. But what may generate the most positive buzz is the 11.7% profit margin it turned in on its automotive business, up from a still strong 9.6% a year ago. That was well ahead of the 7.9% margins for the quarter at Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit, and the 10% margins reported by Audi, the luxury arm of Volkswagen AG for the first half of the year.
But BMW is only expecting an 8% to 10% operating profit margin for the full year, it said.
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The maker, nonetheless, is anticipating strong sales and earnings for all of 2014.
“After our record sales volume performance in the first half of the year, we are now targeting a significant increase in the number of vehicles delivered to customers in the current year and hence a new sales record of over two million vehicles,” said BMW Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer.