WEAK EUROPE MARKETS HIT PROFIT AT TATA MOTORS’ JAGUAR LAND ROVER
INDIAN carmaker Tata Motors, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover, said on Monday (5) that “Brexit uncertainty” in Britain had affected overall quarterly profits as its earnings came in well below analysts’ expectations.
The Mumbai-based manufacturer reported an almost 13-fold increase in quarterly profits year-on-year owing to strong JLR sales in China and a particularly low earnings report 12 months ago due to the effect of a shock Indian banknote ban.
Tata Motors said consolidated net profit for the three months ending December was `11.99 billion ($187.15 million), up from `937.7m a year earlier when Indians were dealing with the fallout of demonetisation.
The car giant said concerns over soaring oil prices and a weaker showing in Western markets, including in Britain, had limited the extent of the increase.
“China and overseas markets were up while the UK, US and European markets were lower, reflecting more challenging conditions with cyclical weakness in the UK and US, increasing diesel uncertainty in the UK and Europe, and Brexit uncertainty in the UK,” Tata Motors said.
It said Jaguar Land Rover deliveries to north America had declined by 2.4 per cent and by 3.4 per cent to Europe. But JLR chief executive officer Ralf Speth gave an optimistic forecast for the future.
“This is a milestone year for Jaguar Land Rover as we prepare to launch our first ever electric car, the Jaguar I-Pace, and Range Rover plug-in hybrids,” Speth said in a statement.
“We expect a stronger all-around performance in the fourth quarter driven by new models, seasonality, and improved profitability.”
Shares in Tata Motors, part of the sprawling tea-to-steel conglomerate, rose 3.12 per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange on Monday (5).
A year ago the company reported a 96 per cent fall in quarterly profits after the Indian government’s decision to scrap more than 80 per cent of the country’s banknotes sent consumer sentiment into a tailspin. (AFP)