Agree, think once (Freetrade) start listing European stocks on app would like to see Volkswagen on it. In my opinion they will be major players in the electric vehicle revolution over the next decade
But they also sold more cars 2019 than ever before.
BBC News - Canada prosecutors propose £110m Volkswagen fine
“We’re have no sales, we have no revenue, outside of China”
“Most of our employees are technically unemployed…”
Also see the aluminium post on Commodities Megathread …
Volkswagen is burning through approximately €2bn in cash per week, the world’s largest carmaker revealed, as factory closures across Europe and the Americas push the auto industry towards the worst recession in decades.
Manufacturers and suppliers around the globe are scrambling for extra credit, with Fiat Chrysler securing an extra €3.5bn, while VW, which is one of Europe’s largest employers, urged the European Central Bank to buy short-term commercial debt to help it weather the coronavirus pandemic.
The German group has already put almost a third of its 300,000 workers in the country on reduced hours, relying on the government in Berlin to plug the gap.
France’s Renault, which has seen sales almost grind to a halt, has raised the prospect of applying for state-backed loans, although chairman Jean-Dominique Senard dismissed the idea of nationalisation.
“We are reducing our expenses where possible, we are delaying non-critical projects and we can survive a few weeks or months, but not indefinitely,” Herbert Diess, VW’s chief executive, told the German TV channel, ZDF.
“We’re have no sales, we have no revenue, outside of China,” he added, “while we also have to pay out for fixed costs.”
Mr Diess’s warning comes as Moody’s predicted a 14 per cent decline in global auto sales in 2020, more than five times the drop it had initially projected as the effects of the spread of Covid-19 became apparent in February.
The forecast paints a considerably worse picture than even the 2008 financial crisis, which led to an approximately 8 per cent decline in the car market over two years.
The rating agency also put 14 key European auto parts makers under review for downgrade on Thursday, including Germany’s Schaeffler and France’s Valeo, due to what it described as “a severe and extensive credit shock”, further complicating many manufacturers’ plans to resume production in April.
Daimler, which has put the majority of its 170,000 staff in Germany on reduced hours, is also seeking €10bn in extra credit from banks, according to Bloomberg. The company refused to comment.
Earlier this week, the European industry body ACEA, which represents 16 of the top manufacturers, sent a letter to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen pleading for more cash to be made available to the industry.
“Most of our employees are technically unemployed,” it read. “Nobody knows how long this will last. We have never experienced anything like this.”
Volkswagen, however, is yet to draw down its €20bn credit facility and is beginning to see a recovery in its most-profitable market, China. All but two of its 33 plants in the country are up and running and the company expects industry-wide car sales in China to reach 1m in March, after falling to 250,000 last month.
I’ve always had VW cars and been a long-term shareholder even through the Dieselgate days so I’m sure VW can come through eventually ( shares obviously taking a tanking of late ). Was looking forward to seeing the electric ID.3 this year with a view to a purchase but that might have to wait.
Forget getting ID.3. VW is not a software company and the people who were running it 10 years ago are probably still with the company. Being in a car that runs on spaghetti code is not safe. Plus, because of the lack of awesome software upgrades the depreciation is likely much worse vs Teslas.
Biased news coverage worth paying attention to:
Absolutely, but I wouldn’t underestimate VW on this one as they seem to be throwing the kitchen sink at EVs with ID.1, ID.2 and and SUV on the roadmap.