The surge comes from increased US sales. June sales grew 13 percent, helping propel a 4.5-percent increase for the year so far and the best first-half calendar-year sales Nissan has had in ten years. Higher incentives have helped, as well as superheated Nissan Rogue sales; the crossover moved 99,302 units through the first six months of 2014, this year that number is 135,397, and observers expect its popularity to continue.
In contrast to other automakers struggling with the slowdown in China, Nissan isn't doing so badly there. Growth rose by 5.7 percent in the first half of this year, a number that would have been larger but for depressed commercial vehicle sales because of the economy's slowdown. Nissan is sticking with its original targets, sure that government intervention and new models will hold the markets steady enough. The press release below has more information on the numbers.
Results for three months to June 30, 2015 (TSE report basis – China JV equity basis)*
Acct - Q1 - Y-O-Y
Net revenue - ¥2.90 trillion ($23.9 billion/€21.6 billion) - +17.6%
Operating profit - ¥193.7 billion ($1.6 billion/€1.4 billion) - +58.0%
Ordinary profit - ¥215.9 billion ($1.8 billion/€1.6 billion) - +45.2%
Net income** - ¥152.8 billion ($1.3 billion/€1.1 billion) - +36.3%
Based on average foreign exchange rates of JPY 121.4/USD and JPY 134.2/EUR
YOKOHAMA, Japan , Jul. 29, 2015 – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced fiscal year first quarter financial results for the three months ending June 30, 2015.
The company reported net revenue of $23.9 billion (2.90 trillion yen), an increase of 17.6% versus 2.47 trillion yen a year ago. Operating profit was $1.6 billion (193.7 billion yen), up from 122.6 billion yen, a 58.0% increase. Net income was $1.3 billion (152.8 billion yen), an increase of 36.3% versus 112.1 billion yen in the prior year.
Nissan unit sales increased 4.4% in a market that increased 1.5%. Market share rose to 5.9%, up from 5.7% the previous year. The company sold 1,294,000 vehicles during the period.
"Nissan delivered solid financial results in the first three months of the fiscal year due primarily to strong demand for our core products in North America and Europe," said Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer. "Given our on-going product offensive, the benefits of our Alliance strategy and continued cost-discipline, Nissan is on track to deliver its full-year financial guidance."
During the period, Nissan launched the all-new Maxima in the U.S. and expanded introduction of the NP300 Frontier to Latin America and the Caribbean. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Murano a "Top Safety Pick Plus" vehicle safety rating, and the Sentra was named top Compact Car in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS).
Infiniti improved to the fifth position in the J.D. Power IQS, securing recognition as the largest rank improvement of any brand. All Infiniti models performed above average in their respective segments, and the QX70 and QX80 were awarded top honors in their segments.
Nissan continued to benefit from strong sales of models from the Common Module Family developed within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the Qashqai, Rogue and X-Trail. Nissan ended the period as best-selling Asian brand in Europe.
In the first quarter Nissan maintained its zero-emissions leadership. Total sales since launch of the all-electric LEAF have passed 180,000 units, and the company continued to expand its presence in electric commercial vehicles with the e-NV200.
On a management pro forma basis, which includes the proportional consolidation of results from Nissan's joint venture operation in China, fiscal year first quarter net revenue increased to 3.12 trillion yen, up 16.0% year-on-year. Operating profit was up 41.0% versus the same period last year, to 219.7 billion yen, resulting in a 7.0% operating profit margin.
Nissan reaffirmed its global sales forecast for fiscal 2015. With a number of new models in the pipeline, including the Titan pick-up truck in the U.S. and the Lannia sedan in China, the company expects to sell 5.55 million units this fiscal year, up 4.4% and equivalent to global market share of 6.5%.
Nissan also maintained its financial forecasts first issued to the Tokyo Stock Exchange in May 2015. Calculated under the equity accounting method for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, the forecasts showed:
Nissan FY15 Outlook - TSE report basis - China JV equity basis1
Net revenue - ¥12.10 trillion ($105.2 billion/€93.1 billion)
Operating profit - ¥675.0 billion ($5.9 billion/€5.2 billion)
Ordinary profit - ¥765.0 billion ($6.7 billion/€5.9 billion)
Net Income2 - ¥485.0 billion ($4.2 billion/€3.7 billion)
Calculated on exchange rate of JPY 115/USD and JPY 130/EUR
Nissan continued to project a full year dividend of 42 yen per share, a 27% increase from the prior year.
* Since the beginning of fiscal year 2013, Nissan has reported figures calculated under the equity method accounting for its joint venture with Dongfeng in China. Although net income reporting remains unchanged under this accounting method, the equity-accounting income statements no longer include Dongfeng-Nissan's results in revenues and operating profit.
** Net income attributable to owners of the parent
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history.