Valeo sees extra development from automobile electrification and automation as orders hit report


By Olivier Sorgho

(Reuters) -French automobile components maker Valeo on Thursday forecast sturdy gross sales development this yr, as report 2022 orders helped by demand for automobile electrification and driving help know-how helped it navigate a difficult yr for the automotive sector.

The group is focusing on gross sales between 22 billion and 23 billion euros this yr, in opposition to the 20.04 billion posted for 2022. The 2022 efficiency was in keeping with its steerage from October.

Valeo is betting on automobile electrification and the adoption of superior driving help programs (ADAS), as governments and corporations shift in the direction of a low-carbon economic system whereas customers heat to the concept of automated driving.

Its report order consumption of 32.6 billion euros in 2022 included many orders for electrical automobile elements and ADAS know-how, Chief Government Christophe Périllat instructed reporters in a name.

The corporate’s core revenue (EBITDA) for 2022 got here in at 2.40 billion euros, above the two.34 billion anticipated by analysts in a company-provided ballot.

However Périllat nonetheless flagged macroeconomic pressures together with inflation, chip shortages, COVID-19 in China and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine contributing to “comparatively weak” international automobile manufacturing in 2022.

Valeo stated the web affect of upper prices of uncooked supplies, vitality and transportation in 2022 was roughly 200 million euros, and about 60 million for wages.

It’ll purpose to curb inflationary impacts this yr by means of productiveness, value discount and worth will increase, the CEO stated in an announcement, including within the name that the corporate has “handed onto shoppers a major chunk of our prices.”

The group expects to report an improved working margin between 3.2%-4% in 2023, in opposition to the three.2% recorded in 2022.

It stated it’s going to suggest a dividend of 0.38 euro per share.

(Reporting by Olivier Sorgho in Gdansk;Modifying by John Stonestreet, Will Dunham and Matthew Lewis)