► Jaguar Land Rover announces £2.6bn profit
► 462,209 JLR vehicles sold in 2014-15
► Total revenues at £22bn as sales soar
Jaguar Land Rover is celebrating this week with the announcement of a £2.6bn pre-tax profit in its full-year results for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
The company reported its fifth consecutive year of growth financial results. Key highlights include:
- 462,209 Jaguars and Land Rovers sold
- £2.6bn in pre-tax profits
- £21.9bn total revenues
- £4.1bn in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)
Cash flow is looking positive, as group sales closed in on half a million vehicles, accounting for a £2.4bn jump in revenues to £21.8bn.
Jaguar Land Rover: the financial outlook for 2015 and beyond
JLR expects sales to continue climbing as it launches new models, such as the Jaguar XE, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Jaguar F-Pace crossover. In a market that demands continual innovation, new product is king and the company plans 50 'product actions' in the next five years, including a dozen new models, facelifts or upgrades in 2015.
However, analysts warn that future profits are likely to be stymied by the heavy R&D investment the company is making to tool up for future product expansion. Much of today's profits - and impressive 18.9% margins - come from the lucrative Range Rovers and Range Rover Sport cash cows; making serious bucks out of smaller compact execs and baby crossovers may prove more challenging.
Coventry management blamed unfavourable foreign currency debt and hedges for the modest £113m rise in pre-tax profits.
CEO Ralf Speth said: 'We are committed to delivering further growth this year, maintaining our relentless pace of launching new models and introducing innovative technologies for our discerning customers around the world.'
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