Hanover, Germany – Continental Corp. has adjusted its outlook for fiscal 2019 in the wake of “continued decline” in the global production of passenger cars and light vehicles.
The sales forecast for the year has now been lowered to €44-€45 billion from the €45-€47 billion announced in the first quarter, Continental said in a 22 July statement.
Accordingly, the adjusted EBIT margin for the full year is expected to be around 7 to 7.5%, down from 8% to 9% in the earlier forecast.
Within the Rubber Group, sales are now expected to amount to around €18 to €18.5 billion, down from the previous forecast of €18-19 billion. The division's adjusted EBIT margin is projected to be around 12 to 12.5% juste under 12 to 13% announced in the first quarter.
Explaining the adjustment, the German technology company said it previously expected automotive production for 2019 to be at the same level as the previous year.
However, it said, in view of the latest developments in global production, the company now expects a decline of around 5% for the full year.
Furthermore, Conti said there were indications of “unexpected changes in customer demand” as well as potential warranty claims within its automotive group in the second half of the year.
The company release did not clarify what the potential warranty costs related to.
“We are now less optimistic about the second half of the year than we were before,” said Continental’s CFO Wolfgang Schaefer.
The reason, he said, is the continuing downward trend in vehicle production in Europe, in North America and particularly in China.
“Unresolved trade conflicts are also contributing to economic uncertainty. Therefore, we are adjusting our outlook for the year as a whole,” he added.