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SEAT achieves the best financial results in its history

Decisive step towards consolidating profitability

  • The company achieves an operating profit of 143 million euros and a profit after taxbefore extraordinary effects of +232 million euros
  • Revenues reach a record volume of 8,597 million euros, 3.2% higher
  • SEAT allocates 862 million euros (+47%) to total investments and R&D expenses
  • The company generates an EBITDA of nearly 500 million euros, up by 25%

SEAT obtained the best financial results in its history in 2016. Thecompany made progress towards sustainable profitability and concluded the year with anoperating profit of 143* million euros (2015: -7 million euros), and profit after tax beforeextraordinary effects totalling 232 million euros (2015: 6 million euros). SEAT closed the yearin the black for both indicators for the first time since 2007, achieving as well the highestoperating profit in its history.

SEAT’s profit after tax grew to 903 million euros due to the extraordinary effect of selling thesubsidiary VW Finance, S.A. to Volkswagen AG. This operation, which falls within theframework of the Volkswagen Group’s strategy to reorganise its financial subsidiaries under asingle company, yielded SEAT a capital gain of 671 million euros. The sale enables the brandto improve its financial position after allocating 590 million euros to compensate losses fromprevious years.

“Higher levels of sales, higher mix and cost optimisation lead us to profitability. We as ateam are very proud of our 143 million euros operating profit”, underlined SEAT ChairmanLuca de Meo today in Barcelona during the presentation of the financial results for2016.“SEAT has become a solid company that moved clearly from recovery to aconsolidation phase. And SEAT is now preparing itself for development and growth”,explained Luca de Meo. Furthermore, he added that “2017 is a very special year for SEAT.The Ibiza and the Arona will speed up this process. We are ready to move SEAT to the nextlevel”.

SEAT’s 2016 turnover stood at 8,597 million euros, 3.2% higher than the previous year, andagain the best revenue figure in its history. The driving forces behind this figure are growingsales and a better vehicle mix, as demonstrated by the commercial success of the Ateca, theLeon and the Alhambra, three models with a higher contribution margin. Another positivecontribution was made by the integration of the SEAT Technical Centre (CTS) into the parentcompany, an operation that enables a more efficient response to the technologicalchallenges of the future, as well as the increased business obtained by SEAT Componentes,which in 2019 will manufacture the Volkswagen Group’s new MQ281 gearbox. In 2016, SEAT exported 82.4% of its production and established itself as Spain’s leading industrialexporting company, with 2.8% of the country’s total figure.

The sales kick-off of the Ateca, SEAT’s first ever SUV, together with the best sales result of theLeon and the Alhambra since their launch, led SEAT to the fourth consecutive year of salesgrowth (408,700 vehicles; nearly 30% increase in the last four years) and the best resultsince 2007. With over 150,000 units sold in 2016, the Ibiza also contributed to boostingdeliveries, as well as the evolution in Germany (+2.5%), Poland (+22.1%), Turkey (+41.5%) orAustria (+12.9%).

The biggest product offensive in the history of SEAT, with four new models from 2016 to 2017,resulted in a record figure for total investments and expenses in R&D. SEAT allocated 47%more to these line items to reach 862 million euros, 276 million more than in 2015, in orderto address, among other priorities, the new MQB A0 platform, which SEAT will be the first inthe Volkswagen Group to use for the production of the fifth generation Ibiza. This figurerepresents 10% of the company’s turnover. Since 2012, SEAT has invested 3 billion euros inR&D, equipment and facilities.

In 2016, SEAT also increased its capacity to generate profits through its core activity. Thecompany improved its EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation)by 25% to reach 489 million euros.

SEAT Vice-President for Finance, IT and Organisation Holger Kintscher underscored that “the 2016 results mark a turning point and reflect the effort put in in recent years. We are back inthe black, for both the operating result and profit after tax. EBIDTA and our level ofinvestment demonstrate the company’s strength from a financial point of view. We arewhere we are as a result of everyone’s effort”.

As defined in the collective agreement signed in 2016, SEAT employees will receive a total of6 million euros as a benefit for the achieved results. This figure is included under thepersonnel costs heading.

2017: a very special year
This year SEAT will complete the biggest product offensive in its history with the sale of thefifth generation Ibiza, which is going to reach dealers starting this summer, and the launch ofthe Arona, the brand’s new compact crossover, in the second half of 2017. Both models,produced in the Martorell factory, will join the Ateca, which was launched in 2016, and theLeon facelift, which has been on sale since last January.

The expansion and renewal of the range will enable SEAT to increase its market coveragefrom 53% to 72% in Europe and give fresh impetus to sales, as well as lower the average ageof the SEAT model line-up. In January and February of this year, SEAT’s worldwide deliveriessaw a double-digit increase (+13.6%) to stand at a total of 64,000 vehicles. In addition, the brand is one of the fastest growing in Europe at the beginning of the year, with an increase of20% in vehicle registrations.

Regarding the expansion of the brand, SEAT Chairman Luca de Meo indicated that “we areworking on internationalisation projects. A good and concrete example is the decision toproduce in Algeria starting in the second half of the year. This is a Group’s project whichstarts with the Ibiza and the Golf, but SEAT will take the leadership role. All the Ibiza sold inAlgeria will be made in Martorell and the final assembly will take place in Algeria, in theimporter’s new plant”.

One of the goals SEAT has set for itself is to become a benchmark in the industry in terms ofconnectivity and smart mobility. To achieve this, the company will inaugurate theMetropolis:Lab Barcelona in April, a 100% SEAT facility that will be integrated in theVolkswagen Group’s worldwide network of digital labs. The brand is also going to open aflagship store in the coming months in Barcelona to enhance its relation with customers andwith the city.

(*) SEAT prepares its individual financial statements according to the Spanish General Accounting Plan, withoutincluding its subsidiaries. The Volkswagen Group applies international accounting standards (IAS/IFRS) andconsolidates the SEAT brand figures.

SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of theVolkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles,and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operatingprofit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly410,000 vehicles.

SEAT Group employs more than 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat deLlobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon. Additionally, the companyproduces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT alreadyfeatures the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s globaldigitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.