Porsche's Net Profit Soars 52 Percent. Or More.
Whatever the true profits may be, the boys from Zuffenhausen are a good deal closer to making more profits than sales. “Eighty percent of their profits “came not from making cars but from sophisticated financial instruments connected to a protracted takeover bid Porsche Automobil Holding SE has been pursuing for a company many times its size, Volkswagen AG,” sez the WSJ. Wouldn’t it have been for the nasty “development costs related to its upcoming Panamera line, along with work on a hybrid drive for the Cayenne and more fuel-efficient engines,” Porsche probably would have made a profit of more than 100 percent of sales. Darn.
In tune with current couture, profit pornographer Porsche slipped into their announcement the usual language about “the current economic situation, which is extremely tense due to the U.S. mortgage crisis and the financial market crisis.” Their sales are unshattered by these seismic effects: Porsche sales are up 1.2 percent to 98,652 units, or 1.3 percent to €7.5b – that according to AP. Using the AP numbers for a minute, Porsche makes a profit of $82,390 on every car, tricking more fools to enter this business. Readers of the WSJ will think Porsche clears $110,489 on every car, prodding them into committing suicide, because they had listened to Cramer in 2006 and loaded up on GM when it was cheap.
Kurt. on Nov 10, 2008
Heil Porsche! How refreshing for a company to do what's best...for the company! Who would have thought we'd see that in the auto industry? I bet every Porsche employee sleeps better knowing that the company is strong and can pay its promises. German (and EU) leaders must be overjoyed at the estimated 3 billion in taxes they will get from the small auto industry in Zuffenhausen. Think of how many will be funded with that kind of money - money that won't have to come out of the "little guys" pocket. Money that can be saved so "the little guy" can ...buy a PORSCHE!
Njoneer on Nov 10, 2008
You missed the big-picture auto industry impact in Porsche's reported profits: Porsche is the World's Most Profitable Auto Company in spite of the auto business. The stock market game they won had nothing to do with their core business of selling sports cars. Every other auto company is reporting reduced sales and reduced profits. Toyota even lost money in North America for the last 2 quarters. The Truth is that the global auto industry stinks. There is no way to make money in the auto biz, except for Porsche's leveraged takeover of VW.
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