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Hyundai fourth-quarter profit beats view on brisk SUV sales

REUTERS
Published Jan 22, 2020, 12:54 pm IST
Updated Jan 22, 2020, 12:54 pm IST
Net profit for the quarter came in at 839 billion won, missing analysts’ estimates.
Hyundai booked a 129.8 billion won loss, its first quarterly loss in at least eight years as sales slumped in China.
 Hyundai booked a 129.8 billion won loss, its first quarterly loss in at least eight years as sales slumped in China.

Seoul: South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co reported a better than expected quarterly operating profit, helped by brisk sales of sport-utility vehicles such as its Tucson and Palisade models.

Operating profit for October-December came in at 1.24 trillion won (USD 1.07 billion), outperforming analysts’ average estimate of 1.06 trillion won, according to Refinitiv I/B/E/S data. That drove Hyundai Motor shares up 5 per cent.

 

Net profit for the quarter came in at 839 billion won, missing analysts’ estimates.

In the same quarter a year earlier, Hyundai booked a 129.8 billion won loss, its first quarterly loss in at least eight years as sales slumped in China. It has since closed one of its five Chinese factories. (USD 1 = 1,163.69 won)

In 2019, robust SUV sales helped Hyundai’s U. vehicle sales grow about 7.7 per cent, analysts said, though its sales in China, the world’s biggest auto market, continued to struggle.

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Location: South Korea, Seoul




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