PT Astra International Tbk (ASII) recorded a profit of Rp 4.3 trillion at the end of March 2013. Thinning profit 7% of the acquisition of the same period of the previous year of Rp 4.6 trillion.
The fall in profit was in line with the Astra stagnanya Astra turnover alias net income in the first quarter of 2013 amounted to Rp 46.7 trillion, edged up 1% compared to the same period in 2012 of Rp 46.4 trillion.
“Indonesia’s economic outlook remains positive, although in the short term gains Astra will be affected by rising labor costs, weakening commodity prices, competition in the automotive industry and the impact of regulations on the minimum down payment auto financing sharia,” said President Director of Astra International Prijono Sugiarto in press release, Wednesday (24/04/2013).
Astra Group activities focus on six core business lines, namely Automotive Division, Financial Services, Heavy Equipment and Mining, Agribusiness, Infrastructure and Logistics, and Information Technology with the following details.
Automotive Division’s net profit fell by 10% to Rp 2.2 trillion, consisting of Rp 1 trillion from the Company and its subsidiaries, as well as the contribution from associates and jointly controlled entities in the automotive field of Rp 1.2 trillion.
Throughout the first quarter of 2013, demand for motor vehicles remains high, mainly supported by rising incomes and borrowing rates are affordable. However, increased competition due to increased domestic production capacity and rising labor costs have led to a reduction of the net profit contribution of automotive segments. This condition is expected to continue in the second quarter.
Regulatory minimum down payment on auto financing imposed sharia financing for companies since January 1, 2013 and applies in the bank on 1 April 2013, had little impact on the performance of the first quarter. The new regulation is expected to have an impact on the motorbike sales in the first half.
Total national car sales increased 18% to 296,000 units. Astra’s car sales (Toyota, Daihatsu, Isuzu, UD Trucks and Peugeot) increased 7% to 155,000 units, with a market share of 52%. In the first quarter Astra launched three new models and five facelift models.
Astra Daihatsu Motor has completed construction of a new factory in Karawang with a total production capacity of 120,000 units per year, so overall production capacity to reach 460,000 units per year.
While the national motorcycle sales rose 2% to 2 million units. Honda motorcycle sales output of PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) rose 14% to 1.2 million units, with an increase in market share from 55% to 62%.
Throughout the first quarter of 2013, PT Astra Honda Motor launched two new models and four models facelift. PT Astra Honda Motor has increased the production capacity for sport type motorcycle from 900 units to 1,300 units per day.
PT Astra Otoparts Tbk (AOP), component manufacturing company in which 95.7% owned by the Company, recorded a net profit of Rp 267 billion, an increase of 2%, where 71% is the contribution from associates and jointly controlled entities. 11% increase in revenues eroded by rising labor costs.
Division of Financial Services net profit rose 23% to Rp 1 trillion. Total financing through Astra automotive finance business consisting of Federal International Finance (FIF), Astra Credit Companies (ACC), and Toyota Astra Financial Services (TAFS) grew 6% to Rp 13.2 trillion, including joint financing through bank financing without recourse .
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