Jaguar helps parent’s profit jump the most in 6 quarters

By BLOOMBERG

MUMBAI • Jaguar Land Rover’s Indian parent reported its biggest profit jump in six quarters after the luxury car brand began selling new models.

Tata Motor’s profit almost tripled on the back of a better product mix. Net income was 24.8 billion rupees (RM1.61 billion) in the September quarter, up from 8.3 billion rupees a year earlier, according to a filing. Earnings beat the 18.4-billion rupee mean of nine analysts’ forecasts on an estimated revenue of 689 billion rupees.

Jaguar Land Rover’s deliveries in China, its top market, expanded 27%, reflecting the buoyancy seen by its peers. Automakers have been offering bigger discounts and rolling out new models to entice customers, after the government’s increase of a sales tax at the start of the year deterred buyers in the world’s largest auto market. Jaguar plans to launch the less expensive Jaguar E-Pace SUV in markets including China next year.

“We will continue to focus on our strategic objective of achieving profitable, sustainable growth,” Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO, said in the statement. The company has spent £1 billion (RM5.52 billion) on adding capacity in the quarter, he said.

The company will roll out the E-Pace, new plug-in hybrid Range Rover and Range Rover Sport in the next quarter, he said.

Jaguar Land Rover retail sales grew 5.1% to 149,690. Earnings margin before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation was 11.8%, beating the 10.6% estimated in a Bloomberg survey of six analysts. Tata Motor’s shares posted their first gain in three days, rising 0.5% at the close in Mumbai yesterday.