27 January 2016

FCA CLOSED 2015 WITH A STRONG PERFORMANCE WELL IN EXCESS OF FULL-YEAR GUIDANCE

FCA closed 2015 with a strong performance well in excess of full-year guidance. Including Ferrari, Net revenues were €113.2 billion, up 18%, Adjusted EBIT was €5.3 billion, up 40% and Adjusted net profit was €2.0 billion, up 91%. The spinoff of Ferrari allowed the Group to begin 2016 operations with Net industrial debt of €5.0 billion.

  • Worldwide shipments were 4.6 million units, in line with 2014. Jeep's strong global performance continued with record worldwide shipments of 1.3 million up 21%.
  • Adjusted EBIT1 was €5.3 billion, up 40% from €3.8 billion in 2014, with NAFTA more than doubling and EMEA returning to profitability one year ahead of plan. All segments were profitable in Q4 2015.
  • Adjusted net profit2 was €2.0 billion, up 91% compared to €1.1 billion in 2014. Net profit in 2015 was €377 million, which includes Q3 charges for the change in estimate to reflect current regulatory and recall environment, as well as Q4 charges for planned realignment of NAFTA capacity to reflect market trends.
  • Net industrial debt was €6.0 billion at December 31, 2015 and liquidity remained strong at €25.2 billion. After giving effect to the January 3, 2016 Ferrari spin-off, Net industrial debt stood at €5.0 billion and liquidity reduced marginally to €24.6 billion.

Group results in the following table include Ferrari to promote comparability with prior periods and
with previously provided guidance:

Under IFRS, Ferrari will be presented as a discontinued operation in the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015 and for prior periods whereby Ferrari's results are excluded from the Group's results from continuing operations and are presented net of tax in a separate financial line item after Net profit - continuing operations; this presentation is reflected in the following table:


1 Refer to page 11 for reconciliation of EBIT to Adjusted EBIT; 2 Refer to page 12 for reconciliation to Net profit; 3 Refer to page 12 for calculation of Adjusted basic EPS; 4 At September 30, 2015. 

Net revenues1,2 for the year were €113.2 billion, an increase of €17.1 billion, or 18% (+6% at constant exchange rates, or CER) from €96.1 billion for the prior year. Higher Net revenues in NAFTA (+33%; +13% CER), EMEA (+13%; +11% CER) and Components (+13%; +11% CER), were partially offset by decreases in LATAM (-25%; -18% CER), APAC (-22%; -31% CER) and Maserati (-13%; -22% CER).

Adjusted EBIT1,2 was €5,267 million, an increase of €1,501 million (+40%; +19% CER) from prior year. The increase in Adjusted EBIT was primarily attributable to increases in NAFTA (+€2,271 million), EMEA (+€254 million) and Components (+€110 million), partially offset by decreases in APAC (-€489 million), LATAM (-€376 million) and Maserati (-€170 million). Adjusted EBIT excludes a total of €2,203 million pre-tax impact of unusual items, of which €1,631 million relates to NAFTA, €219 million to LATAM, €205 million to APAC and €47 million to EMEA.

Net financial expense1 totaled €2,377 million, €330 million higher than in 2014, primarily reflecting an increase in debt levels and interest rates in Brazil, the call premiums, net of the remaining unamortized debt premiums, of €168 million for the prepayment of the FCA US senior secured notes due in 2019 and 2021 and unfavorable foreign currency translation, partially offset by interest cost savings resulting from the refinancing transactions and reduction in overall gross debt in 2015.

Tax expense1 totaled €310 million, compared to €544 million in 2014, mainly due to decreased profit before taxes.

Net profit for the year was €377 million, compared to €632 million for 2014 and profit attributable to owners of the parent was €334 million compared to €568 million for 2014. Adjusted net profit for the year was €2,026 million, compared to €1,060 million for 2014.

Net industrial debt1,2 at December 31, 2015 was €6.0 billion, a decrease from €7.7 billion at December 31, 2014. The improvement reflects positive cash flows from operating activities of €9.7 billion and €0.7 billion of positive foreign exchange translation effects primarily related to the devaluation of the Brazilian Real, which were partially offset by capital expenditures of €9.2 billion. The decrease also reflects €0.9 billion of net cash proceeds from the IPO of 10% of Ferrari and a €0.3 billion cash payment to the non-controlling interest. After giving effect to the January 3, 2016 Ferrari spin-off, Net industrial debt stood at €5.0 billion.

Total available liquidity1 was €25.2 billion at December 31, 2015, down from €26.2 billion at December 31, 2014. The decrease reflects bond repayments during the year totaling €7.3 billion which included the prepayment of the FCA US secured senior notes due in 2019 and 2021 with an aggregate principal balance of €5.3 billion and the repayment at maturity of two bonds with an aggregate principal balance of €1.9 billion. This decrease was partially offset by the issuance of unsecured senior notes due in 2020 and 2023 with an aggregate principal balance of $3.0 billion (€2.8 billion); net increases of €1.5 billion attributable to changes in bank borrowings, other debt and credit facilities; cash generated from operations net of investing activities of €0.7 billion; transactions related to the IPO of 10% of Ferrari of €0.6 billion and a favorable foreign exchange translation impact of €0.7 billion. Total available liquidity includes the new syndicated revolving credit facility of €2.5 billion entered into in June, which will expand to €5.0 billion following the termination of the ring-fencing of FCA US expected in Q1 2016. After giving effect to the January 3, 2016 Ferrari spin-off, total available liquidity reduced marginally to €24.6 billion.
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1 These results include Ferrari to promote comparability with prior periods and previously provided guidance. However, as a result of the approval of the Ferrari spin-off at the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on December 3, 2015, Ferrari will be treated as a discontinued operation for the year ended December 31, 2015 financial statements and for all prior periods in accordance with IFRS. In addition, Ferrari assets and liabilities will be classified as held for distribution at December 31, 2015;
2 Refer to page 10 for reconciliation of these results to results reflecting Ferrari's classification as a discontinued operation.

2016 Guidance
As a result of the completion of the spin-off of Ferrari on January 3, 2016, the Group's results for 2016 will no longer include the results or financial position of Ferrari. The Group indicates the following guidance:

  • NAFTA and EMEA continue trend of improved performance
  • LATAM returns to modest profitability with Pernambuco reaching full model production in second half of 2016
  • APAC profitability improving in second half of 2016 as Jeep manufacturing localization in China completed
  • Maserati performance improving in second half of 2016 following Levante launch
  • Capital expenditures in line with 2015

Net debt and available liquidity


Results by Segment
Year ended December 31, 2015 and 2014

Three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014  Shipments were 2,726 thousand vehicles (+9%) and sales1 totaled 2,624 thousand vehicles (+7%). Market share in the U.S. was 12.6%, up 20 bps from prior year. In Canada, FCA was the market leader with market share of 15.2%, down 20 bps from prior year.

Net revenues were €70.0 billion, up 33% (+13% CER) primarily due to volume growth for the Jeep and Ram brands, positive net pricing, as well as favorable foreign currency translation effects.

Adjusted EBIT of €4,450 million, compared with €2,179 million in 2014, reflects higher volumes, positive net pricing and positive foreign currency translation effects, partially offset by increases in recall accrual rates and product costs in the second half of the year for vehicle content enhancements, net of purchasing efficiencies. The NAFTA Adjusted EBIT margins for 2015 of 6.4% (4.2% margin in 2014) and 7.1% for Q4 2015 both exceeded their respective targets.

Adjusted EBIT excludes total charges of €1,631 million consisting primarily of two items. As part of the NAFTA margin improvement plan, the Group will realign a portion of its capacity in the region to better match market demand. As a result, pre-tax charges of €834 million were recognized and excluded from Adjusted EBIT in Q4 2015, including asset impairment charges of €598 million and other charges of €236 million related to the extended downtime at certain plants associated with the implementation of the new industrial plan. Given the recent increase in both the cost and frequency of recall campaigns, the Group revised its actuarial methodology for the estimate of future recall costs during Q3 2015. As a result, an adjustment of €761 million was recognized in Q3 2015 for the U.S. and Canada related to the change in estimate of future recall campaign costs for vehicles sold in prior periods, which was excluded from Adjusted EBIT.
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1For US and Canada, "Sales" represents sales to end customers as reported by the Group's dealer network.

Shipments were 553 thousand vehicles, a decrease of 33% reflecting continued macroeconomic
weakness in the region resulting in poor trading conditions in Brazil and Argentina. The Group
remained the market leader in Brazil increasing its lead over its nearest competitor to 380 bps (+30 bps from 2014) with market share at 19.5%, which decreased 170 bps due to strong competition and pricing pressures. The all-new Jeep Renegade continued its growth trend reaching 29.7% segment market share in Brazil in Q4 2015. In Argentina, overall market share declined from 13.4% in 2014 to 11.9% in 2015 mainly due to continued import restrictions.

Net revenues were €6.4 billion, down 25% (-18% CER) primarily due to reduced shipments, which was partially offset by positive pricing actions.

Adjusted EBIT was negative €87 million in 2015, down from €289 million in 2014, primarily related to lower volumes and higher input cost inflation, Pernambuco start-up costs and the all-new Jeep
Renegade commercial launch costs, partially offset by favorable net pricing and product mix mainly
attributable to the all-new Jeep Renegade. Adjusted EBIT excludes total charges of €219 million, of
which €83 million was due to the devaluation of the Argentinian Peso resulting from changes in
monetary policy and €80 million was due to the adoption of the Venezuelan government's Marginal
Currency System, or SIMADI exchange rate, at June 30, 2015.

 Shipments (excluding JVs) totaled 149 thousand vehicles, down 32%, driven by the interruption of
supply due to the Tianjin (China) port explosion in early August, strong competition from local
producers and the transition to local production in China, as well as reduced shipments in Australia
resulting from price increases. Similarly, Group retail sales (including JVs) were 42 thousand vehicles lower than 2014 at 215 thousand vehicles.

Net revenues were €4.9 billion, down 22% (-31% at CER), primarily as a result of the decrease in
shipments and increased incentives in China.

Adjusted EBIT was €52 million, a decrease of €489 million from 2014 driven by lower volumes,
unfavorable net pricing and foreign exchange effects, partially offset by reduced marketing costs.
Adjusted EBIT excludes total charges of €205 million, of which €142 million relates to the write-down of inventory and incremental incentives recognized in Q3 2015 for vehicles damaged in the Tianjin port explosion (expected to be recovered through insurance).

 Passenger car and light commercial vehicle (LCV) shipments totaled 1,142 thousand units, up 12% over 2014. Passenger car shipments were up 12% to 899 thousand units and LCVs were up 10% to 243 thousand units. European passenger car market share (EU28+EFTA) was up 30 bps to 6.1% (+60 bps to 28.3% in Italy). For LCVs, estimated European market share2 (EU28+EFTA) was 11.3% (80 bps to 45.7% in Italy).

Net revenues were €20.4 billion, up 13% (+11% CER) resulting from higher volumes and favorable
product mix driven by the all-new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X, as well as positive net pricing mainly driven by pricing actions in non-European Union markets and foreign exchange effects.

Adjusted EBIT for 2015 was €213 million, compared with negative €41 million for 2014. The
improvement was primarily attributable to increased shipments, positive net pricing and more
favorable product mix, reflecting the continued success of the Fiat 500 family and the Jeep brand as well as cost efficiencies, which were partially offset by higher costs for U.S. imported vehicles due to a stronger U.S. Dollar and increased marketing costs. Adjusted EBIT excludes total charges of €47 million which primarily relate to asset impairments.
Net revenues totaled €2.4 billion, down 13% (-22% lower at CER) from 2014, primarily due to
decreased Quattroporte volumes resulting from weaker segment demand in the U.S. and China.

Adjusted EBIT decreased to €105 million from €275 million in 2014 primarily due to lower volumes,
unfavorable mix and an increase in industrial costs related to the start-up costs for the all-new Levante to be launched in 2016. 

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2 Due to unavailability of market data for Italy, the figures reported are an extrapolation and discrepancies with actual data could exist.

Magneti Marelli
Net revenues
 were €7.3 billion, a 12% increase over 2014, primarily driven by positive performance in the lighting and electronic systems businesses.

Adjusted EBIT was €321 million, an increase of €92 million from 2014 primarily related to higher volumes, cost containment actions and efficiencies. Adjusted EBIT margin improved to 4.4% in 2015 from 3.5% in 2014.

Comau
Net revenues
 were €2.0 billion, a 26% increase from 2014, primarily due to body assembly, powertrain and robotics businesses.

Adjusted EBIT increased by €12 million from 2014 to €72 million primarily due to increased volumes.

Teksid
Net revenues
 were €631 million, a 1% decrease from 2014, primarily attributable to a 10% decrease in cast iron business volumes, partially offset by a 21% increase in aluminum business volumes.

Adjusted EBIT was €2 million compared to negative €4 million in 2014.

Brand activity in the quarter

Marking the return of the Jeep brand production in China, production of the Jeep Cherokee began in November at our joint-venture plant in Changsha, with deliveries of the first Chinese-made Jeep Cherokee in December. FCA expects that by the end of 2016, the Jeep Renegade and the all-new Jeep C-SUV will also be locally produced in China.

Two new special edition models, the new Jeep Wrangler Backcountry and the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night, were unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The new Jeep Wrangler Backcountry has a winter capability design theme and will be available with a unique deep purple exterior color. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night with its 6.4-liter V-8 engine, has a stealth-like appearance in the form of a black roof, rear spoiler, and 20-inch wheels.

The Jeep Renegade was named the "2016 Car of the Year" in Brazil during the annual automotive industry award ceremony hosted by Autoesporte magazine (Editora Globo) in Brazil.

The all-new Fiat 124 Spider, which was also introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, revives the historic nameplate nearly 50 years after its original introduction and brings its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. The Fiat 124 Spider, which is expected to be available in EMEA and NAFTA in Q2 2016, delivers the Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design.

After the world preview at the Istanbul Motor Show last May, the all-new Fiat Tipo was presented to the international press in November, launched in Italy in December and is being sold in over forty countries across EMEA. This four-door compact sedan embodies Italian design that delivers personality and style without forgoing functionality. The new Fiat Tipo won the prestigious AUTOBEST award and was voted "The Best Buy Car of Europe in 2016" by 26 jury members from all over Europe, making Fiat the first brand in AUTOBEST history to win this European competition three times.

The following are reconciliations of the Group's financial results as reported herein to the Group's financial results reflecting Ferrari's classification as a discontinued operation as they will be presented within the Group's 2015 consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS.

Ferrari plans to release their annual results on February 2, 2016. Ferrari's results on a stand-alone basis may differ from their results within the Group due to consolidation adjustments for elimination of inter-company transactions and differences in definitions of net debt and net industrial debt measures.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBIT1

Reconciliation of Adjusted net profit1

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This document, and in particular the section entitled "2016 Outlook", contains forward-looking statements. These statements may include terms such as "may", "will", "expect", "could", "should", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "remain", "on track", "design", "target", "objective", "goal", "forecast", "projection", "outlook", "prospects", "plan", or similar terms. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Rather, they are based on the Group's current expectations and projections about future events and, by their nature, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. They relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur or exist in the future and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on them. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in such statements as a result of a variety of factors, including: the Group's ability to reach certain minimum vehicle sales volumes; developments in global financial markets and general economic and other conditions; changes in demand for automotive products, which is highly cyclical; the Group's ability to enrich the product portfolio and offer innovative products; the high level of competition in the automotive industry; the Group's ability to expand certain of the Group's brands internationally; changes in the Group's credit ratings; the Group's ability to realize anticipated benefits from any acquisitions, joint venture arrangements and other strategic alliances; potential shortfalls in the Group's defined benefit pension plans; the Group's ability to provide or arrange for adequate access to financing for the Group's dealers and retail customers; the Group's ability to access funding to execute the Group's business plan and improve the Group's business, financial condition and results of operations; various types of claims, lawsuits and other contingent obligations against the Group; disruptions arising from political, social and economic instability; material operating expenditures and other effects from and in relation to compliance with environmental, health and safety regulation; developments in labor and industrial relations and developments in applicable labor laws; increases in costs, disruptions of supply or shortages of raw materials; exchange rate fluctuations, interest rate changes, credit risk and other market risks; political and civil unrest; earthquakes or other disasters and other risks and uncertainties.

Any forward-looking statements contained in this document speak only as of the date of this document and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly forward-looking statements. Further information concerning the Group and its businesses, including factors that could materially affect the Company's financial results, is included in the Company's reports and filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the AFM and CONSOB.

On January 27, 2016, at 3:30p.m.GMT, management will hold a conference call to present the 2015 Full Year results to financial analysts and institutional investors. The call can be followed live and a recording will be available later on the Group website (http://www.fcagroup.com/en-us/pages/home.aspx). The supporting document will be made available on the website prior to the call.

London, January 27, 2016

 

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