PT Astra International Tbk (ASII) earned a net profit of Rp 8.8 trillion in the first half of 2013, the figure fell 9.2% from the previous year’s profit in the same period amounted to Rp 9.7 trillion.
Astra also slowed turnover, from Rp 95.9 trillion in the first six months of 2012 to Rp 94.3 trillion this year. Earnings per share also decreased by 9% to Rp 218 per share.
“Although the outlook remains positive domestic demand, increased competition in the automobile market, the rise in labor costs (Provincial Minimum Wage / UMP) and the decline in commodity prices expected to affect the performance of the business in the second half of this year,” said President Director of Astra International Prijono Sugiarto in press release the company, on Tuesday (30/7/20130.
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 Automotive Division’s net profit fell by 10% to Rp 4, 4 trillion, consisting of Rp 1.9 trillion from the Company and its subsidiaries, as well as Rp 2.5 trillion from associates and jointly controlled entities in the automotive field.
Throughout the first half of 2013, demand for motor vehicles remains high, supported by rising incomes and loan interest rates are still affordable. However, increased competition due to increased domestic production capacity and the high cost of labor has led to decrease in net income contribution from the automotive segment.
Regulatory minimum down payment on auto financing imposed sharia financing for companies since January 1, 2013 and the bank on 1 April 2013, had little impact on the first half performance of the Company. Meanwhile, it is still too early to estimate the impact of rising fuel prices that occurred in late June, the automotive sales.
Total national car sales rose 12% to 602,000 units. Astra’s car sales (Toyota, Daihatsu, Isuzu, UD Trucks and Peugeot) increased 6% to 321,000 units, with a market share decreased from 56% to 53%.
In the first half of Astra launch six new models and eight facelift models. Meanwhile, national motorcycle sales rose 6% to 3.9 million units. Honda motorcycle sales output of PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) rose 12% to 2.4 million units, with an increase in market share from 57% to 60%. In the first half of 2013, PT Astra Honda Motor launched two new models and five facelift models.
PT Astra Otoparts Tbk (AOP), a company in the field of automotive components, which is 80% owned by the Company, recorded a net profit of Rp 519 billion, down 2%, where 71% is the contribution from associates and jointly controlled entities.
Decrease in net income was primarily due to increased labor costs, although there was an increase in sales in the segment of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts and export markets. In the second quarter of Astra Otoparts have to issue new shares amounting to Rp 3 trillion to strengthen its capital structure.
Astra International also has sold 15.7% stake in Astra Otoparts to increase liquidity in the stock market, which results in a transaction value of Rp 2.8 trillion. In April, Astra Otoparts acquire 51% stake in PT Pakoakuina, manufacturer of alloy wheels for four-wheeled vehicles and two-wheeler valued at USD 700 billion by taking all new shares issued.
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