Germany: Volkswagen’s 2023 sales outlook blows past forecast, shares soar

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Volkswagen has said that it expects supply chain issues to ease and sales to rise to as much as 331 billion euros ($352 billion) in 2023, sending shares in Europe’s top carmaker to their highest level in nearly three months.

The carmaker’s outlook, which comes after preliminary 2022 results published last month, also foresees a strong recovery of vehicle deliveries to 9.5 million, an increase of more than 14% year-on-year.

“Our performance last year demonstrated the improved resilience of the Volkswagen Group amid a challenging global backdrop,” Chief Financial Officer Arno Antlitz said.

“We expect the supply chain bottlenecks to gradually ease in the current year, allowing us to service the high order backlog.”

Shares in the company rose 7.5% to the top of Frankfurt’s benchmark DAX index on the news and hit their highest level since Dec. 13.

Volkswagen’s revenues are forecast to grow by 10-15%, indicating 2023 sales of 307 billion to 331 billion euros, significantly higher than the 280 billion Refinitiv estimate.

The group’s operating return on sales is expected to be in the range of 7.5%-8.5%, compared with 7.9% in 2022, Volkswagen said, adding its dividend would rise by 1.20 euros apiece to 8.70 euros per common share and 8.76 euros per preferred share for 2022.

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