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Hyundai Motors Corporation last update Jan 03rd, 2020


This is not a recommendation or proposal to do anything. The data written in this article is not guarranteed. It is my private personal opinion. I`m not independing as I own a position of HMC shares. 

Hyundai Motors sold 4.59 mio. cars in 2018(8). Hyundai + Kia is 5th largest automobile manufacturer in vehicle numbers and number 10 automobile manufacturer in revenues. Hyundai Motors generates annual revenues of about 86 bn$ and a net profit of 1.42 bn$ or 5.3$/share.

It is more difficult to find financial information about Hyundai Motors as for other companies I analyse. It is difficult to extract facts and numbers from the published company reports and news. 

Potential motivation to buy Hyundai Motors stock: Hope that the company will turn around the profit situation. Profits are declining since years and still ongoing to decline!

Risk & Chances

The worldwide automobile market shrinked 6% in Q1/2019 acc. to EY (11). The profits of the automobile manufacturers shrinked.  

Hyundai forcasts an increase of sold cars for 2019 but reported a decrease from 2,241,530 to 2,127,611 thousand cars - 5.1% in H1 as the world demand for cars decreased. This decrease in sold cars is not an issue as on the other hand the share of bigger more profitable cars increased.

The issue of Hyundai Motors was the declining profits. The profits were decreasing sharply since 2015. In Q4/2018 Hyundai Motors ceated a loss. Since Q1/2019 it looks like Hyundai is making steps to turn the profit situation. The share of higher profitable SUV increased. The operating Income increased from 681 bn KRW in Q1/2018 to 825 bn KRW in Q1/2019 and 1240 bn KRW in Q2/19. The net  Net Income increased from 732 bn KRW in Q1/2018 to 954 bn KRW in Q1/2019 and 999 bn KRW in Q2/19...This is about 1650 mio $ or 6.18 $/share in HY1/2019. 

HMC seems to seek the turnaround in a more profitable product mix not in an aggressive cost cutting. It is the question if this is the solution or does it need an aggressive cost cutting as well to make a lasting turnaround. It would be better to work on the product mix and an aggressive cost cutting to get a competitive edge vs. the market and pave the way for a profitable future. 


The company plans to allocate 30 to 50% of annual Free Cash Flow for shareholder returns. 

Not all decisions of Hyundai Motors follow the business logic. Ex. the company paid in 2014 10bn$ for a real estate in Seoul (2). I do not know the background. Potentially it could be a political background. 

Some Data & Information

Exchange Rate: October 25th, 2019: 1$ = 1172 KRW 

                               Q3/19           Q2/19

Car Sales/mio              1.1

Revenues/bn$:            23                23

Operating Profit/bn$:    0.320         1.056

Net Profit/mio. $:         392             852                   

Interim dividend:1000 KRW about 85c($) payment date June 30, 19

2020/01/02 Hyundai Motor Co and affiliate Kia Motors said on Thursday their combined 2019 global sales were 7.19 million vehicles, short of their target of 7.6 million vehicles. The South Korean duo announced a combined 2020 sales target of 7.54 million vehicles. (16)

2019/12/05 Hyundai Motor plans to allocate about a third of its $51.2B investment budget into developing next-gen automobiles over the next six years, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Hyundai has a goal of selling 560K electric cars and 110K fuel-cell vehicles cumulatively by 2025. The new portfolio will kick off in 2021 when an electric version of the Genesis luxury car debuts. With an eye toward profitability, Hyundai expects to boost sales of highly profitable sport utility vehicles and raise its operating profit margin to 7% in 2022 and 8% in 2025. (15)

2019/10/14 Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp earmarked a total of 760 mio. $ to settle U.S. class action litigation and address engine-related issues in the United States and South Korea (14)

2019/08/02 Hyundai Motor Co. is transforming its Chongqing Plant 5 in China into an electric vehicle (EV) plant in a bid to reinvigorate its slumping Chinese business. Last year, Chongqing Factory, which can produce 300,000 units a year, sold only 70,434 units in total. (13)

2019/06/07 A federal appeals court restored a $210 million nationwide class-action settlement for hundreds of thousands of owners of Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. vehicles whose fuel economy estimates were inflated (10).

2019/01/02 Hyundai Motors forcasts a further increase of saled cars in 2019. 

2018/12/17 Actually a class action law suit is prepared against Hyundai Motors on fire accidents with some of its cars (6)


"Because of temporary cost factors such as expansion of World Cup marketing activities, recall of airbag controllers, and application of new engine diagnostics technology called 'KSDS' in the U.S., operating expenses increased and operating profit decreased," the company explained.(3) This is not really the information I like to read. New engine diagnostic systems and sport marketing events are things that occur regularly.    



SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korean autos will likely be hard hit if the United States decides to slap 25 percent tariffs on foreign vehicles and auto parts under its Trade Expansion Act, a local think tank said Sunday... In 2017, Japan exported 1.96 million cars to the United States, while South Korea shipped out 720,000, with numbers from Germany standing at 710,000 vehicles...The reason for the increase is that South Korean cars sold in the U.S. have an average operating profit of 4.3 percent, the lowest among countries that ship vehicles in the country..   (1)

Profit Growth: 2018 -63%, 2017: -20.5%, 2016 -12.1%, 2015 -14.9%

Equity: 67 bn$

Number of outstanding stocks: Common stock 206,617,212; 1 st Preferred stock 22,859,122; 2 nd Preferred stock 36,164,489 3 rd Preferred stock 2,448,637 Total 268 mio. shares

Treasury stocks: Common stock 15,359,818 1 st preferred stock 2,445,984 2 nd preferred stock 1,740,855  3 rd preferred stock 48,817 

This is not a recommendation or proposal to do anything. It is my private personal opinion. I`m not independing as I own a position of Hyundai Motors shares.

The Global Automobile Market

                     Q1 2018       Q1 2019 YoY (Thousand units) 

Korea               427                   414

US                4,111                4,007 

Europe          4,289                4,146

China            5,674                5,080 

India                853                  837 

Global          24,091             22,468

The global automobile demand shrinked in Q1/2019. 


ROK Location for Automobile Manufacturing

GM put the business location ROK shortly ago in question. High costs an aggressive labor union created a loss of 1.5 bn$ in the last 3 years. Actually there was a strike at Hyundai as the management planned to establish a new plant with lower wages (5). It seems that automobile manufacturing in the ROK faces similar challenges as that of other saturated industrial countries. The German car manufacturers faced similar challenges in the last decades of the last centuries. They outsourced non core activities, established lean structures with plenty of lower paid contractors and lease workers, aggessive purchasing put more volume to lower cost countries. I hope the Hyundai management already smells the napalm. 

Business Location ROK  

the ROK was one of the poorest countries of the world after the war in 1953. With very hard work and discipline they managed to become a developed country with a similar standard of living as South European countries. For ex. the Samsung Electronics memory chip division passed its international competitors by working 6 - 7 days a week achieving a 1/2 year advantage vs. international competition at the turn of the millenium. One specific point in the ROK were always the very aggressive labor disputes. Now it seems as the ROK is very saturated like other established industrial nations. The left government elected 2017 seem to do destructive politics in favor of unions, gender, climate hoax, against nuclear power. The economic growth decreased to the lowest level since 9 yrs. (Q3/18). I hope that the government or at least the potential voters smell the napalm.  

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Hyundai Motors IR pages. 

(16) 2019/01/02 http://marketbeat.com/URL/?URL=https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/hyundai-kia-report-2019-global-sales-of-7-2-mln-vehicles-miss-target

(15) 2019/12/05 https://seekingalpha.com/news/3523742-hyundai-to-invest-heavily-in-next-gen-auto

(14) 2019/10/14 https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hyundai-kia-earmark-760-million-092253890.html?.tsrc=rss

(13) 2019/08/02 http://marketbeat.com/URL/?URL=http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=34410

(12) 2019/07/25 https://www.finanzen.net/nachricht/aktien/hyundai-motor-praesentierte-bilanzzahlen-zum-juengsten-jahresviertel-7754224

(11) 2019/06/20 https://www.finanzen.net/nachricht/aktien/ruecklaeufiges-geschaeft-ey-studie-autoindustrie-rutscht-tiefer-in-die-krise-7629337

(10) 2019/06/07 https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/us-appeals-court-upholds-210-million-hyundai-kia-gas-mileage-settlement

(9) 2019/04/24 https://www.hyundai.com/content/hyundai/ww/data/ir/calendar/2019/0000000234/files/19-04-24-hmc-q1-2019-business-results-pt.pdf

(8) 2019/01/24 https://www.finanzen.net/nachricht/nachricht-7058673

(7) 2019/01/02 https://www.finanzen.net/nachricht/nachricht-6983005

(6) https://www.finanzen.net/nachricht/nachricht-6943468

(5) 2018/12/06 https://www.finanzen.net/nachricht/aktien/hyundai-beschaeftigte-protestieren-gegen-plaene-fuer-niedriglohn-fabrik-6910914

4. 2018/10 https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2018/04/12/general-motors-south-korea/33770137/

3. 2018/10 http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=26014

1. http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/business/2018/09/30/0501000000AEN20180930003600320.html

2. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kepco-realestate-hyundai-motor/hyundai-motors-record-10-billion-bid-for-trophy-property-alarms-investors-idUSKBN0HD06U20140918


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