On behalf of the Board of Directors, I hereby present the 2020 interim report of
the Group for your review.
In the first half of 2020, affected by the COVID-19 epidemic and China’s economic
downturn, China’s automotive industry sold approximately 10,257,000 units
vehicles, representing a year-on-year decrease of 16.9%, of which passenger
vehicle sales were 7,873,000 units, representing a year-on-year decrease of
22.4%, and commercial vehicle sales totalled 2,384,000 units vehicles,
representing a year-on-year increase of 8.6%. Among which, in the first quarter,
the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic was obvious, with the industry sales falling
by 42.4% year on year; in the second quarter, the epidemic slowed down and was
stimulated by consumption release and favourable policies, and therefore, the
recovery of the Chinese auto market was accelerated. The development of the
automobile industry in the first half of the year showed the following
1.Passenger vehicles ended 22-month negative growth, and the sales growth rate in
the second quarter turned from negative to positive, reaching 7.2% in May.
Meanwhile, the market share of Japanese brands increased by 3.7%, while that of
self-developed brands decreased by 5.2%.
2.Major passenger vehicle manufacturers extended their strategy from a single hot
model to a product portfolio strategy, making their market response more
flexible, with the products complementing each other, relying on the more
effective strategy of product mixtures. After the epidemic, various brands
improved their accessibility and actively entered the community to get closer to
3.The commercial vehicle market saw double-digit sales growth in the second
quarter, reaching 46.4%. Among them, the market share of medium and heavy
lorries, whose (traction, cargo, engineering) structural transformation models
accelerated and increased significantly.
4.The sales volume of light lorries hit a record high, and policy changes drove
changes in the structure of the light lorry market segment.
5.In the export market, as the epidemic spread rapidly around the world, overseas
automobile demand shrank sharply. In March, the export market performed better
than in the same period last year due to the superimposed effects from the
release of backlog orders and the gradual resumption of work; Since April, there
has been a significant decline, and the decline has been growing month by month.
6.The new energy vehicle market experienced a year-on-year sharp decline. During
the epidemic, the demand for private travel dropped sharply, and the replacement
of taxis hailed on the pavement and booked online with new vehicles was affected
to some extent. The new car-making forces entered a reshuffle period, and the
rapid rise of Tesla affected the domestic market demand for new energy vehicles.
The Group sold 1,144,500 units vehicles in the first half of the year,
representing a year-on-year decrease of 16.7%, with the drop slightly lower than
the industry’s 0.2 percentage point. The Group achieved sales revenue of
approximately RMB50,576 million, representing a year-on-year increase of
approximately 4.4%. Calculated by analogy and proportional consolidation, the
Group achieved sales revenue of approximately RMB106,732 million in the first
half of the year, a decrease of 9.7% from the same period last year. This result
was not easy to achieve. As the Group was at the centre of the COVID-19
epidemic, it was significantly affected by the epidemic in the first quarter.
With its overall resumption of work and production one month later as compared
with that in the industry, the Group’s sales in the second quarter outperformed
the market, with a year-on-year increase of 11.9%, higher than the industry by
1.6 percentage points. In the first half of the year, the Group’s passenger
vehicle sales revenue was approximately RMB59,435 million, representing a
year-on-year decrease of approximately 23.2%; commercial vehicle sales revenue
was approximately RMB42,831 million, a year-on-year increase of approximately
11.5%; profit attributable to equity holders of the company was approximately
RMB3,018 million, representing a year-on-year decrease of approximately 64.5%.
In the first half of the year, the operating characteristics of the Group are as
1.In the first half of the year, the Group ranked third in the industry;
2.On the premise of ensuring safety, we spared no effort to promote the
resumption of work and production of the Group, and drive the orderly resumption
of work and production in the upstream and downstream sections of the industrial
chain; we also adjusted our business strategy for 2020 in a timely manner to
minimise our losses from the epidemic.
3.In the passenger vehicle sector, the overall sales of passenger vehicle is
882,300 units, representing a year-on-year decrease of 22.2%, with the drop
slightly lower than the industry’s 0.2 percentage point. The growth rate of the
sales in the second quarter was 2.3 percentage points higher than that in the
industry. Dongfeng Nissan sold 437,200 units vehicles in the first half of the
year, representing a year-on-year decrease of 17.3%, with the drop slightly
lower than the industry’s 5.1 percentage point. By the end of July, the market
share was approximately 8.4%, representing a year-on-year increase of 0.3
percentage point. Dongfeng Honda sold 302,400 units in the first half of the
year, representing a year-on-year decrease of 16.9%, with the drop slightly
lower than the industry’s 5.5 percentage point.
4.In the commercial vehicle sector, the overall sales of commercial vehicle is
262,200 units, representing a year-on-year increase of 9.0%, with the growth
slightly higher than the industry’s 0.4 percentage point. Dongfeng Liuzhou
Motor’s sales growth rate was 29.1 percentage points higher than that of the
industry, the growth rate of light lorry sales was 12.3 percentage points higher
than that of the industry, and the sales growth of Dongfeng Automobile Co., Ltd.
was 12.6 percentage points higher than that of the industry.
5.The pace of development of independent brands accelerated. The Group promoted
reforms and adjustments and the creation of strategic models, and strove to
solve the difficulties in the development of self-owned brand passenger
vehicles. The Group also elevated its brands, launched the new i-Land brand, and
made important progress in the high-end electric vehicle project of its own
6.The Group’s core capabilities and new development momentum continued to improve
while the Group continued to promote the research and development of key core
technologies and the collaborative utilisation of key resources. Demonstration
operations were carried out on terminal unmanned lorries and micro-buses.
In the first half of the year, the Group went all out to fight the battle for
pandemic Prevention and control and the resumption of work and production, as
well as the tough battle of production, operation and reform and development. It
demonstrated its sense of responsibility in the big test and handed in a
qualified answer sheet.
In the second half of the year, with the effective control of the domestic
epidemic and the implementation of China’s policies of “six stabilities” and
“six guarantees”, the domestic economy will gradually recover. In the second
quarter, the country’s GDP a year-on-year increased by 3.2%, which indicated
that the Chinese economy had taken the lead in getting out of the predicament
and re-entering the growth track. It is expected that China’s sustained economic
growth will not change. However, for the whole year, the auto industry has been
affected by the epidemic, economic downturn and short-term damage to residents’
incomes and consumer confidence. It is expected that the auto market will still
see a large decline in 2020, and the industry predicts that sales growth will be
around -7.3%. In 2021, as the domestic economy rebounds, the auto market is
expected to return to normal demand and achieve positive growth. By 2025, the
overall situation of the auto industry will still be in a slightly upward trend.
For the second half of the year, Dongfeng Motor Group’s outlook is as follows:
1.To accelerate the catch-up and complete the sales target beyond estimates;
2.To grasp the implementation of auto market policies and increase market share;
3.To increase the sales of its core products of independent brands;
4.Adapt to changes in customer consumption habits, accelerate digital
transformation, and build a brand new marketing ecosystem to empower dealers and
improve the marketing system capabilities;
5.Control supply chain and project risks, as well as the double risks of
compliance and product consistency risks;
6.Conduct work relating to production safety, energy conservation and
7.Conduct work relating to the “14th Five-Year Plan”, continue to build the new
i-Land brand, and the issuance and listing of A shares.
The goals and tasks for the second half of the year have been determined.
Regardless of the severity of the situation, the complexity of the tasks, and
the difficulty in achieving the goals, we shall implement them with a strong
style. All units will follow the Group’s assigned goals by not making excuses,
not negotiating for more favourable conditions, sticking to the goals in a
determined manner, working hard for victory, and eventually obtaining the best
28 August 2020