The first quarterly loss for Volkswagen in 15 years did not stop investors to drive up shares.
Volkswagen is hurting badly. The German car maker has reported for the first time in 15 years a quarterly loss. The Diesel emissions scandal has driven Volkswagen in the red last quarter. According to the Volkswagen earnings release today, the company has an operating loss of $3.84 billion (3.5 billion Euro).
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The negative result is caused by the 6.7 billion the company put a side for the Diesel scandal. The negative results did not stop investors on jumping on the Volkswagen stock and drove the stock up over 3% after the announcement.
"The figures show the core strength of the Volkswagen Group on the one hand, while on the other the initial impact of the current situation is becoming clear. We will do everything in our power to win back the trust we have lost", said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
There is hope that Volkswagen is surviving the self inflicted wound. The emission cheating scandal will cost the company billions. The brand did not suffer as much as thought and Germans are already ordering more Volkswagen Diesel cars despite the scandal as reported yesterday.
The Group's operating profit and sales revenue exclude the activities of the Chinese joint ventures, which are accounted for in the financial result using the equity method. The share of operating profit attributable to the Chinese joint ventures to the end of September remained level at EUR 3.8 billion (EUR 3.9 billion).
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"The Volkswagen Group has very solid and robust liquidity resources. This will help us manage the challenging situation caused by the financial impact of the diesel issue", said Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter.