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Consumer Durables

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd.

Company Background

Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) is a Chinese automaker owned by the Guangzhou municipal government. It is a second-tier automaker, after China's three biggest automakers, namely First Automobile Works Group, Dongfeng Motor Group and SAIC Motor.

GAC sold about 1.17 million cars in 2014. It aims to increase car sales to 3 million units by 2020. Established in 1997, GAC is based in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Headed by Chairman Zhang Fangyou, it was listed on the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) in 2010 and the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2012.

GAC has established joint ventures with several foreign automakers, including Honda Motor, Toyota Motor, Mitsubishi Motors and Isuzu Motors of Japan, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of the U.S. As Honda and Toyota cars account for about 40% and 30% of total sales respectively, sales of the two Japanese brands influence GAC's business performance.

To reduce its dependence on foreign brands, GAC has been focusing on the sales of its own brand cars in recent years, such as the Trumpchi, which now accounts for about 10% of total sales. The company has put a particular emphasis on sport utility vehicles.

Business Summary

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd. engages in the research and development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales services of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and auto parts. The company's business activities include the import and export of automobile-related products, automobile leasing, disassembling, and automobile credit. It also engages in the provision of logistics services, finance leasing, commercial factoring, renewable resources, insurance, insurance brokerage services, and equity investment. The company operates in five segments: Research & Development, Manufacture of Vehicles & Motorcycles, Parts & Components, Commercial Services and Financial Services. The Research & Development segment is mainly responsible for the groups general development plan of new products and new technology, as well as implementation of material R&D projects. The Manufacturer of Vehicles and Motorcycles segment products include GAC Mitsubishi ASX, Pajero, Outlander, Toyota Camry, Highlander, Yaris L, E'Z, Levin, standard motorcycles, sport bikes and scooters. The Parts and Components segment operates through its subsidiary and its controlling, investee companies and associated companies and Tong Fang Logistics in the upstream and downstream of the automobile industrial chain. The Parts and components segment includes engines, gearboxes, car seats, HVAC systems, auto lamps, automation accessories, redirectors, shock absorbers and accessories. The Financial segment provides financial investment, insurance, insurance broker, financial lease, automobile credit, and other related services. The company was founded on June 6, 1997 and is headquartered in Guangzhou, China.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2018 HKDUSD
Gross Profit13,004.37M1,659.24M
Operating income1,992.49M254.22M
Income before tax3,688.19M470.57M
Net income12,913.68M1,647.66M
Diluted EPS1.250.16
Dividends Per Share0.430.05
Total Assets150,663.68M19,243.44M
Total liabilities58,598.15M7,484.42M
Total equity87,019.38M11,114.50M
Operating cash flow6,575.51M838.97M
Currency in HKDCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 27,356.71M 35,437.95M 55,965.89M 79,594.34M 82,993.37M
Gross Profit 3,094.21M 4,379.86M 9,128.53M 15,603.62M 13,004.37M
Operating income 0 -482.02M 2,241.86M 5,680.86M 1,992.49M
Income before tax -1,318.51M -286.03M 1,537.72M 4,307.07M 3,688.19M
Net income 4,009.53M 5,220.52M 7,347.26M 12,437.44M 12,913.68M
EBITDA 61.40M 1,576.52M 4,770.76M 8,359.12M 5,605.59M
Diluted EPS 0.44 0.58 0.80 1.32 1.25
Dividends Per Share 0.14 0.17 0.24 0.46 0.43
Total Assets 77,896.44M 80,162.78M 91,585.47M 143,576.16M 150,663.68M
Total liabilities 31,545.75M 31,821.71M 39,635.18M 55,721.15M 58,598.15M
Total equity 44,148.23M 46,060.52M 48,438.79M 82,985.84M 87,019.38M
Operating cash flow 6,882.38M 11,703.78M 12,296.73M 23,677.95M 6,575.51M
 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 3,527.76M 4,571.12M 7,209.81M 10,213.80M 10,589.20M
Gross Profit 399.01M 564.95M 1,175.98M 2,002.30M 1,659.24M
Operating income 0 -62.17M 288.80M 728.98M 254.22M
Income before tax -170.02M -36.89M 198.09M 552.69M 470.57M
Net income 517.04M 673.39M 946.51M 1,596.01M 1,647.66M
EBITDA 7.91M 203.35M 614.59M 1,072.66M 715.22M
Diluted EPS 0.05 0.07 0.10 0.17 0.16
Dividends Per Share 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.05 0.05
Total Assets 10,044.86M 10,343.38M 11,812.67M 18,366.46M 19,243.44M
Total liabilities 4,067.87M 4,105.94M 5,112.13M 7,127.92M 7,484.42M
Total equity 5,692.98M 5,943.17M 6,247.62M 10,615.66M 11,114.50M
Operating cash flow 887.51M 1,509.66M 1,584.12M 3,038.43M 838.97M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2018
Operating margin2.40%
Profit margin15.55%

Key executives

  • General Manager & Non-Executive Director: Xing Ya Feng
  • Chief Financial Officer & Deputy General Manager: Dan Wang
  • Deputy General Manager: Shao Li
  • Chief-Accounting: Can Hui Li


  • Guangzhou State-Owned Assets Supervision & Admin. Commission (9.4%)
  • Schroder Investment Management Ltd. (6.0%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (3.6%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (2.4%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (2.1%)
  • BAMCO, Inc. (1.7%)
  • FIL Investment Management (Hong Kong) Ltd. (1.5%)
  • FIL Investment Management (Singapore) Ltd. (1.4%)
  • Green Court Capital Management Ltd. (0.8%)
  • The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (0.8%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: GAC Center, No. 23 Xingguo Road, Guangzhou, 510623, China
  • Phone: +86.20.8315.1089

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Last Updated on 20 Sep, 2019

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