SEOUL, South Korea (Aug. 28, 2014) — Kumho Tire Co. Inc. reported 9-percent higher operating profit for the quarter ended June 30 on 10.5-percent lower sales.
Kumho attributed the earnings improvement — to $111.7 million, or 12.6 percent of sales — to the positive “tailwind” of lower raw materials costs. The tire maker blamed the sales drop, to $884 million, on the negative effects of a strong Korean won to other currencies.
The company also said sales in North America have been “continually recovering” with reinforced promotion for small and mid-sized accounts. In Europe sales were up slightly on pre-ordering for winter tires.
For the six months ended June 30, Kumho reported operating profit of $196.1 million on sales of $1.73 billion, for an operating ratio of 11.3 percent. The profit was 13-percent higher than the year-ago period, whiles sales were off 6.6 percent.
When is the last time you attended one of the national tire industry trade shows, such as SEMA, ITEC or the North American Tire & Retread Expo?
|I try and take in at least one show a year.||
|I usually attend one every few years.||
|There are so many tire maker and distributor meetings each year, I don’t see a need to attend one of the national shows.||
|I don’t find value in these shows and haven’t been to one in years.||
|I’d like to but I am too busy||