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The War of Two Green Deals

Another kind of deal, another kind of artist

The new European Commission intends to make its Green Pact the core of its mandate and promote a "Green Deal". In the United States, the Democratic primary is placed under the same sign. However, convergence is largely bogus, as there are strong disagreements between Europeans and Americans as well as between Americans and Europeans.
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La guerre des "Green Deal"

Another kind of deal, another kind of artist

La nouvelle Commission européenne entend faire de son Pacte Vert le cœur de son mandat et promouvoir un "Green Deal". Aux Etats-Unis, la primaire démocrate est placée sous le même signe. La convergence est toutefois largement factice tant les désaccords sont forts entre les européens et américains aussi bien qu’entre américains et entre européens. read more

Le duo Delbos-Senard face aux agences de notation

Serving another type of client
As expected, the major rating agencies downgraded Renault's credit rating this week and posted lower price targets. Renault's management obviously prefers to play the truth speech that will mobilize the teams rather than tell the markets and analysts what they would like to hear.
 
On Tuesday, the rating agency Moody's downgraded its long-term credit rating on Renault from Baa3 to Ba1, with a stable outlook. 
 
It sanctions the group's poor performance for 2019 announced the previous week: in the red in 2019, for the first time since 2009, Renault, which saw its sales and profitability fall, did not want to be reassuring for 2020 by envisaging a further drop in its profitability. This is the reason for the downgrading of Moody's rating, which indicates :
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Le duo Delbos-Senard face aux agences de notation

Serving another type of client
Comme on pouvait le prévoir les grandes agences de notation ont dégradé cette semaine la note de la dette Renault et affiché des objectifs de cours en baisse. Les dirigeants de Renault préfèrent d'évidence jouer le discours de vérité qui mobilisera les équipes plutôt que de raconter aux marchés et analystes ce qu'ils aimeraient entendre.

Mardi, l’agence de notation Moody’s a rétrogradé de Baa3 à Ba1 sa note de crédit à long terme sur Renault, avec une perspective stable.   read more

Renault and the Alliance: January 2020's resolutions

My name is Luca... I think you've seen me before (Source AFP)
After more than a year of very turbulent times, Renault and the Alliance seem to be gradually getting back on track. After the many departures to PSA, the arrival in the opposite direction of Gilles Le Borgne at the head of engineering could already be interpreted as a symbol.
 
The finalization of Luca de Meo's recruitment is another. Indeed, even if he will not officially take over the reins until July, with his appointment and the movements that are already being recorded in the management teams, we can already which path Jean-Dominique Senard intends to put the company on.
 
First of all, the idea that the automotive industry is an industry like any other (and where the invocation of a strong specificity would always be a form of resistance to change) seems to have faded away.
Apart from the fact that the case for the autonomous vehicle, which had powerfully served to accredit this thesis throughout the industry, is now arousing less and less enthusiasm and more and more doubt, at Renault, it is the painful experience of the Thierry Bolloré era that is leading to this return to fundamentals.
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Renault et l’Alliance : les bons signes donnés en janvier 2020

My name is Luca... I think you've seen me before (Source AFP)

Après plus d’un an de très vives turbulences, Renault et l’Alliance semblent se remettre progressivement en ordre de marche. Après les très nombreux départs vers PSA, l’arrivée en sens opposé de Gilles Le Borgne à la tête des ingénieries avait déjà pu être interprété comme un symbole.
 
Le recrutement enfin finalisé de Luca de Meo en est un autre. En effet, même s’il ne prendra officiellement les rennes qu’en juillet, d’ores et déjà, avec sa nomination et les mouvements que l’on enregistre dans les équipes dirigeantes, on perçoit le chemin que Jean-Dominique Senard entend faire prendre à l’entreprise.
 
D’abord l’idée que l’industrie automobile est une industrie comme les autres dans laquelle l’invocation d’une spécificité forte est toujours une forme de résistance au changement semble avoir fait long feu. 
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Renault-PSA : l’un est intercontinentalisé, l’autre pas

Renault dans le rouge en France. Mais ailleurs?

Les résultats commerciaux des deux français ont été publiés la semaine dernière et, derrière l’homologie de façade que représentent la proximité des volumes (3,75 millions pour Renault et 3,48 millions pour PSA) et leurs baisses (- 3,4% pour Renault et -10% pour PSA), les chiffres viennent souligner les profondes différences des deux constructeurs. read more

Renault-PSA: one is intercontinental, the other is not.

Renault dans le rouge en France. Mais ailleurs?

The commercial results of the two French carmakers were published last week and, behind the facade homology represented by the similarity of volumes (3.75 million for Renault and 3.48 million for PSA) and their decline (-3.4% for Renault and -10% for PSA), the figures underline the significant differences between the two manufacturers.
 
Thus, seen from France, one would get the impression that PSA is outperforming Renault. In most segments except B, Renault products are barely outperforming Peugeot products and the latter obviously give PSA a "pricing power" that Renault is struggling to conquer. The financial results corresponding to the commercial results published last week are likely to confirm this in February.
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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance: putting an end to the myth of the Great Helmsman

Not gone for good yet? (Joseph Eid - AFP)
Last week Carlos Ghosn told us a story about Nissan, Renault and the Alliance that ended tragically in 2019. Indeed, for him, if his own trajectory broke in November 2018, then it could not be any different from that of the companies he was managing and the destiny of this fragile Alliance that he was leading.
 
There's nothing surprising about that since that's the way he's wanted history to be written for years: just as Jean-Luc Mélenchon [leader of the radical left in France] said "the Republic is me", Carlos Ghosn went repeating "the Alliance is me" and suggesting that if he was no longer there then everything would fall apart.
 
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Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi : en finir avec le mythe du Grand Timonier

Not gone for good yet? (Joseph Eid - AFP)

Carlos Ghosn nous a la semaine dernière conté une histoire de Nissan, de Renault et de l’Alliance qui se termine tragiquement en 2019. Pour lui en effet, si sa propre trajectoire se brise en novembre 2018 alors il ne peut en être autrement de celle des entreprises qu’il dirigeait et des destinées de cette fragile Alliance qu’il conduisait. read more

Et si Bruno Le Maire s’inspirait de Donald Trump…

In the port of Tanger Med, low-cost Renault await...

Autoactu publiait vendredi deux articles qui, involontairement, se renvoyaient l’un à l’autre.
 
L’un, signé de Laurent Bodin, traitait du sort de l’usine terminale PSA de Mulhouse qui a vu partir la production du nouveau 2008 vers l’Espagne en vertu de la doctrine bien connue désormais selon laquelle les sites français n’ont pas à assembler de véhicules des segments A et B, fussent-ils des SUV. 
L’autre, signé de Bertrand Rakoto, analysait le volet automobile du nouvel accord de libre-échange entre les Etats-Unis, le Canada et le Mexique et les contraintes qu’il impose aux constructeurs pour limiter la mise en concurrence entre les pays à hauts salaires et les pays à bas salaires et les délocalisations vers le Mexique. 
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What if Bruno Le Maire was inspired by Donald Trump...

In the port of Tanger Med, low-cost Renault await...

The weekly column by Bernard Jullien is also on www.autoactu.com.

Last Friday Autoactu released two articles that unintentionally referred to each other.
 
One, signed by Laurent Bodin, dealt with the fate of PSA's Mulhouse assembly plant, which saw the production of the new 2008 model leave for Spain under the now well-known doctrine that French sites should not assemble vehicles from segments A and B, even if they are SUVs.
The other, signed by Bertrand Rakoto, analysed the automobile component of the new free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico and the constraints it imposes on manufacturers to limit competition between high-wage and low-wage countries and relocation to Mexico.
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Voiture électrique : la France manque-t-elle de puissance ?

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20/11/2019
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Tommaso Pardi / Voiture électrique : la France manque-t-elle de puissance ? / Journal de l'Eco / France Culture

Thanks to ageing and deindustrialisation, the Ile de France is painted green

Bernard Jullien is not cheering (source AFP).
The first results in the latest EGT (Enquête Globale Transports = Global Transport Survey) conducted by Île-de-France Mobilités, formerly known as STIF (Syndicat des transports d'Île de France, the state run transportation authority recently devoluted to the region), are now available.
[Expectations were high since the reduction of the car footprint has become the official policy not only of the socialist mayor of Paris Hidalgo but also now to her moderately conservative rival governing the region].
 
They reveal that the region chaired by Valérie Pécresse is where it was expected to be: compared to 2010 (date of the last EGT), the growth in commuting - following that of the population - was expected to be around 7% by 2020 and, to reduce GHG emissions linked to transport by 20%, it was necessary, according to Airparif's calculation, for car and two-wheel motorised travel to fall by 2%.
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PSA-FCA: Sergio's ghost is hovering over the deal

Some in the industry need a haircut

As the exact terms of the deal being negotiated and the reactions of the markets become clearer, the scope of this 50-50 appears a bit different from "parity". Indeed, the financial community is calculating, on the basis of the respective valuations of the two groups before the announcement of the project and the operations that will be carried out before the deal, that we would rather be at 60-40 for the benefit of PSA, and that PSA therefore is agrees for the deal to be made at a significant sacrifice. read more

PSA-FCA : l'ombre de Sergio plane sur l'opération

Some in the industry need a haircut
A mesure que se précisent les termes exacts du deal en cours de négociation et les réactions des marchés, les contours de ce 50-50 paraissent un peu moins "paritaires". En effet, les financiers calculent sur la base des valorisations respectives des deux groupes avant l’annonce du projet et des opérations qui vont être conduites avant le deal que l’on serait plutôt à 60-40 au profit de PSA et que PSA consent donc pour que le deal se fasse à un important sacrifice.
En effet, à la clôture de mercredi soir, la capitalisation de PSA s'élevait à 23,19 milliards d'euros quand celle de FCA s'établissait à 18,22 milliards d'euros. On a appris que, avant la réalisation de l’opération, FCA distribuerait à ses actionnaires un dividende exceptionnel de 5,5 milliards d’euros, ainsi que sa participation dans Comau estimée à 250 millions d'euros.
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Renault : sortir de la politique de l'autruche

La même scène vue autrement

Comme pour marquer sa différence et/ou pour souligner ce qui avait pu l’opposer à Thierry Bolloré, Clotilde Delbos a entamé son intérim à la direction générale du groupe Renault par un "profit warning" : non, le retour à un cash flow positif au second semestre ne permettra pas de compenser le cash flow négatif de 700 millions d’euros du premier; non, le chiffre d’affaires ne sera pas constant mais baissera de 3 à 4% de même que la marge opérationnelle sera plutôt de 5% que de 6% comme annoncé en juillet ; non, le plan 2022 ne vas pas être tenu et il est urgent de le redéfinir pour que chacun sache où il va.
 
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Renault: getting out of the ostrich policy

La même scène vue autrement
As if to mark his difference and/or to highlight what might have opposed her to Thierry Bolloré (Renault's former CEO, recently laid off), Clotilde Delbos (appointed to replace him) began her interim period at the head office of the Renault group with a "profit warning": no, the return to positive cash flow in the second half of the year will not offset the €700 million negative cash flow of the first half; no, revenue will not be constant but will fall by 3 to 4% and the operating margin will be 5% rather than 6% as announced in July; no, the 2022 plan will not be implemented and it is urgent to redefine it so that everyone knows where he is going.
 
She did not just talk to the analysts. She also spoke on Tuesday in a video for employees to tell them that the "Drive the Future" plan had to be taken up again because the market has changed over the past two years and that "unfortunately, the situation did not improve during the summer" and requires that the strategy be adjusted to "get Renault back on track".
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