Apr 27, 2022

Michelin Q1 Report: Sales Up by 19%

In a challenging business environment, sales stood at €6.5 billion in the first three months of 2022, a rise of 19%

During the first three months of the year, existing operational disruptions and inflationary pressures were exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine and the resurgence of Covid-19 in China.

In this context, markets continued to grow over the quarter:

  • Passenger car and Light truck tire markets edged up 2% year-on-year, as growth in Replacement demand offset the operational difficulties faced by automakers,
  • Truck tire markets rose by 4% excluding China, where demand fell 37% year-on-year,
  • Demand trended upwards in all the Specialty tire markets, in an environment constricted by the ability to fulfill customer orders, especially for Mining tires,
  • Growth varied within the quarter, with robust gains in January and February and a sudden cooling in March with the conflict in Ukraine and the rebound in Covid-19 cases in China, as well as the impact of high prior-year comparatives.

Quarterly sales totaled €6,481 million, up 19.0% of which a 3.4% positive currency effect:

  • A sharp 11.9% gain from higher tire prices as the Group pursued its dynamic price management in response to steeply rising energy, logistics and raw material prices,
  • A 1.6% increase from the tire mix effect, led by faster growth in Replacement sales (vs. Original Equipment sales) in the Passenger car and Light truck segments, and the steady enhancement in the product mix,
  • A 0.5% growth in tire volumes, limited by multiple operational disruptions,
  • A 0.8% gain from changes in scope, mainly reflecting the first-time consolidation of Allopneus.com,
  • A strong 11.9% growth in the non-tire businesses.

Guidance maintained

In 2022, in a highly uncertain environment, markets are still expected to see growth yet at the low end of the initially indicated ranges: 0% to 4% in Passenger car and Light truck tires, 3% to 7% in Truck tires (excluding China) and 6% to 10% in the Specialty businesses.

In this scenario, and barring any increase in systemic impacts1, Michelin maintains its guidance, with full-year segment operating income above €3.2 billion at constant exchange rates and structural free cash flow2 of more than €1.2 billion.

First-quarter sales

Sales (in € millions) First-quarter 2022 First-quarter 2021 % change (at current exchange rates)
RS1: Automotive and related distribution 3,254 2,694 +20.8%
RS2: Road transportation and related distribution 1,674 1,388 +20.6%
RS3: Specialty businesses and related distribution 1,553 1,366 +13.7%
Group Total 6,481 5,448 +19.0%

Market Review

  • Passenger car and Light truck tires
First-quarter 2022/2021 (in number of tires) Western & Central Europe* CIS** North & Central America South America China Asia (excluding India & China) Africa/ India/ Middle East Total
Original Equipment


















*Including Turkey **Commonwealth of Independent States

The global Original Equipment and Replacement Passenger car and Light truck tire market ended the first quarter of 2022 up 2% in number of tires sold, reflecting robust growth in the first two months (up 2% in January and 10% in February) followed by a global drop in March (-7%).

  • Original Equipment

Worldwide Original Equipment tire demand declined by 6% over the period, dragged down by the 14% drop in March caused by …

Source: Michelin

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