Ferrari Marketiing:On a roll before the pandemic. Any opinions?

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  1. bitzman

    bitzman F1 Rookie

    Feb 15, 2008
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    I was going to write n article on how great Ferrari was doing but the pandemic makes much of the old plan obsolete. Still I am curious as to F-chatters' opinions on what made Ferrari so profitable pre-pandemic...

    The Secret of Ferrari Profitability (pre-pandemic)

    Theoretically, car companies are in busness to make a profit. Yet some car companies persist despite losing money year after year (Tesla). But I'm here to talk about Ferrari, whose proitability is rarely put under a microscope. Turns out that (pre virus) it made more money on each car sold than any other automaker. Now how could they do tht with so few cars produced? The answer accoding to an article posted on in August 2018 by Anthony Karr (writing for Boerse-Expert, an investment site) is high markups.

    Karr was quoting a study by Duisberg (Germany)economics professor Ferdinand Dudenhoffer, who says that large production numbers don't guaratee high profitability .In his study Profesor Dudenhoffer, revealed that Ferrari was the most profitable brand in the automotive industry for the first six months of the year 2017. He says they posted an operating profit of €69,000, or approximately $80,000 ,on every new car sold. Contrast that, the Professor wrote, with Jaguar Land Rover who net just €800 ($927) per car.

    The only company that came close to Ferrari in profit per vehicle in the professor's study was Porsche, who were making almost twice as much profit per car as rivals from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi. The Professor said Porsche has an operating profit of roughly €17,000 ($19,715) per vehicle sold versus about €9,000 ($10,500) repoted bt its rivals in Germany, MB, BMW and Audi,
    Even Maserai makes a small profit, only about €5,000 ($5,800) per car.

    One surprise in his study was that Bentley was losing a huge amount per car sold--about €17,000 ($19,715) because the automaker is investing heavily into electric car development. The professor explained that Tesla invests so much money n future technology they too lose a lot per car sold--about €11,000 ($12,757) for each new car sold.The professor was not granted access to financial results from Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini. In March 2017, Bloomberg reported that Ferrari has a net of almost $90,000 per vehicle, while Porsche nets almost $17,000.

    In another article publshed more recently (Feb, 6, 2020) by Motley Fool, John Roseyear of TMF Marlowe, reported that "Italian supercar maker Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) said that continued high demand for its latest models drove a 12% increase in its fourth-quarter operating profit from a year ago, enough to push its full-year result slightly above its guidance range."
    Now this was all before the virus but even then Roseyear was concerned about slowing sales growth in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

    Roseyear said that Ferrari's "net industrial debt," or debt in excess of its cash balance and receivables, totaled 337 million euros at the end of 2019, down from 370 million euros at the end of 2018.

    Roseyear broke down Ferrari's marketing strategy which is to offer a three tiered choice of cars.

    • regular production models (meaning that anyone can order one) with 8-cylinder engines;
    • regular production models with 12-cylinder engines;
    • limited-edition models sold only to favored clients by invitation.
    The 12-cylinder Ferraris, reports Roseyear, are higher-priced and more profitable than their 8-cylinder counterparts, but sell in lower volumes. (The limited editions, with price tags in seven figures, are the most profitable of all.)

    Roseyear quoted one of the moneymakers introduced was the personalization program that allows buyers to choose from a wide range of colors and interior trims, at a substantial extra cost. "Those gains were partially offset by higher research and development costs, the costs of launching new models, and fewer shipments of limited-edition models versus 2018," he said.

    He noted thse sales gains by Ferrari:

    -Sales of 8-cylinder models rose 11.2%, driven by "robust" demand for the Portofino, a four-seat convertible.

    -Sales of 12-cylinder models rose 4.6% from 2018, driven by continued high demand for the top-of-the-range 812 Superfast.

    Roseyear said 8-cylinder production models account for over three quarters, 76%, of Ferrari's 2019 shipments; the remainder either 12-cylinder production models, plus a few limited-edition cars.

    Again pre-pandemic, he reported gains in Asia, sales up 20.3% in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; up almost 16% in Europe; but were down 3.3% in North America.

    Roseyear points out Ferrari began the year 2019 with hgh hopes, introducing no less than five new models, a lot for such a small company. Four of those models were to begin shipping in mid-2020; with a fifth, the new 8-cylinder Roma, planned for the fourth quarter. How much the pandemic is affecting these plans isn't known as his research was pre-pandemic.

    So it's difficult to draw any conclusions long range because the virus may be eviserating the market. But one thing other luxury car mkers could think about, when there is a cure for the vuus and all businesses are open again, is offering more exclusive models and more personalization, both proven moneymakers for Ferrari.
    Sometimes Ferrri went a little too far on tryng to enforce exclusivity, as exemplified by the denying of a limited edition model --an Aperta, one of 200 made--to a Los Angeles Ferrari collector jeweler David Lee back in 2017 because he didn't own exclusive enough prior models among his $50 millon Ferrari collection. With the pndemic, it's doubtful that such barriers can be erected.
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  3. BJK

    BJK Formula 3

    Jul 18, 2014
    the profit margin on options. ($4,000. for Apple CarPlay o_O ) People routinely add 25% of the base cars cost in options.
  4. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Yes, and the platforms can use a massive % of the same components. There are only a few engine choices in different configurations. Brakes, transmissions, electronics, switchgear, etc. I assume is nearly standardized across the lineup.
  5. topcarbon

    topcarbon Formula 3

    Nov 3, 2006
    people like horses more than they like bulls.
  6. MotorMouth

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    As far as marketing goes, I think the “tailor made” slogan is incredibly lame. Sounds overly patronizing and not at all relevant to motor sports, performance, heritage, etc. honestly I think being “most profitable “ is bad advertisement in itself.
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  8. 19633500GT

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    Yet people sign up and will buy a car they don't want, to get into line for the one they do...It's incredible to me. I agree with you though, imagine your financial advisor told you "Hey man, I'm making 5% of my yearly nut on commissions off you". In January you'd be ecstatic, in March you'd be crying, now holding depreciating assets (nose-diving stocks), well, $94K in profit came, and you drove it off the lot, and now your 812SF is worth...X? I don't get it.
  9. MotorMouth

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    could be proof that the marketing doesn’t really matter in this case, as long as the product is good. If your in the market for a new Ferrari, where else are ya gonna go? There’s not much competition. For the 12 cylinder cars there’s really no competition. AM maybe, not really though.

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