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Global Passenger Car Sales to Plunge by $440B in 2020, Entire Market to Drop by 10% in 2021



The COVID-19 pandemic hit the automotive industry hard, causing supply chain disruptions, factory closures, and huge sales and revenue drops.

According to data presented by StockApps, global passenger car sales is expected to plunge by $440bn in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The downsizing trend is set to continue next year, with revenues falling by 10% YoY in 2021.

Revenues to Continue Falling in the Next Two Years

Even before the pandemic, the car industry was already coping with a downshift in global demand. In 2016, global car sales revenue, including passenger cars, sports cars, SUVs, and MPVs, hit $2.26trn, revealed Statista data. In the next twelve months, this figure slightly increased to $2.27trn.

Statistics show that in 2019, global passenger car sales revenues amounted to $2.29trn. Small SUVs sales, as the largest revenue stream, generated almost 30% of that value or $647bn. Large SUVs and large cars segments followed with $362bn and $275bn in revenue, respectively.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a huge hit, with total car sales revenues falling by almost 20% year-over-year to $1.85trn in 2020. Statista data revealed that revenues in the large cars segment are expected to drop by 25% YoY to $233bn. Large SUV sales are set to witness a 24% cut this year, with revenues falling to $275bn in 2020. Small SUVs follow with a 20% drop and $525bn in revenue.

Analyzed by carmakers, Toyota represented the market leader with a 10.6% market share in 2020. Volkswagen ranked second with a 7.4% market share. Nissan, Ford, and Hyundai follow, with a 6.6%, 6.2%, and 5.6% share, respectively.

Statistics show the downsizing trend is set to continue in 2021, with global passenger car sales revenues falling to $1.65trn. In 2022, this figure is expected to decrease by another 6% to $1.55trn.

Three Largest Markets Lost $231.5B in Revenue Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Statista data also revealed that all of the leading car markets are expected to witness a two-digit revenue drop this year. As the largest market globally, the car sales revenue in the United States is forecast to fall by almost 18% YoY to $507bn in 2020. This figure is expected to plunge to $385bn in the next two years, nearly 40% less than in 2019.

China ranked as the second-largest market globally with $452bn in revenue in 2020, an 18% fall year-over-year. By 2022, total car sales revenues in China are set to drop to $405bn.

As the third-largest market, Japan witnessed an almost 19% YoY drop, with passenger car sales revenues falling to $92bn in 2020. Germany follows with $86.5bn in revenue, 17% less than in 2019.

The Statista data show the three leading markets lost $231.5bn in car sales revenues in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Flour Mills of Nigeria Repays N51.64 Billion Series 2 Commercial Paper



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Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN) has successfully repaid its N51.64 billion Series 2 Commercial Paper as revealed in a statement issued by the company.

This follows the earlier repayment of its N13.33 billion Series 1 Commercial Paper in August 2023.

Both the Series 1 and Series 2 Commercial Papers, totaling N64.97 billion, were initially issued on February 22, 2023, under FMN’s N200 billion Commercial Paper Programme.

The Series 1, with a yield of 13.0%, raised N13.3 billion, while the Series 2, with a yield of 14.0%, raised N51.64 billion.

FMN had launched its N200 billion Commercial Paper Programme on February 10, 2023, reflecting the company’s strategic financial planning.

The Group Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Anders Kristiansson, expressed satisfaction with the timely and successful repayment of the Series 2 Commercial Paper.

He emphasized FMN’s commitment to financial prudence and acknowledged the confidence placed in the organization by the investing public.

Kristiansson expressed gratitude to stakeholders for their continuous support, reiterating FMN’s dedication to delivering sustainable value and upholding the highest standards of corporate governance.

In addition to the successful repayment, FMN tapped into the market for its Series 3 Commercial Paper in June 2023, with subscriptions from banks and Pension Fund Administrators, contributing 39.7% and 40.8%, respectively.

The transaction was managed by FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited as the Lead Arranger, with ChapelHill Denham Advisory Limited, FCMB Capital Limited, and United Capital PLC serving as Joint Arrangers.

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African Airlines Projected to Cut Losses to $400m in 2024, Says IATA



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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecasted a reduction in losses for Nigerian and other African airlines from $500 million in 2023 to $400 million in 2024.

The Switzerland-based IATA made this projection while presenting the global airline industry outlook in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.

IATA’s Director-General, Willie Walsh, shared the outlook, stating that global airlines are expected to generate approximately $964 billion in revenue in the coming year.

The report indicated that airline industry net profits are anticipated to reach $25.7 billion in 2024, reflecting a slight improvement over the projected $23.3 billion net profit for 2023.

Despite the challenges faced by the aviation industry in recent years, IATA sees the $25.7 billion net profit in 2024 as a testament to aviation’s resilience.

Walsh acknowledged the impressive speed of recovery but emphasized that the net profit margin of 2.7% remains below industry expectations.

IATA estimates that around 4.7 billion people will travel in 2024, surpassing the pre-pandemic level of 4.5 billion recorded in 2019.

However, Walsh highlighted ongoing challenges, including regulatory burdens, fragmentation, high infrastructure costs, and a supply chain populated with uncertainties.

He emphasized the need for the industry to build a resilient future, given its significant contribution to global GDP and livelihoods.

Fuel prices are expected to average $113.8 per barrel in 2024, accounting for 31% of all operating costs, totaling $281 billion.

Walsh concluded by expressing optimism about more normal growth patterns for both passenger and cargo in the post-pandemic era.

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SpaceX Explores $175 Billion Valuation in Insider Share Sale Talks



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Elon Musk’s SpaceX is reportedly in discussions about initiating a tender offer that values the aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company at $175 billion or more.

According to insiders familiar with the matter, the most valuable US startup is contemplating a tender offer ranging between $500 million and $750 million.

Sources suggest that SpaceX is evaluating the possibility of offering shares at approximately $95 per share, with the terms and size of the tender offer subject to change based on the level of interest from potential insider sellers and buyers.

If the $175 billion valuation is realized, it would mark a notable increase from the $150 billion valuation obtained through a tender offer earlier this summer.

This elevated valuation would position SpaceX among the world’s 75 largest companies by market capitalization, comparable to industry giants such as T-Mobile USA Inc., Nike Inc., and China Mobile.

SpaceX, known formally as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., dominates the commercial space launch services market with its Falcon rockets and operates the Starlink service, which provides internet from space via a growing constellation of satellites in low-Earth orbit.

With anticipated revenues of about $9 billion in 2023, projected to rise to approximately $15 billion in 2024, SpaceX’s strategic moves, including a potential initial public offering for Starlink, underscore the company’s ambitious plans and strong market position.

Representatives for SpaceX have not yet responded to requests for comment on these recent developments.

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