Hyundai Motor Expects Solid Revenue Growth This Year

SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co on Thursday reported a tripling in fourth-quarter profit on strong demand for its high-margin sport-utility vehicles and a weak won.

Hyundai Motor reported a net profit of 1.7 trillion won ($1.4 billion) for the October-December period versus a profit of 547 billion won a year earlier, when the automaker booked some one-off costs.

That compared with a Refinitiv SmartEstimate for fourth-quarter profit at 2.5 trillion won drawn from 18 analysts.

Like many other automakers, Hyundai benefited from the tight supply of new vehicles last year which have kept retail prices high.

But high inflation and slowing global economic growth have dampened outlook for consumer demand this year, prompting several car makers to slash vehicle prices.

Shares in Hyundai Motor rose on Thursday to be up 4.4% in afternoon trade. That compares with a 1.2% increase in the benchmark KOSPI.

($1 = 1,230.8600 won)

(Reporting by Heekyong Yang and Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)