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PEERS & MARKETS

The main European stock markets were down in the week from the 20th to the 24th of January 2014 (Milan -3.1%, London -2.4%, Frankfurt -3.6%, Paris -3.8%). Investors’ negative sentiment was prompted by the increasingly uncertain outlook of emerging markets. A ~500 million dollar financial instrument linked to the default of a mining company in China will leave investors with no compensation, whereas manufacturing activity in the Asian country is expected to contract in January for the first time in 6 months. In addition, emerging markets currencies are increasing volatile following the reduction in monetary stimulus by the Federal Reserve: the Turkish Lira devaluated by more than 5% over the course of the week (vs the US Dollar, more than 10% devaluation in the last month), the Russian Ruble continues to fall (-5% since the beginning of 2014), and the Argentine Peso dropped by more than 18% over the last 5 days. Within Europe, the Madrid stock exchange (-5.7%) was the most affected due to its exposure to South American economies.

Higher risk aversion in equity markets did not leave the Auto & Parts sector untouched (sector index -4.7% vs benchmark Stoxx 600 -3.3%). Fiat (-1.1% following the finalization of the buyout of 41.46% of Chrysler) and Peugeot (-2.1% thanks to Moody’s positive reaction to the 3 billion euro capital increase) were relative best performers.

Pirelli shares ended the week at 12.24€ (-3.1%) with an average trading volume of 2.1 million shares per day (-17% vs last month average). Tyre markets developed positively in December: sales of car tyres in the replacement channel grew in all main markets globally.
Consensus target price stood at 12.2€ with 83% of analysts advising to Buy or Hold the shares.


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PEERS & MARKETS

The main European stock markets were up in the week from the 13th to the 17th of January, 2014 (Milan +2%, London +1.3%, Frankfurt +2.8%, Paris +1.8%, Madrid +1.7%), on the back of supportive macro data: the World Bank upgraded its global GDP growth expectations for 2014 (+3.2%, previous estimate 3%), and positive news came out of US retail sales (+0.4% in December) as well as industrial production in Europe (+1.8% in November).

Auto & Parts stocks were up strongly (+5% vs Stoxx 600 +1.8%); mass-market OEMs led the gains, as the European car market showed its strongest monthly gain since December 2009 (+13.3% yoy in December, UK +23.4%, Germany +5.4%, Italy +1.4%). Moreover, investor sentiment was supported by positive commentary coming from the Detroit motor show: the European car market should return to moderate growth in 2014 (+3% according to Goldman Sachs).

Pirelli shares closed the week up 7.1% at 12.63€ with an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.
J.P. Morgan confirmed its positive view on the stock (Overweight rating, 13.5€ Target Price): according to the analyst, Pirelli’s operations in Russia will break even in 2014 and the company will increase its retail penetration both in Europe and South America, maintaining a strong pricing power and reaching an Ebit margin of 14.5% in 2015.

Consensus target price stood at 12.2€ with 83% of analysts recommending to Buy or Hold the shares.

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PIRELLI PREMIUM TECHNOLOGY ON DISPLAY AT DETROIT MOTOR SHOW

Some of the most eagerly-anticipated new model launches at the 2014 NAIAS Detroit Motor show are equipped with Pirelli tyres and especially the P Zero product family, catering for the world’s most sophisticated drivers.

Among these is the latest Mustang, iconic car model from US manufacturer Ford, fitted with “all season” tyres designed specifically for the North American market: the P Zero All Season.

As for the Las Vegas motor show in November, Pirelli stands out in Detroit as one of the preferred tyre brands by the world’s top car makers in the Premium and Prestige segment.

Over the last 3 years our portfolio of homologations for the North American market grew 4-fold; among the automakers which chose our tyres as original equipment, besides the top European Premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes, are domestic brands such as Cadillac and Ford.

The importance of the North American market to Pirelli is shown in the recent decision to build a factory in Silao, Mexico, which will mainly supply US-built German cars as well as sporty domestic car models and SUVs.

Pirelli’s growth strategy in the United States is based upon a close collaboration with automakers and, in particular, on the development of All Season products, designed to answer to the specific needs of the local market. The All Season product range includes the P Zero All Season for sporty premium cars, the Cinturato P7 All Season for premium cars and the Scorpion Verde All Season for SUVs. Pirelli’s product range for North America also includes the Cinturato P7 Plus and the Scorpion Verde All Season Plus for the demanding replacement channel.

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