Sogefi: results higher in 2023


Revenues: +5.5% to € 1,627.9 million, (+9.1% at constant exchange rates)

EBIT: +49.2% to € 105.2 million

Net income: +95.4% to € 57.8 million (€ 29.6 million in 2022)

Free Cash Flow positive for € 37.9 million (€ 29.3 million in 2022)

Debt before IFRS 16 reduced to € 200.7 million (€ 224.7 million at end of December 2022)

Milan, 23 February 2024 – The Board of Directors of Sogefi S.p.A., which met today under the chairmanship of Monica Mondardini, has approved the proposed financial statements for 2023 presented by Chief Executive Officer Frédéric Sipahi.

Sogefi, a company of the CIR Group, is one of the main global producers of automotive components in the sectors of Air and Cooling, Suspensions and Filtration.


In the fourth quarter of 2023 world car production rose by 9.1% compared to the fourth quarter of 2022, confirming the positive trend recorded in the first nine months of the year, with growth in all geographical areas except for Mercosur (-3%).

For the whole of 2023 world vehicle production thus reported growth of 9.4% compared to 2022, with a return to the volumes of 2019 before the pandemic crisis (+1.2%).

Performance in 2023 was positive in all geographical areas: +12.5% in Europe, +9.5% in NAFTA, +9.4% in China, +6.3% in India and +3.5% in Mercosur.

However, compared to 2019, while China and India experienced strong growth (+17.2% and +29.5% respectively), production volumes still remained lower in Europe (-13%), in Mercosur (-9.6%) and in NAFTA (-4.1%).

For the year 2024, S&P Global (IHS) forecasts that world production should remain substantially unchanged (-0.5%) from 2023.


The consolidated revenues of the Group were up by 5.5% on 2022 and by 9.1% at constant exchange rates, in line with the increased production volumes (+6.1%) and selling prices (+2.8%).

Results were significantly better than those of 2022:

  • EBITDA, totalling € 221.4 million, rose by +13.5%, with an EBITDA margin of 16.6% thanks to the increase in volumes and the greater contribution margin;
  • EBIT, which came in at € 105.2 million, was up by +49.2%, with an EBIT margin of 6.5% of sales, versus 4.6% in 2022;
  • Net income was € 57.8 million (+95.4% versus € 29.6 million in 2022);
  • Free cash flow was positive for € 37.9 million (€ 29.3 million in 2022);
  • Net debt (before IFRS16) declined to € 200.7 million at 31 December 2023 from € 224.3 million at 31 December 2022.

Commercial activity was positive too, both in terms of the total value of contracts acquired and in terms of mix, with 31% of the value of the new contracts being for E-mobility. Significant new contracts were awarded inNorth America, Europe and China.

The Suspensions division acquired new business in the Chinese market with local operators, in particular signing a contract for the supply of stabilizer bars to an innovative player aspiring to become one of the main producers in the electric car market in China. The division also obtained various contracts in Europe, particularly for the supply of stabilizer bars for top-of-the-range electric SUVs and for the supply of coil springs for E-mobility platforms. The contracts for E-mobility account for 45% of the value of the new contracts obtained during the year.

The Air and Cooling division has been continuing to develop in China, with the acquisition of various orders from BYD including one for the supply of air manifolds for a Plug-in-Hybrid platform and a contract for the supply of oil manifolds used in electric cars to lubricate the inside of the gearbox. These parts, which were traditionally made of metal, are offered by Sogefi in plastic which makes it possible to reduce weight and optimize design and cost. Important contracts were also signed in North America and these will enable the Group to increase its market share in this area, especially for the supply of thermal management and cooling products for E-mobility platforms.In Europe the main orders were for thermostat units for E-mobility and intake manifolds for thermal management. 27% of the value of the new contracts obtained by the Air and Cooling division in 2023 was for components for E-mobility platforms.

The Filtration division reached important agreements in Europe for both the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and the IAM (Independent After Market) channels: it obtained new contracts for the supply of filters for truck brake circuits and signed a three-year exclusivity agreement with one of the principal market leaders in the distribution of automotive components through the Aftermarket channel. Development has also been continuing in India with a gradual increase in market share. Lastly, the company obtained new contracts for the supply of air-purification filters representing around 15% of the total value.


Revenues for 2023 came in at € 1,627.9 million, posting a rise of 5.5% at current exchange rates and of 9.1% at constant exchange rates compared to 2022.

The growth in revenues reflects the very positive performance reported in Europe (+10%), in North America (+ 6.0% and +10.5% at constant exchange rates) and in India (+7.1% and +15.6% at constant exchange rates); in the remaining areas volumes were substantially stable but revenues were negatively affected by exchange rate movements (- 7.1% in China, +0.5% at constant exchange rates, and -21.7% in South America, -2.2% at constant exchange rates net of inflation in Argentina).

Suspensions reported a 4.8% increase in revenues (+9.5% at constant exchange rates) with significant growth particularly in India and Europe.

Air and Cooling recorded a rise of 5.0% (+8.9% at constant exchange rates), with particularly significant growth in NAFTA (+12.4% at constant exchange rates).

Filtration reported a rise in revenues of 7.1% (+9.3% at constant exchange rates), with strong growth in the Aftermarket channel (+10.5%) and in India.

EBITDA came in at € 221.4 million, posting growth of 13.5% on 2022 (€ 195.1 million). The EBITDA marginrose from 12.6% in 2022 to 13.6% in 2023.

The contribution margin was 12.8% greater than in 2022, thanks to the higher volumes and to the profit margin (ratio in percentage terms of contribution margin to revenues) which rose from 27.4% in 2022 to 29.3% in 2023.

The impact of fixed costs on revenues was 14.6%, substantially unchanged from 2022 (14.3%).

Other charges, which mainly include exchange rate differences, made a negative contribution to EBITDA of € 10.4 million versus a positive contribution of € 0.8 million in 2022.   

EBIT came to € 105.2 million and was up by 49.2% from € 70.5 million in 2022. The ratio to revenues rose from 4.6% in 2022 to 6.5% in 2023. 

The Group reported consolidated net income from operating activities of € 67.7 million, versus € 32.6 million in the previous year.

In October 2023 the Suspensions business in Mexico was sold, giving rise to a net loss for “discontinued operations and operations held for sale” of € 6.7 million (€ -1.4 million in 2022) which includes the net result of operations for the period until October and the capital loss posted.

The group reported net income of € 57.8 million, up from € 29.6 million in the previous year.

Free Cash Flow was a positive € 37.9 million, higher than in 2022 (€ 29.3 million).

At 31 December 2023 shareholders’ equity, excluding minority interests, stood at € 272.9 million, compared to € 230.7 million at 31 December 2022. The increase reflects the net result for the year, the exchange rate differences (negative) from currency conversion, the fair value of the instruments hedging cash flows as well as other changes.

Net financial debt before IFRS16 totalled € 200.7 million at 31 December 2023, down from € 224.3 million at 31 December 2022. Including financial payables for rights of use, in accordance with IFRS 16, the net financial debt at 31 December 2023 amounted to € 266.1 million, versus € 294.9 million at 31 December 2022.

At 31 December 2023 the Group had committed credit lines in excess of its requirements of € 242 million.


In the fourth quarter of 2023, Sogefi reported revenues of € 375.3 million, down by 2.4% on the same period of 2022; at constant exchange rates the group reported growth of 4.1% thanks to the higher production volumes (+2.9%) and to the adjustment of selling prices.

EBITDA came to € 47.5 million, 12.7% of revenues, compared to € 43.5 million (11.3%) in the fourth quarter of 2022, thanks to the higher contribution margin which rose from 26.5% to 31.1%.

EBIT was a positive € 16.0 million versus € 6.6 million in fourth quarter 2022.

The consolidated net result for the fourth quarter of 2023 was a positive € 12 million after a negative result of € 3.4 million in the same period of the previous year.


A put option agreement in Sogefi’s favour has been signed for the sale of the Filtration division to the US investment fund Pacific Avenue

Today the company has signed a put option agreement with the US investment fund Pacific Avenue, pursuant to which Carta Acquisition France S.A.S. (“Carta France”) and Carta Acquisition U.S., Inc. (“Carta US”), acquisition vehicles that refer to the fund, have unilaterally, unconditionally and irrevocably undertaken to buy – in the event that Sogefi should exercise the put option – the entire share capital of Sogefi Filtration S.A. and Sogefi USA Inc, respectively. The filtration division will operate under the name of Purflux Group in the event of the transaction being completed.

As per the terms of the put option agreement, Sogefi has granted Carta US and Carta France a six-month period of exclusivity to complete the transaction.

Exercise of the put option by Sogefi and the signing of the purchase and sale agreement relating to the described sale of the Filtration division (the “Transaction”) may take place only once the consultation procedure with the trade union representatives, required by French law, has taken place.

The deal is in any case subject to obtaining FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) authorization in Slovenia and antitrust authorization in Morocco.

Subject to exercise of the put option by Sogefi, the Transaction should be finalized within six months of today’s date.

Exercise of the put option by Sogefi will be disclosed in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

For the conditions of the Transaction see the press release issued at the same time as this one.   


Visibility as to the trend of the automotive market in 2024 remains low due to uncertainty as to the evolution of the macroeconomic and geopolitical scenarios. S&P Global (IHS) expects that, after the growth reported in 2023, world car production will remain substantially stable (-0.5%), with Europe declining by 1.9%, China in line with 2023 and higher margins in the other geographical areas.

As far as commodity and energy prices are concerned, the early months of 2024 have confirmed a certain stability, already seen in the second half of 2023, but prices remain exposed to the risk of volatility caused by geopolitical tensions. The pressure of inflation on labour costs also remains a source of tension in certain geographical areas.  

In this scenario the Group is constantly monitoring performance in the various geographical areas and seeking fair agreements with all of its customers with regard to selling prices.

In the absence of any factors causing the deterioration of the macroeconomic scenario compared to today, for 2024 it is expected – for all of the three divisions currently comprising the group – that there will be single-digit revenue growth, higher than that forecast for the automotive market, and operating profitability, excluding non-recurring charges, at least in line with that reported for the year 2023.

In the event of deconsolidation of the Filtration division from the perimeter of the consolidated businesses (Suspensions and Air & Cooling), the same evolution of revenues as that described above is to be expected, with an increase in operating profitability and a positive net result.


In view of the result for the year and the financial solidity of the Group, the Board of Directors will propose that the Ordinary General Meeting of the Shareholders, convened at the first call for 22 April 2024, allocate the net result resulting from the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2023, totalling Euro 6,735,288.96, to a dividend distribution of Euro 0.20 for each of the shares in circulation, giving a total amount of Euro 23,730,484, of which Euro 16,995,195.04 will be withdrawn from the “Retained Earnings Reserve” while the amount of Euro 6,735,288.96 will be the net income for the year 2023.

The dividend will be paid out as from 8 May 2024 after coupon detachment on 6 May 2024 and record date on 7 May 2024.


The Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders of Sogefi has been called for 22 April 2024 at the first call and for 23 April 2024 at the second call.

The full text of the proposed resolutions and the reports of the Board of Directors on the items on the Agenda, together with all the relevant documentation, will be available, within the time frames required by law, at the registered office, on the authorized storage mechanism eMarket Storage ( and on the Company’s website (section Shareholders/Shareholder Meetings).