May. 2, 2012 (China Knowledge) - Guangzhou
Automobile Group Co Ltd<600991
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The Chinese automaker attributed the profit decrease mainly to increased operating costs and lower investment income.
During the period from January to March 2012, Guangzhou
Automobile's operating revenue also decreased 10.38% from a year earlier to RMB 2.43 billion. Earnings per share were RMB 0.15, down 34.78% year on year.
The company had RMB 51.78 billion in total assets as of Mar. 31, 2012, whereas it had RMB 44.34 billion at the end of last year, representing an increase of 16.79%.
On Mar. 29, Guangzhou
Automobile merged with Shanghai-listed
GAC Changfeng Motor by issuing A shares to list on the Shanghai Stock Exchange
In addition, Guangzhou
Automobile is in the process of launching a joint venture with Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi Motors, sources reported.