PARIS — Michelin reported on Tuesday a 7.4% rise in net profit in 2012 with a boost from capital gains but was cautious about this year while holding medium-term targets.
The group reported a rise in net profit from the 2011 level to 1.6 billion euros (US $2.14 billion) and said that operating profit before non-recurrent items surged 25% to 2.4 billion euros.
But the price of shares in the company fell 3.73% in early trading to 69.99 euros, marking the biggest fall on the CAC 40 index which was down overall by 0.23%.
In the last 12 months, the share has risen by about 30%.
At Global Equities, trader Xavier de Villepion commented that "this good news is behind us and has been factored in by the market for a long time."
He said that the outlook for this year looked far more uncertain, and this was a concern to investors.
The group said that the outcome for 2012 reflected effective pricing, the strength of a global presence and a limited impact from the price of raw materials.
Sales rose by 3.6% to 21.5 billion euros but the volume of business fell by 6.4% because demand remained sluggish in the second half of the year, Michelin said.
The group said it expected to pay a dividend of 2.40 euros per share for 2012.
The company was cautious about the outlook for this year. It said it was aiming for stable sales volumes, a stable operating profit before non-recurrent items and at current exchange rates, and positive cash flow.
The group stood by its outlook for 2015 of an operating profit of 2.9 billion euros.
Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013