January 22, 2020 / 5:16 AM / in a month

Hyundai Motor returns to profit in Q4 as SUV sales boost margins

SEOUL, Jan 22 (Reuters) - South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co swung to a fourth-quarter profit from a loss a year earlier, helped by brisk sales of sport-utility vehicles such as its Tucson and Palisade models.

Net profit for October-December came in at 839 billion won ($721 million), missing an average estimate of 998 billion profit from 10 analysts, according to Refinitiv I/B/E/S data.

Its operating profit, however, came in at 1.24 trillion won, outperforming analysts’ average estimate of 1.06 trillion won.

In the same quarter a year earlier, Hyundai booked a 129.8 billion won loss, its first quarterly loss in at least eight years as sales slumped in China. It has since closed one of its five Chinese factories.

($1 = 1,163.69 won)

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Tom Hogue

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