MILAN (Reuters) -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported a slightly lower-than-expected rise of 7 percent in third-quarter operating profit as weaker margins in North America compounded a slowdown in Latin America, but the automaker stuck to its full-year guidance of a 14 percent rise in operating profit, excluding one-off items.
FCA said operating profit in the quarter rose to 926 million euros ($1.18 billion). This compares with a consensus forecast of 940 million euros, based on a survey of eight analysts.
Revenues rose to 23.6 billion euros from 20.7 billion, above an analyst forecast of 22.3 billion euros. Net industrial debt rose higher than expected to 11.4 billion euros at the end of September, up from 9.7 billion at the end of June.
FCA's Milan-listed shares turned negative after the release on Wednesday and were down 4.07 percent at 7.32 euros by 12:38 CET, underperforming a 1 percent fall in Milan's blue-chip index.
In May, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne laid out plans for 55 billion euros ($76.6 billion) in investments at FCA to transform Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Jeep into global brands and more than double profit in the next five years.
Marchionne's goals also include boosting yearly deliveries for the newly merged group 61 percent to 7 million vehicles in 2018. The company forecasts 2018 earnings before interest and taxes of 8.7 billion euros to 9.8 billion euros, up from 3.5 billion euros last year.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report