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Ford Profits Slump in Third Quarter

Automaker still on track for most profitable year ever.

by on Oct.27, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields described the company's outlook for the industry for this year as "realistic."

Ford Motor Co., whose executives predicted that the auto industry was facing challenges, saw its net income drop by 47% to $1.08 billion during the third quarter.

The third quarter is generally regarded as the toughest for automakers because they have to absorb the high cost of models change over. However, rival automakers, such as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Daimler AG, have already reported their earnings increased during the third quarter.

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“This quarter we delivered key elements of our growth plan by fortifying our core business, with the launch of the all-new Super Duty pickup, transforming Lincoln with the new Continental and investing in emerging opportunities with the acquisition of the Chariot crowd sourced shuttle service. Importantly, we remain on track to deliver one of our best profit years ever,” noted Mark Fields, Ford’s chief executive officer. (more…)

Ford Posts Lower Than Expected Q2 Profit

Despite missing analyst estimates, company sets new record.

by on Jul.28, 2016

Ford Motor Co.'s second-quarter profits fell short of analyst estimates at $2 billion.

Ford Motor Co. second-quarter profits came in below expectations, as the company’s operations in South America lost money and Ford Credit’s profits fell due to a decline in the value of off-lease used cars sold at auction during the quarter.

Overall, Ford reported net income $2 billion in the second quarter, which was down $190 million from a year ago. Additionally, total company adjusted pre-tax profit of $3 billion in the second quarter, typically the industry’s most profitable, was down $293 million while earnings per share were 49 cents per share – down 5 cents per share from a year ago.

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The results fell short of analyst consensus estimates of 60 cents per share; however, company revenue was up by $2.2 billion to $39.5 billion, exceeding analyst estimates of $36.1 billion. (more…)

Ford Posts Profit, Operating Margin Records

“Essentially everything has improved,” says CFO Shanks.

by on Apr.28, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields has been trying to shift Ford to focus on broader "mobility" opportunities.

Ford handily outperformed expectations as it delivered record net profits and operating income for the first quarter of the year on Thursday.

Net income jumped 113% to $2.45 billion for the January-to-March quarter, or 61 cents a diluted share. A year ago, Ford’s net totaled $1.3 billion, or 29 cents a share. Excluding one-time items, Ford earned 68 cents a share compared to a Wall Street forecast averaging 48 cents.

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“Essentially everything has improved,” said Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks, who also said Ford expects 2016 overall to meet or exceed the company’s strong performance last year.

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GM, Ford Insist They Will Remain Profitable in Deep Recession

Taking a “forward lean” into a “downside scenario.”

by on Mar.28, 2016

GM's Alan Batey introducing the 2017 Chevy Bolt.

Seven years after Detroit’s auto industry nearly collapsed, officials at the two largest domestic makers are taking pains to assure investors they will not only survive but thrive during the next big economic downturn.

Fears that the U.S. car market has peaked after hitting record sales of 17.5 million vehicles last year has made Wall Street increasingly wary, driving down the share prices for all the domestic makers, even as they report strong profits. But two top General Motors and Ford executives painted very different pictures for investors as the New York Auto Show opened to strong public attendance.

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“We believe the market is eventually going to plateau, but not in the immediate future,” declared Alan Batey, president of GM North America, during the annual Automotive Summit sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. And even if sales do take a tumble, he stressed, “We have reduced our break-even point to between 10 million and 11 million annual sales for the industry.”

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Ford Expects Record Profits; GM Sees Own Earnings Growth

Makers increase returns to shareholders; GM boosts stock buyback program.

by on Jan.13, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields showing off a new piece of technology at CES last week.

Investors take notice: while the stock market hasn’t been kind to the auto industry in recent weeks – or just about anyone else, for that matter – Detroit’s two largest carmakers are making some upbeat projections for 2016 that could make nervous shareholders happy.

Ford Motor Co. now expects to close the books on 2015 with a record pre-tax profit, with 2016 numbers to be “equal to or higher.” And GM is boosting its own earnings outlook for 2016. Both companies now plan to up their cash payouts to shareholders, while GM is expanding its ongoing stock buyback program.

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“This pattern of strong returns gives us a great platform to build on as we enter the year with a focus on strengthening our core business and engaging aggressively in emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility,” said Ford CEO Mark Fields, in a statement detailing Ford’s forecast.

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Ford Finds Way to Boost Bottom Line by $1.5 Billion

Ford Europe now shows black ink after a decade in the red.

by on Jan.07, 2016

Ford's earnings may look better but its stock prices continues to slide.

In a move that will give the company’s bottom line an immediate, $1.5 billion boost, Ford Motor Company is changing its method for reporting pension and other post-retirement employee benefits.

The change will provide a clearer view of Ford’s operating performance and segment results, according to Bob Shanks, the maker’s chief financial officer. In addition, Ford’s 2015 pre-tax profit, excluding special items, is now expected to increase to somewhere between $10 billion and $11 billion when the company issues its yearly financial statement late this month.

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Ford retrospectively applied this change and revised prior quarterly results. For the first nine months of 2015, the maker now says it made $8.2 billion, compared to the originally reported $7 billion in net earnings. The changes were felt in a number of regions, perhaps most significantly in Europe which has been struggling to get back into the black for a decade. Instead of another loss for the first three quarters, Ford now says it earned $128 million there.

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Ford Earnings Up 128% But Miss Wall Street Target

Investors wary despite strong numbers.

by on Oct.27, 2015

Ford's F-150 proved the heavy lifter, helping drive a triple-digit jump in Q3 net earnings.

(The story has been updated to revise the increase in pre-tax earnings.)

Ford Motor Co., riding high on North American demand for pickups and SUVs, saw pre-tax third-quarter profits more than double – but the maker nonetheless disappointed Wall Street by falling short of analysts’ expectations for even more.

Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford earned $2.7 billion before taxes, and 128% year-over-year increase. But net earnings were up an even more dramatic 129%, to $1.9 billion, or 48 cents per share compared with 27 cents during the third quarter of 2014.

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“We’re on a really, really strong track,” declared Bob Shanks, Ford’s Chief Financial Officer. (more…)

Ford Motor Co. Sets Records, Beats Earnings Forecasts

Few clouds on the immediate horizon.

by on Jul.28, 2015

Ford hopes to drive revenues even higher with the new Limited version of its F-150 pickup.

Just about any way you look at it, the second quarter was a good one for Ford Motor Co., the second-largest domestic automaker not only handily beating Wall Street analysts’ forecasts but delivering record numbers in North America and Asia/Pacific.

Even Europe came close to breaking even after years of heavy losses, noted Ford President and CEO Mark Fields. All told, the maker delivered net income of $1.9 billion per share, a 44% or $544 million year-over-year rise. On a per-share basis, Ford made 47 cents. That was up seven cents per share compared to the second-quarter of 2014 – and 10 cents more than the Wall Street consensus forecast.

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“We delivered an outstanding second quarter, a great first half of 2015, and we are confident the second half of the year will be even stronger,” declared Fields in a prepared statement accompanying the earnings report. “The entire Ford team is focused on accelerating our One Ford plan, delivering product excellence and driving innovation in every part of our business.”

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Ford Sales, Earnings Fall Short for First Quarter

Detroit maker hurt by problems in Europe, slow U.S. rollout of F-150.

by on Apr.28, 2015

Ford CEO Mark Fields remains optimistic about the maker's expectations for all of 2015.

(This story has been updated with additional details on Ford’s Q1 earnings and full-year forecast.)

Hurt by weak sales in Europe, the slow ramp-up of its new F-150 pickup at home, as well as the strong dollars, Ford Motor Co. delivered a weaker-than-expected showing for the first quarter of 2015, earnings off 6.5%, to $924 million.

That worked out to just 23 cents a share, the Detroit maker reported, down from 25 cents a year ago. The consensus estimate on Wall Street was 26 cents per share, according to both Fact Set and Thomson Reuters. Revenues also fell short, at $31.8 billion, down from $33.9 billion a year ago.

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Nonetheless, CEO Mark Fields declared that 2015 will be a “breakthrough year,” adding in a statement that the first quarter, a good start to a year in which our results will grow progressively stronger as the new products we have been launching start to pay off.”

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Ford Profit Sharing Checks Drop to Average of $6,900

Last year’s payout was a record $8,800.

by on Jan.29, 2015

Ford's hourly workforce will see their profit-sharing checks drop by nearly $2,000 this year.

Ford Motor Co. will continue to face major challenges in the first half of 2015, but the company’s executives expect better results for the full year after a disappointing 2014.

The company’s results fell in line with earlier guidance, but the net income of $3.2 billion for 2014 is down $4 billion from last year. The obvious hit resulting from the lower profits? Profit sharing checks for the company’s more than 50,000 hourly employees in the U.S.

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They are expected to collect an average of $6,900, which is nearly $2,000 less than last year’s record payout of $8,800 to 47,000 workers. That said, it’s an improvement over 2005 through 2008 when no profit sharing checks were issued. (more…)