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Slowing Sales Fail to Damper GM as Earnings Set Record

Q3 numbers suggest focus on retail market is paying off.

by on Oct.25, 2016

GM CEO Mary Barra: "Determin(ed) to deliver earnings and enhance shareholder value."

(This story has been updated to reflect comments made by GM officials during an earnings conference call.)

General Motors earnings more than doubled during the third quarter to a record $2.77 billion, or $1.76 a share, despite slowing demand in the U.S. market.

But the maker says it benefited from a shift in focus away from low-profit fleet sales to the more lucrative retail market, as well as a rebound in the Chinese automotive market.

Earnings News!

The Detroit maker handily outperformed Wall Street’s expectations. Excluding a one-time gain, GM earned $1.72 a share for the quarter compared with a consensus forecast of $1.46. In a statement, the automaker credited “robust retail sales in the United States, strong performance in China, growth in wholesale volume and effective cost performance.”

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GM Q2 Earnings More Than Double Even as Sales Slip

Globe’s 3rd-largest automaker ups full-year forecast.

by on Jul.21, 2016

GM has been rushing out an assortment of new models, including a remake of the Chevy Malibu.

General Motors saw its second-quarter profit more than double, reaching a record $2.87 billion, the maker announced on Thursday, handily beating Wall Street expectations.

The surge came despite the fact that GM has seen sales slip in recent months – even while the overall U.S. car market continues to grow. The results appear to validate the strategy of trimming back on lower-profit rental and other fleet sales in favor of growing the retail side of the sales ledger.

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“This was an outstanding quarter for GM,” said Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Our results were generated by strong retail sales in the U.S., record sales in China and a continued emphasis on improving the performance of our operations worldwide. We’ll continue to focus on driving profitable growth and leveraging our technical expertise to lead in the future of personal mobility.”

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Despite Diesel Dilemma, VW Snatches Global Sales Lead from Toyota

Toyota loses momentum due to production snags.

by on Apr.27, 2016

Despite some serious problems, VW could retain the sales lead during the second quarter.

It’s had to suspend sales of its popular diesels in the U.S. market, and it’s already taken an $18 billion hit in the wake of its ongoing diesel emissions scandal, but not all is doom-and-gloom for Volkswagen AG.

The embattled automaker can celebrate the fact that it surged into the global sales lead for the first quarter of 2016, narrowly squeaking by Japanese giant Toyota which has had its own problems in recent months. General Motors continued to hold down the third spot in the global sales sweepstakes.

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Whether VW can hold the lead for the rest of the year is far from certain. It was, in fact, the top-seller for the first half of 2016, only to slip behind Toyota once again as the diesel disaster began to take its toll. But wildcard factors have a way of upsetting the industry’s apple cart, and Toyota is currently dealing with problems that will likely scuttle its chances of regaining the sales crown for at least another quarter.

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GM Reports $2B in First-Quarter Earnings

North America drives results, but Europe posts break-even results.

by on Apr.21, 2016

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said the company's first-quarter earnings show the maker is "growing where it counts."

General Motors Co. reported first-quarter net income of $2 billion, or $1.24 per share, compared with $900 million, or 56 cents per share, a year ago despite losing money in recession-scarred South America, and breaking even in its European operations during the first three months of 2016.

“We’re growing where it counts, gaining retail share in the U.S., outpacing the industry in Europe and capitalizing on robust growth in SUV and luxury segments in China,” said Chairman and CEO Mary Barra in a statement.

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Overall, GM’s earnings per share after adjustment for special items was a first-quarter record at $1.26, up 47% compared with the first quarter of 2015. GM also beat analysts’ estimates and kept in place its guidance calling for larger full-year profits this year than in 2015. (more…)

GM Reports $9.7 Billion Profit for 2015

Sales in North America and China lead maker to profitability.

by on Feb.03, 2016

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said the company was positioned for long-term success.

Despite continuing losses in Europe and South America, General Motors posted a record profit of $9.7 billion, or $5.91 per share, for 2015 with much of that coming on a $6.3 billion, or $3.92 per share, fourth quarter.

Earnings per share adjusted for special items during the fourth quarter was $1.39, up 17% compared to $1.19 per share for the fourth quarter of 2014. GM had earned  $1.1 billion, or 66 cents per share during the fourth quarter of 2014.

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“It was a strong year on many fronts, capped with record sales and earnings, and a substantial return of capital to our shareholders,” said Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. (more…)

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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Driven by U.S. Demand, GM Nets $1.4 billion in Q3

Earnings before taxes hit record. But numbers could cause problems.

by on Oct.21, 2015

GM's Detroit headquarters, the Renaissance Center.

Surging demand in its home market helped General Motors deliver a strong third-quarter profit, offsetting the impact of weakening sales in China.

The largest of the Detroit automakers said Wednesday morning that it earned $1.4 billion in net income, or $0.84 a share. That compared with $1.4 billion, or $0.81 a share a year ago. On an EBIT, or earnings before interest and tax, basis GM had an adjusted profit of $3.1 billion, and an adjusted profit margin of 8.0% percent.

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The strong numbers could generate new interest on Wall Street, at least GM officials are hoping. The maker’s stock has languished in recent months, around the same price set during its November 2010 IPO. But there could be a downside. The strong third quarter could motivate bargainers for the United Auto Workers Union who are trying to hammer out a new four-year contract with GM.

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UAW Makes Note of GM’s Improved Profitability

Union looking for its share of the money during talks.

by on Jul.24, 2015

Everyone was all smiles at the opening of talks, UAW's Cindy Estrada noted GM's better-than-expected Q2 profits: a reminder the union is looking for raises.

Ever since General Motors went bankrupt in 2009, GM and the United Auto Workers have made a concerted effort to make nice.

The company and the union have put aside the years of antagonistic relations and built a new relationship. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra, whose father was a union member for years, has clearly stated that she values good relations with the UAW.

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Cathy Clegg, GM’s vice president of labor relations, has credited the union with helping to boost the quality of GM’s vehicles and the company has made several announcements during the winter and spring that highlighted the company’s commitment to investing in American jobs and American workers. (more…)

GM Beats Q2 Forecast with Nearly $1.2 Bil Net Income

EBIT-adjusted earnings are best for any quarter since 2009 bankruptcy.

by on Jul.23, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra remains upbeat about the coming months despite problems in China.

Despite being hit with a $1.1 billion special charge, General Motors managed to deliver a second-quarter profit of nearly $1.2 billion, or $0.67 a share – its biggest three-month profit since emerging from bankruptcy in July 2009 – with strong demand for its North American trucks helping fuel the strong performance.

Factoring in one-time charges equal to $0.62 a share, GM handily outperformed the Wall Street consensus forecast of $1.08 per share. And the second-quarter numbers compared with the modest $190 million, or $0.11, GM reported for the April-June 2014 numbers.

We Earn Your Trust!

“The first two quarters of the year were strong as we fully capitalized on a robust North American industry and maintained our strength in China, despite the challenging conditions in that market,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “We said our goal was to improve our earnings and margins this year, and we are on plan.

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GM Falls Short of Q1 Analyst Expectations

Maker takes $500 million in special charges related to Russia, victims fund.

by on Apr.23, 2015

GM reported earnings that were lower than expected in the first quarter of this year.

General Motors reported lower than expected first-quarter adjusted earnings of 86 cents per share on revenue of $35.7 billion.

The Detroit-based automaker was expected by analysts to report earnings of 97 cents per share and revenue of $37.6 billion.

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The results were impacted by $050 million in special charges taken by the automaker related to shutting down its business in Russia and the company’s victims compensation program. They amounted to 30 cents per share. (more…)