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The only two cars Ford will make will be the Mustang and a new Focus Active crossover

By MisterLefty following x   2018 Apr 25, 6:37pm 453 views   1 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

Ford reports first-quarter earnings top estimates, plans to drop some slow-selling sedans

Ford beat analyst expectations, helped by lower taxes and cost-cutting measures.

Ford is attempting to improve its financial health in the face of rising commodity prices and to further take advantage of the recent consumer shift toward utility vehicles.

With its eye on accelerating cost cuts, Ford announced first-quarter earnings that topped analyst expectations and offered up some detail on the steps it will take to improve its financial health and realign its portfolio with a dramatic shift in consumer tastes.

Like many of its peers, Ford has faced declining demand for its passenger cars, and on Wednesday said it will not invest in next-generation models of its traditional sedans for North America.

Within the next few years, the only two cars Ford will make will be the Mustang and a new Focus Active crossover, scheduled to debut next year. The other 90 percent of its North American portfolio will be made up of trucks and SUVs by 2020.

Ford is now aiming to hit a pretax profit margin target of 8 percent by 2020, two years earlier than it previously planned, by slashing $25.5 billion in costs and $5 billion in capital spending.

"We are going to be fit across our entire business," said CEO Jim Hackett on a conference call Wednesday evening. He added that the company will release further details in the coming months and at an investor meeting on Sept. 26.

Here's how the company did compared with what Wall Street expected:

Earnings: 43 cents per share vs. 41 cents per share forecast by Thomson Reuters
Revenue: $41.96 billion vs. $37.16 billion forecast by Thomson Reuters
First-quarter net income was $1.74 billion, or 43 cents per share. That is slightly higher than the first quarter of last year, when Ford earned $1.59 billion, or 40 cents a share. It also topped analyst estimates of 41 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.

Ford reported $41.96 billion in revenue, up 7 percent from $39.15 billion a year ago and higher than the $37.16 billion analysts were expecting.

The company, which is the No. 2 U.S. automaker behind General Motors, was hurt by rising commodity costs and unfavorable foreign exchange rates in the latest quarter. But sales of high-margin pickup trucks and SUVs helped boost its performance.

In North America, Ford's market share declined by just over 0.5 percent and profit margins declined just over a percentage point to 7.8 percent, which Ford blamed on the higher commodity costs.

In South America, Ford posted an EBIT loss of $149 million, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of losses in the region. Despite the loss, key metrics improved in the region, due to economic recoveries in Brazil and Argentina.

European revenues were up 18 percent, fueled by exchange rates and higher pricing, but margins were down 1.5 percentage points to 1.3 percent for the region.

The Middle East and Africa region saw an EBIT loss of $54 million, but metrics did improve for the fourth consecutive quarter.

The Asia Pacific region incurred an EBIT loss of $119 million, which Ford blamed on its business in China. But losses were partially offset by profits elsewhere in the region. India improved but still posted a slight loss.

Ford said it strengthened its relationship with Mahindra Group, and the two will collaborate on new SUVs and electric vehicles for India and other emerging markets.


1   Booger   ignore (1)   2018 Apr 25, 6:54pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

It's only two cars for sale in the US. Outside the US they will be making and selling plenty of cars.

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