• Q3 pre-tax profit off $1.4bn to $1.2bn; after-tax earnings per share of 24 cents, excluding special items; 21st consecutive profitable quarter
  • Net income down $437m to $835m, or 21 cents per share; includes pre-tax special items of $160m, mostly in Europe
  • Wholesale volume and company revenue declined 3% and 2%, respectively; market share higher in Europe and record Q3 market share in Asia Pacific; record market share in China
  • North America and Asia Pacific profitable
"During the third quarter, we continued to introduce an unprecedented number of new vehicles and invest heavily in the new products and technologies that will deliver strong profitable growth beginning next year" - Ford president and CEO Mark Fields

"During the third quarter, we continued to introduce an unprecedented number of new vehicles and invest heavily in the new products and technologies that will deliver strong profitable growth beginning next year" - Ford president and CEO Mark Fields

Ford Motor Company on Friday (24 October) reported 2014 third quarter pre-tax profit down $1.4bn year on year to $1.2bn though it was nonetheless the automaker's 21st consecutive profitable quarter.

Ford said the fall was due to lower volume, higher warranty costs and currency exchange effects.

After-tax earnings per share were down 21 cents to 24 centsa share, excluding special items.

Net income dropped $437m to $835m, or 21 cents per share (off 10 cents) after special item charges of $160m for redundancies in Europe as the company is restructuring operations there, closing its Genk plant in Belgium and relocating large car output to Valencia in Spain.

Third quarter wholesale volume and company revenue declined 3% and 2%, respectively. Market share was higher in Europe, and the company reported record Q3 market share in Asia Pacific plus all-time record quarterly market share in China.

North America and Asia Pacific were profitable, but pre-tax results were lower than a year ago for all of automotive business units except Middle East & Africa. Ford Credit delivered improved year on year results.

With the Q3 results in, Ford has left its full-year outlook for pre-tax profit unchanged at about $6bn, excluding special items, as it continues with its 'One Ford' plan.

"During the third quarter, we continued to introduce an unprecedented number of new vehicles and invest heavily in the new products and technologies that will deliver strong profitable growth beginning next year," said president and CEO Mark Fields in a statement.

In the third quarter, it declared a dividend of $0.125 per share on the outstanding Class B and common stock and paid about $500m in dividends. It also completed a previously announced share repurchase programme.

Total automotive Q3 wholesale volume and revenue fell 3% year on year. The lower volume was due to an unfavourable change in dealer stocks related to product launches and supplier parts shortages, as well as declining industry volume in South America. Higher industry volumes in other regions was a partial offset.

Operating margin was 2.5%, a decrease of 4.5 percentage points from a year ago. Automotive pre-tax profit of $686m was $1.5bn lower than a year ago, mainly due to higher warranty costs, including recalls, mainly in North America, and lower volumes in North and South America, as well as adverse exchange, mainly in South America.

"The continued implementation of our One Ford plan enabled us to reach our 21st consecutive quarter of profitability, and we are encouraged in particular by our record market share in China," said Ford CFO Bob Shanks. "Our focus remains on profitably growing the business, and our investments this year are laying the groundwork for our future success."

North America

North America pre-tax profit was adversely affected in the quarter by higher warranty costs and lower volume. Wholesale volume and revenue declined 8% and 6%, respectively. The volume decrease was due to new product launches effects, including five weeks of downtime at the Dearborn Truck Plant for the redesigned F-150 launch, and supplier parts shortages. North America’s decline in revenue was due to lower wholesale volume.

Third quarter US market share was 14.1%, down 0.8 percentage points from a year ago. The decline reflected a planned reduction in daily rental sales and lower F-150 share as Ford prepared for the new model.

Ford expects North America’s full year, pre-tax profit to be lower than 2013 and operating margin to be at the low end of the 8% to 9% range.

South America

South America reported a pre-tax loss of $170m in Q3, a decline of $330m due to lower volume and adverse balance exchange.

Wholesale volume and revenue decreased by 21% and 17%, respectively due to a 700,000-unit decline from last year’s seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 5.7m units. This reflects the impact of the weakening economy in Brazil, import restrictions in Argentina and lower production in Venezuela resulting from the limited availability of US dollars. Also contributing is a non-repeat of last year’s stock build. The revenue decline was due to lower volume and weaker currencies, partially offset by higher pricing.

South America market share, at 8.8%, was down 0.4 percentage points from a year ago due to the phase-out of the previous generation Fiesta Classic model line.

For the full year, Ford continues to expect South America to incur a loss of about $1bn.

Europe

Ford's European unit booked a third quarter pre-tax loss up $257m year on year to $439m due to "Russia", exchange effects and lower component pricing and non-recurrence of prior year gains.

Wholesale volume and revenue improved 6% and 7%, respectively due to a 700,000-unit increase in the Europe 20 SAAR, to 14.5m units, higher market share and lower dealer stock reductions. But this was offset partially by lower volume in Russia and Turkey. Europe’s higher revenue reflects higher volume in the Europe 20 markets.

Europe 20 market share, at 8.4%, was up 0.4 percentage points from a year ago. This was driven by a 0.5 percentage point improvement in the automaker’s retail passenger share of the five major European markets, to 8.8%, including the effect of the expanded SUV lineup to which the Indian-sourced B-Mz compact was recently added. It also was helped by a two percentage point improvement in the company’s commercial vehicle share, to 13%, reflecting the success of the comprehensive new redesigned Transit full model line and continued strong performance of the Ranger compact pickup imported from Thailand.

Ford expects Europe to incur a fll year loss of about $1.2bn, an improvement compared with 2013.

Middle East & Africa

This business unit booked a loss of $15m for the third quarter, a $10m improvement from a year ago.

Wholesale volume and revenue improved from a year ago by 9% and 5%, respectively.

Ford’s full-year guidance for the regions remains unchanged at about break-even.

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific reported a third quarter pre-tax profit down $72m year on year to $44m due to higher structural costs and unfavorable exchange. The higher structural costs reflect Ford’s continued investment in products and growth, including five new plants that will come on line over the next nine months, as well as the Chinese launch of Lincoln.

Wholesale volume was up 5% from a year ago, and net revenue, which excludes the company’s China joint ventures, grew 3%. Wholesale volume in China increased 10% from a year ago. The higher volume in Asia Pacific was due to higher market share and industry volume. Ford estimates Q3 SAAR for the region at 38.9m units, up 1.8m from a year ago, due primarily to China. Higher revenue was due to favourable model mix.

Operating margin was 1.7%, 2.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.

Market share, at 3.6%, was a record for the third quarter and 0.2 percentage points higher. The improvement was driven by China where market share improved 0.4% percentage points to a record 4.7%, reflecting continued strong sales across the company’s vehicle range.

Ford continues to expect full-year pre-tax profit of about $700m in the region higher than a year ago.

Output

In the third quarter, total company production was about 1.5m units, 57,000 units lower than a year ago and 45,000 units lower than previous guidance.

The company expects Q4 production to be about 1.5m units, down 35,000 units from a year ago because of planned shutdowns, including three weeks of downtime at Dearborn Truck for the redesigned F-150. Compared with the third quarter, fourth quarter production is up 47,000 units due largely to the launch of new and freshened products, including the NAFTA market Transit and Mustang.

Ford Credit

Third quarter pre-tax profit of $498m at the captive finance unit was $71m higher than a year ago due to higher volume, thanks to increases in nearly all finance products, including non-consumer and consumer finance receivables globally, as well as leasing in North America.

Ford continues to expect Ford Credit full year, pre-tax profit to be $1.8bn to $1.9bn. Ford now expects Ford Credit’s distributions to its parent to be about $400m, up from the prior guidance of $250m due to expcted higher net income at Ford Credit.

2014 outlook

Ford continues to expect its 2014 pre-tax profits to be about $6bn, excluding special items. It is pegging North America operating margin at the lower end of its 8% to 9% guidance range, and expects better results in Europe, Asia Pacific and Ford Credit compared with 2013.

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FORD POSTS THIRD QUARTER 2014 PRE-TAX PROFIT OF $1.2 BILLION*; NET INCOME OF $835 MILLION; GLOBAL PRODUCT LAUNCHES ON TRACK, INCLUDING F-150

 

 

  • Third quarter pre-tax profit of $1.2 billion, a decrease of $1.4 billion compared with a year ago; after-tax earnings per share of 24 cents, excluding special items; 21stconsecutive profitable quarter
  • Net income of $835 million, or 21 cents per share, a decrease of $437 million compared with a year ago; net income includes pre-tax special item charges of $160 million, largely to support European transformation plan
  • Wholesale volume and company revenue declined year-over-year by 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively; market share higher in Europe and record third quarter market share in Asia Pacific; record market share in China
  • North America and Asia Pacific profitable
  •  Strong results at Ford Credit — better than a year ago
  •  Automotive operating-related cash flow negative $700 million; Automotive gross cash of $22.8 billion at end of third quarter exceeded debt by $7.9 billion
  • Unprecedented cadence of new products continues — all launches on track, including the all-new F-150
  • Guidance unchanged from the company’s Sept. 29 Investor Day, including 2014 pre-tax profit guidance of about $6 billion, excluding special items, and strong growth and financial performance in 2015
   

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Financial Results Summary*
 
Third Quarter
 
First Nine Months
 
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
Wholesales (000)
 
1,545
 
 
1,493
 
 
(52
)
 
4,720
 
 
4,743
 
 
23
 
Revenue (Bils.)
 
$
35.8
 
 
$
34.9
 
 
$
(0.9
)
 
$
109.3
 
 
$
108.2
 
 
$
(1.1
)
Operating Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax results (Mils.)**
 
$
2,589
 
 
$
1,181
 
 
$
(1,408
)
 
$
7,290
 
 
$
5,161
 
 
$
(2,129
)
After-tax results (Mils.)**
 
1,821
 
 
936
 
 
(885
)
 
5,296
 
 
3,585
 
 
(1,711
)
Earnings per share**
 
0.45
 
 
0.24
 
 
(0.21
)
 
1.31
 
 
0.89
 
 
(0.42
)
Special items pre-tax (Mils.)
 
$
(498
)
 
$
(160
)
 
$
338
 
 
$
(1,257
)
 
$
(763
)
 
$
494
 
Net income attributable to Ford
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After-tax results (Mils.)
 
$
1,272
 
 
$
835
 
 
$
(437
)
 
$
4,116
 
 
$
3,135
 
 
$
(981
)
Earnings per share
 
0.31
 
 
0.21
 
 
(0.10
)
 
1.02
 
 
0.78
 
 
(0.24
)
Automotive
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating-related cash flow (Bils.)
 
$
1.6
 
 
$
(0.7
)
 
$
(2.3
)
 
$
5.6
 
 
$
3.1
 
 
$
(2.5
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gross cash (Bils.)
 
$
26.1
 
 
$
22.8
 
 
$
(3.3
)
 
$
26.1
 
 
$
22.8
 
 
$
(3.3
)
Debt (Bils.)
 
 
(15.8
)
 
(14.9
)
 
0.9
 
 
(15.8
)
 
(14.9
)
 
0.9
 
  Net cash (Bils.)
 
$
10.3
 
 
$
7.9
 
 
$
(2.4
)
 
$
10.3
 
 
$
7.9
 
 
$
(2.4
)
* See end note on page 9.
** See end note on page 9.

DEARBORN, Mich., October 24, 2014 — Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] today reported a 2014 third quarter pre-tax profit of $1.2 billion, its 21st consecutive profitable quarter.

The company’s pre-tax profit, excluding special items, was $1.4 billion lower than a year ago. This is more than explained by three factors — lower volume, higher warranty costs and adverse balance sheet exchange effects.

After-tax earnings per share were 24 cents, excluding special items, 21 cents lower than a year ago.

Net income for the quarter was $835 million, or 21 cents per share, a decrease of $437 million, or 10 cents, from a year ago. Net income included pre-tax special item charges of $160 million for separation-related actions, primarily to support Ford’s European transformation plan.

Third quarter wholesale volume and company revenue declined year-over-year by 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Market share was higher in Europe, and the company reported record third quarter market share in Asia Pacific with record market share in China for any quarter.

North America and Asia Pacific were profitable, but pre-tax results were lower than a year ago for all of Ford’s Automotive business units except Middle East & Africa. Ford Credit delivered strong results that were better than a year ago.

Ford’s full-year outlook for company pre-tax profit is unchanged at about $6 billion, excluding special items, as it continues its aggressive implementation of its One Ford plan.

“During the third quarter, we continued to introduce an unprecedented number of new vehicles and invest heavily in the new products and technologies that will deliver strong profitable growth beginning next year,” said Mark Fields, president and CEO. “We also addressed business challenges head-on using our proven One Ford plan. Everyone at Ford remains focused on accelerating our pace of progress, while delivering product excellence and innovation in every part of our business.”

Ford’s Automotive operating-related cash flow was negative $700 million in the third quarter. This is more than explained by unfavorable changes in working capital, including the effects of the five weeks of downtime in the quarter at the Dearborn Truck Plant as the company transitions to the all-new F-150, as well as supplier parts shortages. In the fourth quarter, working capital changes are expected to be positive. The company ended the third quarter with Automotive gross cash of $22.8 billion, exceeding debt by $7.9 billion, with Automotive liquidity of $33.6 billion.

In the third quarter, Ford declared a dividend of $0.125 per share on the company’s outstanding Class B and common stock and paid about $500 million in dividends. Ford also completed the previously announced share repurchase program.

Ford’s third quarter operating effective tax rate was 31 percent. The company continues to expect its full-year operating effective tax rate to be about 35 percent.

AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR
                                                             
 
 
Third Quarter
 
First Nine Months
 
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
Wholesales (000)
 
1,545
 
 
 
1,493
 
 
 
(52
)
 
 
4,720
 
 
 
4,743
 
 
 
23
 
 
Revenue (Bils.)
 
$
33.9
 
 
 
$
32.8
 
 
 
$
(1.1
)
 
 
$
103.8
 
 
 
$
102.0
 
 
 
$
(1.8
)
 
Operating Margin (Pct.)
 
7.0
 
%
 
2.5
 
%
 
(4.5
)
pts.
 
6.2
 
%
 
4.2
 
%
 
(2.0
)
pts.
Pre-tax results (Mils.)
 
$
2,226
 
 
 
$
686
 
 
 
$
(1,540
)
 
 
$
5,973
 
 
 
$
3,775
 
 
 
$
(2,198
)
 

Total Automotive third quarter wholesale volume and revenue decreased by 3 percent from a year ago. The lower volume is more than explained by an unfavorable change in dealer stocks related to product launch effects and supplier parts shortages, as well as declining industry volume in South America. Higher industry volumes in other regions was a partial offset.

Operating margin was 2.5 percent, a decrease of 4.5 percentage points from a year ago. Automotive pre-tax profit of $686 million was $1.5 billion lower than a year ago, mainly explained by higher warranty costs, including recalls, mainly in North America, and lower volumes in North and South America, as well as adverse balance sheet exchange effects, mainly in South America.

“The continued implementation of our One Ford plan enabled us to reach our 21st consecutive quarter of profitability, and we are encouraged in particular by our record market share in China,” said Bob Shanks, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Our focus remains on profitably growing the business, and our investments this year are laying the groundwork for our future success.”

North America
                                                           
 
Third Quarter
 
First Nine Months
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
Wholesales (000)
725
 
 
 
665
 
 
 
(60
)
 
 
2,262
 
 
 
2,142
 
 
 
(120
)
 
Revenue (Bils.)
$
21.2
 
 
 
$
19.9
 
 
 
$
(1.3
)
 
 
$
64.5
 
 
 
$
61.5
 
 
 
$
(3.0
)
 
Operating Margin (Pct.)
10.9
 
%
 
7.1
 
%
 
(3.8
)
pts.
 
10.9
 
%
 
8.7
 
%
 
(2.2
)
pts.
Pre-tax results (Mils.)
$
2,296
 
 
 
$
1,410
 
 
 
$
(886
)
 
 
$
7,009
 
 
 
$
5,350
 
 
 
$
(1,659
)
 

North America continues to benefit from robust industry sales, Ford’s strong product lineup, continued discipline in matching production to demand and a lean cost structure.

North America’s pre-tax profit was adversely affected in the quarter by higher warranty costs and lower volume.

Wholesale volume and revenue declined 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. The volume decrease is explained primarily by product launch effects, including five weeks of downtime in the quarter at the Dearborn Truck Plant for the F-150 launch, and supplier parts shortages. North America’s decline in revenue is more than explained by lower wholesale volume.

Third quarter U.S. market share was 14.1 percent, down 0.8 percentage points from a year ago. The decline primarily reflects a planned reduction in daily rental sales and lower F-150 share as Ford prepares for the new vehicle by continuing to balance share, transaction prices and stocks.

For the full year, Ford continues to expect North America’s pre-tax profit to be lower than 2013 and operating margin to be at the low end of the 8 percent to 9 percent range.

South America
                                                           
 
Third Quarter
 
First Nine Months
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
Wholesales (000)
143
 
 
 
113
 
 
 
(30
)
 
 
403
 
 
 
331
 
 
 
(72
)
 
Revenue (Bils.)
$
2.8
 
 
 
$
2.3
 
 
 
$
(0.5
)
 
 
$
8.1
 
 
 
$
6.3
 
 
 
$
(1.8
)
 
Operating Margin (Pct.)
5.7
 
%
 
(7.3
)
%
 
(13.0
)
pts.
 
1.1
 
%
 
(15.4
)
%
 
(16.5
)
pts.
Pre-tax results (Mils.)
$
160
 
 
 
$
(170
)
 
 
$
(330
)
 
 
$
93
 
 
 
$
(975
)
 
 
$
(1,068
)
 

South America continues to expand its product lineup and has replaced legacy products with global One Ford offerings. Ford is working to manage the effects of slowing GDP growth, declining industry volumes in its larger markets, weaker currencies and high inflation, as well as policy uncertainty in some countries.

South America reported a pre-tax loss of $170 million in the third quarter, a decline of $330 million from the prior year. The decline is primarily explained by lower volume and adverse balance sheet exchange effects.

In the third quarter, wholesale volume and revenue decreased by 21 percent and 17 percent, respectively. The lower volume is primarily explained by a 700,000-unit decline from last year’s seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 5.7 million units. This reflects the impact of the weakening economy in Brazil, import restrictions in Argentina and lower production in Venezuela resulting from the limited availability of U.S. dollars. Also contributing is a non-repeat of last year’s stock build. The revenue decline is more than explained by lower volume and weaker currencies, partially offset by higher pricing.

South America market share, at 8.8 percent, was down 0.4 percentage points from a year ago, more than explained by the phase-out of the Fiesta Classic.

For the full year, Ford continues to expect South America to incur a loss of about $1 billion.

Europe
                                                           
 
Third Quarter
 
First Nine Months
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
Wholesales (000)
303
 
 
 
321
 
 
 
18
 
 
 
1,010
 
 
 
1,064
 
 
 
54
 
 
Revenue (Bils.)
$
6.4
 
 
 
$
6.9
 
 
 
$
0.5
 
 
 
$
20.3
 
 
 
$
22.7
 
 
 
$
2.4
 
 
Operating Margin (Pct.)
(2.8
)
%
 
(6.4
)
%
 
(3.6
)
pts.
 
(4.5
)
%
 
(2.7
)
%
 
1.8
 
pts.
Pre-tax results (Mils.)
$
(182
)
 
 
$
(439
)
 
 
$
(257
)
 
 
$
(913
)
 
 
$
(619
)
 
 
$
294
 
 

Ford continues to implement its Europe transformation plan focused on product, brand and cost.

Europe reported a third quarter pre-tax loss of $439 million, a $257 million decline from a year ago. The decline is more than explained by Russia, balance sheet exchange effects and other factors including lower component pricing and non-recurrence of prior year gains.

In the third quarter, wholesale volume and revenue improved from a year ago, up 6 percent and 7 percent, respectively. The higher volume reflects a 700,000-unit increase in the Europe 20 SAAR, to 14.5 million units, higher market share and lower dealer stock reductions than a year ago. The increase was offset partially by lower volumes in Russia and Turkey. Europe’s higher revenue reflects higher volume in the Europe 20 markets.

Europe 20 market share, at 8.4 percent, was up 0.4 percentage points from a year ago. This was driven by a 0.5 percentage point improvement in Ford’s retail passenger share of the five major European markets, to 8.8 percent, including the effect of Ford’s expanded SUV lineup. It also was driven by a 2 percentage point improvement in the company’s commercial vehicle share, to 13 percent, reflecting the success of Ford’s full line of new Transit vehicles and continued strong performance of the Ranger compact pickup.

For the full year, Ford continues to expect Europe to incur a loss of about $1.2 billion, an improvement compared with 2013.

Middle East & Africa
                                                           
 
Third Quarter
 
First Nine Months
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
Wholesales (000)
44
 
 
 
48
 
 
 
4
 
 
 
150
 
 
 
148
 
 
 
(2
)
 
Revenue (Bils.)
$
1.0
 
 
 
$
1.1
 
 
 
$
0.1
 
 
 
$
3.5
 
 
 
$
3.4
 
 
 
$
(0.1
)
 
Operating Margin (Pct.)
(2.4
)
%
 
(1.4
)
%
 
1.0
 
pts.
 
1.0
 
%
 
1.8
 
%
 
0.8
 
pts.
Pre-tax results (Mils.)
$
(25
)
 
 
$
(15
)
 
 
$
10
 
 
 
$
35
 
 
 
$
62
 
 
 
$
27
 
 

The Middle East & Africa business unit was created to facilitate better customer service and further expand Ford’s presence in this fast-growing region.

The business unit reported a loss of $15 million for the third quarter, a $10 million improvement from a year ago.

In the third quarter, wholesale volume and revenue improved from a year ago by 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Ford’s full-year guidance for Middle East & Africa remains unchanged, with the region expected to be about breakeven.

Asia Pacific
                                                           
 
Third Quarter
 
First Nine Months
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
Wholesales (000)
330
 
 
 
346
 
 
 
16
 
 
 
895
 
 
 
1,058
 
 
 
163
 
 
Revenue (Bils.)
$
2.5
 
 
 
$
2.6
 
 
 
$
0.1
 
 
 
$
7.4
 
 
 
$
8.1
 
 
 
$
0.7
 
 
Operating Margin (Pct.)
4.6
 
%
 
1.7
 
%
 
(2.9
)
pts.
 
3.0
 
%
 
6.1
 
%
 
3.1
 
pts.
Pre-tax results (Mils.)
$
116
 
 
 
$
44
 
 
 
$
(72
)
 
 
$
218
 
 
 
$
494
 
 
 
$
276
 
 

Ford continues to invest for growth in Asia Pacific through both new and expanded plants, new products and the introduction of Lincoln in China.

Asia Pacific reported a third quarter pre-tax profit of $44 million, a decrease of $72 million from a year ago. The decrease is more than explained by higher structural costs and unfavorable exchange, partially offset by favorable market factors. The higher structural costs reflect Ford’s continued investment in products and growth, including five new plants that will come on line over the next nine months, as well as the launch of Lincoln.

In the third quarter, wholesale volume was up 5 percent from a year ago, and net revenue, which excludes the company’s China joint ventures, grew 3 percent. Wholesale volume in China increased 10 percent from a year ago. The higher volume in Asia Pacific is more than explained by higher market share and industry volume. Ford estimates the third quarter SAAR for the region at 38.9 million units, up 1.8 million units from a year ago, explained primarily by China. Higher revenue is more than explained by favorable mix.

Third quarter operating margin for Asia Pacific was 1.7 percent, 2.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.

Ford’s market share, at 3.6 percent, was a record for the third quarter and was 0.2 percentage points higher than a year ago. The improvement was driven by China, where Ford’s market share improved 0.4 percentage points to a record 4.7 percent, reflecting continued strong sales across the company’s vehicle lineup.

For the full year, Ford continues to expect Asia Pacific to earn a pre-tax profit of about $700 million, which is higher than a year ago.

Other Automotive

The third quarter loss of $144 million in Other Automotive primarily reflects net interest expense.

For the full year, Ford continues to expect net interest expense to be about $700 million.

PRODUCTION VOLUMES*
 
                       
 
 
2014
 
 
Third Quarter
Actual
 
Fourth Quarter
Forecast
 
 
Units
 
O/(U) 2013
 
Units
 
O/(U) 2013
 
 
(000)
 
(000)
 
(000)
 
(000)
North America
 
695
 
(56
)
 
715
 
 
(41
)
South America
 
97
 
(28
)
 
108
 
 
4
 
Europe
 
326
 
3
 
 
320
 
 
(13
)
Middle East & Africa
 
20
 
7
 
 
19
 
 
2
 
Asia Pacific
 
352
 
17
 
 
375
 
 
13
 
  Total
 
1,490
 
(57
)
 
1,537
 
 
(35
)
* Includes Ford brand and JMC brand vehicles produced by our unconsolidated affiliates.

In the third quarter, total company production was about 1.5 million units, 57,000 units lower than a year ago. This was 45,000 units lower than Ford’s previous guidance.

The company expects fourth quarter production to be about 1.5 million units, down 35,000 units from a year ago because of planned shutdowns, including three weeks of downtime at the Dearborn Truck Plant for the new F-150. Compared with the third quarter, fourth quarter production is up 47,000 units. The increase is largely driven by the launch of new and freshened products, including Transit and Mustang.

FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR

 
                                               
 
Third Quarter
 
First Nine Months
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
 
2013
 
2014
 
B/(W) 2013
Revenue (Bils.)
$
1.9
 
 
$
2.1
 
 
$
0.2
 
 
$
5.5
 
 
$
6.2
 
 
$
0.7
 
Ford Credit pre-tax results (Mils.)
$
427
 
 
$
498
 
 
$
71
 
 
$
1,388
 
 
$
1,431
 
 
$
43
 
Other Financial Services pre-tax results (Mils.)
(64
)
 
(3
)
 
61
 
 
(71
)
 
(45
)
 
26
 
  Financial Services pre-tax results (Mils.)
$
363
 
 
$
495
 
 
$
132
 
 
$
1,317
 
 
$
1,386
 
 
$
69
 
 
Ford Motor Credit Company

As an integral part of Ford’s global growth and value creation strategy, Ford Credit continued to deliver strong results in the third quarter.

Ford Credit’s third quarter pre-tax profit of $498 million was $71 million higher than a year ago. The higher pre-tax profit is more than explained by higher volume, reflecting increases in nearly all financing products, including non-consumer and consumer finance receivables globally, as well as leasing in North America.

For the full year, Ford continues to expect Ford Credit pre-tax profit to be $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion. The company’s guidance for Ford Credit’s year-end managed receivables and managed leverage also is unchanged. Ford now expects Ford Credit’s distributions to its parent to be about $400 million, up from the prior guidance of $250 million. This increase is primarily driven by higher net income at Ford Credit.

2014 OUTLOOK

This year is a critical building block in the One Ford plan. Ford continues to expect its 2014 pre-tax profits to be about $6 billion, excluding special items. The company is on track with its record 23 global new product launches in preparation for a more profitable 2015.

Ford continues to expect its North America operating margin to be at the lower end of its 8 percent to 9 percent guidance range, and better results in Europe, Asia Pacific and Ford Credit compared with 2013.

 
                             
2014 KEY METRICS -- BUSINESS UNITS
 
 
 
Memo:
 
2013
Full
Year
 
2014 Full Year
Compared with 2013
 
2014
First Nine Months
 
 
Results
 
Plan
 
Outlook
 
Results
 
Automotive (Mils.)*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
North America
$
8,809
 
 
 
Lower
 
On Track
 
$
5,350
 
 
 
- Operating Margin
10.2
 
%
 
8 - 9%
 
Low End Of Range
 
8.7
 
%
 
South America
$
(33
)
 
 
About Equal
 
About $(1,000)
 
$
(975
)
 
 
Europe
(1,442
)
 
 
Better
 
About $(1,200)
 
(619
)
 
 
Middle East & Africa
(69
)
 
 
About Breakeven
 
On Track
 
62
 
 
 
Asia Pacific
327
 
 
 
About Equal
 
About $700
 
494
 
 
 
Net Interest Expense
(801
)
 
 
About Equal
 
About $(700)
 
(500
)
 
 
Ford Credit (Mils.)
$
1,756
 
 
 
About Equal
 
$1,800 - $1,900
 
$
1,431
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
Excludes special items
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                             
2014 PLANNING ASSUMPTIONS AND KEY METRICS
 
Memo:
 
 
2013
Full
Year
 
2014 Full Year
 
2014
First Nine
Months
 
 
Results
 
Plan
 
Outlook
 
Results
 
Planning Assumptions (Mils.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Industry Volume * -- U.S.
15.9
 
 
 
16.0 - 17.0
 
16.8
 
16.7
 
 
 
                              -- Europe 20
13.8
 
 
 
13.5 - 14.5
 
14.5
 
14.5
 
 
 
                              -- China
22.2
 
 
 
22.5 - 24.5
 
23.8
 
23.5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Key Metrics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Automotive (Compared with 2013):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  - Revenue (Bils.)
$
139.4
 
 
 
About Equal
 
On Track
 
$
102.0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  - Operating Margin **
5.4
 
%
 
Lower
 
On Track
 
4.2
 
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  - Operating-Related Cash Flow (Bils.) ***
$
6.1
 
 
 
Substantially Lower
 
Lower
 
$
3.1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ford Credit (Compared with 2013):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  - Pre-Tax Profit (Bils.)
$
1.8
 
 
 
About Equal
 
$1.8 - $1.9
 
$
1.4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Company:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  - Pre-Tax Profit (Bils.) ***
$
8.6
 
 
 
$7 - $8
 
About $6
 
$
5.2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
Based, in part, on estimated vehicle registrations; includes medium and heavy trucks
**
Automotive operating margin is defined as Automotive pre-tax results, excluding special items and Other Automotive, divided by Automotive revenue
***
Excludes special items; see "Income from Continuing Operations" and “Operating-Related Cash Flows Reconciliation to GAAP” tables on pages 12 and 14
 
2015 OUTLOOK

Ford remains focused on delivering the key aspects of the One Ford plan, which are unchanged:

  • Aggressively restructuring to operate profitably at the current demand and changing model mix
  • Accelerating the development of new products that customers want and value
  • Financing the plan and improving the balance sheet
  • Working together effectively as one team, leveraging Ford’s global assets

In 2015, Ford expects to realize the benefits of its global product investment and growth strategies, and will continue its strong product push with 16 global vehicle launches. The company expects its pre-tax profit, excluding special items, to be significantly higher — in the $8.5 billion to $9.5 billion range — with all five Automotive regions improving on 2014 results.

“We are committed to offering our customers the freshest lineup of world-class vehicles in the industry,” said Fields. “Our One Ford plan remains fundamental to our performance going forward, and our investments this year will fuel profitable growth in 2015.”

 
 
 
     
2015 GUIDANCE
 
 
 
Outlook
 
Planning Assumptions (Mils.)
 
 
Industry Volume * -- U.S.
16.8 - 17.5
 
                              -- Europe 20
14.8 - 15.3
 
                              -- China
24.0 - 26.0
 
 
 
 
Key Metrics
 
 
Automotive:
 
 
  - Revenue
Higher ***
 
 
 
 
  - Operating Margin **
Higher ***
 
 
 
 
  - Operating-Related Cash Flow **
Positive
 
 
 
 
Ford Credit:
 
 
  - Pre-Tax Profit
Equal To Or Higher ***
 
 
 
 
Company:
 
 
  - Pre-Tax Profit (Bils.) **
$8.5 - $9.5
*
Includes medium and heavy trucks
**
Excludes special items
 
***
Compared with 2014
 
 
# # #

  *        The financial results discussed herein are presented on a preliminary basis; final data will be included in Ford’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2014. The following information applies to the information throughout this release:

  • Pre-tax results exclude special items unless otherwise noted.
  • All references to records by Automotive business units are since at least 2000 when Ford began reporting specific business unit results. 
  • See tables at the end of this release for the nature and amount of special items, and reconciliation of items designated as “excluding special items” to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Also see the tables for reconciliation to GAAP of Automotive gross cash, operating-related cash flow and net interest.
  • Discussion of overall Automotive cost changes is measured primarily at present-year exchange and excludes special items and discontinued operations; in addition, costs that vary directly with production volume, such as material, freight and warranty costs, are measured at present-year volume and mix.
  • Wholesale unit sales and production volumes include the sale or production of Ford-brand and JMC-brand vehicles by unconsolidated affiliates. JMC refers to our Chinese joint venture, Jiangling Motors Corporation. See materials supporting the October 24, 2014 conference calls at www.shareholder.ford.com for further discussion of wholesale unit volumes.

**          Excludes special items and “Income/(Loss) attributable to non-controlling interests.” See tables at the end of this release for the nature and amount of these special items and reconciliation to GAAP.

Original source: Ford