General Motors has reported 2012 net income of $4.9bn, down 36% on the previous year. However, revenues were up and profitability remained strong in North America. The weakening was accounted for by several unfavourable items as well as a bigger loss on its European operations.

“We recorded another solid year in 2012 as we grew the business, delivered a third straight year of profitability and took significant actions to put the company on a solid path for future growth,” said Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO. “This year our priorities will be executing flawless new vehicle launches, controlling costs and delivering more vehicles to our customers at outstanding value.”

Revenue last year increased 1% to $152.3bn, compared with $150.3bn in 2011. Full-year earnings before interest and tax (EBIT - operating profit) adjusted was $7.9bn, compared with $8.3bn in 2011. Full-year EBIT-adjusted for 2012 includes the impact of restructuring charges of $(0.4)bn, GM said.

GM's results showed continuing strong profitability in North America and the company announced a bonus for its US hourly employees. 

GM North America (GMNA) reported EBIT-adjusted of $1.4bn in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $1.5bn in 2011. Full-year EBIT-adjusted was $7.0bn in 2012 compared to $7.2bn in 2011. Based on GMNA’s 2012 financial performance, the company said it will pay profit sharing of up to $6,750 to approximately 49,000 eligible GM US hourly employees.

However, ongoing problems in Europe are likely to occupy GM executives in the coming weeks. The quarterly trend showed a widening loss for Opel/Vauxhall and some analysts have suggested that the company needs to shed another European assembly plant (beyond Bochum) and rejig plant/model mix in order to bring capacity more into line with demand. GM Europe (GME) reported an EBIT-adjusted loss of $700m in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $600m in Q4 2011. The full-year EBIT-adjusted loss in Europe was $1.8bn compared with $700m in 2011.

Encouragingly, overall profitability for GM was up in the fourth quarter. EBIT-adjusted was $1.2bn in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $1.1bn in the fourth quarter of 2011, despite the fact that GM's Q4 EBIT-adjusted includes the impact of restructuring charges of $200m.

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GM Reports 2012 Net Income of $4.9 Billion

Full-year EBIT-adjusted of $7.9 billion

 

2013-02-14

  • Company posts third consecutive year of strong earnings
  • Fourth quarter net income of $0.9 billion, up from $0.5 billion last year
  • EBIT-adjusted of $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $1.1 billion last year

 

DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) today announced 2012 calendar-year net income attributable to common stockholders of $4.9 billion, or $2.92 per fully diluted share, down from $7.6 billion, or $4.58 per fully diluted share in 2011, due primarily to unfavorable special items.

Special items during the calendar year impacted full-year net income to common stockholders unfavorably, $(0.5) billion, or $(0.32) per share, compared to a favorable $1.2 billion impact in 2011, or $0.70 per share.

Revenue increased 1 percent to $152.3 billion, compared with $150.3 billion in 2011. Full-year earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) adjusted was $7.9 billion, compared with $8.3 billion in 2011. Full-year EBIT-adjusted for 2012 includes the impact of restructuring charges of $(0.4) billion.

“We recorded another solid year in 2012 as we grew the business, delivered a third straight year of profitability and took significant actions to put the company on a solid path for future growth,” said Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO. “This year our priorities will be executing flawless new vehicle launches, controlling costs and delivering more vehicles to our customers at outstanding value.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 3 percent to $39.3 billion, compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. GM’s fourth quarter 2012 net income attributable to common stockholders was $0.9 billion, or $0.54 per fully diluted share, including a net gain from special items of $0.1 billion or $0.06 per fully diluted share.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, GM’s net income attributable to common stockholders was $0.5 billion, or $0.28 per fully diluted share, including a net loss from special items of $(0.2) billion, or $(0.11) per fully diluted share.

EBIT-adjusted was $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter EBIT-adjusted for 2012 includes the impact of restructuring charges of $(0.2) billion.

GM’s fourth quarter 2012 special items impact to net income of $0.1 billion includes a $34.9 billion non-cash benefit from the release of the majority of the company’s valuation allowances on U.S. and Canada deferred tax assets and an associated $(26.2) billion non-cash goodwill impairment charge; a $(5.2) billion non-cash impairment of GM Europe long-lived assets; and a $(2.2) billion charge related to U.S. salaried pension plan actions announced earlier this year, among other smaller items.

The non-cash impairment of GM Europe long-lived assets does not reflect any change to the company’s objective to break even in its European operations by mid-decade.

Segment Results

  • GM North America (GMNA) reported EBIT-adjusted of $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $1.5 billion in 2011. Full-year EBIT-adjusted was $7.0 billion in 2012 compared to $7.2 billion in 2011. Based on GMNA’s 2012 financial performance, the company will pay profit sharing of up to $6,750 to approximately 49,000 eligible GM U.S. hourly employees.
  • GM Europe (GME) reported EBIT-adjusted of $(0.7) billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $(0.6) billion in 2011. Full-year EBIT-adjusted was $(1.8) billion in 2012, compared with $(0.7) billion in 2011.
  • GM International Operations (GMIO) reported EBIT-adjusted of $0.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $0.4 billion in 2011. Full-year EBIT-adjusted was $2.2 billion in 2012 compared with $1.9 billion in 2011.
  • GM South America (GMSA) reported EBIT-adjusted of $0.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $(0.2) billion in 2011. Full-year EBIT-adjusted was $0.3 billion in 2012 compared with EBIT-adjusted of $(0.1) billion in 2011.
  • GM Financial reported earnings before taxes (EBT) of $0.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $0.2 billion in 2011. Full-year EBT was $0.7 billion, compared to $0.6 billion in 2011.

Cash Flow and Liquidity

For the fourth quarter of 2012, automotive cash flow from operating activities was $0.5 billion, compared to $1.2 billion in 2011. In the fourth quarter of 2012, adjusted automotive free cash flow was $1.1 billion, compared to $(0.2) billion in 2011. For the year, adjusted automotive free cash flow was $4.3 billion, compared to $3.0 billion a year ago.

GM ended 2012 with strong total automotive liquidity of $37.2 billion compared with $37.0 billion at year-end in 2011. Automotive cash and marketable securities was $26.1 billion at the end of 2012, compared with $31.6 billion a year earlier.

GM expects capital expenditures for 2013 to be similar to 2012.

U.S. Pension Update

GM’s U.S. defined benefit pension plans earned asset returns of 11.6 percent in 2012 and ended the year 84 percent funded. The underfunded position stood at $13.1 billion, slightly improved from the prior year. As previously announced, during 2012 GM settled approximately $28 billion of its U.S. salaried pension liability through a combination of lump sum offers and annuitizations.

Under current economic conditions, GM expects no mandatory contributions to U.S. defined benefit pension plans for at least five years. While the company will continue to evaluate opportunities to make voluntary cash contributions, it has no current plans to do so in 2013.

“We’re pleased with our fourth quarter results, as the business generated strong adjusted free cash flow and we took significant steps to strengthen our fortress balance sheet,” said Dan Ammann, senior vice president and CFO. “Our aggressive vehicle launch cadence and focus on improving the topline, combined with rigorous cost discipline will help us continue to generate strong business results moving forward.”

 

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