A General Motors sign is seen during an event on January 25, 2022 in Lansing, Michigan. – General Motors will create 4,000 new jobs and retaining 1,000, and significantly increasing battery cell and electric truck manufacturing capacity.
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DETROIT – Amid rising costs and supply chain instability, General Motors reaffirmed its earnings expectations for 2022 despite reporting a lower net profit and margin compared to a year ago.
Here’s how GM did compared with what Wall Street expected:
- Adjusted EPS: $2.09 vs $1.68, according to Refinitiv consensus estimates
- Revenue: $35.98 billion vs $37.01 billion, according to Refinitiv consensus estimates
GM reaffirmed its pretax adjusted earnings forecast of between $13 billion and $15 billion for the year, while raising its net income expectations from between $9.4 billion and $10.8 billion to $9.6 billion and $11.2 billion. Its first quarter profit margin was 8.2%, down from 9.3% a year earlier.
GM also increased its adjusted earnings per share guidance for the year to between $6.50 and $7.50 per share, up from between $6.25 and $7.25 per share. The adjustment is a result of the company increasing its ownership stake in its Cruise autonomous vehicle unit and including the operation’s losses in its consolidated income tax return.
On an unadjusted basis, net income was $2.9 billion for the first quarter compared with $3 billion a year earlier. The automaker reported pretax adjusted earnings of $4 billion for the first quarter, down from $4.4 billion a year earlier.
GM is among the first major automakers to report its first-quarter results. Investors are watching the report closely as a gauge of the auto industry’s ongoing production and supply chain problems.
In addition to inflation and other macroeconomic factors, the global automotive industry has been battling supply chain problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic for more than a year — specifically, supplies of crucial semiconductor chips that are used throughout vehicles.
Despite the problems, GM also reaffirmed plans to produce 25% to 30% more vehicles this year than last year.
While GM, which largely exited Europe several years ago, has not experienced any substantial impacts from the war in Ukraine like other automakers have, it has been battling through recent factory shutdowns in China due to Covid-19 outbreaks.
GM CEO Mary Barra said the company is “cautiously optimistic” regarding its production in China, as the government has labeled auto manufacturing essential operations during lockdowns.
Investors are also eager for any progress or updates on GM’s plans for autonomous and electric vehicles, including a planned $35 billion investment in the technologies through 2025. GM doesn’t typically break out such costs on a quarterly basis, though rival Ford Motor has promised to begin doing so next year.
Shares of GM are down roughly 34% so far in 2022. Its market cap is about $55 billion, down from more than $90 billion at the beginning of the year.
Correction: General Motors GM raised its 2022 net income expectations from between $9.4 billion and $10.8 billion to $9.6 billion and $11.2 billion. An earlier version misstated the adjustment.