Wednesday, March 29, 2023

How does Ford measure up to the bet on electric vehicles?

The bet for the electric vehicles or EV * He was transformed into a great challenge to traditional car manufacturersespecially at a time when governments are taxing things like Ford Motor US, established as one of the largest automobile companies globally face this mission evenly. Without leaving the cars out of life, according to n Pras Subramanian on Yahoo Finance.

Hey Ford’s CEO, a classy car lover, Jim Farleyyou are in the midst of what is the greatest challenge of professional life.

Ford, that It celebrates its 120th anniversary Year by year, he makes great strides in the way he can advance into the next century. Farley’s focus on electric vehicles and the transition to the automaker’s future is back, and he’s put his money where his mouth is organically.

Let’s start with the iconic automaker to announce its results as three separate companies: Ford Blue (for traditional gasoline business), Ford Commercial (for financial and commercial customers), and Ford Model E (for its electric vehicle business), with first quarter 2023 earnings. Expected Let it be II.

There will be no place to hide damage-making units like electric vehicles after this transition.

“We think they’re following the right strategy by taking a more balanced approach to EV growth and really focusing on building excitement around individual EV models, rather than setting a date in the future when they’ll be all-electric,” he said. Garrett Nelson, an analyst at CFRA, told Yahoo Finance. “We believe that a balanced approach is correct, with the” However, EVs accounted for less than 6% of all US new vehicle sales last year“.

Hey electric vehicle business performance That’s what Wall Street investors and analysts are most focused on in the first quarter. When the reorganization was announced in March of last year, Wall Street rewarded the company’s shares with a rising bull. Initial reading; a better system of rendering, a tighter control of expenses, and a more electrified profit.

But the developer at Ford seems to be panicking.

After the gospel that The F-150 Lightning went on sale in April 2022He went to the ford a a series of accidents. he told the ford third quarter earnings soon after the company agreed Argo AI’s autonomous technology venture problems with the developer’s needs and financing. Ford took a a loss of 2.7 billion dollars they were seen by the movement and by the third party affecting $1 billion in higher costs.

Refer to earnings The fourth quarter was not much better for FordBecause society EBIT is expected to be missed (earnings before interest and taxes) totaled more than $1 billion a year.

“We should have done a lot better last year,” Farley said. “We left about $2 billion of profit on the table that was within our control, and we’re continuing to do that with improved execution and performance.”

This happened after General Motors, its rival across town, reported a A monster quarter and a full year of earnings led well above consensus estimates. Many on the street saw this as evidence of GM’s operational prowess as it prepares for its EV transition.

“With this exceptional performance and leadership from GM, we believe it is a strong statement to Wall Street that they are past the issues of supply and demand and focus on the great opportunity that lies ahead as GM continues to move forward in its transformation story,” he wrote. Wedbush analyst, Dan Ivo. in a note to investors following the GM report.

production problems

Los recent shallow problems that mostly revolves around investors implementation and recommendation.

Ford is still struggling and retirement costs reliabilityand has a mark “Most cars are subject to recall beginning in early 2012.” (with a total of more than 9 million vehicles). Farley himself announced the high cost of abstractions that affect the brand’s economy.

And then it happened to produce issues with its largest production launch to date: the F-150 Lightning. A battery exit fire started in an F-1550 awaiting final inspection, and the fire spread to two other vehicles.. Ford stopped production in early February when battery manufacturer SK ad and I did not resume production until 13 cal.

“In the coming weeks, we will continue to apply our learnings and work with the SK In team to deliver quality battery packs right down to the battery cells,” he said. speaking shallowly as Yahoo Finance said in a statement.

It’s a question for investors and analysts Will Ford’s production and consistency issues affect its F-150 Lightning launch?which is still in its early stages and looks set to be a huge growth driver for its EV unit for years to come.

“In the case of a lightning strike, the matter appears to have been caught before it reached the customer, and the company is being appropriately alerted to the response,” he said. Mike Austin, an analyst at Guidehouse Insights, such as Yahoo Finance. “The biggest problem is that it’s a recall that Ford continues to have issues with products, but I think it’s a reality.” EV – Useful problems are short-term and not a strategic mistake“.

Hey CFRA analyst Garrett NelsonRebounding it, marking the ford He is not the only one struggling with the reliability of electric vehicles.

“We think it’s a short story,” Nelson says, noting that Ford isn’t the only one who’s had issues fighting. “You look at some of the smaller EV manufacturers like Lucid and Rivian, their production growth has been very disappointing. And the Chevy Bolt General Motors battery has required expensive retirements and repairs.”

Ford’s hope is that with the battle partner SK resolves the issue and moves on. it is shallow about 200,000 pre-orders lightningAnd, what you don’t want to do is exclude customers from orders because of fear of reliability.

“A lot of investors think it’s going to be too far by itself.”

Hey rise car CEO Jim FarleyIn October 2020, the fresh breeze at the Ford was reliable after the last CEO, Jim Hackett, who had no automotive experience he was talking aboutr (he worked for a furniture company), and was featured in Hackett’s brief but shaky tenure.

Farley has spent years with the company in various roles, most recently as director of operationsand first, the parts which are included managing the Ford MEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) business and head of sales and marketing at Lincoln. Before joining Ford in 2007, Farley was Vice President and General Manager of Lexus luxury division Toyota Prius led all US marketing and advertising activities.

Y Bill Ford, CEO of Ford (and great-grandson of Henry Ford); He believes in the CEO, despite recent setbacks.

“It was an episode of much of my life,” Ford said last month in an announcement for a a new $3.5 billion battery plant in Michigan. “We have a right, we go back, we get a right. I think we’re probably so focused on the future that maybe we stray a little from the present. But Jim has full pressure on the court and we are already starting to see the results.

Augustine of Guidehouse He said, “Farley has a good perspective on the big picture, especially with his global experience at Ford, and he seems to understand the urgency of transforming the company.”

But some people grow impatient; After skyrocketing from around $5 a share when Farley became CEO to around $25 a share, in early January 2022, the stock crashed and sits around $13.

“Bear with Ford,” Farley added in an interview with Yahoo Finance in early February. I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. On the other hand, the industrial system that buys the supply chain or manufacturing or engineering, we have to remove a lot of costs. I’ll trade the whole thing for the future.”

To appease the hostages, the company declared a . additional dividends in addition to regular dividends.

Barclays Dan Levywho kicked off Ford coverage in mid-February when a an equal weight rating and a $13 price targetHe believes that Ford is having a harder time with its transformation than some of its competitors.

“Ford is against” recessionary pressure which can challenge the recently strong price of large power with its own challenges, and also respects what we hope to be near the limit of the challenge margin through the transition ramp of its EV”, Beloved wrote in a recent note to clients. “Wherefore; We see no compelling reason to hold shares todaybut we prefer to wait for better opportunities in the future.

CFRA’s Nelsonwhich has one Buy rating on Ford with a $15 price targethe explained that “a lot of investors didn’t realize how difficult it is to have a huge global footprint for Ford. So I think after 2 1/2 years, a lot of investors thought they were going further by themselves. So there’s really a lot of pressure on Farley, and there’s really been some execution here in the last few quarters.” He’s going to demonstrate.”

Ford Motor closed on Friday at $13.09 and the moving averages are 70 and 200 periods in the last two candles.

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