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GM Reports Third Quarter Net Income of $1.5 billion as EBIT-adjusted increases to $2.3 billion

DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) today announced third quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.5 billion, or $0.89 per fully diluted share including the impact of special items, which reduced net income by $0.1 billion and diluted earnings per share by $0.04. In the third quarter a year ago, GM’s net income attributable to common stockholders was $1.7 billion, or $1.03 per fully diluted share.


Net revenue in the third quarter of 2012 was $37.6 billion compared with $36.7 billion a year ago. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) adjusted was $2.3 billion compared with $2.2 billion a year ago.

“GM had a solid quarter because customers around the world love our new vehicles and we’re also seeing green shoots take hold on tough issues like complexity reduction, pensions and

Europe,” said Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. “We are going to keep playing offense with growth products like the Chevrolet Onix, Opel Mokka and Cadillac ATS and continue to systematically address business risks.”

Senior Vice President and CFO Dan Ammann added, “While we still have a lot of work to do, especially in Europe, it is encouraging to see our results begin to reflect the discipline we are bringing to bear on the overall business.”

GM Results Overview (in billions except for per share amounts)
Automotive free cash flow $1.2 $0.3
$ $ 3.1
$ 1.8
Q3 2012
Q3 2011
$ 37.6
$ 36.7
Net income attributable to common stockholders
$ 1.5
$ 1.7
Earnings per share (EPS) fully diluted
$ 0.89
$ 1.03
Impact of special items on EPS fully diluted
$ 0.04
Automotive net cash flow from operating activities
$ 2.3
$ 2.2

Third Quarter Segment Results

  • GM North America (GMNA) reported EBIT-adjusted of $1.8 billion compared with $2.2 billion a year ago.
  • GM Europe (GME) reported an EBIT-adjusted of $(0.5) billion compared with $(0.3) billion a year ago.
  • GM International Operations (GMIO) reported EBIT-adjusted of $0.7 billion compared with $0.4 billion a year ago.
  • GM South America (GMSA) reported EBIT-adjusted of $0.1 billion compared with near breakeven results a year ago.
  • GM Financial earnings before tax was $0.2 billion, up slightly compared with a year ago.


Cash Flow and Liquidity

For the quarter, automotive cash flow from operating activities was $3.1 billion, up $1.3 billion from a year ago, and automotive free cash flow was $1.2 billion, up $0.9 billion. GM ended the quarter with very strong total automotive liquidity of $37.5 billion. Automotive cash and marketable securities was $31.6 billion.

Pension De-Risking Transactions

During the quarter, approximately 30 percent of eligible U.S. salaried retirees accepted GM’s offer to receive a lump sum payment in lieu of ongoing pension benefits. In addition, GM expects to close in early November a previously announced transaction through which The

Prudential Insurance Company of America will assume responsibility for pension obligations covering GM’s remaining eligible U.S. salaried retirees.

Through annuitizations and lump sum payments, approximately $29 billion of GM’s U.S. salaried pension liability is expected to be eliminated compared with an original estimate of $26 billion.

In connection with these transactions, GM expects to make total cash contributions to its U.S. salaried pension plan of approximately $2.6 billion. In addition, GM will record an approximately

$2.9 billion pre-tax charge in the fourth quarter as a special item. GM originally estimated that it would make a cash contribution of $3.5 billion to $4.5 billion and record a charge of $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion.


Fourth Quarter Outlook

GM’s consolidated fourth quarter EBIT-adjusted will follow typical seasonal trends with results estimated to be similar to or slightly better than the same period a year ago.

GM also indicated that to the extent positive financial trends continue the reversal of a significant portion of its valuation allowance on U.S. and Canadian deferred tax assets is possible in the fourth quarter of 2012. At Sept. 30, 2012, valuation allowances on deferred tax assets in the United States and Canada were $35.6 billion and $3.2 billion. In addition, valuation allowance reversals could result in goodwill impairment.


Europe Outlook

GM currently estimates GME’s EBIT-adjusted for the 2012 calendar year to be in a range of $(1.5) billion to $(1.8) billion, depending on the level of restructuring activity in the fourth quarter.

In addition, the company is targeting full-year 2013 EBIT-adjusted for GME to be slightly better than 2012. Break-even EBIT-adjusted results are targeted by mid-decade.