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Good News For Corvette Lovers: GM Isn't Broke!

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On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Good News For Corvette Lovers:  GM Isn't Broke!

It seems General Motors has been making the most of all that bail-out money it got some time ago because, as you can see from the following press release, they are making some pretty good money. Net income is up 89% over last quarter. CEO and chairman Dan Akerson even gives the new Chevrolet Sonic a shoutout, but we know what he was thinking—the same thing we were:  "C7, here we come!"


DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) today announced second quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $2.5 billion, or $1.54 per fully-diluted share, marking the company’s sixth consecutive profitable quarter. In the second quarter of 2010, GM’s net income attributable to common stockholders was $1.3 billion, or 85 cents per fully-diluted share.

Revenue increased $6.2billion to $39.4billion, compared with the second quarter of 2010. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) adjusted was $3.0 billion compared with $2.0 billion in the second quarter of 2010. There were no special items in either period.

“GM’s investments in fuel economy, design and quality are paying off around the world as our global market share growth and financial results bear out,” said Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO. “Our progress has been steady and we’re preparing to launch more new products this year, including the Chevrolet Sonic in North America, the Opel/Vauxhall Zafira in Europe and the Baojun630 in China to keep the momentum going.”

GM Results Overview (in billions except for per share amounts)

Q2 2010

Q2 2011




Net income attributable to common stockholders
Earnings per share (EPS) diluted



Special items



Automotive net cash flow from operating activities
Automotive free cash flow



  • GM North America (GMNA) reported EBIT-adjusted of $2.2 billion, an improvement of $0.6 billion compared with the second quarter of 2010.
  • GM Europe (GME) reported EBIT-adjusted of $0.1 billion, an improvement of $0.3 billion compared with the second quarter of 2010. In the second quarter of 2011, GME incurred restructuring costs of approximately $100 million which was approximately $200 million less than in the second quarter of 2010.
  • GM International Operations (GMIO) reported EBIT-adjusted of $0.6 billion, up $0.1 billion from the second quarter of 2010.
  • GM South America (GMSA) reported EBIT-adjusted of $0.1 billion, down $0.1 billion from the second quarter of 2010.

For the quarter, automotive cash flow from operating activities was $5.0 billion and automotive free cash flow was $3.8 billion.

GM ended the quarter with very strong total automotive liquidity of $39.7 billion. Automotive cash and marketable securities, including Canadian Health Care Trust restricted cash, was $33.8 billion compared with $30.6 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2011.

Based on current industry outlook, the company expects that EBIT-adjusted in the second half of 2011 will be modestly lower than in the first half and that its full-year 2011 EBIT-adjusted will show solid improvement over 2010.

“Our earnings and cash flow are solid and we’re going to keep working on the fundamentals of strong brands, great products and operating leverage to create profitable growth around the world,” said Dan Ammann, senior vice president and CFO.

About General Motors– General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 208,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

In this press release and in related comments by our management, our use of the words “expect,” “anticipate,” “possible,” “potential,” “target,” “believe,” “commit,” “intend,” “continue,” “may,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “project,” “projected,” “positioned” or similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements that represent our current judgment about possible future events. We believe these judgments are reasonable, but these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results, and our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of important factors. Among other items, such factors might include: our ability to realize production efficiencies and to achieve reductions in costs as a result of our restructuring initiatives and labor modifications; our ability to maintain quality control over our vehicles and avoid material vehicle recalls; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity and financing sources and an appropriate level of debt, including as required to fund our planned significant investment in new technology; the ability of our suppliers to timely deliver parts, components and systems; our ability to realize successful vehicle applications of new technology; and our ability to continue to attract new customers, particularly for our new products. GM's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q provides information about these and other factors, which we may revise or supplement in future reports to the SEC.

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dwalter | 4:18PM (Mon, Aug 8, 2011)

I'm sure the impact of the earthquake in Japan has helped GM's numbers


imwithcoco | 10:44AM (Wed, Aug 10, 2011)

... and the Toyota recalls!

  • imwithcoco

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