Ford has record pretax profit on soaring sales
F-series best-selling pickup in Canada and U.S.
Improving sales in most of the world helped Ford Motor Co. achieve a record pretax profit in 2015, and the company says the numbers could go even higher this year.
Full-year pretax profit jumped 48 per cent to $10.8 billion US as its global sales and market share grew. Ford's U.S. sales reached their highest level in a decade, and its F-Series pickup remained the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for the 34th straight year. It's also the best-selling pickup in Canada, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.
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A change in the way Ford accounts for its pension costs also boosted pretax results.
"We've been saying for quite some time that we are probably at a plateau at very high absolute levels," he said. Shanks said low oil prices, low interest rates and a growing housing market in the U.S. all bode well for 2016.
Profit-sharing for workers
Last year's results will mean a record profit-sharing check of $9,300 for each of Ford's 53,000 U.S. hourly workers.
"We really started to see the international operations start to come forward," Shanks said. "That is the real opportunity for Ford going forward."
Ford's full-year net income jumped to $7.4 billion US. Excluding one-time items, such as $600 million in employee separation payments, Ford earned $1.93 per share, beating Wall Street's forecast. Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting full-year earnings of $1.73 per share.
6.5 million vehicles sold worldwide
Ford's revenue rose 4 per cent to $149.6 billion for the year, also beating forecasts. Global sales rose 5 per cent to 6.6 million for the year.
Ford launched 16 vehicles worldwide last year, down from 24 the year before. New products, like the three-row Edge SUV, helped it achieve record sales of 1.1 million in China.
Fourth-quarter net profit more than doubled to $1.9 billion. After one-time items, Ford earned 58 cents per share for the quarter, beating Wall Street's forecast of 50 cents.
Fourth-quarter revenue rose 12 per cent to $40.3 billion, also beating analysts' expectations.