GM: Strategies for the future of mobility

Investing in autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing services

2016/07/04

Summary

2017 GMC Acadia (North American International Auto Show 2016)
2017 GMC Acadia (North American International Auto Show 2016)

 With the dust settling on its recall issues, GM reported improved profits in 2015, and has maintained strong results in the first quarter of 2016. The continued success of its core automotive business is enabling the automaker to invest in advanced technology and innovations that will help shape the future of personal mobility.

 The fields that are important for leading this transformation include connectivity, autonomous driving, car-sharing and electrification. In 2016, GM launched a new car-sharing service under its own brand, and entered into a strategic alliance with the ride-sharing company Lyft. Moreover, GM revealed a plan to acquire Cruise Automation which is developing autonomous vehicle technology.

 GM’s 2015 global unit sales increased by 0.3% year-over-year (y/y) to 9.96 million units, marking a record high for the third consecutive year. Strong sales of pickups and SUVs in North America and high demand for luxury cars and SUVs in China offset stagnant sales in South America and Russia. While revenue fell by 2.3% y/y, adjusted EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) increased from USD 6.5 billion the previous year to USD 10.8 billion and net income grew from USD 2.8 billion to USD 9.7 billion. Both adjusted EBIT and net income hit record highs. While unit sales decreased by 1% in the first quarter of 2016, the company maintained strong results as revenue increased by 4.3%, and adjusted EBIT-adjusted and net income improved significantly compared to the first quarter of 2015.

 GM expects that its results will improve in 2016 driven by significant vehicle launches, improved efficiency in core operations, and a continued emphasis on growing its adjacent businesses. The adjusted EBIT for the year is expected to improve, and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) is projected to be USD 5.25-5.75 compared to USD 5.02 in 2015.


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