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|52-week range||10.16 - 24.95|
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Jim Hackett is trying to make changes. But the auto maker is ‘burning a lot of cash in a lot of places,’ says one analyst.
According to Reuters, of the 24 analysts covering Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) on April 18, 2018, 46% recommended “buy,” 42% recommended “hold,” and 12% recommended “sell.” As of April 18, Fiat Chrysler had a market capitalization of ~$24 billion, which was much lower than General Motors‘ (GM), Ford‘s (F), and Tesla’s (TSLA) market caps of $53 billion, $43 billion, and $50 billion, respectively. Analysts’ 12-month target price for Fiat Chrysler was $32.43, ~33.5% higher than its market price of $24.29.
Previously in this series, we learned that Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) stock has outperformed peers and the broader market in 2018 so far. Investors’ high expectations for the company’s 1Q18 earnings could be another reason for its strong Wall Street performance. In this part, we’ll explore analysts’ estimates for its 1Q18 earnings and review its earnings in 4Q17.
Italian-American auto giant Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) is scheduled to release its 1Q18 earnings on April 26. According to 2017 auto sales volumes, FCAU maintained its position as the fourth-largest US automaker after General Motors (GM), Ford (F), and Toyota (TM). Let’s look at its stock performance in April so far.
On April 17, 2018, Ford (F) stock was trading at $11.38. Since posting a 52-week low of $10.14 on March 2, 2018, the company’s stock has recovered ~12.2%. Ford stock stayed below a downward sloping trendline for two years until September 2017, when it violated the trendline, reflecting a gradual positive shift. Let’s look at some key support and resistance areas in Ford stock ahead of its 1Q18 earnings event.
As of April 17, 2018, Ford’s (F) forward EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) ratio was 13.3x. The ratio, which has inched up over the last few quarters, is higher than many competitors’. General Motors’ (GM) and Fiat Chrysler’s (FCAU) forward EV-to-EBITDA ratios were 7.1x and 2.4x, respectively.
In 4Q17, Ford (F) reported an adjusted pre-tax profit of $1.4 billion from its automotive segment, with an operating profit margin of 3.7%. This margin was smaller than its adjusted operating profit margin of 5.7% in 4Q16. Ford’s pre-tax profits worsened in all key reporting segments but South America. While its South American profits improved, they remained in negative territory. Despite positive growth in its global wholesale volumes, Ford’s pre-tax profit in 4Q17 was hurt by higher commodity prices, recall costs, and currency headwinds driven by the British pound.
With key inflation gauges declining, BOE rate hike fears have clearly subsided making British big companies a strong investment.
In 4Q17, Ford (F) reported revenue of $38.5 billion from its automotive segment, up 7% from 4Q16 and higher than analysts’ estimate of $37 billion. Ford’s US sales rose 2% YoY (year-over-year), driving its revenue higher during the quarter. Let’s look at what analysts expect for Ford’s 1Q18 revenue.
According to Reuters, of the 24 analysts covering Ford (F) stock, most (79%) have recommended “hold,” 17% have recommended “buy,” and 4% have recommended “sell.” As of April 17, 2018, Ford’s 12-month target price was $12.39, implying an upside potential of ~8.8% based on its market price of $11.38. Its target price was $12.85 about two months ago. In the last six months, many analysts have changed their rating on Ford stock to “hold.”
Previously, we looked at how Ford (F) stock underperformed the S&P 500 in 1Q18, while Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ferrari (RACE), and Toyota (TM) outperformed the broader market. US auto companies Ford and General Motors (GM) faced investors’ concerns about softening US vehicle sales and trade-war fears. On the brighter side, US light vehicle sales remained firm in 1Q18, rising ~1.9% YoY (year-over-year), which could why most auto stocks are trading positively in April. Let’s look at what we can expect from Ford’s 1Q18 earnings results.
Ford (F) is set to release its 1Q18 earnings results on April 25, 2018. Ford was the second-largest US auto company by 2017 vehicle sales volume, after General Motors (GM). Before we explore what investors could expect from the company’s upcoming earnings, let’s explore how Ford stock has fared in 2018 so far.
In the auto sector, valuation multiples are used by investors to compare companies that are similar in size or business. Let’s take a look at these multiples for mainstream auto companies Toyota (TM), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU).
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PARIS (Reuters) - European car registrations fell 5.2 pct in March, led by Nissan , Ford (F.N) and Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI), according to data published on Wednesday by auto industry association ACEA. Sales ...
European car registrations fell 5.2 percent in March, led by Nissan , Ford and Fiat Chrysler , according to data published on Wednesday by auto industry association ACEA. Sales fell to 1.84 million cars ...
Autonomous cars continue to be a major area of focus for most automakers and Ford Motor Company (F) is the latest to jump the bandwagon.
According to Reuters, of the 21 analysts covering Honda (HMC) on April 11, 2018, ~62% recommended “buy” and 38% recommended “hold.” There were no “sell” recommendations. About ten days ago, 57% of analysts were recommending “buy.”
According to Reuters, of the 24 analysts covering Fiat Chrysler stock on April 11, 2018, ~46% recommended “buy,” 42% advised investors to be cautious on the stock by recommending “hold,” and 12% recommended “sell.”
In the previous part, we looked at analysts’ views on Tesla (TSLA) and discussed why many have turned negative on its stock in the last couple of months. In this part, we’ll look at General Motors (GM). According to Reuters, of the 24 analysts covering the stock on April 11, 2018, 50% recommended “buy,” 42% recommended “hold,” and 8% expected it to underperform, recommending “sell.”
O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY), Advance Auto Parts (AAP), and AutoZone (AZO) are the three largest US auto part retailers. Their stocks have reached record highs three years ago. However, in 2017, these companies largely struggled due to dropping sales growth, which hurt their stocks. In April 2018, this weakness has continued, partly due to broader market weakness and a weak industry outlook. Let’s take a closer look.
According to Reuters, of the 24 analysts covering Ford (F) on April 11, ~17% recommended “buy,” 79% recommended “hold,” and 4% recommended “sell.” Two months ago, 13% of analysts recommended “buy.”