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Ford reports first quarter earnings with $34.5bn revenue, net loss of $3.1bn from Rivian investment

The manufacturing technology in the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is just as innovative as the F-150 Lightning. It is the first Ford plant without traditional in-floor conveyor lines and instead uses robotic Autonomous Guided Vehicles to move F-150 Lightning trucks from workstation to station in the plant.

Ford (NYSE: F) reported $34.5 billion in revenue through Q1 2022, with a net loss of $3.1 billion “primarily attributable to valuation of investment in Rivian.” The Detroit-based automaker said demand for its vehicles was strong in the first quarter, but deliveries were tempered by supply chain issues.

“The appeal of these products – Bronco, Bronco Sport, Maverick, Mustang Mach-E, E-Transit, and now the F-150 Lightning – is undeniable,” Ford CEO Jim Farley said. “That’s translating into orders, typically with rich configurations that deliver great experiences to those customers and healthy pricing for us. Now, we’re breaking constraints wherever they exist to get more Ford vehicles – including our innovative EVs – to more customers as quickly as possible.”

Ford launches F-150 Lightning production at Rouge Electric Vehicle Center

Ford’s $34.5 billion in first-quarter revenue is a 9 percent decrease from Q1 2021, with wholesale shipments of nearly 970,000 vehicles during the first three months of 2022. Ford’s adjusted results excluded a loss of $5.4 billion on its 12 percent stake in Rivian.

Ford said its net loss of $3.1 billion was “primarily attributable to a mark-to-market loss of $5.4 billion on the company’s investment in Rivian.” The company’s adjusted earnings before interest and taxes were $2.3 billion, with an adjusted EBIT margin of 6.7 percent.

Ford reported an EPS of $0.38, beating Wall Street estimates narrowly, which projected an EPS of $0.37. Additionally, Ford’s automotive revenue at $32.1 billion edged out consensus estimates of $31.13 billion.

The automaker said it would maintain its full-year outlook for $11.5 billion to $12.5 billion in adjusted EBIT. It also expects free cash flow to land between $5.5 billion to $6.5 billion.

Electric Vehicles

Ford has committed to reaching a worldwide EV manufacturing capacity of 600,000 units by the end of 2023. It plans to ramp its electric vehicle programs quickly to start catching up to industry leader Tesla, who Farley believes the automaker can begin to gain ground on following the production of the F-150 Lightning. Ford launched initial production of the all-electric pickup yesterday, with initial deliveries set to begin in the coming days, Farley said at the event.

Ford believes it can build 2,000,000 EVs every year by the end of 2026, including the Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, E-Transit, and another electric truck that it plans to build from the ground up.

Ford stock closed at $14.85, up 0.99 percent on the day. It was up 2.63 percent in after-hours trading, as of 4:44 PM in New York.

2022 Financials FORD 1Q by Joey Klender on Scribd

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Ford reports first quarter earnings with $34.5bn revenue, net loss of $3.1bn from Rivian investment
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