General Motors Co. said Thursday it made $1.33 billion in the second quarter, a sign it’s getting healthier as it prepares to sell stock to the public.
It was the second straight quarterly profit for GM, which made $865 million in the first quarter.
CEO Ed Whitacre said last week that the company is eager to sell shares in an initial public offering so it can end its dependence on the government and pay off $43.3 billion in bailout funds that were converted into a majority stake in the company. [The GM finance arm, previously known as GMAC, now rebranded as ALLY Bank, owes $17 billion in bailout funds for a total of $60 billion owed to U.S. taxpayers - the Federal Governments "official" TARP website reports a total of $57.6 billion owed, "with the U.S. government investing a total of US$57.6 billion under the Troubled Asset Relief Program"]
Whitacre said the company plans to file paperwork in the near future for the IPO. But it’s unclear if the recent record of profits – $2.2 billion for the first half of 2010 – is enough to convince investors. GM lost $88 billion in the five years before it filed for bankruptcy protection last June. [GM lost far more than $88 billion - GM wrote off 100's of billions in debt in Bankruptcy - at present GM has $40 billion in unfunded pension and medical liabilities]
GM’s second-quarter revenue totaled $33.2 billion, up 5.3 percent from the first quarter on growing sales in every region except Europe. In the U.S., GM saw strong sales of new and redesigned models like the Chevrolet Equinox wagon and Buick LaCrosse sedan.
GM said it earned $2.55 per share for the quarter. [Per share of what? GM has no stock - this article is about the upcoming IPO - Initial Public Offering - remember - projecting per share value when there are no outstandng shares - the writer should be fired] GM didn’t report second-quarter results last year because it spent part of the quarter in bankruptcy protection, but on Thursday, GM said it lost $12.9 billion in the second quarter of 2009, or $21.12 per share.
So far, GM’s results are a reversal of fortune from 2009, when it lost $4.3 billion from July 10, the day it exited bankruptcy court, through Dec. 31. Before the first-quarter results, GM hadn’t reported a profit since the second quarter of 2007.
GM said it ended the quarter with $32.5 billion in cash, down from $36 billion in the first quarter.
Read the full article here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700056092/GM-posts-133-billion-profit-a-sign-of-strength.html
McAuleys World Commments:
I’ve never read more blatant BS in my life… GM’s entire “alleged” profit came from its increased sales in Communist China… GM sold 1.8 million cars in 2009 in Red China compared to 1.9 million cars in the US. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/04/gm-china-sales-up-67-perc_n_410252.html GM’s sales increase in Red China was nearly an 70% increase. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-07-02/gm-s-first-half-china-sales-surge-past-the-u-s-.html
GM hasn’t brought its overdue payments to the UAW Health and Welfare Fund current since bankruptcy … (The UAW Welfare Fund owns 12% of GM)… GM has not kept current with it’s obligations to fund its retiree pensions either – GM’s underfunded pension and medical payments have grown from $20 billion to $40 billion since bankruptcy …. a $20 billion dollar increase in just over 1 year … despite the rapid growth in Red China.
Meanwhile GM is moving operations out of the US. This from July, 19, 2010, “Reflecting China’s importance to GM, the company has relocated its international headquarters to Shanghai, where it has a joint venture with Chinese automaker SAIC.” http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100719/bs_afp/chinausautoresearchgm . http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/motoring/21874-change-china-and-chevrolet
Meanwhile GM also announced the building of a 3rd “Advance Research Facility” in Communist China at an expense of $250 million dollars … this 3rd research facility in Red China will open in 2011. GM has moved Advanced RD to China also. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/gm-moves-advanced-rd-to-china/
The first “Research Facility” was built at a cost of 2.5 billion dollars and resulted in the transfer of at least 2500 high paying RD jobs to Red China. (September 16, 2008 – GM Working on Chinese Tech Center). You remember September 2008 – two months later GM was in Washington with their hand out getting the $60 billion dollar bailout – the first $2.5 billion of the bailout went to build the Red China Tech Center. http://www.chinacartimes.com/2008/09/16/gm-working-on-chinese-tech-center/
While GM received $60 billion from American taxpayers – GM has invested $30 billion in its Red China operations. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-06/08/content_337473.htm , http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/299829/uaw_furious_over_new_gm_plant_in_china.html , http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/ifd/2008/103668.htm ,
The Government of Communist China has also announced a joint venture with GM to build and sell cars in India. (July 2010) – GM’s initial cost $1 billion… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/04/gm-china-sales-up-67-perc_n_410252.html , I reference this cite below.
GM is projecting that it will manufacture and sell more cars in Red China (over 2 million) than it will manufacture and sell in the US in 2010. http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2010/07/gm-china-sales-surpass-u-s-for-first-time/
UPDATE: Yesterday I posted a comment on the net and stated that GM is a failed business model and that “fudging” the US numbers can’t hide that fact. In the post I mistakenly credited GM with having 70,000 American employees and 180,000 American retirees to support with the 70,000 active employees. As it turns out, GM doesn’t have 70K US employees – not 60K, not 50K, GM now employs approximately 48,000 US employees and must support 180,000 retirees on the production of 48,000 US workers. 3.75 US retirees for every active US worker…
GM hasn’t paid a penny of its bailout debt back yet…
However, in January 2010, GM borrowed an additional $13.5 billion to build 3 new assembly plants in Thailand … http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/166905/thai-gm-signs-b13-5bn-loan-deal
The Obama Administration has “run” GM for 2 years now and under the Obama Administration GM’s investment and the transfer of assets and production capabilities to Red China has escalated …
The UAW membership had better wake up and smell the coffee – the Membership needs new leadership – NOW!
See this article by liberal Clinton Administration Advisor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, where he claims that GM now employs 52,000 American Workers and 39,000 in Red China. (My sources indicate 48,000 in the US and 46,000 in China – which means the Chinese would be “more productive” than their Americans counterparts as they are making more vehilces with fewer workers – if the American work force is more productive than the Chinese then GM must be employing more workers in China as they manufacture and sell more vehicles in Red China than in the US. If Reich’s numbers are correct, GM’s Chinese workers are making 30% more autos with a 25% smaller work force. For those who are interested, GM employed, roughly 470,000 U.S. workers in 1970. http://www.laprogressive.com/economic-equality/decoupling-corporate-profits/
Reich specifically addressed the bogus claim frequently made by the “deniers” that US Taxpayer money was being spent on Chinese expansion when he noted the following, “You and I and other American taxpayers still own over 60 percent of GM. We bought GM to save GM jobs, remember? GM officials say no American taxpayer money is being used to expand in China. But money is fungible. Because of our generosity, GM can now use the dollars it doesn’t have to spend in the United States meeting its American payrolls and repaying its creditors, for new investments in China.” Reich went on to note, “So with all this money and profit, they’ll start hiring again, right? Wrong … First, lots of their profits are coming from their overseas operations. So that’s where they’re investing and expanding production…” http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/31/INV91EKOIV.DTL#ixzz0wQeWBPHP
In addition to expanding its capacity through adding production shifts and developing its existing assembly lines to meet robust market demand, Lee said that GM was still considering building a new plant in China in the near future to accommodate strong growth in the world’s largest auto market.
“We have enough capacity to build the cars we need to sell this year and we need to continue to look for ways of increasing our capacity. That will mean we will have to add a new plant some time in the near future,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of GM China.
For the first two months of 2010, GM’s sales in China rose 73.6 percent from a year earlier to a record 393,498 units.
In December, GM announced a plan to cede control of its key Chinese joint venture Shanghai GM Corp to local partner SAIC. In return for the move, GM will partner SAIC to push into India and other emerging markets. [Cede control to the Chinese Communist Government - and also pony up $1 billion in cash - GM had to kick in $1 billion into the joint venture in India - I've cited an article above in the Huffington Post for confirmation]
According to the plan, SAIC would pay about $85 million for the added 1 percent share, boosting its total stake in Shanghai GM to 51 percent, enabling it to consolidate the venture’s accounts on to its balance sheet. [Note: this is the first time in the history of the world that any Company ceded control of its largest money maker for the purpose of letting someone else do the books - as the US taxpayer owned 61% of GM why did the Obama Administration allow this to happen? GM actually paid the Chinese Communist Government to take over majority control of GM's top money maker - do the math - GM received $85 million (85,000.000) for the 1% but had to pony up $1 billion ($1,000,000,000) for the joint venture, a net payout by GM of $915 million dollars (915,000,000)]
and this ….
But GM’s decision to cede control of Shanghai General Motors to SAIC left analysts puzzled. GM has had huge success in China in recent years and has worked hand in hand with SAIC to achieve it.
“(With) General Motors and SAIC, everything was done jointly, all decision-making was split right down the middle,” said Tim Dunne, director of Asia-Pacific market intelligence for JD Power & Associates. “Is there something that we’re not seeing? I don’t know, but it’s not typical … to just cede management control over the budget and who runs the company.”
The deal comes on the heels of GM’s board and CEO Fritz Henderson parting ways Tuesday, the board upset that the automaker’s turnaround wasn’t moving more swiftly and Henderson frustrated with second-guessing, two people close to the former CEO said. Board Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr. has taken over as CEO while a global search is conducted.