GM Q1 earnings rise 255.5% to US$3.2B, partly on gains related to sales of interest in Delphi Automotive, Ally Financial; revenue up 14.9% to US$36.2B as demand for fuel-efficient vehicles grows

DETROIT , May 6, 2011 (press release) – Net income of $1.77 per share including a net gain from special items of $0.82 per share
EBIT of $3.5 billion and EBIT-adjusted of $2.0 billion
GM Europe achieves breakeven results on an EBIT-adjusted basis


General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) today announced first quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $3.2 billion, or $1.77 per fully-diluted share, marking the company’s fifth consecutive profitable quarter. Revenue increased $4.7 billion to $36.2 billion, compared with the first quarter of 2010.

“We are on plan,” said Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO. “GM has delivered five consecutive profitable quarters, thanks to strong customer demand for our new fuel-efficient vehicles and a competitive cost structure that allows us to leverage our strong brands around the world and focus on driving profitable automotive growth.”

Net income attributable to common stockholders includes gains of $1.6 billion and $0.3 billion respectively related to the sales of the company’s ownership interest in Delphi Automotive LLP and Ally Financial Inc. preferred stock. It also includes a $0.4 billion goodwill impairment charge at GM Europe (GME) resulting from a change in accounting standards and charges totaling $0.1 billion at GM International Operations (GMIO) related to revised tax regulations affecting the company’s India joint venture. Combined, these special items increased net income attributable to common stockholders by $1.5 billion or $0.82 per fully-diluted share.

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were $3.5 billion. EBIT adjusted to exclude special items was $2.0 billion compared with $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2010.

GM North America (GMNA) reported EBIT of $2.9 billion compared with $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2010. On an EBIT-adjusted basis, GMNA increased its earnings by $0.1 billion to $1.3 billion compared with the first quarter of 2010. The company expects GMNA’s quarterly EBIT-adjusted results to improve on average for the remainder of the year compared with the first quarter as better pricing and improved fixed cost should more than offset commodity cost increases and unfavorable mix.

GME reported EBIT of $(0.4) billion. GME’s results improved by $0.6 billion on an EBIT-adjusted basis compared with the first quarter of 2010 and it achieved a significant milestone by delivering breakeven results on that basis. Based on current plans, GME is targeting to achieve breakeven results on an EBIT-adjusted basis before restructuring for the entire year.

GMIO reported EBIT of $0.5 billion compared with $0.9 billion in the first quarter of 2010. On an EBIT-adjusted basis, GMIO earned $0.6 billion in the first quarter, a decline of $0.3 billion compared with the first quarter of 2010.

GM South America (GMSA) reported EBIT of $0.1 billion, down $0.2 billion from the first quarter of 2010. There were no adjustments in either period.

GM expects that full-year 2011 EBIT-adjusted results will show solid improvement over 2010. GM continues to expect no material impact on full-year results from the Japan crisis.

For the quarter, automotive cash flow from operating activities was $(0.6) billion and automotive free cash flow was $(1.9) billion. Both figures include the $2.5 billion cash impact of GM’s decision, announced in October 2010, to end a wholesale advance agreement with Ally Financial.

GM ended the quarter with very strong total liquidity of $36.5 billion. Automotive cash and marketable securities, including Canadian Health Care Trust restricted cash, was $30.6 billion compared with $27.6 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010.

“GM has great potential to deliver profitable growth around the world as the recovery continues,” said Dan Ammann, senior vice president and CFO. “While we’re encouraged, we keenly recognize we have more opportunities to leverage our scale, improve spending and investment efficiencies, and optimize our strong balance sheet.”

About General Motors – General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

IndustryIntel Editor's Note: In an omitted table, the company reported 2010 Q1 net earnings of US$0.9 billion, net sales of $31.5 billion.

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