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Ford’s Earnings Disappoint, Shares Plunge 12% on Cost and EV Concerns

by Lucas Finis

Ford’s share price careened over 12% lower on October 27th after its latest earnings report raised red flags around manufacturing costs and delays in electric vehicle spending. The sharp single-day decline erased over $5 billion in market value, illustrating investors’ concerns about Ford’s ability to navigate industry headwinds.

The selloff contrasted with rival General Motors’ well-received results earlier in the week, further spotlighting Ford’s competitive challenges. With Ford stock trading at nearly its lowest level in over a decade, analysts are questioning its strategy for pivoting to electric and tackling deteriorating macroeconomic conditions.

Ford mainly attributed its revenue and profit shortfalls to the recently settled 40-day United Auto Workers strike that halted output at three US factories, including a key truck plant. But compounding the impact, Ford reached an agreement estimated to add between $850 million and $900 million in annual costs once the new labor contract takes effect.

This stoked fears that the deal would hamper efforts by CEO Jim Farley to improve Ford’s cost structure and operating margins. Farley aims to trim $3 billion in costs by 2026, but analysts noted the target looks increasingly difficult given inflationary and supply chain pressures.


Meanwhile, Ford’s spending delays around electric vehicle manufacturing capacity reinforced concerns about execution. The company now plans to push back $12 billion in investments previously slated for 2024-2025, aiming to better align with demand.

But this pivot risks ceding momentum to rivals like GM and Tesla aggressively expanding EV production lines. It also contributes to doubts around Farley’s vow to gain 8% global EV market share by 2026.

Ford maintains it isn’t slowing EV development, with plans for a major F-150 Lightning truck factory still on track. However, the capacity delays and recent price cuts on the Mustang Mach-E undermine confidence in Ford’s transition to emissions-free transportation.

With interest rates climbing and fears of recession swirling, investors are strongly favoring automakers with cohesive strategies for weathering looming storms. Ford’s stumbles on costs and EVs signal it may lag competitors better positioned for leaner times ahead.

To reclaim its luster on Wall Street, Ford must demonstrate it can deftly calibrate financial discipline with strategic ambition. This includes showing investors it can stem margin erosion while still investing smartly in future-proofing vehicle lineups.

Strong early demand for the Lightning is promising, but Ford faces a make-or-break period to hone operations and prove EVs make business sense. With its stock languishing, Ford has little margin for error in delivering the resilience and innovation markets now demand.

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