- EPS diluted of $1.24; First-quarter record EPS diluted-adjusted of $1.26
- First-quarter record EBIT-adjusted of $2.7 billion
- GM Europe posts break-even performance
The company set first-quarter records for earnings and margin, with earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) adjusted of $2.7 billion and EBIT-adjusted margin of
7.1 percent. These compare to EBIT-adjusted of $2.1 billion and an EBIT-adjusted margin of 5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2015.
The earnings increase was driven by improved year-over-year results in all reporting segments, including breakeven performance in Europe.
“We’re growing where it counts, gaining retail share in the U.S., outpacing the industry in Europe and capitalizing on robust growth in SUV and luxury segments in China,” said Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This strong quarter also reflects the excellent progress we’re making to improve results in our more challenged global markets. Importantly, the continued success of our core business is enabling us to invest in advanced technology and innovations that will help shape the future of personal mobility.”
First-quarter 2016 EBIT-adjusted results included the impact of $0.3 billion restructuring costs, primarily in North America, compared to $0.1 billion in restructuring costs a year ago.
Net revenue during the quarter was $37.3 billion compared to $35.7 billion in the first quarter of 2015. Holding exchange rates constant, net revenue was
$2.9 billion higher than the first quarter of 2015.
Segment EBIT-Adjusted Results
- GM North America reported first-quarter record EBIT-adjusted of $2.3 billion, which includes $0.2 billion for restructuring costs. This compares with $2.2 billion in the first quarter of 2015.
- GM Europe reported EBIT-adjusted break-even results compared with $(0.2) billion in the first quarter of 2015.
- GM International Operations reported EBIT-adjusted of $0.4 billion compared with $0.4 billion in the first quarter of 2015. Results included China equity income of $0.5 billion in both periods.
- GM South America reported EBIT-adjusted of $(0.1) billion compared with $(0.2) billion in the first quarter of 2015.
- GM Financial reported earnings before tax of $0.2 billion, about equal to a year ago.
For the quarter, automotive cash flow from operating activities was $(0.7) billion. Adjusted automotive free cash flow was $(1.5) billion, improved from $(1.7) billion in the first quarter of 2015. GM ended the quarter with total automotive liquidity of $30.6 billion, and automotive cash and marketable securities of $18.5 billion.
Year-to-date through March 31, GM has returned approximately $0.9 billion of cash to shareholders through share repurchases of $0.3 billion and dividends of $0.6 billion.
“The quarter was a great start to a year in which we anticipate strong growth in earnings and free cash flow," said Chuck Stevens, GM executive vice president and chief financial officer.
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