Shares of Ford Motor dropped almost 8% Wednesday, a day after the auto manufacturer estimates a lower revenue for this year, surprising analysts who additionally criticized the company’s administration for holding back details on the earnings shortfall.
The disappointing scope marks the higher prices that Ford has been spending on developing autonomous and electric cars to maintain pace with pioneers like Tesla.
The #2 U.S. auto manufacturer by sales volume is far behind Tesla in the development of electric automobile technology. A recent surge in Tesla’s shares has taken its market value to $160 billion, nearly four times that of Ford’s valuation, despite having sales volumes that are less than 10% of Ford.
Ford estimates 2020 adjusted earnings before interest and taxes between $5.6 billion and $6.6 billion, largely below at the midpoint.
Ford further warned of lower profits at its credit unit and better warranty costs; however, it didn’t provide details.
While 2021 seems promising for Ford attributable to its 2020 new product investment, “traders are likely to sit out” until the corporate is ready to show “sustainable” improvement in its revenue, Spak stated.
Ford’s adjusted EBIT has dropped for at least second straight years. The car manufacturer’s shares surged around 5% in the past year, underperforming a 21% increase in the S&P 500 index.
Ford’s larger competitor General Motors on Wednesday, predicts flat profits for 2020, as it launched a new attempt to win over investors stampeding into Tesla’s shares.