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April 3, 2014
06:57 EDTDLPH, GMDelphi's role in GM recall could be put to test, Reuters says
Delphi Automotive's (DLPH) name does not appear on the outside of the 2.6M vehicles recalled by GM (GM) since February, but the company is getting drawn into an increasing wave of litigation for its role in making the faulty ignition switch which sparked the recalls, reported Reuters. Reference Link
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October 1, 2015
09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors outlines plans on future of personal mobility
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra and her leadership team outlined the company's plans to capitalize on the future of personal mobility. GM also said it plans to strengthen its core business through global growth initiatives and an aggressive product launch cadence. As a result, the company expects to increase its earnings per share and generate significant shareholder value. The company shared its plans with investors during a conference at its Milford Proving Ground. GM announced that late in 2016 it will add a fleet of 2017 Chevrolet Volts designed to drive autonomously within its renovated Warren Technical Center campus. GM also announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects, one in New York City operating today and one to come in first quarter next year in another U.S. city. In collaboration with Honda, it is developing a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell stack and hydrogen storage systems. GM confirmed its plans to jointly develop a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle with Honda (HMC) in the 2020 timeframe. The company expects to grow its business over the next five years through key initiatives including a $5 billion investment in an all-new Chevrolet growth market vehicle family; maintaining a strong market position in China by enhancing its presence in SUV and luxury segments; expanding Cadillac's vehicle portfolio into growing luxury segments; continuing the growth of GM Financial through the expansion of services globally, and expanding aftersales and OnStar revenue opportunities globally. In the same timeframe, GM plans to introduce a large number of all-new or refreshed vehicles globally. In 2015, about 26 percent of GM's global sales volume has come from vehicles new or refreshed within the previous 18 months. This percentage is projected to be 39 percent in 2016, 40 percent in 2017, 31 percent in 2018, and reach 40 percent in 2019 and 2020. GM is also accelerating its efforts to drive further cost efficiencies across the value chain, with a focus on enhancing overall value for its customers. The company said it expects to generate benefits of approximately $5.5 billion in purchasing, manufacturing and administration expense between 2015 and 2018, more than offsetting increased investments in brand development and technology.
05:56 EDTGMTrueCar boosts 2015 U.S. sales forecast to 17.4M from 17.2M
TrueCar (TRUE) raised its 2015 annual forecast by 200,000 units to 17.4 million as sales growth in the remaining months of 2015 is poised to remain vigorous. New auto sales in September, aided by a later-than-usual Labor Day, should expand by 12.6 percent from a year ago, while the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate should reach 17.7 million units. That strength underpins TrueCar's revised full-year industry forecast of 17.4 million units, the highest volume since 2000. Retail share of the total industry likely expanded a full point in September versus last year, indicating busier-than-average showrooms. Confident consumers are expected to push new vehicle revenue to a record $45 billion for the month, up 13.2 percent versus the same period last year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM), Daimler (DDAIF) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). TrueCar EVP Larry Dominique commented, "Volkswagen's stop sell of diesel vehicles in the U.S. causes a noticeable hit to its September revenue, with a 7.7 percent decline. We expect sales to dip by at least by 5 percent and incentives to increase by $235 per unit, which will be essential to push non-impacted models off the lots."
September 30, 2015
15:45 EDTGMGeneral Motors to hold a conference call
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09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors and Navistar reach long-term commercial vehicle agreement
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September 29, 2015
06:17 EDTGMFiat Chrysler labor deal faces resistance, NY Times reports
Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) tentative deal with the United Auto Workers union has seen resistance in early voting, with several plants rejecting the deal outright, the New York Times says. Voting at some of the largest plants will start Tuesday, and that fate of the proposed four-year deal will be determined by the middle of the week, the report says. Opponents to the deal have said that it does not offer any clear path for lower-tier workers to reach the highest levels of hourly play and fails to limit the number of entry-level workers, the report says. Fiat Chrysler's deal with its auto workers is viewed as a template for labor talks that General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) will have with their workers, the report says. Reference Link
September 28, 2015
18:51 EDTGMGM CEO plans increased focus on connectivity, autonomous driving, Reuters says
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07:11 EDTDLPHAuto parts makers defend diesel amid Volkswagen scandal, WSJ reports
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September 27, 2015
12:33 EDTDLPHAuto suppliers look like bargains after Volkswagen scandal, Barron's says
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September 25, 2015
09:17 EDTDLPHAuto suppliers decline on Volkswagen fears overdone, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that a 10% decline in diesel's market share in Europe would only reduce the annual EPS of Tenneco (TEN0, BorgWarner (BWA) and Delphi (DLPH) by 1%-5%, while the stocks have fallen by a median of 10.2% since September 17. The firm does not expect Volkswagen (VLKAY) sales to drop tremendously. It views fears about BorgWarner and Tenneco as "way overdone," and says that Delphi's weakness is also unjustified.
09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated
General Motors October weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, October and November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement.
06:34 EDTGMGM CEO again rejects idea of merger with Fiat Chrysler, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTGMGM CEO says pursuing profit margins, not market share, WSJ reports
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September 24, 2015
11:12 EDTDLPHAnalyst says Delphi pushed to 'attractive' level by Volkswagen scandal
The shares of auto equipment maker Delphi (DLPH) are falling nearly 4% this morning and have tumbled over 8% week-to-date in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal. In a note to investors today, RBC Capital recommended that investors buy Delphi shares at current levels, saying that the impact of the Volkswagen news on Delphi "appears limited." WHAT'S NEW: After meeting with Delphi's CEO and treasurer, RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak says that Delphi parts are not incorporated into any light vehicles with diesel engines in the U.S., while Volkswagen accounts for only about 1% of Delphi's overall powertrain business. Delphi could be hurt if European consumers stop buying diesel powered vehicles, according to Spak, who noted that Delphi generates double the revenue from diesel vehicles than it gets from gasoline vehicles. Such a scenario, however, is unlikely to play out and the company would see higher revenue from gasoline engines if it does occur, according to Spak. Addressing the company's outlook in China, Spak lowered his third quarter and full-year operating income estimates for the auto maker "towards the low end" of its guidance. However, he noted that Delphi "does seem to be confident" that it can meet its earnings per share guidance even if its production in China is flat in the second half of this year, the analyst stated. Moreover, Delphi suggested that its China business appears to be stabilizing, while some automakers are increasing their fourth quarter orders from previous levels, he wrote. Spak cut his price target on the stock to $91 from $93 but kept an Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday, Spak wrote that the decline of auto suppliers with exposure to Volkswagen's powertrain could be overdone. In addition to Delphi, he identified Magna (MGA) as having exposure to Volkswagen's powertrains. BorgWarner (BWA) would only lose 7c of EPS if all sales of cars with 1.5M Volkswagen engines disappear, the analyst added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Delphi dropped 3.7% to $71.36, while Magna fell 5.7% to $43.64 and BorgWarner declined 3.7% to $37.54.
09:03 EDTGMAlcoa completes expansion of Tennessee facility
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08:03 EDTDLPHDelphi should be bought at current levels, says RBC Capital
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07:55 EDTGMVW scandal strengthens Marchionne's quest for consolidation, Bloomberg says
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September 23, 2015
19:07 EDTGMStudy shows U.S. cars less safe than EU vehicles, Independent says
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14:14 EDTDLPHVolkswagen shares jump as CEO Winterkorn departs
Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York have jumped following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the news, several analysts made their own arguments regarding the stock, appearing quite bearish but saying long-term value still remains for Volkswagen even as it grapples with what could be years of fallout from its recent emissions failure. ANALYST OPINION: Several research firms weighed in on Volkswagen's ongoing emissions scandal this morning prior to Winterkorn announcing his resignation as CEO. Credit Suisse analyst Dan Galves commented more broadly that the events surrounding the emissions violations "will likely impact all OEM's that sell vehicles in Europe," explaining that European air pollution tests are "very misleading" and feature notable loopholes. The Volkswagen scandal could accelerate stricter testing standards, resulting in higher compliance costs for automakers as well as weakened appeal for diesel engines, according to Galves. Autoparts suppliers with exposure to diesel vehicles like BorgWarner (BWA) and Delphi (DLPH) may see a "modest drag" if consumer sentiment shifts, though Magna (MGA) could benefit from increased compliance spending, added the analyst. Meanwhile, JPMorgan's Jose Asumendi downgraded Volkswagen to Neutral from Overweight. The analyst noted that the North American engine recall is not his primary worry, but rather the company's European exposure, especially given the potential for additional investigations and the lack of clarity on the company's total liability. Separately, Deutsche Bank analyst Tim Rokossa downgraded the stock to Hold and cut his price target to EUR130 from EUR260. Though the stock's recent slip may look like a buying opportunity, the complete impact of the scandal will likely take "much longer" to unfold, stressed Rokossa. Beyond "very painful" legal fees, the scandal's impact on Volkswagen operations is the more key concern as damage to the Volkswagen and Audi brands pressures pricing, argued Rokossa. Volkswagen was also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nataxis this morning. In addition to the downgrades, Fitch Ratings placed Volkswagen's ratings, including its 'A' Long-term Issuer Default Rating, on Rating Watch Negative, reflecting "the reputational damage" on the group's brands the emission test scandal and the expected multi-billion euros financial impact from potential fines, recall costs, lawsuits and legal claims. CEO EXIT: Martin Winterkorn stepped down as CEO of Volkswagen on Wednesday as the company's emissions scandal continued to unfold. The former Chief Executive stated, "I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group. As CEO I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the supervisory board to agree on terminating my function as CEO... I am doing this in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part...The process of clarification and transparency must continue. This is the only way to win back trust." Winterkorn's announcement was quickly followed by a statement from the supervisory board itself, saying its executive committee "recognizes not only the economic damage caused, but also the loss of trust among many customers worldwide." The executive committee explained that recommendations for new personnel will be presented at an upcoming board meeting this Friday, but cautioned that it is expecting "further personnel consequences in the next days" as its internal investigations continue "at a high tempo." Importantly, the board also stated that it will voluntarily submit a complaint to the State Prosecutors' office in Brunswick, remarking that "criminal proceedings may be relevant." Possible replacements for Winterkorn include Matthias Mueller, head of the Porsche brand who has the support of the family that controls a majority stake of VW, and Herbert Diess, who recently joined from BMW (BAMXY), said Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Volkswagen trading in New York have advanced 8.3% to $27.55 in afternoon trading following Winterkorn's departure, though the company's American Depository Receipts have crashed nearly 28% since the emissions failure became public. Fellow German automakers BMW and Daimler (DDAIF) have also suffered double digit percentage declines in their New York listed shares since news of the scandal.
09:18 EDTGMPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:50 EDTDLPHWeakness in auto suppliers could create opportunities, says RBC Capital
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