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Chrysler reports that its vehicle sales jumped by 12 percent in the third quarter over the same period in 2011. That step up was enough to bump profits by 80 percent to $381 million on $15.5 billion of net revenue. Moving forward, the automaker expects to see fourth-quarter profit of $210 million, which should help the company realize its forecast of $1.5 billion of net profit for the year. Reuters reports Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne expects the automaker's free cash flow for 2012 to be "well in excess" of $1 billion.

Over the same period, the smallest of the Big Three laid claim to an 11.3-percent slice of the domestic market, thanks largely to a 16-percent jump in US retail sales. More importantly, the manufacturer's net industrial debt now sits at $693 million, down from $2.2 billion one year ago. You can check out the full press release below for more information.
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Chrysler Group Third-Quarter 2012 Net Income Increased To $381 Million. Third-Quarter Modified Operating Profit Increased 46 Percent To $706 Million

• Chrysler Group LLC's third-quarter net income was $381 million, up 80 percent from $212 million a year ago
• Net revenue for the quarter was $15.5 billion, up 18 percent from $13.1 billion a year ago
• Modified Operating Profit(b) grew to $706 million in the quarter, up 46 percent from a year earlier
• Cash(d) at quarter-end was $11.9 billion compared with $9.5 billion a year ago and $12.1 billion at June 30, 2012; Free Cash Flow(e) for the quarter was a negative $65 million compared with a negative $699 million a year ago
• Net Industrial Debt(f) was $693 million at Sept. 30, 2012, an improvement of $2.2 billion from a year ago
• Worldwide vehicle shipments were 559,000 in the quarter, up 19 percent from 469,000 a year ago
• Worldwide vehicle sales for the third quarter totaled 556,000, up 12 percent from a year ago
• U.S. market share was 11.3 percent for the third quarter, which included a 16 percent increase in U.S. retail sales; market share in Canada was 14.3 percent
• Production of the all-new, fuel-efficient 2013 Dodge Dart is steadily ramping up, and the new 2013 Ram 1500, with best-in-class fuel economy, is accumulating positive reviews and is included on the list for North American Truck of the Year

October 29, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Chrysler Group LLC today reported preliminary third-quarter financial results, including net income of $381 million, an increase of 80 percent from the same quarter a year ago, reflecting continued sales increases for the product lineup in total, including sales of the all-new Dodge Dart. For the first nine months of the year, net income totaled $1.3 billion.

"We've changed the conversation at Chrysler Group," said Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group LLC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We have revamped our product lineup with such segment-defining models as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chrysler 300. Critics and consumers already are responding positively to the Dodge Dart and to the 2013 Ram 1500, with its best-in-class fuel economy. We continue to work feverishly and are pleased to see that our all-consuming aspiration for excellence is translating into results. We are confirming guidance for the year, and expect Free Cash Flow to be well in excess of $1 billion."

Net revenue for the quarter was $15.5 billion, up 18 percent from $13.1 billion in the third quarter of 2011, primarily driven by a 19 percent period-over-period increase in shipments. For the first nine months of the year, the Company recorded net revenue of $48.6 billion, a 22 percent increase from the same period a year ago.

Chrysler Group will host an analyst webcast and conference call on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. E.T.