Ford: We'll make a little coin in 2009

Crystal ball time. Ford CFO Don Leclair has reiterated that the North American automotive operations will be profitable in 2009, even if only slightly. In Ford's announcement today, Leclair showed a chart that one analyst said displayed a "thin sliver of profits." Peter Nesvold of Bear Stearns estimated the 2009 profit from the chart at around $250 million. After Ford's North American loss of $3.3 billion, any profit is a good one.
Leclair went out of his way to say that the profit projection, just like the moves being made in Ford's operations, are a work in progress. Committing to a large profit with all of the market's uncertainties would be unwise. They are basing their profit projection on a market of around 17 million vehicle sales. The conference call Leclair was participating in was covering Ford's restatement of Q3 earnings.

[Source: Automotive News, sub req]

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