General Motors reports earnings of $4.7B in 2010, first yearly profit since 2004

General Motors has officially announced earnings for its first full year of business after its emergence from bankruptcy. The automaker brought in $135.6 billion in revenue with a net income of $4.7 billion, which marks GM's first profit since 2004. Additionally, that profit was the largest for The General since 1999. Previously, GM had racked up $100 billion in losses.
Being in the black is good news for the automaker's 50,000 hourly workers who are expected to receive bonuses averaging $4,300 as part of a profit sharing program.

According to CNN Money, the change of pace is thanks largely to three things: strong U.S. sales, a growing auto market in China and a significantly lower cost structure thanks to the automaker's trip through bankruptcy.

GM Shares have inched up on the news, despite the fact that the stock market as a whole has dropped by five percent on blooming oil prices. CNN Money reports that GM shares are up five percent as a whole since the company's IPO last November, but that those shares will need to jump by 50 percent in order for tax payers to recoup the government's investment in the company. Follow the jump for the press release.

[Sources: General Motors, CNN Money]
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GM Announces First Full-Year Results as New Company


GM achieves four consecutive quarters of profitability

Calendar year net income of $4.7 billion, earnings per share of $2.89 on a diluted basis

Calendar year earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) adjusted of $7.0 billion

Material Weakness in Financial Reporting Eliminated

DETROIT – General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) today announced its calendar year 2010 results marked by $4.7 billion of net income attributable to common stockholders for its first full year of operations.

Revenue for the calendar year was $135.6 billion. Automotive cash flow from operating activities was $6.6 billion and automotive free cash flow was $2.4 billion, both reflecting the impact of a $4.0 billion voluntary cash contribution to the company's U.S. pension plans.

"Last year was one of foundation building," said Dan Akerson, chairman and chief executive officer. "Particularly pleasing was that we demonstrated GM's ability to achieve sustainable profitability near the bottom of the U.S. industry cycle, with four consecutive profitable quarters."

GM generated the following results:

Fourth Quarter '10
Calendar Year '10

Revenue (bils.)

Net income attributable to common stockholders (bils.)

- Adjustments and loss on preferred, included above (bils.)

Earnings per share on a fully diluted basis ($/share)

- Adjustments and loss on preferred, included above ($/share)

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) adj. (bils.)

Automotive net cash flow from operating activities (bils.)

Automotive free cash flow (bils.)

- Contribution to U.S. pension plans, included above (bils.)

Fourth quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $0.5 billion includes net charges of $0.4 billion, or a $0.21 reduction to fully diluted earnings per share, as a result of the previously disclosed $0.7 billion loss on the purchase of U.S. Treasury (UST) preferred shares, partially offset by the impact of EBIT adjustments. The company had approximately $0.3 billion in favorable EBIT adjustments including the previously disclosed $0.2 billion gain associated with the repayment of the VEBA Note, and $0.1 billion of cumulative gains on the sale of Nexteer and the purchase of the Strasbourg, France facility.

GM North America (GMNA) had EBIT in the fourth quarter 2010 of $0.8 billion, up from a loss of $3.4 billion in the fourth quarter 2009. GM Europe (GME) had a loss before interest and taxes of $0.6 billion, an improvement from a loss of $0.8 billion in the same quarter a year ago. GM International Operations (GMIO) had EBIT of $0.3 billion, down from $0.4 billion in fourth quarter 2009. GM South America (GMSA) had EBIT of $0.2 billion for the fourth quarter, compared with $0.3 billion in the same quarter a year ago. GM began reporting GMSA results as an operating segment in the fourth quarter, and has revised the segment reporting for prior periods.

Automotive net cash flow from operating activities for the fourth quarter was $(1.7) billion, which reflects a $4.0 billion voluntary cash contribution to the U.S. pension plans. After deducting $1.1 billion of capital expenditures, automotive free cash flow was $(2.8) billion.
As a result of GM's 2010 financial performance, the company will pay profit sharing to approximately 45,000 eligible GM U.S. hourly employees, and approximately 3,000 eligible GM Components Holdings (GMCH) employees. The average payout per employee will be approximately $4,300 for GM employees and $3,200 for GMCH employees.

In addition, GM announced today that after assessing remediation actions that it put in place to address the company's material weakness regarding the financial reporting process, the management team and Audit Committee of the Board of Directors concluded that the material weakness no longer exists as of December 31, 2010.

"Our focus for 2011 is to build on our progress and continue to generate momentum in the marketplace. We expect our first quarter will be a strong start," said Chris Liddell, vice chairman and chief financial officer.

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