- Expects to have about 40,000 to 45,000 vehicles in inventory at end of third quarter lacking certain parts presently in short supply
- Says “vehicles on wheels” awaiting those parts disproportionately include high-demand, high-margin models of popular trucks and SUVs
- Advises that completing such vehicles will shift some revenue and EBIT to Q4; based on recent negotiations, inflation-related Q3 supply costs will be ~$1.0 billion above plan
- Anticipates Q3 adjusted EBIT of between $1.4 billion and $1.7 billion
Ford again affirmed its expectation for full-year 2022 adjusted earnings before interest and taxes of between $11.5 billion to $12.5 billion, despite limits on availability of certain parts as well as higher payments made to suppliers to account for the effects of inflation.
The supply shortages will result in a higher-than-planned number of “vehicles on wheels” built but remaining in Ford’s inventory awaiting needed parts, at the end of the third quarter. The company believes that those vehicles – an anticipated 40,000 to 45,000 of them, largely high-margin trucks and SUVs – will be completed and sold to dealers during the fourth quarter.
According to the company, based on recent negotiations, inflation-related supplier costs during the third quarter will run about $1.0 billion higher than originally expected.
Ford now anticipates third-quarter adjusted EBIT to be in the range of $1.4 billion and $1.7 billion.
The company intends to announce full third-quarter 2022 financial results – and provide more dimension about expectations for full-year performance – on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
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