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Time for a Tune-Up: Ford's 1Q17 Earnings Estimates

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Analysts Expect Ford’s Revenues to Weaken in 1Q17

Recent trend in Ford’s revenues

In 4Q16, Ford Motor Company’s (F) revenues stood at $38.7 billion—down $1.6 billion from its revenues in 4Q15. However, its revenues were higher than analysts’ estimates of $35.1 billion for 4Q16. The company’s weaker revenues from the North America and European markets hurt its total revenues the most.

Now, let’s take a look at what analysts estimate for Ford’s revenues in 1Q17.

Analysts Expect Ford&#8217;s Revenues to Weaken in 1Q17

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Ford’s 1Q17 revenue estimates

Wall Street analysts estimate Ford’s first quarter revenues to be at $34.7 billion this year—about 1.6% lower than its revenues of $35.3 billion the same quarter last year.

Apart from analysts’ recommendations, it’s also important for investors to pay attention to the revenue estimates. The estimates could show market expectations for the company. The estimates can also serve as a proxy for what might be priced into the market.

Last year, Ford faced challenges in its other key markets including in Europe and other regions in Asia. While its performance in the European market improved marginally in 4Q16, it wasn’t enough to help the company post higher total revenues and regain investors’ confidence. These could be some of the reasons why analysts expect Ford’s revenue to weaken more in 1Q17.

Among other mainstream automakers (XLY), General Motors (GM), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), and Toyota (TM) also make the majority of their revenues from North America.

Peer comparison

Analysts’ revenue estimates for General Motors suggest an increase in its first quarter revenues. Analysts expect General Motors’ 1Q17 revenues to be strong at $40.3 billion—up 8.2% compared to its revenues in 1Q16.

In the next part, we’ll find out what analysts expect for Ford’s 1Q17 profit margins.

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