GM 3Q Profit Falls 40% to $2.4B as Chip Shortage Dings Sales

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer
DETROIT (AP) — High prices for trucks and SUVs helped General Motors post a $2.4 billion third-quarter profit despite factory closures due to a shortage of computer chips and other parts.

But the profit was 40% lower than the $4 billion GM made during the same period last year as sales slumped and the company lost market share in the U.S., its most profitable country.

Excluding one-time items, the company made $1.52 per share, beating Wall Street estimates of 98 cents.

Revenue for the quarter fell 25% to $26.78 billion, far short of Wall Street estimates of $30.72 billion, according to FactSet.

“The quarter was challenging due to continuing semiconductor pressures,” CEO Mary Barra wrote in a letter to shareholders that pointed to the company’s future of zero-emission electric vehicles.

The quarter included a . But it also includes very strong results from GM Financial, the recall cost settlement we reached with our valued and respected supplier and JV partner LG Electronics, and $0.3 billion in equity income from our joint ventures in China.

The company increased its full-year net income guidance to a range of $8.1 billion to $9.6 billion. In the second quarter it had been $7.7 billion to $9.2 billion.

GM was forced to temporarily close many of its factories from July through September due to the global chip and parts shortages that have plagued the auto industry all year.

The profit came even though GM’s third quarter sales in the U.S., its most profitable market, were almost 33% lower than a year ago. The company lost 3.8 percentage points of U.S. market share, according to the Edmunds.com website.

But consumer willingness to pay high prices for scarce new vehicles kept the money flowing for GM. The average sale price paid for a GM vehicle topped $50,000 for the quarter, up more than 16% from a year ago, Edmunds said.

“The ongoing disruption to supply chains created by the chip shortage has been particularly harsh to GM, which appeared to struggle with the biggest declines in sales and market share compared to its Detroit Three counterparts in Q3,” said Ivan Drury, Edmunds’ senior manager of insights.

Shares of GM fell 1.6% to $56.47 in trading before Wednesday’s opening bell, and Ford fell as well.

Pictured: In this May 2, 2021, file photo, a General Motors sign hangs on the side of a Chevrolet showroom in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

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