DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. reported second quarter 2013 pre-tax profits of $2.6 billion, reflecting improvement by all business units compared with a year ago. Net income for the second quarter was $1.2 billion, or 30 cents per share, was $193 million, or 4 cents per share, higher than a year ago.
North America, the company’s largest region, set records for second quarter and first half pre-tax profits. Asia Pacific Africa, the company’s fastest-growing region, achieved its best-ever quarterly pre-tax profit. Ford Credit once again delivered solid performance, with pre-tax operating profit of $454 million, and South America returned to profitability.
Total company second quarter pre-tax profit of $2.6 billion, or 45 cents per share, was $726 million, or 15 cents per share, higher compared with a year ago. The second quarter profit reflected continued outstanding performance in North America, recovery in South America from the exchange-driven loss in the first quarter, very good progress in Europe in continuing to deliver the company’s transformation plan and the best-ever profit in Asia Pacific Africa.
Automotive operating-related cash flow was $3.3 billion, an increase of $2.5 billion compared with last year, marking the 13th consecutive quarter of positive performance. The company ended the second quarter with strong liquidity of $37.1 billion, an increase of $2.6 billion compared with the end of the first quarter of 2013.
“Our strong second quarter with improved results in every region around the world is another proof point that our One Ford plan is continuing to deliver and is building momentum,” said Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We remain absolutely committed to our plan of serving customers in all markets with a full family of vehicles offering the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value. As we do, we are providing profitable growth for everyone associated with Ford.”
In the second quarter, the company settled $1.5 billion of pension obligations related to the U.S. salaried retiree voluntary lump sum program, with $2.7 billion settled since the inception of the program in August 2012. As a result of the second quarter settlement, the company recognized a special item charge of $294 million, reflecting the acceleration of unrecognized losses in the plan. The lump sum program is about 60 percent complete and concludes at the end of the year.
As a result of the strategic actions the company has been taking, along with recent increases in discount rates, the funded status of Ford’s global funded pension plans significantly improved as of June 30 compared with the end of last year.
Dividends paid in the second quarter totaled about $400 million.