|Bid||0.00 x 0|
|Ask||0.00 x 0|
|Day's Range||11.76 - 12.15|
|52 Week Range||8.88 - 27.06|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||N/A|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||3.54|
|Earnings Date||Feb 26, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||24.75|
Italy's metalworker union FIOM said Fiat Chrysler had confirmed its merger plans with Frances' PSA during a call with unions on Tuesday, adding that a delay was "certain" given the current situation. "FCA confirmed its industrial plan and the path of its merger with PSA, which will certainly suffer a delay given the situation," FIOM leader Francesca Re David said in a statement, after a conference call between union representatives and FCA Chief Operating Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa Pietro Gorlier. FCA was not immediately available for comment.
Rating Action: Moody's places ratings of 7 European Automotive manufacturers on review for downgrade one issuer for direction uncertain; downgrades one issuer. Global Credit Research- 25 Mar 2020. Frankfurt ...
A quarter of the Czech auto sector will be shut by Monday while another 60% will have markedly cut production, the industry's lobby group said on Sunday, calling for fast-track measures to keep afloat a sector directly employing 170,000 people. The Auto Industry Association (AIA) said companies were laying off contractors and the crisis stemming from the coronavirus outbreak was pressuring core jobs. The auto sector makes up around 9% of economic output and accounts for about 23% of exports for the Czech economy, which relies heavily on manufacturing and selling goods abroad.
Italian car parts maker Marelli said on Friday it would suspend most of its European plants next week in response to the spread of the coronavirus. The decision comes came as the worsening virus situation has pushed many of Marelli's clients to halt production in Europe, governments to strengthen measures and with the aim of protecting workers' health, the company said in a statement. The company - which combines former Fiat Chrysler unit Magneti Marelli and Japan's Calsonic Kansei and is controlled by U.S. investment firm KKR - last week suspended Italian operations until March 27.
The board of French carmaker Renault will meet on Friday to discuss the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on operations, three sources close to the company said. The health crisis has hit auto firms and their suppliers hard, and Renault has now suspended industrial activity in France and Spain and shut factories in Morocco and Romania too. The French government, which has a 15% stake in Renault, has said it would stand behind its big companies by whatever means necessary and even evoked nationalisations, though it has yet to take any concrete steps and has not named any firms.
Fiat Chrysler has again halted its Atessa plant in Italy due to disruptions in parts supply linked to the coronavirus outbreak, after it was reopened on Tuesday, a union representative said on Wednesday. Located in Abruzzo in central Italy, Atessa was the automaker's only functioning assembly plant in Europe after the group decided this week to halt production for two weeks at most of its European facilities to help to protect staff and adjust to a slump in demand. Gianluca Ficco, of UILM metal mechanic union, said the company had informed workers' representative of its decision to close the plant.
Fiat Chrysler(FCA) has resumed limited production at its Atessa facility in Italy, the automaker's only open assembly plant, having halted operations at most of its European factories, a spokesman said on Tuesday. The Atessa plant had been closed since last week as the company performed deep sanitisation and some reconfiguration of production lines to allow more space between workers. "Operations have restarted with the number of workers reduced by around 45%," the FCA spokesman said, adding that workers placed on temporary leave will receive benefits through the 'cassa integrazione' wage-guarantee fund.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- ↵The coronavirus will leave no industry untouched but the impact is particularly acute for companies that depend on prompt payment from customers to fund their businesses.In sectors such as car making and the travel industry, it’s common for companies to hold little inventory and settle with suppliers long after they’ve received payment from their customers.As a result they often have what’s called negative working capital: Their trade payables exceed the sum of inventories and customer receivables. In other words, they owe more to their suppliers than their customers owe them.When revenues are growing, this is a big advantage. Cash pours into the business which can be used to fund investments.Customer payments and deposits effectively serve as a free form of finance and that float gets bigger as sales expand.It’s certainly a very efficient way to run a business — Amazon.com Inc. excels at it — but negative working capital can make a balance sheet look stronger than it really is. That’s because the effect is reversed when sales suddenly slow down or shrink. Suppliers still need paying but there’s little new customer cash coming in. As a result, cash rushes out the door. This is what threatens to happen now that much of the world is cooped up at home due to coronavirus.“In periods in which our vehicle shipments decline materially we will suffer a significant negative impact on cash flow and liquidity as we continue to pay suppliers for components purchased in a high volume environment during a period in which we receive lower proceeds from vehicle shipment,” Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV warned in its annual report. A rule of thumb is that French, Italian and U.S. automakers have negative working capital, while their German peers do not. A six-week production hiatus caused by strike action lowered General Motors Co.’s free cash flow by $5.4 billion.Optimizing working capital has been a key focus for carmaker Peugeot SA and boss Carlos Tavares repeated the trick when he acquired Opel/Vauxhall from GM.Like merger partner Fiat, Peugeot has now been forced to shutter its European car plants. If sales slump for a prolonged period, its 17 billion-euro ($19 billion) cash buffer could dwindle.Tour operators are accustomed to large swings in working capital: They typically get paid by customers ahead of the busy summer season and pay their suppliers afterwards.(1) Bank overdrafts can tide them over during the winter period when cash tends to be lower.Still, a sudden slowdown in demand can upset those calculations, as Thomas Cook Group Plc discovered last year. Customers delayed bookings, suppliers tightened credit terms and the U.K. tour operator went bust.Shares in rival TUI AG slumped this week after it suspended the vast majority of its travel, cruise and hotel operations and said it would apply for state-aid guarantees. The company has 1.4 billion euros in cash and available banking facilities but this is far exceeded by a deeply negative working capital position — at the end of December it held about 2.9 billion euros of advance payments from customers.The cash spring, once a big advantage for many firms, could be about to recoil. (1) They are however required to make pre-payments to hotelsTo contact the author of this story: Chris Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Hughes at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Chris Bryant is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering industrial companies. He previously worked for the Financial Times.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Writing about Ford (NYSE:F) hasn't been easy in recent years. The coronavirus is the latest issue to plague F stock. Down almost 23% (including dividends) in the past month through March 4, one of America's big three is trading at levels not seen since 2009. Source: Philip Lange / Shutterstock.com InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI've been both positive and negative about Ford over the past couple of years. It seems as though no matter what InvestorPlace contributors write about Ford, the automaker's market capitalization continues to slide. Currently, its got a market cap of $28.2 billion. Once Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU) merges with Peugeot (OTCMKTS:PUGOY), it will fall to the basement among global automotive manufacturers. * 9 Stocks to Buy If People Get Stuck at Home I've been asked to discuss Ford on this day. I was looking back at some of my commentary over the past two years. Frankly, I'm at a loss as to how I feel about the company. This makes me consider whether Ford stock is a hopeless cause. Is F Stock Still the Best Buy Under $10?In December 2018, I wondered if Ford was the best stock to buy trading under $10. At the time, there were 28 stocks with market caps higher than $10 billion trading in single digits, including Ford. Interestingly, despite the coronavirus correction, there are only 33 stocks (with a market cap over $10 billion) trading under $10 out of 715, according to Finviz.com.I think Neil Macneale, who has published the successful 2 for 1 Newsletter since 1996, has a good idea why there aren't more stocks trading under $10 at the moment.The answer? Companies don't split their stocks anymore. MarketWatch contributor Mark Hulbert recently discussed why stock splits have dried up, suggesting that this phenomenon is terrible for the markets. Unfortunately, it's not ideal for Macneale, either, because it means he's got fewer stocks to choose from each month. "In 1997, 102 companies in the S&P 500 split their shares, according to an analysis conducted by Charles Schwab. In calendar 2018, in contrast, only five companies did, according to FactSet," Hulbert wrote Oct. 12, 2019. He continued:This big of a drop might make sense if we were in the throes of a severe bear market. But we're not, On the contrary, we're 10 years into the longest bull market in U.S. history, according to some historians. And there are more high-priced stocks than ever.It would be interesting to discuss this subject with portfolio manager Joel Tillinghast, who runs the Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund (MUTF:FLPSX), and has since December 1989. His fund has a $35 price ceiling. That increases the number of stocks with a $10 billion market cap to choose to 156 or five times as many at $10 or less. That's a vast difference when pulling together an entire portfolio. Ford doesn't make the fund's top 25. But I digress. The Bottom Line on F StockThe point is not much has changed since I wrote about Ford in December 2018. The same cast of characters makes up the current group of 33 stocks trading under $10, except that Ford's yield's increased by 140 basis points to 8.7%. If you're an income investor, that might be good news. However, a lot has changed in the 14 months since then. Most importantly, demand in the U.S. and China has weakened significantly. With $14 trillion in U.S. household debt -- a record level according to the New York Federal Reserve -- higher than where it stood before the 2008 recession, it's not going to be easy for Ford to grow.Sure, Ford can cut costs, but that's not going to bring back customers. This past December, I discussed how Ford planned to offer stripped-down vehicles as a way to keep the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) low, and then sell as many options as possible to rev up profits. Frankly, I thought it was a terrible idea, suggesting it was a sleight-of-hand trick to pull consumers into the showrooms. It's bound to fail. As I've said in the past, Ford's best bet is with electric vehicles. Long-term, I like Ford stock. Compared to the other 32 names under $10, it remains one of, if not the best bet to make money over the long haul.But you've got to be patient. You're not going to be rewarded, except for the dividend, in the next 12-18 months. And that's okay. Will Ashworth has written about investments full-time since 2008. Publications where he's appeared include InvestorPlace, The Motley Fool Canada, Investopedia, Kiplinger, and several others in both the U.S. and Canada. He particularly enjoys creating model portfolios that stand the test of time. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Stocks to Buy If People Get Stuck at Home * 7 Strong Value Stocks to Buy for 2020 * 5 High-Yield Dividend Stocks With Great Buyback Programs The post Is Ford Stock a Hopeless Cause? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
RUEIL-MALMAISON, France (Reuters) - Peugeot boss Carlos Tavares said on Friday PSA and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will need to review their strategy in China in order to boost sales after the closing of the merger between the two groups. PSA and FCA are hoping to finalise a $50 billion merger in early 2021 that would create the fourth-biggest car maker in the world. "We are in China to stay, we need to find a formula in order to succeed," Tavares said.