General Motors Company sees a $15 billion profit opportunity in adjacent businesses, a group of three businesses that are auxiliary to GM’s core business that include GM Financial, OnStar and aftersales.
“We continue to capitalize on these opportunities and see significant growth potential going forward, across all three [adjacent businesses]”, said GM CFO Chuck Stevens at the 2018 Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference.
According to Stevens, GM’s aftersales business – which consolidates GM Performance Parts, Goodwrench and ACDelco – “continues to be a meaningful contributor to earnings”.
In fact, the executive explained that the division is a high margin business that, from a margin profile standpoint, is similar to GM’s pickup truck franchise, and revenue from the department is expected to continue growing into the future.
The department was previously known as Service Parts Operations (SPO) before being renamed to Customer Care and Aftersales (CCA). The department is currently headed globally by Tim Turvey.
Stevens stated that GM Financial (GMF) continues to grow as the automaker expands its portfolio and executes on its full captive strategy. GMF earnings are expected to double versus 2014 by early next decade.
In the first quarter of 2018, the unit had $3.4 billion in revenue and earnings before taxes of $400 million. That compares to $2.7 billion in revenue and $200 million in profit for the first quarter of 2017.
GM Financial is currently operated by Dan Berce, who has run the unit before GM acquired AmeriCredit and turned it into its captive finance arm.
“We are at the front end of the opportunities associated with our OnStar business”, said Stevens. “The 4G network has been a great addition to the portfolio, with significant data monetization opportunities on the horizon.”
The finance executive is referring to the 4G LTE network GM rolled out across nearly all vehicles in its portfolio starting in 2015. The connection enables an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, with GM being the world’s first full-line automaker to implement the feature/technology across its entire vehicle portfolio, representing the broadest and quickest deployment of the technology in history. Other automaker are still playing catch-up in the area.
Vehicles connected to OnStar 4G run on the AT&T network, and GM receives a cut of the revenue associated with data plans it sells on behalf of AT&T. GM appears to be looking to take the connection a step further by monetizing the data pipe even more, perhaps (or perhaps not) with relevant in-vehicle advertising.
A few years ago, GM folded OnStar into its Global Connected Customer (GCC) department that’s part of the Global Customer Experience (GCX) department. Both departments were subsequently merged into the currently-named Global Connected Customer Experience (GCCX) that is run by Santiago Chamorro.
“Taken together, aftersales, GM Financial, and OnStar, we believe we have a billion and a half dollar profit growth opportunity with these businesses over the next several years”, concluded Stevens.