The value of GM stock increased during the week of October 4th to October 8th, 2021, compared to the stock’s closing value the week prior. Shares closed the week at $58.57 per share, representing an increase of $5.44, or 10.24 percent compared to the previous week’s closing value of $53.13.
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By comparison, shares of GM’s cross-town rival, Ford Motor Company, increased 6.78 percent, or $0.96, during same timeframe.
GM Stock Factors
GM stock value jumped this week after moderate gains realized throughout September.
One of the most influential factors affecting GM stock value this week was the GM Investor Day event, which included a bevy of announcements pertaining to GM business strategy, products, and plans.
Headlines include the announcement that GM expects to double its revenue by 2030, driven by new technology rollouts and subscription services, including the launch of the GM Cruise autonomous vehicles, which in itself is expected to rake in $50 billion. GM is also expanding the new OnStar Insurance service to all 50 states by early 2022, while also rolling out the new Future Roads data platform. What’s more, GM announced the new Ultra Cruise autonomous driving system.
On the production front, half of all GM North American and Chinese production facilities will be capable of producing electric vehicles by 2030. GM also announced details for hotly anticipated future products like the Chevy Silverado EV and 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06.
GM Stock Value Macro Factors – Strategy
In November, GM CEO Mary Barra shared the company’s plan to launch a total of 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2025, with a total investment of $7 billion. To put that in perspective, 40 percent of GM’s offerings will be fully electric by the end of 2025, compared to just three percent in 2021.
More recently, GM announced an increase in EV and AV investment, with a whopping $35 billion earmarked between now and 2025. Additionally, GM has announced an investment of $71 million for the new Advanced Design and Technology campus in Pasadena, and a cash infusion for AI vision software company Algolux.
GM Stock Value Macro Factors – Sales
General Motors has reported its third-quarter sales figures, headlined by a 33-percent decrease in sales in the U.S., down to 446,997 units. Sales decreased at all four of GM’s U.S. brands. GM cites supply disruptions resulting from the ongoing global microchip shortage, but adds that supplies are currently “improving.”
General Motors also recently posted a 34-percent sales gain for the Canadian market, as well as a 5-percent increase in China where GM just opened its expanded Advanced Design Center. However, Toyota outsold the General in the U.S. during the second quarter of the year, although by only 577 units.
Previously, second-quarter sales were headlined by a 40-percent jump in the U.S., with sales increasing for all four of GM’s U.S. brands. Further back, first quarter sales for the 2021 calendar year included an increase of 4 percent to 642,250 units in the U.S. market. Sales increased at Buick, Cadillac, and GMC brands, while sales decreased at Chevrolet.
GM Q2 2021 Global Deliveries* Vehicle deliveries in thousands
|Q2 2021 / Q2 2020||Q2 2021||Q2 2020||YTD 2021 / YTD 2020||YTD 2021||YTD 2020|
|Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa||4%||875||845||21%||1,755||1,449|
GM Stock Value Macro Factors – Earnings
GM’s Q2 2021 earnings results were recently released, headlined by $2.8 billion in income on $34.2 billion in revenue. The figures represent a 450-percent jump in income and 103-percent increase in revenue.
Earlier in the year, GM reported its Q1 2021 earnings, including $3 billion on $32.5 billion in revenue, a 900-percent jump in income and 0.6 percent decrease in revenue compared to Q1 of 2020. GM stated that the earnings were driven by strong price and mix performance in North America, as well as strong credit and residual value performance at GM Financial, and industry recovery in China.
GM Q2 2021 Earnings SummaryFigures in billions of USD, except for per share amounts and percentages.
|METRIC||Q2 2021||Q2 2020||Q2 2021 - Q2 2020||% CHANGE Q2 2021 / Q2 2020|
|EARNINGS PER SHARE (EPS) DILUTED||$1.90||$(0.56)||$+2.5||+439.3%|
|NON GAAP METRICS|
|ADJUSTED AUTOMOTIVE FREE CASH FLOW||$2.5||$(9.0)||$11.5||+127.8%|
|EPS DILUTED - ADJUSTED||$1.97||$(0.50)||$+2.5||+494%|
|GM NORTH AMERICA EBIT-ADJUSTED||$2.9||-$0.1||$+3.0||+3000%|
|GM NORTH AMERICA EBIT-ADJUSTED MARGIN||10.4%||-0.9%||11.3%||N/A|
|GM INTERNATIONAL EBIT-ADJUSTED||-$0.3||-$0.4||$+0.1||+25%|
|- CHINA EQUITY INCOME||$0.3||$0.2||$+0.1||+50%|
|GM FINANCIAL EBT-ADJUSTED||$1.6||$0.2||$+1.4||+700%|
GM Stock Value Macro Factors – Products
On the software front, GM debuted its new ultifi end-to-end software platform, designed to provide the latest upgrades and features to future GM vehicles via over-the-air updates.
General Motors also recently debuted the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500, which introduces a raft of changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year and pre-refresh 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited, such as an all-new interior, updated technology, and the new Silverado ZR2 off-roader.
GM stock values rose considerably in April, driven primarily by confirmation of an upcoming all-electric iteration of the popular Chevy Silverado pickup truck. GM stock value hit a record high of $63.44 per share following the announcement, surpassing the $64 mark the second week of June and setting a new record for the “new GM.”
Much of the upward momentum in GM stock value seen in January was attributed to the automaker’s latest all-electric vehicle efforts, debuts, and strategy, which includes an in-depth presentation released during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) tech conference. Highlights from the presentation include the launch of BrightDrop, a new business venture aimed at providing last-mile electric delivery solutions, software, and services to delivery and logistics companies. In late June, GM announced an accelerated timeline for conversion of the GM CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll as the all-electric BrightDrop EV600 light commercial vehicle heads towards production.
Cadillac dealerships are now preparing for the arrival of the Lyriq and future all-electric Cadillac models with a slew of upgrades. The new Lyriq is expected to enter production at the end of March in the 2022 calendar year.
GM Stock Value Macro Factors – Events
The global microchip shortage continues, affecting GM stock value by impacting production, vehicle supply, and pricing. A recent analysis predicts that the shortage may end up costing the global auto industry upwards of $210 billion in lost revenue, almost twice what was originally forecast. General Motors president Mark Reuss recently indicated that he expects the microchip supply to stabilize at a lower level than desired for full recovery. General Motors is also currently gearing up to make significant changes to its supply chain the hopes of avoiding future shortages.
SAIC-GM-Wuling has announced that it is developing its own microchips, which could help to soften the blow of future chip shortages. GM CFO Paul Jacobson also indicated that the chip supply is expected to even out sometime next year as suppliers catch up to demand.
Recently, GM announced new production stoppages at several of its North American facilities, including Wentzville, Lansing Grand River, Lansing Delta, and Ramos Arizpe, among others. The new production stoppages affect a broad variety of GM vehicles, including the the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Chevy Camaro, Cadillac Blackwing sedans, Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, and Chevy Blazer.
GM also recently announced that production of some of the company’s most profitable vehicles, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, will be halted for a week due to the ongoing microchip shortage. Production of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups will also be paused, while downtime extensions have been announced for several crossover plants.
Experts are now predicting that the semiconductor crisis could last in 2023. In addition, the most fuel-efficient engine available in GM’s full-size trucks and SUVs, the Duramax turbodiesel 3.0L LM2 inline-six, has also seen production come to a halt due to supplier issues. As production of GM’s six-speed automatic transmission winds down, the company announced that it will be laying off workers at its Toledo Transmission Plant.
It was previously reported that GM is stockpiling unfinished vehicles waiting for new chips to arrive in a “build-shy” strategy intended to keep production rolling. Additionally, GM is building select units of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 without certain fuel-saving technologies as a result of the shortage, including automatic engine stop-start. GM’s range of full-size SUVs is also rolling off the line without automatic stop-start.
An emergency funding proposal earmarks $52 billion to support domestic chip production, including funds to support construction of 10 new semiconductor chip plants. The bill recently passed the U.S. Senate.
In the face of dwindling vehicle inventory, GM Financial has announced it will stop end-of-lease purchases with non-GM dealers, thus prioritizing participating GM dealers with regard to access to vehicles reentering the market.
GM Stock Value Micro Factors
Some good news out of Michigan as GM recently restarted battery production for the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV following a massive recall for two possible battery defects lying with supplier LG Chem.
GM has announced that it will replace the battery modules on roughly 50,000 units of the 2017 though 2019 Chevy Bolt EV affected by a potential fire risk. The automaker then decided to extend the battery replacement on all model years of the Bolt EV in addition to the all-new Bolt EUV. The recall is estimated to cost upwards $1.8 billion. Despite the fault laying with battery producer LG Energy Solution, GM CEO Mary Barra announced that GM will continue its relationship with LG going forward.
Several other GM recalls have also been announced in recent months, the most significant of which involves roof rail airbags that could rupture in more than 400,000 units of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, followed by a block heater cable short circuit issue in some 330,000 units of the Silverado HD and Sierra HD.
In legal news, a class action lawsuit filed against General Motors regarding oil consumption issues for the 5.3L V8 was dismissed in Virginia. Additionally, General Motors and its autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise, are suing Ford over use of the name ‘BlueCruise.’
In political news, General Motors voiced support for the EPA’s proposed emissions rule changes. GM also indicated that it is on track to hit carbon neutrality for its U.S. operations by 2025, five years earlier than originally announced. The Biden administration recently proposed a new EV incentive offering point-of-sale rebates on new electric vehicles. Earlier this year, lawmakers urged the EPA to reinstate California’s right to set its own vehicle emission rules, while the Biden administration is urging automakers to ensure that their vehicle lineups consist of at least 40 percent EVs by 2030.
Good news recently came out of Asia, as GM Korea recently reached an agreement with workers regarding a wage increase. Further good news comes from Mexico as well following the resolution of a labor dispute at the GM Silao production facility. In America, the greater auto industry, including the UAW workers union and major manufacturers like General Motors, previously called on President Biden to roll out tax credits and incentives to drive EV sales. The latest is that the Biden Administration plans to roll out a $100 billion plan for new EV rebates.
Stock Performance Year-To-Date
GM stock value has increased considerably over the past year, only to later rescind some of those gains and fall below the $50-per-share mark.
Some of the biggest gains were seen in January, during which GM stock value peaked around $55 per share, before falling later in the month. In February, GM stock value clawed its way back to the mid-$55 range before falling to $50 per share in early March.
GM stock value saw steady gains throughout the month of March before dipping again later in the month, only to rise to record-breaking heights in early April, once again breaking the $60-per-share mark. GM stock value dipped through the month of May, but reached $64 per share the second week of June, setting a new record for the “new GM.”
GM stock value began to slide around mid-June, dipping below the $60-per-share mark in July. In September, GM stock value remained around $50-per-share, and rising considerably in the first few weeks of October.