Updated to include spokesperson's comments in third paragraph.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Motors (GM) is considering axing 1,100 positions at its Gunsan factory in South Korea, effectively cutting the plant's employee count by 50%, according to a Reuters report on Friday.
Speaking with a source with knowledge on the matter, the news service notes reducing shifts and increasing redundancies at the plant is in line with strategy to cease selling Chevrolet vehicles in Europe by end-2015. Production at the southwestern plant, one of four vehicle manufacturing factories in the country, currently accounts for the bulk of Chevrolet-branded units sold in Europe.
A General Motors spokesperson declined to confirm nor expand on the reports.By midday, shares had unloaded 3.9% to $36.94. TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL MOTORS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. The team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GENERAL MOTORS CO (GM) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 13.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
- Compared to its closing price of one year ago, GM's share price has jumped by 33.06%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GM should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.87, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.82 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $3,860.00 million or 14.09% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, GENERAL MOTORS CO's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 29.24%.
- GENERAL MOTORS CO's earnings per share declined by 49.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GENERAL MOTORS CO reported lower earnings of $2.93 versus $4.62 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.39 versus $2.93).
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: GM Ratings Report
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