NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Ford ( F) said first-quarter profit fell from a year earlier, but the automaker topped estimates on both the top and bottom lines. Ford reported earnings of $1.4 billion, or 35 cents a share, on revenue of $32.4 billion, down 2% from a year earlier. Adjusted earnings in the quarter were 39 cents a share. A year earlier, Ford earned $2.5 billion, or 61 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of 35 cents a share on revenue of $31.5 billion. Looking forward, Ford said it expected to be profitable but at a lower level than 2011. -- Written by Joe Deaux in New York. >Contact by Email. >Follow Joe Deaux on Twitter. Subscribe on Facebook.