Ford (F) to Debut Solar-Powered Hybrid Car at CES

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ford (F) is reportedly getting ready to debut a new solar-powered concept car that can get 100 miles per gallon at the Consumer Electronics Show next week. Shares of the automaker fell 0.8% to $15.30 in Thursday trading.

The Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car will use a gasoline engine like many current hybrid vehicles, and will use solar panels instead of an electric plug. The concept car will use a special device developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology to concentrate the sun's rays on the solar panels to get more power from the solar radiation. According to Ford, one day of sunshine should be the same as a four-hour battery charge, or 8 kilowatts.

On a full charge Ford expects the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car to have a range of 650 miles, including 21 miles using only electric power. The automaker says 75% of all trips by average drivers can be powered by the sun in the new car.

TheStreet Ratings team rates FORD MOTOR CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FORD MOTOR CO (F) a BUY. This is driven by a number of 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, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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 13.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.8%. 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 where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $3,840.00 million or 12.05% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, FORD MOTOR CO's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 30.36%.
  • FORD MOTOR CO's earnings per share declined by 24.4% 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, FORD MOTOR CO reported lower earnings of $1.42 versus $5.01 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.61 versus $1.42).
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Automobiles industry and the overall market, FORD MOTOR CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: F Ratings Report

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