Will GM (GM) Stock Be Affected By Potential 2015 Corvette Issues?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Motors Co. (GM) told car dealers to stop selling the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette while the company investigates two possible issues with the sports car.

GM is looking into whether or not 800 Corvettes were built with only one of two rear-parking break cables in place and engaged, and if a bad part attaching the airbag to the steering wheel was used in another 2,000 cars, Reuters reports.

GM did not issue a public recall of the 2015 Corvette, and didn't say if a recall would be coming later. There is usually a delay of several days between finding a problem and issuing a recall, Reuters noted.STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

The company suspects that a few of the cars with these issues were already sold to customers, and GM has temporarily suspended shipments to dealers.

Shares of General Motors are lower by 0.54% to $33.43 in mid-morning trading on Friday.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL MOTORS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GENERAL MOTORS CO (GM) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable 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 and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.5%. 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.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.95, 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 0.81 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • GENERAL MOTORS CO has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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 $2.35 versus $2.93 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.71 versus $2.35).
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $3,830.00 million or 21.72% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 21.72%, GENERAL MOTORS CO is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -29.80%.
  • In its most recent trading session, GM has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Despite the stock's decline during the last year, it is still somewhat more expensive (in proportion to its earnings over the last year) than most other stocks in its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays offset this slight negative.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: GM Ratings Report

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