October 30, 2012

Ford Credit earns $355-million net income in the third quarter of 2012*

Ford Motor Credit Company reported net income of $355-million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $350-million a year earlier. On a pre-tax basis, Ford Credit earned $393-million in the third quarter, compared with $581-million a year earlier.

Net income in
the third quarter of 2012 includes a favorable, one-time, non-cash item from the release of a valuation allowance against certain deferred tax assets in South America. The decrease in pre-tax earnings is more than explained by fewer lease terminations, which resulted in fewer vehicles sold at a gain, lower financing margin, and the non-recurrence of credit loss reserve reductions.

"We remain on track for solid full-year results, and credit-loss performance continues to be in line with historical lows," said Chairman and CEO Mike Bannister. "We are pleased to continue our consistent and profitable support of Ford Motor Company sales."

On September 30, 2012, Ford Credit's net receivables totaled $85-billion, compared with $83-billion at year-end 2011. Managed receivables were $87-billion on September 30, 2012, up from $85-billion on December 31, 2011.

On September 30, 2012, managed leverage was 8.0 to 1, compared with 8.3 to 1 at December 31, 2011.  Ford Credit distributed $300-million to its parent in the third quarter and $600-million in the first nine months of 2012.

Ford Credit now expects full year pre-tax profit of about $1.6-billion and total distributions to its parent of about $600-million. Ford Credit continues to project managed receivables at year end to be in the range of $85-billion to $90-billion.


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