Skip to comments.FORD DIDN'T TAKE THE BAILOUT (vanity )
Posted on 09/21/2012 9:34:13 AM PDT by hecht
Ford is doing well. Ford didnt close dealerships that cost 65,000 jobs If GM had followed Fords example they wouldnt have closed up. if we know this why doesnt the GOP counter the. "GM is alive and Osama is dead" with Ford is alive? Why?
That’s the main reason I’m currently driving a Ford.
Why? Just before the crash Ford hocked everything to the hilt. Even the Ford Logo is mortgaged.
Ford has taken bailouts in the past BUT government didn’t use it as a pretense to seize control and they’ve also been willing to make cuts where needed and have actually been fairly successful in negotiations with the UAW.
Ford is alive and our ambassador is dead
they may not have taken bailout htis time, but they did as a company supoport homosexual groups and rejhected requests for them to drop their support of thsoe radical groups- they refusede until it started hurting their bottom line- folks were boycotting the company and only then did they drop their support-
Ford is alive and Government Motors is on life support. Obama stole bonds, and the unions roll on.
So going into unprofitable businesses, firing people and turning the company around is now A GOOD Thing?
I'm so confused.
The fact that Ford didn’t take the bailout weighed heavily in my decision to buy a Ford a couple of months back.
It was GM that closed dealerships not ford.
Ford to get blue oval back after second upgrade
DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writers, TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writers
Updated 11:15!p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2012
DETROIT (AP) Ford Motor Co. is getting its blue oval logo back.
Moody's Investors Service raised Ford's debt ratings to investment-grade Tuesday for the first time in seven years.
The upgrade means that all of Ford's U.S. assets, including factories, the blue oval and the trademarks for the F-150 pickup and Mustang sports car, are back in the company's hands and will no longer be used to secure the company's debt.
Ford never stopped using its logo or factories, but posted them as collateral in 2006 in order to get a $23.5 billion
loan and avoid bankruptcy. Executive Chairman Bill Ford, the great grandson of company founder Henry Ford,
said Tuesday that giving up the rights to the oval was "enormously emotional for me personally and for
"This is one of the best days that I can remember," Bill Ford said in a conference call with reporters.
Ford needed investment-grade ratings from two of the three ratings agencies to get its assets back from a group of
banks that held them. Fitch Ratings upgraded the company last month. Standard and Poor's has not yet upgraded
Ford, and said in March that it didn't expect to change Ford's ratings within the next year.
Moody's said it believes Ford can maintain its investment grade rating even in the face of a European downturn or
other challenges. The company has approximately $20 billion in cash, and it has been disciplined about cutting
costs, controlling production and lowering spending on incentives, Moody's said.
"The key factor in our considering an investment grade rating for Ford was whether or not the company would be
able to sustain its strong performance," said Bruce Clark, Moody's senior vice president. "We concluded that the
improvements Ford has made are likely to be lasting."
Moody's said one of Ford's main strengths was its low break-even point in North America, the company's largest
market. The ratings agency calculated that Ford has to sell only 1.8 million cars and trucks before it starts turning
a profit. In the 12 months that ended in March, Moody's said, Ford shipped 2.7 million cars and trucks in North
America, 50 percent more than that break-even point. Prior to its restructuring in 2009, Ford had to sell 3.4
million cars and trucks in North America to break even.
Moody's also said Ford's cars and trucks are increasingly competitive with Asian automakers, and it expects
"robust" future products.
An investment-grade rating signals that a company's debt has a low risk of default. Companies with investment
grade credit ratings generally pay lower interest on debt. Ford also will have an easier time borrowing for projects
like new plants in Asia. Moody's said increasing sales in China is one of the biggest challenges Ford faces.
Ford shares rose 13 cents, or 1 percent, to $10.34 in after-hours trading.
Moody's also affirmed General Motors Co.'s credit rating of Ba1, one notch below investment grade, on Tuesday.
Moody's said GM remains on track to return to investment grade within the next year.
Ford to get blue oval back after second upgrade - StamfordAdvocate Page 1 of 2
Ford lost its investment grade status in 2005 when it was racking up billions in losses as the SUV boom went bust.
The company decided that a massive restructuring loan was worth risking its logo. The influx of cash helped Ford
to revamp its cars and trucks and unlike rivals GM and Chrysler Group avoid bankruptcy protection.
Ford began its turnaround in 2006 when Bill Ford fired himself as CEO and hired Alan Mulally from aviation
giant Boeing. The automaker used the billions it borrowed which Mulally often calls a "giant home
improvement loan" to close plants, shed brands and cut its global workforce by one-third.
Ford has paid back much of that debt. The company had $13.7 billion in debt at the end of the first quarter and
expects to lower that to $10 billion by 2015. In March, it resumed paying a dividend, which it hadn't done since
Mulally, 66, said Tuesday that the return to investment grade is "way up there on the highlight film" in terms of
his accomplishments at Ford. But he said it won't speed up his timetable for retiring. Mulally hasn't said when he
plans to retire.
"It changes none of my plans to continue to serve this great corporation," he said.
Bill Ford said he announced the upgrade on the company's public address system. Employees then formed a giant
oval on the lawn of the company's Dearborn, Mich., headquarters.
Ford's former chief financial officer, Lewis Booth, said just before his retirement in April that getting the blue oval
back would have an "enormous" psychological impact on the company after its wrenching turnaround.
"For every person who works at Ford, anywhere in the world, that's a very precious thing," he said.
The logo, which is recognized worldwide and appears on everything from baseball caps to scented candles, dates to
1965. Ford began replacing black and white ovals with blue ones that year, according to Ford corporate historian
Bob Kreipke. The script in the center of the logo goes back even further. Harold Wills, a friend of company founder
Henry Ford and a draftsman who helped design the first Model T, created the Ford script in 1912 using his
grandfather's stencil set.
Ford hasn't placed a value on the logo. But Interbrand, which tracks brand values, said the Ford brand is worth
$7.5 billion, and it ranked Ford 50th out of its top 100 brands in a recent survey.
I drove a Ford Focus rental car for a week or so after a car crash.I found it a comfortable car and easy on gas.
So .... you support the UAW.
No, I support a company that was responsible for its own success or failure and didn’t take the bailout.
That the workers there choose to be union is part of freedom. If you don’t want to be union in a union shop, move to a right to work state or work elsewhere. That is freedom too.
I don't consider that freedom.
Good luck with your Ford and drive it in good health.
“That the workers there choose to be union is part of freedom. If you dont want to be union in a union shop, move to a right to work state or work elsewhere. That is freedom too.”
So the decision to work there cannot be mine and/or the employer’s, but the union’s? And you call that freedom? May want to reconsider that one because I am sure the employer would rather not have the union involved, no matter what they say publicly.
So, if I’m hearing you right, I shouldn’t be buying American? I should go back to Volkswagen, Honda and Toyota?Are there any American autos built in the United States with non-union labor?
I’m trying to reward the good behavior (not taking the bailout) and punish the bad behavior (GM, Chrysler taking it), and it probably won’t make much difference to them. But I do TRY to walk the walk when I can.
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