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GM can 'absolutely' catch Tesla by 2025: CEO Mary Barra

General Motors CEO Mary Barra sits down with CNBC's Phil LeBeau to discuss the company's latest quarterly earnings and its competition with Tesla. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi General Motors on Wednesday topped Wall Street’s earnings and revenue estimates for the third quarter, while telling investors its full-year results would be at the “high end” of its previous guidance. The third quarter was expected to be a rougher one than the first half of the year for GM. Analysts, however, said they projected relatively solid results, despite a global shortage of semiconductor chips that has depleted vehicle inventories and shuttered plants. Here’s how GM performed, compared with analysts estimates as compiled by Refinitiv: Adjusted earnings: $1.52 a share vs. 96 cents a share estimate Revenue: $26.78 billion vs. $26.51 billion estimate GM previously told investors it would earn between $11.5 billion and $13.5 billion on an adjusted basis and between $8.1 billion and $9.6 billion on an unadjusted basis. The company raised its earnings per share guidance Wednesday to $5.70 to $6.70 a share, up from $5.40 to $6.40 a share, on an expected adjusted effective tax rate. “Our third-quarter 2021 results clearly illustrate the strength of the underlying business that is funding our future, especially when you put them in the context of the calendar year,” GM CEO and Chair Mary Barra said Wednesday in a letter to shareholders. Strong vehicle pricing as well as income of about $1.1 billion from its financial arm also boosted GM’s results. GM Financial’s earnings through the first three quarters were $3.9 billion, up 132% from a year earlier. The automaker expects strong vehicle pricing to continue “well into” next year, Barra said Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Shares of GM were down nearly 5% in midmorning trading Wednesday. GM is up more than 30% in 2021. On an unadjusted basis, net income was $2.4 billion for the third quarter compared with $4 billion a year earlier, when dealerships and plants largely reopened after being shuttered during some of the second quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic. The automaker reported pretax adjusted earnings of $2.9 billion for the third quarter, down from $5.3 billion a year earlier. Third-quarter earnings also benefited from a deal with LG Electronics that would offset $1.9 billion of $2.0 billion in estimated costs of a recall of Chevrolet Bolt EVs due to fire risks. LG produced defective batteries for the vehicles at plants in South Korea and Michigan. Barra during a call Wednesday said the automaker’s supply of semiconductor chips is improving, but “It still continues to be somewhat volatile.” She said GM expects the shortage to continue into the first half of next year. “We are seeing some improvement in fourth quarter; we expect to see some additional improvement in Q1,” she told reporters during a call Wednesday morning. “Although we think the first half of next year, we’ll still see impact from the semiconductor shortage. We think it will get better toward the end of the year.” GM previously warned investors that its North American wholesale volumes would be down by about 200,000 units in the second half of 2021 compared with the first half, due to the parts problem. GM said third-quarter chip supplies were down largely due to the spread of the Covid-19 delta variant in Southeast Asia, specifically Malaysia, according to Barra. Earlier this month, GM said the semiconductor chip situation was improving. Nov. 1 is expected to mark the first time since February that none of GM’s North American assembly plants will be idled due to the chip shortage. However, two remain down for retooling and some are operating on fewer shifts. » Subscribe to CNBC TV: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision » Subscribe to CNBC: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC » Subscribe to CNBC Classic: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassic Turn to CNBC TV for the latest stock market news and analysis. From market futures to live price updates CNBC is the leader in business news worldwide. The News with Shepard Smith is CNBC’s daily news podcast providing deep, non-partisan coverage and perspective on the day’s most important stories. Available to listen by 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT daily beginning September 30: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/29/the-news-with-shepard-smith-podcast.html?__source=youtube%7Cshepsmith%7Cpodcast Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: http://www.cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: https://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: https://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: https://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC https://www.cnbc.com/select/best-credit-cards/ #CNBC #CNBCTV
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