Finance Project

3240 Words Jul 5th, 2014 13 Pages
Spring 2014
Principles of Finance
Final Project
General Motors Company vs Ford Motor Company
Lauren Grippo

GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION (COMPANY)
General Motors Corporation (General Motors or GM) was incorporated on August 11, 2009. Also known as GM, the company designs, builds and sells cars, trucks and automobiles parts globally and headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. The company also provides automotive financing services through General Motors Financial Company, Inc. (GM Financial).
The company designs, manufactures and markets vehicles under the brands of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. Along with our strategic partners, we produce cars and trucks, and sell and service our vehicles, through the following brands: Chevrolet
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In 2008, Ford produced 5.532 million automobiles and employed about 213,000 employees at around 90 plants and facilities worldwide. The company went public in 1956, but the Ford family still retains 40 percent voting rights.
I will be comparing both companies General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company for the past three years. We will be able to see all the trends these two automotive manufacturers have and which one may be better to invest in by looking at the last few year’s ratios and percentages. This will give us a better understanding and the knowledge of who maybe the industry leader and who is the follower. These are both major corporations that strive off customer loyalty and both competing on a global scale to make their mark in the one of the top automotive manufacturers in the world. This analysis will give us an understanding of what lies ahead in the future for these two manufacturers.
The following section will show the ratios and percentages figured by using these two companies’ financial statements. A comparison will be used to compare the companies to one another. People will always needs cars to get around whether it’s for education, work or tourism. By comparing these companies we will know which company maybe the best to invest and to determine which companies will survive in the future. Take a look at Table 1 below as it provides a full listing of…