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Ford Reports First Quarter 2006 Financial Results


* Net loss of 64 cents per share, or $1.2 billion.
* Earnings from continuing operations of 24 cents per share, or $458 million, excluding special items.*
* Worldwide automotive pre-tax loss of $184 million, excluding special items.
* Ford Credit pre-tax profit of $751 million, excluding special items.

DEARBORN, Mich., April 21, 2006 - Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] today reported a net loss of 64 cents per share, or $1.2 billion, for the first quarter of 2006. This compares with net income of 60 cents per share, or $1.2 billion, in the first quarter of 2005.

Ford’s first-quarter earnings from continuing operations, excluding special items, was 24 cents per share, or $458 million.*

Ford’s total sales and revenue in the first quarter was $41.1 billion, down $4.1 billion from a year ago.

* Earnings per share from continuing operations excluding special items is calculated on a basis that includes pre-tax profit and provision for taxes and minority interest. See table following “Safe Harbor/Risk Factors” for the nature and amount of these special items and a reconciliation to GAAP.

“I am confident that we are confronting our challenges head-on and that we will succeed in our turnaround and getting back on track to ensure our long-term success,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Ford. “We are clearly in a period of transition. However, I am pleased with the changes underway to make Ford a leaner, more innovative company. I also am grateful to our employees for the cooperation and confidence in Ford that they have demonstrated by embracing these changes, which can be very difficult.”

Special items reduced earnings by 88 cents per share in the first quarter. The pre-tax effect of these items include:

* A charge of $1.7 billion, or 61 cents per share, for costs associated with expected North America Way Forward-related layoff and jobs bank benefits and voluntary termination packages;
* A charge of $414 million, or 14 cents per share, of related non-cash pension curtailment charges;
* Facility-related costs, primarily associated with last month’s idling of the St. Louis Assembly Plant, of $281 million or 10 cents per share; and
* Costs of $95 million, or 3 cents per share, associated with additional personnel reduction programs not directly related to Way Forward.

First-quarter highlights included:

* Launched Way Forward plan to return North America automotive operations to profitability no later than 2008. Plan includes idling and ceasing operations at 14 manufacturing facilities through 2012, including seven vehicle assembly plants, and initiatives to generate net material cost savings of at least $6 billion by 2010, improve quality and invest in new products.
* Introduced U.S. products that are performing well in the marketplace, including Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr.
* Launched all-new Ford Ranger in Thailand, Ford Fiesta in India, Ford Focus in China and confirmed Volvo S40 would also be locally produced in China.
* Best ever first quarter global sales for Land Rover, increasing 26 percent over a year ago.

The following discussion of the results of our Automotive sector and Automotive business units is on a basis that excludes special items. See table following “Safe Harbor/Risk Factors” for the nature and amount of these special items and a reconciliation to GAAP.


On a pre-tax basis, excluding special items of $2.5 billion, worldwide Automotive sector losses in the first quarter were $184 million. This compares with a pre-tax profit of $580 million, excluding special items of $107 million, during the same period a year ago.

Worldwide automotive sales for the first quarter declined to $37.0 billion from $39.3 billion in the same period last year. Worldwide vehicle unit sales in the quarter were 1,722,000, up from 1,716,000 a year ago.

Total cash, including automotive cash, marketable securities, loaned securities and short-term Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) assets at March 31, 2006 was $23.7 billion, down from $25.1 billion at the end of the fourth quarter.


For the first quarter, The Americas reported a pre-tax automotive loss of $323 million, excluding special items, compared to a pre-tax profit of $741 million in the same period a year ago.

North America: In the first quarter, Ford’s North America automotive operations reported a pre-tax loss of $457 million, excluding special items, compared with a pre-tax profit of $664 million, excluding special items, a year ago. The deterioration primarily reflected lower volumes associated with lower market share and a smaller increase in dealer inventories; increased incentives associated with a higher mix of leasing and fleet sales; the non-recurrence of favorable warranty reserve adjustments; acceleration of depreciation charges associated with announced plant idlings; adverse currency exchange; and losses associated with ACH, the former Visteon activities now controlled by Ford. These declines were partially offset by lower net product costs and other improvements primarily associated with implementation of our personnel and capacity reduction actions. Sales were $19.8 billion, down from $21.1 billion for the same period a year ago.

South America: Ford’s South America automotive operations reported a first-quarter pre-tax profit of $134 million, an increase of $57 million from a $77 million pre-tax profit a year ago. Pricing and higher industry volume, partially offset by higher commodity prices, were the primary drivers of the improvement. Sales for the first quarter improved to $1.2 billion from $866 million in 2005.


In the first quarter, International Operations reported a combined automotive pre-tax profit, excluding special items, of $301 million, an improvement of $200 million from first quarter 2005.


The combined first-quarter automotive pre-tax profit, excluding special items, for Ford Europe and PAG automotive operations was $254 million, an improvement of $250 million from the same period a year ago.

Ford Europe: Ford Europe’s first-quarter pre-tax profit was $91 million, excluding special items, compared with a pre-tax profit of $59 million during the 2005 period. The improvement was more than explained by cost reductions, primarily material costs, and favorable mix, partially offset by lower net pricing. During the first quarter, Ford Europe negotiated an investment security agreement with the German works council that provides job protection while achieving a more competitive manufacturing cost base. Ford Europe’s sales in the first quarter were $6.8 billion, compared with $7.7 billion during first quarter 2005.

Premier Automotive Group (PAG): PAG reported a pre-tax profit, excluding special items, of $163 million for the first quarter, compared with a pre-tax loss of $55 million for the same period in 2005. The improvement primarily reflected cost improvements at Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover and increased sales of Range Rover Sport, contributing to improved mix. The improvements were partially offset by unfavorable currency exchange and lower net pricing. First-quarter sales for PAG were $7.1 billion, compared with $7.6 billion a year ago.


In the first quarter, Asia Pacific and Africa/Mazda reported a combined pre-tax profit of $47 million, compared with a pre-tax profit of $97 million in 2005.

Asia Pacific and Africa: For the first quarter, Asia Pacific and Africa reported a pre-tax profit of $2 million, compared with a pre-tax profit of $43 million a year ago. The decline primarily reflected lower Falcon volumes in Australia, unfavorable currency exchange, and the non-recurrence of last year’s sale of our interest in Mahindra & Mahindra in India, partially offset by improved performance in our joint ventures, primarily in China . Sales were $1.7 billion, compared with $2.0 billion in 2005.

Mazda: During the first quarter of 2006, Ford’s share of Mazda profits and associated operations was $45 million, compared with $54 million during the same period a year ago. The decline primarily reflected lower gains during the quarter on our investment in Mazda’s convertible bonds. All of these bonds have now been converted to equity.


First-quarter results included a loss of $162 million in Other Automotive, compared with a loss of $262 million a year ago. The year-over-year improvement primarily reflected higher interest income from our cash portfolio, due to higher short-term interest rates and higher cash balances.


For the first quarter, Financial Services sector earned a pre-tax profit of $744 million, compared with pre-tax profits of $1.1 billion a year ago.

Ford Motor Credit Company: Ford Motor Credit Company reported net income of $479 million in the first quarter of 2006, down $231 million from earnings of $710 million a year earlier. On a pre-tax basis from continuing operations, Ford Motor Credit earned $751 million in the first quarter, compared with $1.1 billion in the previous year. The decrease in earnings primarily reflected higher borrowing costs, the impact of lower receivable levels and higher depreciation expense, partially offset by improved credit loss performance.


The company previously announced it anticipated full-year pre-tax special items of about $1 billion, with further study required to assess additional costs stemming from the Way Forward plan and to determine appropriate accounting for these costs. The present expectation is that total full-year pre-tax special items, including jobs bank-related costs and associated pension curtailment charges, will be about $3.4 billion.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Don Leclair said, “Today’s results reflect the business environment we are facing and the actions we are taking to address our issues. We remain committed to implementing our plans to turn around the automotive business.”


Ford Motor Company will release first quarter 2006 financial results at 7 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 21. The following briefings will be held after the announcement:

At 9 a.m. EDT, Chairman and CEO, Bill Ford, and Executive Vice President and CFO, Don Leclair, will host a conference call for news media and analysts to discuss first-quarter financial results.

Following the earnings call, at 11 a.m. EDT, Ford Vice President and Treasurer Ann Marie Petach, Ford Motor Credit Company Vice Chairman and CFO K.R. Kent, and Ford Vice President and Controller Jim Gouin, will host a conference call for fixed income analysts and investors.

The presentations (listen-only) and supporting materials will be available on the Internet at Representatives of the news media and the investment community participating by teleconference will have the opportunity to ask questions following the presentations.

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Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 300,000 employees and 108 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Motor Credit Company.

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Safe Harbor/Risk Factors

Statements included or incorporated by reference herein may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on expectations, forecasts and assumptions by our management and involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated, including, without limitation:

* Continued decline in market share;
* Continued or increased price competition resulting from industry overcapacity, currency fluctuations or other factors;
* A market shift (or an increase in or acceleration of market shift) away from sales of trucks or sport utility vehicles, or from sales of other more profitable vehicles in the United States;
* A significant decline in industry sales, particularly in the United States or Europe, resulting from slowing economic growth, geo-political events or other factors;
* Lower-than-anticipated market acceptance of new or existing products;
* Continued or increased high prices for or reduced availability of fuel;
* Currency or commodity price fluctuations;
* Adverse effects from the bankruptcy or insolvency of a major competitor;
* Economic distress of suppliers that has in the past and may in the future require us to provide financial support or take other measures to ensure supplies of components or materials;
* Work stoppages at Ford or supplier facilities or other interruptions of supplies;
* Single-source supply of components or materials;
* Labor or other constraints on our ability to restructure our business;
* Worse-than-assumed economic and demographic experience for our postretirement benefit plans (e.g., discount rates, investment returns, and health care cost trends);
* The discovery of defects in vehicles resulting in delays in new model launches, recall campaigns or increased warranty costs;
* Increased safety, emissions, fuel economy or other (e.g., pension funding) regulation resulting in higher costs, cash expenditures, and/or sales restrictions;
* Unusual or significant litigation or governmental investigations arising out of alleged defects in our products or otherwise;
* A change in our requirements for parts or materials where we have entered into long-term supply arrangements that commit us to purchase minimum or fixed quantities of certain parts or materials, or to pay a minimum amount to the seller (“take-or-pay contracts”);
* Inability to access debt or securitization markets around the world at competitive rates or in sufficient amounts due to additional credit rating downgrades or otherwise;
* Higher-than-expected credit losses;
* Increased competition from banks or other financial institutions seeking to increase their share of financing Ford vehicles;
* Changes in interest rates;
* Collection and servicing problems related to finance receivables and net investment in operating leases;
* Lower-than-anticipated residual values or higher-than-expected return volumes for leased vehicles;
* New or increased credit, consumer or data protection or other regulations resulting in higher costs and/or additional financing restrictions; and
* Inability to implement the Way Forward plan.

We cannot be certain that any expectation, forecast or assumption made by management in preparing these forward-looking statements will prove accurate, or that any projection will be realized. It is to be expected that there may be differences between projected and actual results. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of their initial issuance, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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