By Paul Lienert and Joseph White
(Reuters) -General Motors Co’s first-quarter profit beat analyst estimates on Tuesday, as the automaker focused on sales of more expensive models with higher margins, even with production still limited by chip shortages and supply chain disruptions.
GM shares were up 0.6% in after-hours trade at $38.25.
Barra also said GM expects to build 25%-30% more vehicles this year than last despite continued volatility in the supply of semiconductor chips, which the automaker expects to ease in the second half.
GM said it expects full-year net income of $9.6 billion to $11.2 billion, and reaffirmed its full-year outlook for adjusted EBIT of $13 billion to $15 billion.
On the same day that rival Ford Motor Co launched regular production of its new F-150 Lightning electric pickup, Barra said GM has received 140,000 reservations for the new Chevrolet Silverado EV truck that is still nearly a year away from production.
GM reaffirmed a goal to build 400,000 electric vehicles this year and next, but in the latest quarter the company had just a 0.3% share of the electric vehicle market in the United States. GM said it has restarted production of its Bolt electric vehicle line.
GM’s first-quarter revenue of $36 billion was up 11% from $32.5 billion a year ago. Diluted earnings per share were $1.35, compared with $2.03 a year earlier, while EPS-diluted-adjusted was $2.09 compared with $2.25 a year ago.
GM said it expects full-year EPS-diluted of $5.76 to $6.76, and EPS-diluted-adjusted of $6.50 to $7.50.
(Reporting by Paul Lienert, Joe White and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Chris Reese, Jonathan Oatis and Bernard Orr)