GM or Toyota; Who's Number One?

Glenn Swanson
by Glenn Swanson
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Toyota’s operating profits this year will exceed the entire market value of GM. This insight arrives via Ian Rowley in his Eye on Asia blog for Business Week. According to Rowley, with GM reporting a $39b loss and Toyota earning $11.2b, GM’s market capitalization (market cap) is now smaller than Toyota’s single-year profits. (To determine the market cap of a company, multiply its share price by the total number of outstanding shares and you get the financial size of the corporation.) Toyota is projected to have operating profits of $20.2b this financial year. At the end of the trading day yesterday, GM’s market cap was $19.21b. Rowley says yesterday’s announcement by GM makes the “huge earnings gulf” between the two companies obvious. While GM sells more cars annually in the US than Toyota does [for now], their “fortunes” are reversed when it comes to finances. The race for the title of world's largest automaker remains up for grabs, but any victory by GM at this point would have to be seen as Phyrric.

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  • Windswords Windswords on Nov 09, 2007

    Yea... I didn't see that before. I guess if they had "Japanese" eyes the Chinese wouldn't buy them. /sarcasm

  • OverheadCam9000 OverheadCam9000 on Nov 09, 2007

    GM will, IMHO, become a health insurance company. Do some research on Kaiser Permanente health insurance company. You will find that it is what's left of the old Kaiser Steel Co. of the early to mid 20th Century. It's personnel benefits department morphed to become the company! GM, given the hordes of retirees and other hangers-on who get a pension check from the General, is now just a HMO with a car plant out back (one that burns money almost as fast as the Pentagon). The sooner the General acknowledges the blatantly obvious, the sooner there will be a (slim) chance of survival. Just not as a car company.

  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on Nov 09, 2007

    Way to use the Wikipedia Glenn

  • KHyde KHyde on Nov 09, 2007

    Readers who'll be in NYC on WED., NOV. 14 may be interested in hearing TOYOTA chairman Fujio Cho speak at a noontime event at Japan Society. James McDonald, CEO of Rockefeller & Co., will preside. The luncheon is sold out but seats still available for the lecture 1-2 pm; (Japan Society is on E. 47th St. between 1st & 2nd Aves.)