Ford posted slightly falling global sales and revenue in its first-quarter financial announcement, but pre-tax profits and operating margins were up. Apparently, that was plenty to keep shareholders happy, though. The Blue Oval’s recent investor meeting in Delaware lasted less than an hour, and a vote on the approval of the board passed by over 93 percent.
Ford CEO Mark Fields continued to predict a strong year financially and increasing profits, according to the Detroit Free Press. The growth comes thanks in large part to the company’s 24 global vehicle launches last year and 15 more this year. The likelihood of significant profits from the strong-selling 2015 F-150 should be especially lucrative, too. In the Q1 announcement, the Blue Oval forecast pre-tax profits between $8.5 billion and $9.5 billion for 2015.
During the meeting, Fields said that the next 15 years of changes in the industry represent the “ultimate opportunity as a company. As big as when Henry Ford put the world on wheels more than 100 years ago,” according to the Free Press. Investments like the expanded technology center in Silicon Valley should push that work along.