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Ford shares falling on news of lower-than-expected profits next year

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Ford has released projections for its 2013 profits, along with predictions of its 2014 earnings, and the news has forced the company’s stock to stumble, falling over seven percent as of this writing. The Blue Oval is expecting earnings of $8.34 billion for 2013, although the bulk of that is coming largely from its North American operations, as troubles abroad continue to take a toll.

Calling 2013 an “outstanding” year, Ford expects its revenue to be up about 10 percent, thanks to gains in market share everywhere but Europe. But it’s 2014 predictions that are causing stock prices to fall, as the Dearborn-based manufacturer expects pre-tax profits to fall to $7 to $8 billion, because of troubles in both Europe and South America, according to a report from Reuters. This is despite an expansion plan that will see it open an additional factory in the southern hemisphere, as well as two plants in China, all in a bid to launch 23 new or refreshed products next year.

The issues in South America aren’t so much related to a fall in sales – Ford expects improved profits in Brazil and Argentina – but because of currency devaluations in Venezuela that are projected to cost it around $350 million. While that would still allow it to break even with 2013, Ford cites continued economic risks that could push losses even higher.

Europe, meanwhile, remains a thorn in the side as Ford works to restructure its operations there, with a projected cost of $400 million. Part of the 23-vehicle launch schedule will also take a toll in Europe, as it projects increased spending for launches and engineering costs.

There’s an extensive press release detailing Ford’s financials available below.

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