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March 29, 2010

Ford’s sale of Volvo yesterday to China-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Ltd for $1.8 billion represents a loss of $4.7 billion and finally draws a line under the excesses of the past.

Ford's sale of Volvo yesterday to China-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Ltd for $1.8 billion represents a loss of $4.7 billion and finally draws a line under the excesses of the past.

Bill Ford Jr, great-grandson of founder Henry Ford and current executive chairman, was just getting his feet under the table as chairman of the board of directors when Ford paid $6.5 billion for Volvo in 1999.

March 23, 2010

The 2010 list of the world’s most ethical companies includes many family-owned or –controlled businesses, confirming the sector’s commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The 2010 list of the world's most ethical companies includes many family-owned or –controlled businesses, confirming the sector's commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The list, compiled by the Ethisphere Institute, includes 100 companies from a wide range of countries and industries.

January 28, 2010

The release of full year financial statements by some of the world’s largest family companies reveal a diverse range of fortunes for both the businesses and their founding families.

The release of full year financial statements by some of the world's largest family companies reveal a diverse range of fortunes for both the businesses and their founding families.

Ford, the family-controlled automaker, today posted better-then-expected full year results, recording a pre-tax operating profit of $454 million – its first for four years. This figure represented a $7.3 billion improvement on last year's losses which totalled nearly $15 billion. 

November 3, 2009

Ford, the family-controlled automaker, announced it has returned to profit in Q3 2009 – the first time it has done so since Q1 2008.

Ford, the family-controlled automaker, announced it has returned to profit in Q3 2009 – the first time it has done so since Q1 2008.

August 25, 2009

Three leading American family businesses have been making the headlines for different reasons, although all were recession related. Katie Barker analyses how Marriott, Ford and Huntsman have survived to fight another day

Three leading American family businesses have been making the headlines for different reasons, although all were recession related. Katie Barker analyses how Marriott, Ford and Huntsman have survived to fight another day 

July 6, 2009

Ford has announced an increase in market share in the US as the founding family reiterated its emotional commitment to the business.

Ford has announced an increase in market share in the US as the founding family reiterated its emotional commitment to the business. Despite the economic slowdown, the family-controlled carmaker managed to boost US market share to 18% in June, an increase on the 14.6% for the same time last year.
 

April 7, 2009

Family-controlled Ford has moved to strengthen its balance sheet by finalising a debt restructuring package that reduces its automotive debt by $9.9 billion and lowers its annual cash interest expense by more than $500 million.

Family-controlled Ford has moved to strengthen its balance sheet by finalising a debt restructuring package that reduces its automotive debt by $9.9 billion and lowers its annual cash interest expense by more than $500 million.

To finance the move, Ford will use $2.4 billion in cash plus 468 million shares of Ford common stock. As at 31 December 2008, the Detroit-based business's debt stood at $25.8 billion.

March 25, 2009

Ford Motor Company has announced the election of a former majority leader of the US House of Representatives and chairman and CEO of a major US energy company to its board of directors.

Ford Motor Company has announced the election of a former majority leader of the US House of Representatives and chairman and CEO of a major US energy company to its board of directors.

Dick Gephardt, 68, served 14 terms in Congress and is currently president and CEO of the Gephardt Group, a multi-disciplined consulting firm. Tony Earley, 59, has run DTE Energy, a $8.5 billion business, since 1998.   

March 19, 2009

The reporting season is upon us, and the news emerging from the world’s family-owned car makers is grim. BMW recently reported a full-year loss of €718 million, PSA PeugeotCitroen announced a net loss of €343 million while Ford reported a loss of $14.6 billion.

The reporting season is upon us, and the news emerging from the world's family-owned car makers is grim writes Jane Simms. BMW recently reported a full-year loss before tax and interest of €718 million, much worse than the market had predicted. PSA PeugeotCitroen announced a net loss of €343 million and has been forced to accept a government bailout.

Ford reported a loss of $14.6 billion last year, the biggest in its 105-year history. Even Toyota is expected to announce its first net loss in six decades when it reports on its financial year ending 31st March.

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