Semiconductor shortages and supply chain issues affected vehicle production and inventory levels in the past two years. However, factories are stepping up their pace as consumers intend to buy more vehicles this year.
U.S. auto sales rose to an estimated 13.2 million rate in December 2022. Moreover, auto sales will likely rebound this year, driven by growing demand and a recovery in vehicle production amid easing supply chain disruptions and chip recovery that will offset the effects of inflation and increasing interest rates.
Furthermore, the automotive industry continues to focus on developing electric vehicles (EVs), whether it is through improving battery performance or increasing charging infrastructure. According to Motor Intelligence data, Americans purchased over 724,000 EVs in the first eleven months of 2022, compared to 326,000 EVs acquired in 2019.
The global EV market is projected to reach $34.40 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 20.3%. Increasing global climatic concerns and surging gasoline and oil prices should drive the demand for fuel-efficient EVs in the upcoming years.
Hence, to capitalize on the industry’s promising growth prospects, it could be wise to invest in fundamentally sound auto stocks General Motors Company (GM) and Mazda Motor Corporation (MZDAY), trading currently at discounted valuations.
General Motors Company (GM)
GM builds and markets trucks, crossovers, and cars, along with auto parts and accessories, all over the world. It operates through GM North America; GM International; Cruise; and GM Financial segments. It also offers its customers safety and security services.
On January 4, 2023, GM announced that it delivered 2.20 million vehicles in the United States, leading the industry in overall sales. It also extended its leadership in significant market sectors, such as full-size pickups, full-size SUVs, and more. The company intends to capitalize on this momentum in North America in 2023 by increasing its EV market share with nine models on the market.
This new agreement should strengthen GM’s leadership in creating a secure and long-lasting North American EV supply chain.
Moreover, on November 17, 2022, GM and Vale Canada Limited, a division of Vale S.A. (VALE), announced the signing of a term sheet for the long-term supply of battery-grade nickel sulfate from VALE’s proposed Bécancour, Quebec, Canada factory. This agreement is expected to help GM meet its rapidly increasing EV production requirement in North America.
In terms of forward non-GAAP P/E, GM is currently trading at 5.00x, 64.2% lower than the industry average of 13.94x. The stock’s forward EV/Sales of 0.94x is 20.7% lower than the industry average of 1.19x. Also, its forward EV/EBITDA of 5.64x compares with the 9.79x industry average.
For the third quarter that ended September 30, 2022, GM’s revenue increased 56.4% year-over-year to $41.89 billion. Its net income attributable to stockholders grew 36.6% from the year-ago value to $3.31 billion. Also, the company’s adjusted EBIT increased 46.7% from the prior year’s period to $4.29 billion, and its adjusted EPS stood at $2.25, up 48% year-over-year.