The Ford stock bulls on Wall Street are out in full force after the auto giant uncorked a major business model overhaul earlier this week.
The automaker announced it would create two distinct internal teams: Ford Blue and Ford Model e. The maneuver is designed to free up resources so Ford could better attack the opportunity in EVs.
Ford Blue — essentially the company’s gas-powered auto business — will be focused on managing profits. That means attention to lowering costs, and plowing those savings into the EV Ford Model e division.
“The split has strong industrial logic as BEV & ICE [battery electric vehicle/internal combustion engine] operations should have different operating metrics. It also enables investors to perform a sum of the parts valuation (SOTPs) on ICE & BEV assets; ICE profits are currently diluted by BEV losses, which we estimate are at least ~$1.5 billion in 2022,” said Wells Fargo auto analyst Colin Langan in a new note on Thursday.
Langan put out a $26 price target on Ford shares, projecting potential upside from current levels of about 40%.
Ford stock fell 3% Thursday to $17.30, a day after it popped more than 5% as the Street embraced the pivot by the company. Shares remained among the five top trending tickers on the Yahoo Finance platform through early afternoon.
The automaker further outlined $3 billion in cost savings from Ford Blue by 2026.
Ford expects to produce 2 million EVs by 2026. It sees an adjusted operating profit margin of 10% by 2026, up 270 basis points from 2021.
In total, Ford guided to a $50 billion in EV investment through 2026.
“We are going all in,” Ford CEO Jim Farley told analysts.