Ford Credit Earns Full Year 2012 Pre-Tax Profit of $1.7 Billion, Net Income of $1.2 Billion*


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DEARBORN, MI--Jan. 29, 2013: Ford Motor Credit Company reported a pre-tax profit of $1.7 billion in 2012, compared with $2.4 billion a year earlier. The decrease in pre-tax earnings is more than explained by fewer lease terminations, which resulted in fewer vehicles sold at a gain, and lower financing margin as higher yielding assets originated in prior years run off. Ford Credit's net income was $1.2 billion in 2012, compared with $1.8 billion in the previous year.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, Ford Credit's pre-tax profit was $414 million, a decrease of $92 million from a year earlier. The decrease in pre-tax earnings is primarily explained by lower credit loss reserve reductions and lower financing margin. Ford Credit reported fourth quarter net income of $268 million, a decrease of $343 million from a year earlier. The decrease is primarily explained by the non-recurrence of a one-time, non-cash item related to Ford Credit's net deferred tax liability.

"Our 2012 results were solid, and we expect another strong performance in 2013," Ford Credit Chairman and CEO Bernard Silverstone said. "We will remain focused on providing unparalleled support and service for Ford, our dealers and our customers."

On December 31, 2012, Ford Credit's net receivables totaled $90 billion, compared with $83 billion at year-end 2011. Managed receivables were $91 billion on December 31, 2012, up from $85 billion on December 31, 2011.

On December 31, 2012, managed leverage was 8.3:1, unchanged from December 31, 2011. Ford Credit distributed $600 million to its parent in 2012.

For 2013, Ford Credit projects a full year pre-tax profit about equal to 2012; managed receivables at year end in the range of $95 billion to $105 billion; managed leverage to continue in the range of 8:1 to 9:1; and planned distributions of about $200 million.

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About Ford Motor Credit Company
Ford Motor Credit Company LLC has provided dealer and customer financing to support the sale of Ford Motor Company products since 1959. Ford Credit is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Ford. For more information, visit www.fordcredit.com or www.lincolnafs.com .

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* The financial results discussed herein are presented on a preliminary basis; final data will be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements included or incorporated by reference herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on expectations, forecasts and assumptions by our management and involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated, including, without limitation:

Automotive Related:

  • Decline in industry sales volume, particularly in the United States or Europe, due to financial crisis, recession, geopolitical events or other factors;
  • Decline in Ford's market share or failure to achieve growth;
  • Lower-than-anticipated market acceptance of new or existing Ford products;
  • Market shift away from sales of larger, more profitable vehicles beyond Ford's current planning assumption, particularly in the United States;
  • An increase in fuel prices, continued volatility of fuel prices, or reduced availability of fuel;
  • Continued or increased price competition resulting from industry excess capacity, currency fluctuations or other factors;
  • Economic distress of suppliers that may require Ford to provide substantial financial support or take other measures to ensure supplies of components or materials and could increase Ford's costs, affect Ford's liquidity, or cause production constraints or disruptions;
  • Work stoppages at Ford or supplier facilities or other limitations on production (whether as a result of labor disputes, natural or man-made disasters, tight credit markets or other financial distress, information technology issues, production constraints or difficulties, or other factors);
  • Single-source supply of components or materials;
  • Restriction on use of tax attributes from tax law "ownership change";
  • The discovery of defects in Ford vehicles resulting in delays in new model launches, recall campaigns, reputational damage or increased warranty costs;
  • Increased safety, emissions, fuel economy or other regulation resulting in higher costs, cash expenditures and/or sales restrictions;
  • Unusual or significant litigation, governmental investigations or adverse publicity arising out of alleged defects in Ford products, perceived environmental impacts, or otherwise;
  • A change in Ford's requirements for parts where it has entered into long-term supply arrangements that commit it to purchase minimum or fixed quantities of certain parts, or to pay a minimum amount to the seller ("take-or-pay contracts");
  • Adverse effects on Ford's results from a decrease in or cessation or clawback of government incentives related to capital investments;

Ford Credit Related:

  • Inability to access debt, securitization or derivative markets around the world at competitive rates or in sufficient amounts, due to credit rating downgrades, market volatility, market disruption, regulatory requirements or other factors;
  • Increased competition from banks or other financial institutions seeking to increase their share of financing Ford vehicles;
  • Higher-than-expected credit losses, lower-than-anticipated residual values or higher-than-expected return volumes for leased vehicles;
  • Cybersecurity risks to operational systems, security systems, or infrastructure owned by us or a third-party vendor, or at a supplier facility;
  • New or increased credit, consumer or data protection or other laws and regulations resulting in higher costs and/or additional financing restrictions;
  • Changes in Ford's operations or changes in Ford's marketing programs could result in a decline in our financing volumes;

General:

  • Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates;
  • Adverse effects on Ford's or our operations resulting from economic, geopolitical, or other events;
  • Failure of financial institutions to fulfill commitments under committed credit and liquidity facilities;
  • Labor or other constraints on Ford's or our ability to maintain competitive cost structure;
  • Substantial pension and postretirement healthcare and life insurance liabilities impairing Ford's or our liquidity or financial condition;
  • Worse-than-assumed economic and demographic experience for postretirement benefit plans (e.g., discount rates or investment returns); and
  • Inherent limitations of internal controls impacting financial statements and safeguarding of assets.

We cannot be certain that any expectations, forecasts, or assumptions made by management in preparing these forward-looking statements will prove accurate, or that any projections will be realized. It is to be expected that there may be differences between projected and actual results. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of their initial issuance, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. For additional discussion of these risk factors, see Item 1A of Part I of our 2011 10-K Report and Item 1A of Part I of Ford's 2011 10-K Report.

FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES

PRELIMINARY

















CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

For the Periods Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

(in millions)
















Fourth Quarter


Full Year






2012


2011


2012


2011






(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Financing revenue













Operating leases

$

707


$

593


$

2,616


$

2,454


Retail


463



496



1,889



2,059


Interest supplements and other support costs earned













from affiliated companies


601


671


2,401



2,800


Wholesale


224



242



920



952


Other


13



16



56



56



Total financing revenue


2,008



2,018



7,882



8,321

Depreciation on vehicles subject to operating leases


(660)



(538)



(2,468)



(1,774)

Interest expense


(709)



(831)



(3,027)



(3,507)


Net financing margin


639



649



2,387



3,040

Other revenue













Insurance premiums earned


30



23



105



100


Other income, net


79



96



286



302



Total financing margin and other revenue


748



768



2,778



3,442

Expenses













Operating expenses


273



270



1,004



1,076


Provision for credit losses


40



(9)



7



(118)


Insurance expenses


21



1



70



80



Total expenses


334



262



1,081



1,038

Income before income taxes


414



506



1,697



2,404

Provision for income taxes


146



(105)



483



609


Net income

$

268


$

611


$

1,214


$

1,795





















CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the Periods Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

(in millions)
















Fourth Quarter


Full Year






2012


2011


2012


2011






(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Net income

$

268


$

611


$

1,214


$

1,795

Other comprehensive income/(loss), net of tax:













Foreign currency translation


2



(139)



143



(221)

Total other comprehensive income/(loss), net of tax


2



(139)



143



(221)

Comprehensive income

$

270


$

472


$

1,357


$

1,574

















































FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES

PRELIMINARY

















CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(in millions)




























December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011
























(unaudited)

ASSETS













Cash and cash equivalents







$

9,189


$

8,713


Marketable securities








2,106



3,835


Finance receivables, net








75,063



71,907


Net investment in operating leases








14,701



11,098


Notes and accounts receivable from affiliated companies








1,173



1,152


Derivative financial instruments








1,256



1,365


Other assets








2,256



2,172




Total assets







$

105,744


$

100,242

















LIABILITIES













Accounts payable













Customer deposits, dealer reserves, and other







$

1,072


$

901


Affiliated companies








234



773





Total accounts payable








1,306



1,674


Debt








89,258



84,659


Deferred income taxes








1,669



1,134


Derivative financial instruments








400



286


Other liabilities and deferred income








3,458



3,593




Total liabilities








96,091



91,346

















SHAREHOLDER'S INTEREST













Shareholder's interest








5,274



5,274


Accumulated other comprehensive income








743



600


Retained earnings








3,636



3,022




Total shareholder's interest








9,653



8,896





Total liabilities and shareholder's interest







$

105,744


$

100,242

































The following table includes assets to be used to settle the liabilities of the consolidated variable interest entities ("VIEs"). These assets and liabilities are included in the consolidated balance sheet above.




























December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011
























(unaudited)

ASSETS













Cash and cash equivalents







$

2,877


$

3,356


Finance receivables, net








47,190



49,329


Net investment in operating leases








6,308



6,354


Derivative financial instruments








4



157

















LIABILITIES













Debt







$

40,245


$

41,421


Derivative financial instruments








134



97

















































FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES

APPENDIX

















In evaluating Ford Credit's financial performance, Ford Credit management uses financial measures based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), as well as financial measures that include adjustments from GAAP.

















RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO GAAP:




























Net Finance Receivables and Operating Leases







December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011













Receivables (a)







(in billions)


Finance Receivables -- North America Segment














Consumer















Retail installment and direct financing leases







$

39.5


$

38.4



Non-Consumer















Wholesale








18.1



15.5




Dealer loan








1.4



1.1




Other








1.1



1.0





Total North America Segment -- finance receivables








60.1



56.0


Finance Receivables -- International Segment














Consumer















Retail installment and direct financing leases








9.0



9.1



Non-Consumer















Wholesale








7.4



8.5




Dealer loan








0.1



-




Other








0.4



0.4





Total International Segment -- finance receivables








16.9



18.0


Unearned interest supplements








(1.5)



(1.6)


Allowance for credit losses








(0.4)



(0.5)





Finance receivables, net








75.1



71.9


Net investment in operating leases








14.7



11.1





Total receivables







$

89.8


$

83.0

















Memo: Total managed receivables (b)







$

91.3


$

84.6

































Managed Leverage Calculation







December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011
























(in billions)

Total debt (c)







$

89.3


$

84.7

Adjustments for cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities (d)








(10.9)



(12.1)

Adjustments for derivative accounting (e)








(0.8)



(0.7)


Total adjusted debt







$

77.6


$

71.9

















Equity (f)







$

9.7


$

8.9

Adjustments for derivative accounting (e)








(0.3)



(0.2)


Total adjusted equity







$

9.4


$

8.7

















Managed leverage (to 1) = Total adjusted debt / Total adjusted equity








8.3



8.3

Memo: Financial statement leverage (to 1) = Total debt / Equity








9.2



9.5















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(a)

Includes finance receivables (retail and wholesale) and net investment in operating leases reported on Ford Credit's balance sheet that have been

sold for legal purposes in securitization transactions that do not satisfy the requirements for accounting sale treatment. These receivables are

available only for payment of the debt and other obligations issued or arising in the securitization transactions; they are not available to pay the

other obligations of Ford Credit or the claims of Ford Credit's other creditors.

(b)

Equals total receivables, excluding unearned interest supplements of $(1.5) billion at December 31, 2012 and $(1.6) billion December 31, 2011.

(c)

Includes debt reported on Ford Credit's balance sheet including obligations issued or arising in securitization transactions that are payable only out

of collections on the underlying securitized assets and related enhancements. Ford Credit holds the right to the excess cash flows not needed to

pay the debt and other obligations issued or arising in each of these securitization transactions.

(d)

Excludes marketable securities related to insurance activities.

(e)

Primarily related to market valuation adjustments to derivatives due to movements in interest rates. Adjustments to debt are related to designated

fair value hedges and adjustments to equity are related to retained earnings.

(f)

Shareholder's interest reported on Ford Credit's balance sheet.

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