Ford is still reeling from its $8.7 billion second quarter loss announced late last month, but already analysts are predicting more drastic things to come. Some analysts fear Ford may be forced to sell its stake in Mazda to help raise capital to fund its future projects, just as it has done with Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover.

Speaking with BusinessWeek, Credit Suisse analyst Koji Endo told reporters that Ford will have no choice but to sell its 33.9% stake in Mazda “if things get worse” for the Blue Oval. However, Endo warns that a separation may still allow both companies to continue sharing platforms and components but that it would also leave Mazda open to a takeover from another buyer.

Another reason that stands in the way of Ford selling Mazda is the added profits the Japanese carmaker adds to Ford’s bottom line. Ford’s 33.9% stake is worth roughly $2.5 billion but Mazda is expected to return up to $750 million in earnings this year alone – one of the worst years on record for the auto industry. Mazda is also predicting sales of 1.48 million vehicles this year, up 9% on 2007 levels.

While the chance of Ford selling Mazda is slim, a sale of its Volvo subsidiary is much more likely. The Swedish carmaker, like Ford, is dealing with a massive restructuring program, cutting thousands of jobs and still recovering from a first quarter loss of $151 million. Furthermore, there have been a number of reports over the past several months suggesting that Volvo could be sold to a Chinese carmaker, however, Ford officials have continued to deny those rumors.