- Delivered strong financial performance
- Sales of $765 million
- Net income of $43 million
- Adjusted EBITDA of $83 million
- Increased China domestic sales 22 percent year-over-year, excluding impact of currency
- Won $4.6 billion in new business year-to-date, up 12 percent over prior year
- First Phoenix™ infotainment win
- Audio/Infotainment new business wins grew over 150 percent to $1.5 billion
- China new business wins at $1.2 billion, 25 percent of total
- Executed $170 million of share repurchases year-to-date
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Oct. 26, 2017 — Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) today announced third-quarter 2017 results, reporting sales of $765 million, compared with $770 million in the third quarter of 2016. Third-quarter net income attributable to Visteon was $43 million or $1.35 per diluted share for 2017, compared with $28 million or $0.81 per diluted share for 2016.
Third-quarter Electronics sales were $765 million, compared with $749 million for the same period in 2016. Electronics third-quarter net income was $43 million or $1.35 per diluted share for 2017, compared with $38 million or $1.10 per diluted share for 2016.
Electronics adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below, was $83 million for the third quarter, compared with $75 million in the same period last year. Electronics adjusted net income, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below, was $45 million for the third quarter or $1.42 per diluted share, compared with $38 million or $1.10 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016.
On a year-to-date basis through the third quarter, global vehicle manufacturers awarded Visteon new business of $4.6 billion in lifetime revenue. The ongoing backlog, defined as cumulative remaining life-of-program booked sales, was $18.0 billion as of Sept. 30, 2017, up from $16.5 billion at the end of 2016.
“We continued our momentum in the third quarter with very solid performance, including improved year-over-year Electronics sales and adjusted EBITDA,” said Visteon President and CEO Sachin Lawande. “This marks our 11th consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in adjusted EBITDA margin, underscoring the strength of our technology and our discipline in managing operational costs.”
Lawande added: “New business wins remained strong, highlighted by our first Phoenix™ infotainment win set to launch in 2020. Overall, we grew our Audio/Infotainment wins by over 150 percent year-to-date compared with the prior year. Based on our overall new business wins, we are on track to meet our long-term growth targets.”
Third Quarter in Review
Third-quarter sales were $765 million, compared with $770 million for the same period in 2016. The $5 million decrease is primarily related to the exit of other operations, partially offset by higher Electronics production volumes, new product launches and favorable currency.
Gross margin was $116 million, compared with $105 million a year earlier. The $11 million increase reflected higher gross margin related to the Electronics Product Group. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $54 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $53 million for the third quarter of 2016.
For the third quarter of 2017, the company reported net income attributable to Visteon of $43 million or $1.35 per diluted share, compared with $28 million or $0.81 per diluted share for the same period in 2016. The $15 million increase in net income includes improved gross margin and the non-recurrence of charges associated with other operations divested in 2016, partially offset by an increase in income taxes and the non-recurrence of 2016 discontinued operations income.
Electronics Product Group
Sales totaled $765 million and $749 million during the third quarter of 2017 and 2016, respectively, for an increase of $16 million, resulting from new product launches and favorable currency movements, partially offset by customer pricing reductions. On a regional basis, Asia accounted for 42 percent of sales, Europe 30 percent, North America 26 percent, and South America 2 percent.
Gross margin for the third quarter of 2017 was $116 million, compared with $105 million a year earlier. The $11 million increase reflected the impact of higher sales volume, material and engineering cost efficiencies, and favorable currency, partially offset by customer pricing and unfavorable product mix.
Adjusted EBITDA for the Electronics Product Group was $83 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $75 million for the same quarter last year. The improvement was primarily driven by favorable cost performance including material and engineering cost efficiencies, partially offset by customer pricing and unfavorable product mix. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 10.8 percent for the third quarter of 2017, 8 basis points higher than the prior year.
For the third quarter of 2017, net income was $43 million or $1.35 per diluted share, compared with net income of $38 million or $1.10 per diluted share for the same period in 2016. Third-quarter 2017 restructuring charges, partially offset by legacy operations benefits, reduced net income. Adjusted net income, which excludes these items, was $45 million or $1.42 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $38 million or $1.10 per diluted share for the same period in 2016.
By the end of 2016, Visteon exited its other operations, consisting of climate operations in South America and South Africa. The third quarter of 2016 included sales of $21 million and a net loss of $13 million.
Cash and Debt Balances
As of Sept. 30, 2017, Visteon had cash and equivalents totaling $735 million. Total debt as of Sept. 30 was $391 million.
For the third quarter of 2017, cash from operations was $45 million and capital expenditures were $22 million. Total Visteon adjusted free cash flow, as defined below, for the third quarter of 2017 was $33 million, compared with $25 million during the third quarter of 2016. Year-to-date, adjusted free cash flow was $90 million.
During the first nine months of the year, the company repurchased 1,741,979 shares at an average price of $97.59. A total of $230 million remains available under the company’s share repurchase authorization. As of Sept. 30, 2017, the company had 31.7 million diluted shares of common stock outstanding.
Full-Year 2017 Outlook
Visteon updated its full-year 2017 guidance with sales in the range of $3.12 billion to $3.16 billion, adjusted EBITDA in the range of $360 million to $370 million, and adjusted free cash flow in the range of $170 million to $180 million.
Visteon is a global technology company that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative cockpit electronics products and connected car solutions for most of the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. Visteon is a leading provider of instrument clusters, head-up displays, information displays, infotainment, audio systems, SmartCore™ cockpit domain controllers, and vehicle connectivity. Visteon also supplies embedded multimedia and smartphone connectivity software solutions to the global automotive industry. Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, Visteon has approximately 10,000 employees at more than 40 facilities in 18 countries. Visteon had sales of $3.16 billion in 2016. Learn more at www.visteon.com.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: (1) conditions within the automotive industry, including (i) the automotive vehicle production volumes and schedules of our customers, (ii) the financial condition of our customers and the effects of any restructuring or reorganization plans that may be undertaken by our customers or suppliers, including work stoppages, and (iii) possible disruptions in the supply of commodities to us or our customers due to financial distress, work stoppages, natural disasters or civil unrest; (2) our ability to satisfy future capital and liquidity requirements; including our ability to access the credit and capital markets at the times and in the amounts needed and on terms acceptable to us; our ability to comply with financial and other covenants in our credit agreements; and the continuation of acceptable supplier payment terms; (3) our ability to satisfy pension and other post-employment benefit obligations; (4) our ability to access funds generated by foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures on a timely and cost-effective basis; (5) our ability to execute on our transformational plans and cost-reduction initiatives in the amounts and on the timing contemplated; (6) general economic conditions, including changes in interest rates, currency exchange rates and fuel prices; (7) the timing and expenses related to internal restructurings, employee reductions, acquisitions or dispositions and the effect of pension and other post-employment benefit obligations; (8) increases in raw material and energy costs and our ability to offset or recover these costs, increases in our warranty, product liability and recall costs or the outcome of legal or regulatory proceedings to which we are or may become a party; and (9) those factors identified in our filings with the SEC (including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016).
Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our view only as of the date of this release, and which we assume no obligation to update. The financial results presented herein are preliminary and unaudited; final financial results will be included in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2017. New business wins and rewins do not represent firm orders or firm commitments from customers, but are based on various assumptions, including the timing and duration of product launches, vehicle production levels, customer price reductions and currency exchange rates.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release contains information about Visteon’s financial results which is not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). Such non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to their closest GAAP financial measures at the end of this press release. The provision of these comparable GAAP financial measures for 2016 is not intended to indicate that Visteon is explicitly or implicitly providing projections on those GAAP financial measures, and actual results for such measures are likely to vary from those presented. The reconciliations include all information reasonably available to the company at the date of this press release and the adjustments that management can reasonably predict.