Cooper Standard Third Quarter Results Increase Sharply

Third Quarter 2015 Highlights

- Adjusted EBITDA increased 40.1 percent to $93.3 million or 11.3 percent of sales

- Net income totaled $32.7 million or $1.78 per diluted share

- Sales increased 15.4 percent excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates

- Free cash flow improved $28.6 million

03 Nov, 2015, 16:30 ET from Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

NOVI, Mich., Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CPS) today reported net income of $32.7 million, or $1.78 per diluted share, and adjusted EBITDA of $93.3 million on sales of $827.5 million for the third quarter of 2015.  These results compare to net income of $22.7 million or $1.23 per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA of $66.6 million on sales of $781.0 million in the third quarter of 2014. 

"During the third quarter we were able to combine operating improvements with strong sales growth on key platforms to once again drive margins significantly higher year-over-year," stated Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and CEO of Cooper Standard. "We are very pleased with our results through the first nine months of the year and we look forward to finishing the year strong with continued focus on margin improvement and cash generation."

Net income of $32.7 million for the third quarter of 2015 included after tax restructuring expense of $8.0 million. Net income of $22.7 million in the third quarter of 2014 included after tax amounts of $15.3 million for a gain on the divestiture of the Company's thermal and emissions business, and $4.9 million in restructuring expense.  Excluding these items, adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2015 was $40.8 million or $2.21 per diluted share, up 233 percent when compared to adjusted net income of $12.2 million or $0.66 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014.

For the first nine months of 2015, the Company reported net income of $90.2 million, or $4.92 per diluted share, and adjusted EBITDA of $271.1 million on sales of $2.5 billion.  By comparison, the Company reported net income of $55.6 million, or $3.07 per diluted share, and adjusted EBITDA of $239.4 million on sales of $2.5 billion in the first nine months of 2014.  The Company's adjusted EBITDA margin for the first nine months of 2015 was 10.9 percent compared to 9.7 percent in the first nine months of 2014. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, adjusted EBITDA in the first nine months of 2015 was $301.0 million or 11.0 percent of sales.

Operational Overview

Consolidated

Third quarter 2015 sales increased by $46.6 million or 6.0 percent compared to the third quarter of 2014.  The year-over-year variance is largely attributable to favorable volume and mix and additional revenue from the acquisition of Huayu-Cooper Standard Sealing Systems Co. ("Shenya"), partially offset by a $74.1 million impact from unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates.  Excluding the impact from foreign currency exchange rates, sales in the third quarter of 2015 were $901.6 million, an increase of 15.4 percent over the third quarter of 2014. 

Third quarter adjusted EBITDA increased by $26.7 million or 40.1 percent compared to the third quarter of 2014.  The year-over-year variance is primarily attributable to improvements in operating efficiency, favorable volume and mix, and improved supply chain economics.  These favorable items were partially offset by wage increases, price adjustments and an $8.4 million impact from unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates.  Excluding the impact from foreign currency exchange rates, adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2015 was $101.7 million.

North America

Cooper Standard's North America segment reported sales of $456.4 million in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 10.4 percent when compared to $413.5 million in sales recorded in the third quarter of 2014.  The increase was attributable to improved volume and mix, partially offset by the unfavorable impact of foreign currency exchange rates and price adjustments.  Excluding the impact of exchange rates, North America segment sales were $470.3 million, an increase of $56.8 million or 13.7 percent higher than the third quarter of 2014.

North America segment profit was $58.3 million, or 12.8 percent of sales, in the third quarter of 2015.  This compared to segment profit of $45.5 million, or 11.0 percent of sales in the third quarter of 2014.  The 180 basis point improvement was driven primarily by improved volume and mix, gains in operating efficiencies and lower material costs, partially offset by the impact of price adjustments, wage increases and unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates.

Europe

Cooper Standard's Europe segment reported sales of $247.3 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $265.2 million in the third quarter of 2014.  The decrease was attributable to unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates, partially offset by improvements in volume and product mix.  Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, Europe segment sales were $294.4 million for the quarter, up 11.0 percent versus the prior year period.

The Europe segment reported a loss of $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2015, compared to segment profit of $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2014.  The segment results for the third quarter 2015 included restructuring expense of $7.1 million.  Segment profit in the third quarter of 2014 included $4.9 million of restructuring expense and a gain of $10.1 million related to the sale of the Company's thermal and emissions business.  Excluding these items, Europe segment profit was $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2014.  The improvement was attributable to operating efficiencies, lower material costs, higher sales volume and favorable product mix.  These positive factors were partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates and price adjustments.

Asia Pacific

Cooper Standard's Asia Pacific segment reported sales of $102.1 million in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 63.8 percent compared to $62.3 million in the third quarter of 2014.  The year-over-year variance is largely attributable to the consolidation of the revenue from the Shenya acquisition and improved volume and mix.  Excluding growth from acquisitions and the impact of unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates, sales in the Asia Pacific segment increased $5.1 million in the quarter, representing an 8.2 percent organic growth rate, despite lower than expected light vehicle production in China.  The Asia Pacific segment reported a loss of $0.7 million in the third quarter of 2015, compared to segment profit of $1.2 million in the third quarter 2014.  The year-over-year change was primarily the result of higher SGA&E expenses as the Company establishes its footprint and infrastructure for planned growth based on its expanded booked business pipeline, as well as higher depreciation  and amortization expense and the negative impact of foreign currency exchange rates.  These were partially offset by incremental income from the Shenya acquisition and lower material costs.

South America

Cooper Standard's South America segment reported sales of $21.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $40.0 million in the third quarter of 2014.  The decrease was attributable to unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates and lower overall vehicle production in Brazil. 

The South America segment incurred a loss of $7.5 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to a loss of $11.1 million in the third quarter of 2014.  The segment loss decreased year-over-year as the Company scaled back operations in Brazil to align with lower light vehicle production levels.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At September 30, 2015, Cooper Standard had cash and cash equivalents totaling $232.0 million, compared to $204.8 million at the end of the second quarter 2015 and $267.3 million at December 31, 2014.  The sequential quarterly increase was driven by improved cash from operations and a continued focus on reducing capital spending and working capital.   Free cash flow (defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures) improved to $19.6 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to a usage of $9.0 million in the third quarter of 2014.  The cash balance decline in the first nine months of the year is due primarily to seasonal changes in working capital cash and payments made in connection with the acquisition of Shenya.  In addition to cash and cash equivalents, the Company had $136.9 million available under its senior amended asset-based revolving credit facility ("ABL") for total liquidity of $368.9 million at September 30, 2015.

Total debt at September 30, 2015 was $798.7 million compared to $785.9 million at December 31, 2014. Cooper Standard's net debt-to-book capitalization ratio was 40.4 percent at September 30, 2015.

Outlook

The Company has reaffirmed or updated its 2015 full year outlook as follows:

 

Previous Guidance

30-Jul-15

Current Guidance

03-Nov-15

Revenue

$3.3 - $3.4 billion

Unchanged

Capital Expenditures

$175 - $185 million

$170 - $180 million

Cash Restructuring

$25 - $35 million

Unchanged

Cash Taxes

$40 - $50 million

Unchanged

Adj. EBITDA Margin

75 – 100 bps improvement vs. 2014

85 - 100 bps improvement vs. 2014

Key Assumptions

NA Production

17.4 million units

Unchanged

European Production

20.3 million units

Unchanged

Avg. Full Year FX rates

Euro

1 EUR = $1.11 USD

Unchanged

Canadian Dollar

1 CAD = $0.80 USD

Unchanged

Conference Call Details

Cooper Standard management will host a conference call and webcast on November 4 at 9 a.m. ET to discuss its third quarter 2015 results, provide a general business update and respond to investor questions.

To participate in the live question-and-answer session, callers in the United States and Canada should dial toll-free 800-949-4315 (international callers dial 678-825-8315) and provide the conference ID  62992796 or ask to be connected to the Cooper Standard teleconference. Callers should dial in at least five minutes prior to the start of the call. Financial and automotive analysts are invited to ask questions after the presentations are made.

The interactive webcast and slide presentation can be accessed live or in replay on the investor relations page of the Cooper Standard website at www.ir.cooperstandard.com/events.cfm.

About Cooper Standard

Cooper Standard, headquartered in Novi, Mich., is a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. Products include rubber and plastic sealing, fuel and brake lines, fluid transfer hoses and anti-vibration systems. Cooper Standard employs more than 27,000 people globally and operates in 20 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.cooperstandard.com.

Forward Looking Statements

There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement. Important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made herein include, but are not limited to: prolonged or material contractions in automotive sales and production volumes; the Company's liquidity; the viability of the Company's supply base and the financial conditions of the Company's customers; loss of large customers or significant platforms; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; the Company's substantial indebtedness; the Company's ability to obtain financing in the future; ability to generate sufficient cash to service all of the Company's indebtedness; operating and financial restrictions imposed on the Company by the credit agreements governing the Company's Term Loan Facility and Senior ABL facility; underfunding of pension plans; availability and increasing volatility in costs of manufactured components and raw materials; escalating pricing pressures; the Company's ability to meet significant increases in demand; the Company's ability to successfully compete in the automotive parts industry; risks associated with the Company's non-U.S. operations; ability to control the operations of the Company's joint ventures for the Company's sole benefit; effectiveness of continuous improvement programs and other cost savings plans; product liability, warranty and recall claims that may be brought against the Company; work stoppages or other labor disruptions; natural disasters; ability to meet the Company's customers' needs for new and improved products on a timely or cost-effective basis; the possibility that the Company's acquisition strategy may not be successful; the ability of the Company's intellectual property portfolio to withstand legal challenges; a disruption in, or the inability to successfully implement upgrades to, the Company's information technology systems; compliance with environmental, health and safety laws and other laws and regulations; the volatility of the Company's annual effective tax rate; significant changes in discount rates and the actual return on pension assets; the possibility of future impairment charges to the Company's goodwill and long-lived assets; the concentration of stock ownership which may allow a few owners to exert significant control over the Company; stock volatility; and dependence on the Company's subsidiaries for cash to satisfy the obligations of the holding Company.

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Contact for Analysts: Roger Hendriksen Cooper Standard (248) 596-6465 roger.hendriksen@cooperstandard.com

Contact for Media: Sharon Wenzl Cooper Standard (248) 596-6211 sswenzl@cooperstandard.com 

Financial statements and related notes follow:

 

COOPER-STANDARD HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME

(Unaudited)

(Dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2014

2015

2014

2015

Sales

$

780,954

$

827,531

$

2,476,113

$

2,488,402

Cost of products sold

669,701

679,083

2,084,492

2,055,124

Gross profit

111,253

148,448

391,621

433,278

Selling, administration & engineering expenses

67,365

79,065

228,609

239,455

Amortization of intangibles

3,892

3,599

12,325

10,819

Restructuring

4,845

8,540

11,690

34,809

Other operating profit

(18,385)

(18,385)

Operating profit

53,536

57,244

157,382

148,195

Interest expense, net of interest income

(9,405)

(9,487)

(35,332)

(27,912)

Equity earnings

1,094

911

4,075

4,042

Other income (expense), net

(4,129)

(3,281)

(32,932)

9,907

Income before income taxes

41,096

45,387

93,193

134,232

Income tax expense

18,866

12,869

35,354

44,052

Net income

22,230

32,518

57,839

90,180

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

436

214

(2,244)

35

Net income attributable to Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

$

22,666

$

32,732

$

55,595

$

90,215

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

1.33

$

1.89

$

3.29

$

5.26

Diluted

$

1.23

$

1.78

$

3.07

$

4.92

 

 

COOPER-STANDARD HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollar amounts in thousands)

December 31, 2014

September 30, 2015

 (unaudited)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

267,270

$

231,984

Accounts receivable, net

377,032

474,757

Tooling receivable

124,015

150,726

Inventories

166,531

172,356

Prepaid expenses

25,626

30,486

Other

93,524

66,441

Total current assets

1,053,998

1,126,750

Property, plant and equipment, net

716,013

801,389

Goodwill

135,169

151,955

Intangibles, net

82,309

74,114

Deferred tax assets

41,059

47,451

Other assets

104,219

87,235

Total assets

$

2,132,767

$

2,288,894

Liabilities and Equity

Current liabilities:

Debt payable within one year

$

36,789

$

57,986

Accounts payable

322,422

345,216

Payroll liabilities

94,986

128,094

Accrued liabilities

75,005

128,773

Total current liabilities

529,202

660,069

Long-term debt

749,085

740,685

Pension benefits

191,805

171,358

Postretirement benefits other than pensions

60,287

57,630

Deferred tax liabilities

5,001

18,063

Other liabilities

44,692

35,846

Total liabilities

1,580,072

1,683,651

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

3,981

7% Cumulative participating convertible preferred stock

Equity:

Common stock

17

17

Additional paid-in capital

492,959

510,421

Retained earnings

195,233

285,149

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(139,243)

(204,320)

Total Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. equity

548,966

591,267

Noncontrolling interests

(252)

13,976

Total equity

548,714

605,243

Total liabilities and equity

$

2,132,767

$

2,288,894

 

Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are measures not recognized under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (U.S. GAAP) which exclude certain non-cash and non-recurring items. Management considers EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA as key indicators of the Company's operating performance and believes that these and similar measures are widely used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating the Company's performance. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income adjusted to exclude income tax expense, interest expense net of interest income, depreciation and amortization, and certain unusual, non-operating, non-cash or non-recurring items that management considers to be outside the scope of the Company's core operating performance.

When analyzing the Company's operating performance, investors should use EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA in addition to, and not as alternatives for, net income (loss), operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other performance measure derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of the Company's results of operations as reported under U.S. GAAP. Other companies may report EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA differently and therefore Cooper Standard's results may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. This presentation of adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that Cooper Standard's future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

The following table provides reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from net income:

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2014

2015

2014

2015

(dollar amounts in millions)

Net income attributable to Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

$

22.7

$

32.7

$

55.6

$

90.2

Income tax expense

18.9

12.9

35.4

44.0

Interest expense, net of interest income

9.4

9.5

35.3

28.0

Depreciation and amortization

28.0

29.3

84.7

85.3

EBITDA

$

79.0

$

84.4

$

211.0

$

247.5

Gain on acquisition (1)

(14.2)

Loss on extinguishment of debt (2)

30.5

Gain on divestiture (3)

(17.9)

(17.9)

Restructuring (4)

4.7

8.6

11.5

34.8

Inventory write-up (5)

1.4

Stock-based compensation (6)

2.8

Acquisition costs

0.4

0.3

0.4

1.3

Other

0.4

1.1

0.3

Adjusted EBITDA

$

66.6

$

93.3

$

239.4

$

271.1

(1)

Gain on remeasurement of previously held equity interest in Shenya.

(2)

Loss on extinguishment of debt relating to the repurchase of our Senior Notes and Senior PIK Toggle Notes.

(3)

Gain on sale of thermal and emissions product line.

(4)

Includes non-cash restructuring and is net of noncontrolling interest.

(5)

Write-up of inventory to fair value for the Shenya acquisition.

(6)

Non-cash stock amortization expense and non-cash stock option expense for grants issued at emergence from bankruptcy.

Net Income and Adjusted Net Income

The following table provides reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income:

(Dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended September 30,

2014

2015

Net income attributable to Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

$

22,666

$

32,732

Restructuring expense (net of tax)

4,861

8,044

Gain on divestiture (net of tax)

(15,300)

Adjusted net income

$

12,227

$

40,776

Adjusted earnings per share:

Basic

$

0.72

$

2.36

Diluted

$

0.66

$

2.21

 

 

SOURCE Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.