TRW Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

LIVONIA, Mich., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in active and passive safety systems, today reported third quarter 2012 financial results with sales of $4.0 billion, an increase of 1% compared to the prior year period (up 9% excluding the impact of currency movements and divestitures).  The Company reported GAAP third quarter net earnings of $163 million or $1.28 per diluted share, which compares to net earnings of $158 million or $1.22 per diluted share in the prior year period.                

Excluding special items from the Company's current and prior year quarterly results, the Company reported third quarter 2012 net earnings of $157 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, which compares to net earnings of $177 million or $1.37 per diluted share in the prior year period.  A higher effective tax rate in the current period was the reason for the decline in diluted earnings per share between the two periods.  Compared to last year's pro forma adjusted results (reflecting the income tax valuation allowance reversal), diluted earnings per share in the current period increased 13% compared to third quarter 2011.    

In addition to the solid financial results achieved during the quarter, the Company recently announced a $1 billion, two-year share repurchase program which will commence in the fourth quarter of this year, and successfully refinanced its principal credit facility which, among other things, increased the Company's revolving credit facility to $1.4 billion and extended its maturity to 2017.     

"TRW's consistent ability to achieve solid operating results, as evidenced by our third quarter results reported today, combined with our previous announcement of a share repurchase program, demonstrate the Company's commitment to delivering long-term value to our shareholders," said John C. Plant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "TRW's flexible capital structure and confidence in our ability to deliver positive earnings and cash flow will enable TRW to continue to make necessary investments in our business to support future growth while further improving returns to our shareholders."

Third Quarter 2012
The Company reported third quarter 2012 sales of $4.0 billion, an increase of $50 million from the prior year period (up 9% excluding the impact of currency movements and divestitures).  The impact of increasing demand for TRW's broad array of active and passive safety products, improved vehicle production volumes in North America and a higher level of module sales globally were partially offset by lower vehicle production volumes in Europe and the negative impact of currency movements between the two periods.                   

The Company's third quarter 2012 operating income was $262 million, compared with $240 million in the 2011 period.  Excluding restructuring charges of $3 million in the current period, the $25 million year-to-year increase in profit was primarily driven by the higher level of sales and lower legal expense, partially offset by planned increases in costs to support future growth and the negative profit impact of currency movements between the two periods.                           

Net interest expense for the third quarter of 2012 totaled $26 million, equal to the 2011 period.  In addition, both the 2012 and 2011 periods included net losses on retirement of debt totaling $1 million and $19 million, respectively.                    

Tax expense for the third quarter of 2012 was $68 million, which compares to a tax expense of $37 million in the prior year period.  The increase in expense is attributable to a higher effective tax rate in the current period resulting from the reversal of the Company's valuation allowance on deferred income tax assets in the United States that occurred in late 2011.  The 2012 period included a $10 million net tax benefit, primarily related to the reduction in corporate income tax rates in the United Kingdom.                           

The Company reported 2012 third quarter GAAP net earnings of $163 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, which compares to GAAP net earnings of $158 million, or $1.22 per diluted share in the 2011 period. 

Excluding special items, the Company reported third quarter 2012 net earnings of $157 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, which compares to net earnings of $177 million or $1.37 per diluted share in the 2011 period. 

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and special items ("adjusted EBITDA") were $361 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to the prior year level of $354 million.  See page A6 for a description of the special items excluded in calculating adjusted EBITDA.    

Year-to-Date 2012
For the nine month period ended September 28, 2012, the Company reported sales of $12.4 billion, an increase of $154 million compared to prior year sales (up 8% excluding the impact of currency movements and divestitures).  The increase in sales resulted from a higher level of demand for TRW's broad array of active and passive safety products, improved vehicle production volumes in North America and a higher level of module sales globally, partially offset by lower vehicle production volumes in Europe and the negative impact of currency movements between the two periods.           

For the 2012 year-to-date period, the Company reported operating income of $930 million which compares to $980 million of operating income in the prior year period.  The 2012 period included restructuring charges totaling $7 million compared with the 2011 period which, included a gain related to the favorable resolution of a commercial matter totaling $19 million and a charge related to the termination of a service contract totaling $10 million.  Excluding these items from both periods, the Company reported operating income of $937 million in the 2012 period, which compares to $971 million in the prior year.  The year-to-year decline in profit was driven primarily by a higher mix of lower margin business, planned increases in costs to support future growth and the negative profit impact from higher raw material prices. 

Net interest expense for the first nine months of 2012 totaled $82 million, which compares to $90 million in the prior year period.  In addition, the current year-to-date period included a net loss on retirement of debt totaling $6 million compared with the first nine months of 2011, which recognized a net loss on retirement of debt totaling $39 million.       

Year-to-date tax expense was $253 million, which compares to $127 million in the prior year.  The increase in expense is attributable to a higher effective tax rate in the current period resulting from the reversal of the Company's valuation allowance on deferred income tax assets in the United States that occurred in late 2011.  Excluding tax benefits related to special items previously noted in both periods, tax expense was $266 million and $147 million in the first nine months of 2012 and 2011, respectively.      

The Company reported year-to-date 2012 GAAP net earnings of $589 million, or $4.58 per diluted share, which compares to GAAP net earnings of $732 million, or $5.57 per diluted share in the prior year period.

Excluding special items, the Company reported 2012 year-to-date net earnings of $589 million, or $4.58 per diluted share, which compares to net earnings of $733 million or $5.58 per diluted share in the 2011 period. 

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $1,244 million for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $1,313 million in the prior year period.  See page A6 for a description of the special items excluded in calculating adjusted EBITDA.

Cash Flow and Capital Structure
Third quarter 2012 net cash flow provided by operating activities totaled $156 million, which compares to $160 million in the third quarter of 2011.  Capital expenditures were $125 million in the current quarter compared to $137 million last year.  Third quarter free cash flow (cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures) was $31 million, compared to $23 million in the prior year quarter. 

For the nine month period ended September 28, 2012, net cash flow provided by operating activities totaled $245 million, which compares to $512 million in the prior year period.  Year-to-date capital expenditures were $325 million compared to $304 million in 2011.  Free cash flow was an outflow of $80 million, compared to an inflow of $208 million for the same period last year.  The lower level of free cash flow compared with last year resulted primarily from increased payments pertaining to benefit plans, higher cash taxes and lower overall earnings.

During the first nine months of 2012, the Company used approximately $155 million of cash to retire $48 million of face value senior notes and to repurchase 2.3 million shares of its common stock under a program that is intended to offset, on an ongoing basis, the dilution created by the Company's stock incentive plan.

As of September 28, 2012, the Company had $1,464 million of debt and $973 million of cash and cash equivalents, resulting in net debt (defined as debt less cash and cash equivalents) of $491 million.  Total debt sets a new historic low for the Company, $68 million lower than the balance at the end of 2011 and at the end of the prior year third quarter.    

2012 Outlook
TRW expects full year industry production volumes to total 15.2 million units in North America and 18.7 million units in Europe.  Within the forecast for North America, the Company expects production for the Detroit Three manufacturers will be up approximately 7% compared with their 2011 production levels.  The Company continues to expect increased vehicle production volumes in China and the rest of world regions.  Based on these production levels and the Company's expectations for foreign currency exchange rates, full year 2012 sales are now expected to range between $16.2 billion and $16.3 billion

In addition, due to the difficult economic and industry environment in Europe, the Company is assessing its cost base and expects to implement various actions to mitigate the challenges in the region.  Although the timing and scope of the plans are under review, the Company expects its fourth quarter results will include restructuring charges to range between $65 million and $75 million, primarily concentrated in Europe.                       

"Despite Europe's difficult economic environment and the resulting decline in vehicle production schedules, increased demand for TRW's innovative products combined with the Company's operating performance achieved through September will support a strong year for TRW," said Mr. Plant.  "We remain focused on a good conclusion to the year and the execution of our growth strategy to ensure TRW is well positioned for 2013 and beyond."           

Third Quarter 2012 Conference Call
The Company will host its third quarter conference call at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) today, Tuesday, October 30th, to discuss financial results and other related matters.  To participate in the conference call, please dial (877) 852-7898 for U.S. locations, or (706) 634-1095 for international locations. 

An audio replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and will be accessible afterward for approximately two weeks.  To access the replay, U.S. locations should dial (855) 859-2056, and locations outside the U.S. should dial (404) 537-3406. The replay code is 31968514.  A live audio webcast and replay of the conference call will also be available on the Company's website at www.trw.com.

Reconciliation to GAAP
In addition to GAAP results included within this press release, the Company has provided certain information which is not calculated according to GAAP ("non-GAAP"), such as net earnings, operating income, diluted earnings per share and tax expense each excluding special items; adjusted EBITDA; and free cash flow.  Management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate the operating performance of the Company and its business segments and to forecast future periods.  Management believes that investors will likewise find these non-GAAP measures useful in evaluating such performance.  Such measures are frequently used by security analysts, institutional investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry.  In addition, the Company has provided a comparison of adjusted diluted earnings per share to pro forma adjusted results in order to reflect a tax valuation neutral comparison to the prior period. 

Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP and, as calculated, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.  For a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measure and for share amounts used to derive earnings per share, please see the financial schedules that accompany this release.

About TRW
With 2011 sales of $16.2 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 26 countries and employs over 60,000 people worldwide.  TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.  All references to "TRW Automotive", "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated.  TRW Automotive news is available on the internet at www.trw.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains statements that are not statements of historical fact, but instead are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  All forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements, including those set forth in our Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 (our "Form 10-K") and our Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended March 30, 2012 and June 29, 2012, such as: any developments related to antitrust investigations adversely affecting our financial condition, results, cash flows or reputation; any shortage of castings or other supplies causing a production disruption for any customers or us; general economic conditions causing a material contraction in automotive sales and production adversely affecting our results or the viability of our supply base; the unsuccessful implementation of our current expansion efforts adversely impacting our business and results; commodity inflationary pressures adversely affecting our profitability or supply base; strengthening of the U.S. dollar and other foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations impacting our results; pricing pressures from our customers adversely affecting our profitability; increasing costs negatively impacting our profitability; the loss of any of our largest customers materially adversely affecting us; risks associated with non-U.S. operations, including economic and political uncertainty in some regions, adversely affecting our business, results or financial condition; any inability to protect our intellectual property rights adversely affecting our business or our competitive position; costs of product liability, warranty and recall claims and efforts by customers to adversely alter contract terms and conditions concerning warranty and recall participation; costs or liabilities relating to environmental, health and safety regulations adversely affecting our results; any increase in the expense of our pension and other postretirement benefits or the funding requirements of our pension plans reducing our profitability; work stoppages or other labor issues at our facilities or at the facilities of our customers or suppliers adversely affecting our operations; volatility in our annual effective tax rate resulting from a change in our valuation allowances, our mix of earnings between jurisdictions or other factors; any impairment of a significant amount of our goodwill or other intangible assets; any disruption in our information technology systems adversely impacting our business and operations; and other risks and uncertainties set forth in our Form 10-K and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  We do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any update or revision to any of the forward-looking statements.       

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TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.



Index of Condensed Consolidated Financial Information






Page



Consolidated Statements of Earnings (unaudited)

for the three months ended September 28, 2012 and September 30, 2011

 

 A2



Consolidated Statements of Earnings (unaudited)

for the nine months ended September 28, 2012 and September 30, 2011

 

 A3



Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 28, 2012 (unaudited)

and December 31, 2011

 

 A4



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

for the nine months ended September 28, 2012 and September 30, 2011

 

 A5



Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)

for the three and nine months ended September 28, 2012 and September 30, 2011

 

 A6



Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to Adjusted Earnings (unaudited):





* For the three months ended September 28, 2012

A7


* For the nine months ended September 28, 2012

A8


* For the three months ended September 30, 2011

A9


* For the nine months ended September 30, 2011

A10



The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial information and reconciliation schedules should be read in conjunction with the TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 30, 2012 and June 29, 2012, which were filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.



 

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TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.












Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(Unaudited)












(In millions, except per share amounts)


Three Months Ended





September 28,

2012


September 30,

2011












Sales


$

3,965



$

3,915


Cost of sales



3,551




3,534




Gross profit



414




381


Administrative and selling expenses



148




151


Amortization of intangible assets



3




4


Restructuring charges and asset impairments



3




-


Other (income) expense -- net



(2)




(14)




Operating income



262




240


Interest expense -- net



26




26


Loss on retirement of debt -- net



1




19


Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax



(9)




(9)




Earnings before income taxes



244




204


Income tax expense



68




37




Net earnings



176




167


Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax



13




9




Net earnings attributable to TRW


$

163



$

158














































Basic earnings per share:










Earnings per share


$

1.33



$

1.28



Weighted average shares outstanding



122.1




123.7













Diluted earnings per share:










Earnings per share


$

1.28



$

1.22



Weighted average shares outstanding



129.3




132.4














 

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TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.











Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(Unaudited)














Nine Months Ended

(In millions, except per share amounts)

September 28,

2012


September 30,

2011











Sales

$

12,412



$

12,258


Cost of sales


11,048




10,849




Gross profit


1,364




1,409


Administrative and selling expenses


437




454


Amortization of intangible assets


9




12


Restructuring charges and asset impairments


7




-


Other (income) expense -- net


(19)




(37)




Operating income


930




980


Interest expense -- net


82




90


Loss on retirement of debt -- net


6




39


Gain on business acquisition


-




(9)


Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of tax


(29)




(29)




Earnings before income taxes


871




889


Income tax expense


253




127




Net earnings


618




762


Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax


29




30




Net earnings attributable to TRW

$

589



$

732










































Basic earnings per share:









Earnings per share

$

4.80



$

5.93



Weighted average shares outstanding


122.8




123.4












Diluted earnings per share:









Earnings per share

$

4.58



$

5.57



Weighted average shares outstanding


130.0




133.7













 

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TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.











Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets











(Dollars in millions)


As of




September 28,


December 31,




2012


2011




(Unaudited)





Assets

Current assets:










Cash and cash equivalents


$

973



$

1,241



Accounts receivable -- net



2,559




2,222



Inventories



1,000




845



Prepaid expenses and other current assets



343




319


Total current assets



4,875




4,627












Property, plant and equipment -- net



2,169




2,137


Goodwill



1,754




1,753


Intangible assets -- net



291




298


Pension assets



1,088




918


Other assets



594




529



Total assets


$

10,771



$

10,262












Liabilities and Equity

Current liabilities:










Short-term debt


$

63



$

65



Current portion of long-term debt



38




39



Trade accounts payable



2,334




2,306



Accrued compensation



269




283



Other current liabilities



1,103




1,147


Total current liabilities



3,807




3,840


Long-term debt



1,363




1,428


Postretirement benefits other than pensions



411




421


Pension benefits



769




831


Other long-term liabilities



663




603



Total liabilities



7,013




7,123












Commitments and contingencies



















Stockholders' equity:










Capital stock



1




1



Treasury stock



-




-



Paid-in-capital



1,618




1,602



Retained earnings



2,155




1,668



Accumulated other comprehensive earnings (losses)



(210)




(331)


Total TRW stockholders' equity



3,564




2,940


Noncontrolling interest



194




199


Total equity



3,758




3,139


Total liabilities and equity


$

10,771



$

10,262