– First quarter revenue per tire up 4%, excluding foreign exchange
– U.S. consumer replacement tire shipments increase 6%
– Modernization of Hanau and Fulda plants will increase cost-effective supply of premium tires
– Goodyear extends maturity and increases liquidity in €800 million European revolving credit facility refinancing
AKRON, Ohio, April 26, 2019 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported results for the first quarter of 2019.
“We gained momentum in the U.S. during the quarter, as our consumer and commercial replacement businesses both grew share, while increasing the value we capture in the marketplace,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “In addition, we took steps to increase our long-term competitiveness. The plans we announced to modernize our Hanau and Fulda manufacturing facilities in Germany will improve our supply of cost-effective premium tires in Europe, helping us achieve our goal of having the right tire, at the right place, at the right time, at the right cost,” added Kramer.
Goodyear’s first quarter 2019 sales were $3.6 billion, down 6% from $3.8 billion a year ago, driven by unfavorable currency translation and lower volume in its international businesses, partially offset by improvements in price/mix.
Tire unit volumes totaled 38.0 million, down 3% from 39.0 million in the year ago quarter. Original equipment unit volume declined 7%, primarily reflecting weaker U.S. volumes and lower automotive production in China and India. Replacement tire shipments were down less than 1% compared with a year ago.
Goodyear’s net loss was $61 million in the first quarter of 2019 (26 cents per share) compared to net income of $75 million (31 cents per share) in the year-ago quarter. The first quarter of 2019 included several significant items, most notably $93 million in charges related to the previously announced plan to modernize two tire manufacturing facilities in Germany. First quarter 2019 adjusted net income was $45 million (19 cents per share) compared to $122 million (50 cents per share) in 2018. Per share amounts are diluted.
The company reported first quarter segment operating income of $190 million in 2019, down from $281 million a year ago. The decrease reflects higher raw material costs, lower volume, unfavorable foreign currency translation, and weaker results from other tire-related businesses, partially offset by favorable price/mix, improved overhead absorption and net cost savings.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and reconciliation tables for Segment Operating Income and Margin; Adjusted Net Income; and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, reflecting the impact of certain significant items on the 2019 and 2018 periods.
Business Segment Results
|Segment Operating Income||89||127|
|Segment Operating Margin||4.7%||6.6%|
Americas’ first quarter 2019 sales decreased 3% from last year to $1.9 billion. Sales reflect the negative effect of foreign currency translation and lower third-party chemical sales, partially offset by improved price/mix. Replacement tire shipments were up 3%, driven by an increase of 4% in consumer replacement. U.S. consumer replacement volume increased 6% over the prior year, led by above-average growth in the 17-inch-and-greater category. Original equipment unit volume was down 8%, attributable to a 10% decrease in consumer OE driven in part by the impact of changes in OEM production.
First quarter 2019 segment operating income of $89 million was down 30% from the prior year. The decrease reflects higher raw material costs, reduced earnings from our other tire-related businesses and unfavorable foreign currency translation, partially offset by favorable price/mix and improved overhead absorption.
Europe, Middle East and Africa
|Segment Operating Income||54||78|
|Segment Operating Margin||4.4%||5.9%|
Europe, Middle East and Africa’s first quarter 2019 sales of $1.2 billion were down 8% from the prior year, which was more than explained by the negative impact of foreign currency translation. Replacement tire shipments were down 3% reflecting weaker industry demand. OE tire volume was flat.
First quarter 2019 segment operating income of $54 million was 31% less than the prior year. The decrease was driven by increased raw material and transportation costs and lower volume. These negative impacts were partially offset by improved price/mix.
|Segment Operating Income||47||76|
|Segment Operating Margin||9.4%||13.3%|
Asia Pacific’s first quarter 2019 sales decreased 12% from last year to $501 million, reflecting weaker volume and the negative effect of foreign currency translation, partially offset by improved price/mix. Tire unit volumes declined 9% from last year’s first quarter. Original equipment unit volume was down 15%, reflecting weak vehicle production in China and India. Replacement tire shipments declined 4%, primarily in China.
First quarter 2019 segment operating income of $47 million was down 38% from last year, reflecting the impacts of lower volume and higher raw material costs.
German Modernization and Restructuring
During the first quarter, Goodyear announced plans to invest approximately $122 million to modernize its manufacturing facilities in Hanau and Fulda, Germany, as part of its strategy to strengthen the competitiveness of its global manufacturing footprint and increase its supply of premium, large-rim-diameter consumer tires.
The transformation will result in the Hanau and Fulda manufacturing facilities having more automated production and being fully capable of producing consumer tires with rim diameters greater than or equal to 17 inches, better positioning the company to meet the growing demand for higher margin, premium tires in Europe.
The company anticipates that required changes to the layout of the plants, efficiency gains from the new equipment and the decision to curtail production of tires for the declining, less profitable segments of the tire market will result in approximately 1,100 job reductions. These actions will increase the productivity of both plants and the resulting conversion savings are expected to improve Europe, Middle East and Africa’s segment operating income by $60 to $70 million on an annualized basis over a three-year period beginning in 2020. The plan remains subject to consultation with relevant employee representative bodies.
European Revolving Credit Facility
The company refinanced its European revolving credit facility in March, extending the maturity to 2024, increasing the available commitments from €550 million to €800 million, decreasing the interest rate margin by 25 basis points and decreasing the annual commitment fee by 5 basis points.
Common Stock Dividend
The company paid a quarterly dividend of 16 cents per share of common stock on March 1, 2019. The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 16 cents per share payable June 3, 2019, to shareholders of record on May 1, 2019. The payout represents an annual rate of 64 cents per share.
Goodyear will hold an investor conference call at 9:30 a.m. today. Prior to the commencement of the call, the company will post the financial and other related information that will be presented on its investor relations website: http://investor.goodyear.com.
Participating in the conference call will be Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president; and Darren R. Wells, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Investors, members of the media and other interested persons can access the conference call on the website or via telephone by calling either (800) 895-3361 or (785) 424-1062 before 9:25 a.m. and providing the Conference ID “Goodyear.” A taped replay will be available by calling (800) 839-2383 or (402) 220-7202. The replay will also remain available on the website.
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate. GT-FN
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