Visteon Announces Third-Quarter 2019 Results

  • Sales of $731 million up 7 percent year-over-year
  • Net income of $14 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $62 million      
  • Awarded $4.6 billion in new business year-to-date

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Oct. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Visteon Corporation (NASDAQ: VC) today announced third-quarter 2019 results, reporting net income attributable to Visteon of $14 million or $0.50 per diluted share, compared with $21 million or $0.71 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2018.

Third-quarter 2019 sales were $731 million, compared with $681 million in the third quarter of 2018. The increase of $50 million is primarily due to new product launches and the consolidation of a previously non-consolidated affiliate, partially offset by lower vehicle production volumes, customer pricing and unfavorable currency impacts. Gross margin for the third quarter of 2019 was $84 million, compared with $82 million in the same quarter in 2018.

During the first nine months of 2019, global vehicle manufacturers awarded Visteon new business of $4.6 billion in lifetime sales, with more than 60 percent from next-generation technology including digital instrument clusters, infotainment and displays.

"Our revenue growth in the third quarter reflected the positive impact of the high number of new product launches over the last 12 months,” said Visteon President and CEO Sachin Lawande. "Despite a challenging vehicle production environment, our revenues increased by 7 percent year-over-year, representing 10 percentage points over market. This is our highest growth over market in the last four years. With 35 new product launches and $4.6 billion in new business year-to-date, we are well-positioned to drive continued profitable growth globally."

Third Quarter in Review

Sales in the third quarter totaled $731 million, compared with $681 million in the third quarter of 2018. On a regional basis, in the third quarter of 2019, Europe accounted for 29 percent of sales, the Americas 26 percent, China Domestic 18 percent, China Export 9 percent and Other Asia-Pacific 18 percent.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure as defined below, was $62 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared with $71 million for the same quarter last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 8.5 percent for the third quarter of 2019.

For the third quarter of 2019, net income attributable to Visteon was $14 million or $0.50 per diluted share, compared with $21 million or $0.71 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure as defined below, was $15 million or $0.53 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2019, compared with $33 million or $1.12 per diluted share for the same period in 2018.

The company had 28.1 million diluted shares of common stock outstanding as of Sept. 30, 2019.

Cash and Debt Balances

As of Sept. 30, 2019, Visteon remained in a net positive cash position with cash of $446 million and debt of $395 million.

For the third quarter of 2019, cash provided from operations was $57 million and capital expenditures were $38 million. Total Visteon adjusted free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below, for the third quarter was $23 million, compared with negative $42 million during the third quarter of 2018.

Full-Year 2019 Outlook

Visteon updated its full-year 2019 guidance, with sales in the range of $2.925 billion to $2.975 billion, adjusted EBITDA in the range of $230 million to $250 million, and adjusted free cash flow in the range of $40 million to $60 million.

About Visteon

Visteon is a global technology company that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative cockpit electronics and connected car solutions for the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. Visteon is driving the smart, learning, digital cockpit of the future, to improve safety and the user experience. Visteon is a global leader in cockpit electronic products including digital instrument clusters, information displays, infotainment, head-up displays, telematics, SmartCore™ cockpit domain controllers, and the DriveCore™ autonomous driving platform. Visteon also delivers artificial intelligence-based technologies, connected car, cybersecurity, interior sensing, embedded multimedia and smartphone connectivity software solutions. Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, Visteon has approximately 10,000 employees at more than 40 facilities in 18 countries. Visteon had sales of approximately $3 billion in 2018. Learn more at www.visteon.com.

Conference Call and Presentation

Today, Thursday, Oct. 24, at 9 a.m. ET, the company will host a conference call for the investment community to discuss the quarter’s results and other related items. The conference call is available to the general public via a live audio webcast.

The dial-in numbers to participate in the call are:
U.S./Canada: 866-411-5196
Outside U.S./Canada: 970-297-2404

(Call approximately 10 minutes before the start of the conference.)

The conference call and live audio webcast, related presentation materials and other supplemental information will be accessible in the investors section of Visteon’s website. A news release on Visteon’s first-quarter results will be available in the news section of the website.

A replay of the conference call will be available through the company’s website or by dialing 855-859-2056 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada) or 404-537-3406 (international). The conference ID for the phone replay is 8539928. The phone replay will be available for one week following the conference call.

Forward-looking Information

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 restructuring, 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, 2018).

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, 2019. 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 2018 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.

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