SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, today reported record second quarter 2018 sales and earnings. Highlights include:
"In the second quarter, we again delivered record sales and earnings while continuing to invest in product and process capabilities and launching a number of key programs," said Ray Scott, Lear's president and chief executive officer. "With industry-leading capabilities in Seating and E-Systems that are aligned with industry trends and the convergence of our two segments, we are well-positioned for future growth. The entire Lear team is focused on delivering operational excellence, strong cash flow and superior returns to our shareholders," Scott concluded.
In the second quarter of 2018, sales were $5.6 billion, an increase of 9% year-over-year. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, sales were up 5%. This increase reflects the addition of new business in both product segments, the sales impact of obtaining control of certain affiliates and the impact of the acquisition of Grupo Antolin's seating business, partially offset by lower production volumes on key Lear platforms. Sales for our Seating and E-Systems segments were up 6% and 19%, respectively. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, sales for our Seating and E-Systems segments were up 2% and 13%, respectively.Core operating earnings increased $32 million to $471 million, or 8.4% of sales, primarily reflecting the increase in sales. In the Seating segment, margins and adjusted margins were 8.1% and 8.3% of sales, respectively. In the E-Systems segment, margins and adjusted margins were 13.4% and 14.0% of sales, respectively.
Earnings per share were $4.83. Adjusted earnings per share were up 13% to $4.95 per share, reflecting improved operating earnings, a lower tax rate and a reduced share count.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $517 million, and free cash flow (1) was $348 million.
(1)For more information regarding our non-GAAP financial measures, see "Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.
Share Repurchase Program
During the second quarter of 2018, we repurchased approximately 718,000 shares of our common stock for a total of $140 million. As of the end of the second quarter, we had a remaining share repurchase authorization of $1.2 billion, which reflects approximately 10% of our total market capitalization at current market prices.
Since initiating the share repurchase program in early 2011, we have repurchased 45.6 million shares of our common stock for a total of $3.8 billion at an average price of $83.50 per share. This represents a reduction of approximately 43% of our shares outstanding at the time that we began the program.
John Absmeier Hired As Chief Technology Officer
On June 18, 2018, John Absmeier joined Lear as Chief Technology Officer. Most recently, John was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the ADAS/Autonomous business unit at Harman International and Vice President of Smart Machines at Samsung Electronics, where he led the acquisition of Harman by Samsung. John joined Samsung in 2015 from Delphi, where he held various senior level positions during a 19-year career including founder and Managing Director of Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley and Autonomous Driving as well as Business Director for Electronic Controls and Electrification in Asia-Pacific for six years. He also held several roles of increasing responsibility at Delphi in the areas of hybrid and electric vehicles, fuel cells and telematics.
Full Year 2018 Financial Outlook
Lear's full year financial outlook is unchanged.
Sales in 2018 are expected to be in the range of $21.8 billion to $22.0 billion, and core operating earnings are expected to be in the range of $1,790 million to $1,810 million.
The Company's effective tax rate on an adjusted basis is expected to be approximately 22%, and adjusted net income is expected to be in the range of $1,250 million to $1,270 million.
Net cash provided by operating activities is estimated to be $1.9 billion, and free cash flow is expected to be more than $1.2 billion.
Pretax operational restructuring costs are estimated to be $70 million, capital expenditures are expected to be $660 million, and depreciation and amortization expense is estimated to be $500 million.
Lear's 2018 financial outlook is based on a global industry production assumption of 95.4 million vehicles, up 2% from 2017. On a regional basis, vehicle production is forecasted to be 17.2 million units in North America, up 1%, 23.3 million units in Europe and Africa, up 2%, and 26.9 million units in China, up 2%.
The financial outlook is also based on an average exchange rate of $1.20/Euro for the year, reflecting an exchange rate of $1.18/Euro for the second half of 2018.
Certain of the forward-looking financial measures above are provided on a non-GAAP basis. The Company does not provide a reconciliation of such forward-looking measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") because to do so would be potentially misleading and not practical given the difficulty of projecting event driven transactional and other non-core operating items in any future period. The magnitude of these items, however, may be significant.
Lear will webcast a conference call to review the Company's second quarter 2018 financial results and related matters on July 26, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, through the investor relations link at lear.com. In addition, the conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-800-789-4751 (domestic) or 1-973-200-3975 (international). The audio replay will be available two hours following the call until August 10, 2018, at 1-855-859-2056 (domestic) or 1-404-537-3406 (international) with a Conference I.D. of 58073013.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to the results reported in accordance with GAAP included throughout this press release, the Company has provided information regarding "pretax income before equity income, interest, other (income) expense, restructuring costs and other special items" (core operating earnings or adjusted segment earnings), "adjusted net income attributable to Lear" (adjusted net income), "adjusted diluted net income per share available to Lear common stockholders" (adjusted earnings per share), "tax expense excluding the impact of restructuring costs and other special items" and "free cash flow" (each, a non-GAAP financial measure). Other (income) expense includes, among other things, non-income related taxes, foreign exchange gains and losses, gains and losses related to certain derivative instruments and hedging activities, gains and losses on the disposal of fixed assets and the non-service cost components of net periodic benefit cost. Adjusted net income represents net income attributable to Lear adjusted for restructuring costs and other special items, including the tax effect thereon. Adjusted earnings per share represents diluted net income per share available to Lear common stockholders adjusted for the redeemable noncontrolling interest adjustment, restructuring costs and other special items, including the tax effect thereon. Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures.
Management believes the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are useful to both management and investors in their analysis of the Company's financial position and results of operations. In particular, management believes that core operating earnings, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and tax expense excluding the impact of restructuring costs and other special items are useful measures in assessing the Company's financial performance by excluding certain items that are not indicative of the Company's core operating performance or that may obscure trends useful in evaluating the Company's continuing operating activities. Management also believes that these measures are useful to both management and investors in their analysis of the Company's results of operations and provide improved comparability between fiscal periods. Management believes that free cash flow is useful to both management and investors in their analysis of the Company's ability to service and repay its debt. Further, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for planning and forecasting future periods.
Core operating earnings, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share, tax expense excluding the impact of restructuring costs and other special items and free cash flow should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income attributable to Lear, diluted net income per share attributable to Lear, cash provided by operating activities or other income statement or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of profitability or liquidity. In addition, the calculation of free cash flow does not reflect cash used to service debt and, therefore, does not reflect funds available for investment or other discretionary uses. Also, these non-GAAP financial measures, as determined and presented by the Company, may not be comparable to related or similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
For reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, see the attached supplemental data pages which, together with this press release, have been posted on the Company's website through the investor relations link at lear.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding anticipated financial results and liquidity. The words "will," "may," "designed to," "outlook," "believes," "should," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "estimates," "forecasts" and similar expressions identify certain of these forward-looking statements. The Company also may provide forward-looking statements in oral statements or other written materials released to the public. All statements contained or incorporated in this press release or in any other public statements that address operating performance, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and its other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Future operating results will be based on various factors, including actual industry production volumes, commodity prices and the Company's success in implementing its operating strategy.
Information in this press release relies on assumptions in the Company's sales backlog. The Company's sales backlog reflects anticipated net sales from formally awarded new programs less lost and discontinued programs. The calculation of the sales backlog does not reflect customer price reductions on existing or newly awarded programs. The sales backlog may be impacted by various assumptions embedded in the calculation, including vehicle production levels on new programs, foreign exchange rates and the timing of major program launches.
The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update, amend or clarify them to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.
Lear Corporation was founded in Detroit in 1917 as American Metal Products. Today, Lear is one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive seating systems and electrical systems (E-Systems). Lear serves every major automaker in the world, and Lear content can be found on more than 400 vehicle nameplates. Lear's world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of approximately 165,000 employees located in 39 countries. Lear currently ranks #148 on the Fortune 500. Lear's headquarters are in Southfield, Michigan. Further information about Lear is available at lear.com or follow us on Twitter @LearCorporation. Lear is where passion drives possibilities.
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