Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) today announced strong financial results for 2018 and affirmed 2019 guidance.
“Dana achieved record annual sales, profit, and profit margin performance in 2018, and we increased adjusted free cash flow by more than 50 percent. At the same time, we organically and inorganically established complete e-Propulsion capability to support all our end markets,” said James Kamsickas, Dana president and chief executive officer. “Through the outstanding efforts and commitment of our associates and the support of our customers, we have achieved exceptional results and expect to continue this strong trajectory in 2019, including increasing sales by nearly one billion dollars for the third consecutive year.”
Fourth-quarter 2018 Financial Results
Sales for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $1.973 billion, compared with $1.837 billion in the same period of 2017, representing a 7 percent improvement. The increase was largely attributable to higher end-market demand in all business units, conversion of sales backlog, and favorable currency translation.
Dana reported net income of $100 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with a net loss of $104 million in the same period of 2017. The increase was primarily due to a $186 million charge related to the enactment of U.S. tax reform in the fourth quarter of 2017 and increased operating earnings associated with higher sales in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Reported diluted earnings per share were $0.69, compared with a loss of $0.74 in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $223 million, compared with $197 million for the same period last year. Profit in the fourth quarter of 2018 benefited from higher end-market demand, conversion of the sales backlog, and acquisition synergies, partially offset by higher commodity costs.
Diluted adjusted earnings per share were $0.71 in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $0.62 in the same period last year.
Operating cash flow in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $331 million, compared with $193 million in the same period of 2017. Adjusted free cash flow was $241 million, compared with $51 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, driven by higher earnings and lower capital spending, partially offset by higher working capital requirements to support new program launches in 2018.
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