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Goodyear reports third quarter 2019 results

Global commercial truck tire shipments continued to outpace industry

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported results for the third quarter of 2019.

“In the Americas, we saw continued strength in our U.S. consumer replacement business and solid growth in Brazil, giving us positive momentum in these important markets as we head into the final months of the year,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “Our Asia Pacific business improved in the quarter as we benefitted from the launch of several new OE fitments in China, which helped mitigate the impact of lower auto production. This is a testament to the strength of our technology and our success winning fitments on the right platforms,” he added.

“Industry conditions were softer than we anticipated in Europe and we continued to see an adverse impact from lack of alignment in our distribution channels. In response, we expect to accelerate our plans to rationalize distribution in the region. These actions, which will begin early next year, should improve the focus on our brands and ensure that we capture the full benefits of the investments we are making to increase the supply of premium, high margin tires over the next few years,” said Kramer.

Goodyear’s third quarter 2019 sales were $3.8 billion, down 3% from a year ago, driven by unfavorable foreign currency translation and lower third-party chemical sales.

Tire unit volumes totaled 40.3 million, down 1% from 2018. Original equipment unit volume decreased 5%, driven by lower global vehicle production. Replacement tire shipments increased 1%.

Goodyear’s third quarter 2019 net income was $88 million (38 cents per share), down from $351 million ($1.48 per share) a year ago. The decrease was driven by a $287 million net gain recorded during the third quarter of 2018 resulting from the company’s TireHub transaction. Third quarter 2019 adjusted net income was $105 million (45 cents per share), compared to $163 million (68 cents per share) in 2018. Per share amounts are diluted.

The company reported segment operating income of $294 million in 2019, down from $362 million a year ago. The decrease primarily reflects increased raw material costs, the impacts of lower volume, and the non-recurrence of a favorable indirect tax settlement in Brazil. These factors were partially offset by improved price/mix.

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SOURCE: Goodyear

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