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Visteon Announces 2012 Financial Results

Fourth-quarter performance adds to a solid year Full-year sales of $6.86 billion ($1.82 billion in fourth quarter) Adjusted EBITDA of $628 million ($196 million in fourth quarter) 2012 net income attributable to Visteon of $100 million ($39 million in fourth quarter) Strong cash performance Positive full-year cash from operations of $239 million; full-year positive free … Continued

  • Fourth-quarter performance adds to a solid year
  • Full-year sales of $6.86 billion ($1.82 billion in fourth quarter)
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $628 million ($196 million in fourth quarter)
  • 2012 net income attributable to Visteon of $100 million ($39 million in fourth quarter)
  • Strong cash performance
  • Positive full-year cash from operations of $239 million; full-year positive free cash flow
  • Total cash of $845 million and total debt of $569 million
  • Consolidation of Visteon’s climate business with Halla Climate Control largely complete
  • Company repurchased $50 million in common shares under its $300 million repurchase program and redeemed for cash $50 million of its outstanding Senior Notes

Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) today announced full-year 2012 results, reporting net income attributable to Visteon of $100 million, or $1.88 per diluted share, an increase of $20 million compared with 2011. The results benefited from a very strong fourth quarter, the strongest of 2012.

Visteon reported full-year sales of $6.86 billion, a decrease of $675 million compared with 2011. Sales were lower due to the October 2011 deconsolidation of Duckyang Industry Co. Ltd. and unfavorable currency. Full-year adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below, was $628 million, a decrease of $57 million compared with 2011. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below, was a positive $10 million for the full year 2012.

Visteon reported new business wins of $1.2 billion for 2012, including $750 million of incremental new wins and $450 million of rewin business. Visteon has an expected backlog of approximately $800 million of consolidated net new business for the period 2013-2015.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, Visteon reported net income attributable to Visteon of $39 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, on sales of $1.82 billion. For the fourth quarter of 2011, Visteon’s net loss attributable to Visteon was $26 million, on sales of $1.73 billion. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $196 million, compared with $154 million in the same period a year earlier.

“We delivered a strong finish to a solid year that was highlighted by operational improvements, an impressive level of new business wins, and completion of the majority of the Halla-Visteon climate consolidation that has long been desired by our customers,” said Tim Leuliette, president and CEO. “Visteon is a stronger company than a year ago – with a global, low-cost manufacturing footprint; a solid cash position, a conservative debt profile; and a strong business backlog. We continue to drive down administrative costs, improve our operational structure and execute all facets of our strategy to maximize value for customers and shareholders.”

Full-Year 2013 Outlook
Visteon projects 2013 sales ranging from $7.3 billion to $7.5 billion, adjusted EBITDA in the range of $620 million to $660 million, and adjusted free cash flow, as defined below, of $100 million to $150 million.

Other Developments
Visteon announced Jan. 14 that its board of directors increased the company’s current $100 million share repurchase program by an additional $200 million during the next two years. This action creates a total of $250 million available with which to repurchase shares, as the company has already repurchased $50 million worth of its common shares since the initial share repurchase program was authorized in August 2012. This creates a total share repurchase program of $300 million.  On Jan. 31, Visteon and its longtime Korean affiliate Halla Climate Control Corp. (HCC) announced they completed the contribution of the majority of Visteon’s automotive climate business to HCC. The transaction was divided into two phases, with the second phase on track to be completed in the first half of 2013. The total purchase price, before certain adjustments, is unchanged from the $410 million announced by the companies on Jan. 11, subject to certain adjustments. On Jan. 29, Visteon completed the sale of its equity interest in a China-based lighting joint venture, Visteon TYC Corporation, for $17 million.  On Dec. 14, 2012, Visteon redeemed for cash $50 million of its outstanding 6.75 percent Senior Notes due 2019, at a redemption price of 103 percent of the principal amount of the notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption rate.

Fourth Quarter in Review
Sales of $1.82 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased $96 million from $1.73 billion for the same quarter a year earlier. Hyundai-Kia accounted for approximately 34 percent of Visteon’s fourth-quarter sales, with Ford Motor Company representing 27 percent, Renault-Nissan 7 percent and PSA Peugeot-Citroën 4 percent. On a regional basis, Asia accounted for 46 percent of total product sales, up slightly from 44 percent for the same period last year, while Europe represented 30 percent – down from 35 percent a year earlier. North America represented 18 percent of total product sales for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with 15 percent during the same quarter last year, and South America accounted for 6 percent, about even with the fourth quarter of 2011.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $198 million, compared with $144 million a year earlier. The $54 million increase reflected the favorable impact of customer agreements and increased volume.  Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense of $102 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased $6 million from a year earlier, primarily reflecting costs related to pension settlements.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, Visteon recognized $43 million of equity in the net income of non-consolidated affiliates, compared with $38 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Visteon’s 50 percent-owned affiliate, Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd. (YFV), and related affiliated interests contributed $36 million in equity income.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, the company reported net income attributable to Visteon of $39 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, including $35 million in restructuring costs. This compares with a net loss attributable to Visteon of $26 million for the same period of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $196 million, compared with $154 million for the same period a year earlier. On a year-over-year basis, increases in adjusted EBITDA from the impacts of customer agreements, favorable volume, and equity in the net income of non-consolidated affiliates, were partially offset by the impact of the sale of the lighting business in the third quarter of 2012.

Fourth-Quarter Results By Segment
Climate sales increased by $161 million during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with the same quarter last year. Higher production volumes and net new business increased sales by $162 million, primarily attributable to volume increases in Asia and North America.

Electronics sales increased $11 million during the fourth quarter, compared with the same period in 2011. Vehicle production volume increases in North America, partially offset by the impact of weakened economic conditions in Europe that reduced production volumes, resulted in a $25 million sales increase. Unfavorable currency, driven by the weakening of the euro, decreased sales by $10 million.

Interiors sales decreased during the quarter by $89 million, compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. Sales decreased $74 million due to the deconsolidation of Duckyang. Sales were further decreased by lower vehicle production volumes, primarily in Europe, of $17 million. Unfavorable currency, primarily related to the euro, decreased sales by an additional $17 million.

Full-Year 2012 Results
For the full year of 2012, the company reported net income attributable to Visteon of $100 million, or $1.88 per diluted share. This compares with net income attributable to Visteon of $80 million or $1.54 per diluted share for the same period of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year of 2012 was $628 million, compared with $685 million for the same period a year earlier.

Cash and Debt Balances
As of Dec. 31, 2012, Visteon had global cash balances totaling $845 million, including restricted cash of $20 million and total debt of $569 million.

For full year 2012, Visteon generated $239 million of cash from operations. Capital expenditures of $229 million in 2012 were $29 million lower than in 2011. For 2012, free cash flow, as defined below, was positive $10 million, compared with negative $83 million for 2011.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, Visteon generated $76 million of cash from operations, compared with $120 million in the same period a year earlier. Capital expenditures in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $83 million, up from $73 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Free cash flow was a use of $7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with a contribution of $47 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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