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Feb 25, 2020 2:24 AM ET

Cooper Standard Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results


iCrowd Newswire - Feb 25, 2020

NOVI, Mich.,– Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CPS) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year 2019.

“Weak light vehicle production and commercial pressures in Asia continued to negatively impact our financial results in the fourth quarter,” said Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and CEO, Cooper Standard. “In addition, the UAW work stoppage in the United States and lower than planned volumes on certain important vehicle programs in North America further reduced sales and profits.  Despite these challenges, we were able to generate positive free cash flow in the quarter.

“As we look ahead in 2020, our focus will be on providing continued world-class service and quality products to our customers, driving further improvement in our cost structure and optimizing cash flow to further enhance our strong balance sheet,” Edwards added. “We believe the successful execution of our operating plans and longer term strategic initiatives will enable us to drive improved returns on invested capital going forward.”

Consolidated Results*

 
 

Quarter Ended December 31,

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

(dollar amounts in millions except per share amounts)

Sales

$

726.2

   

$

870.7

   

$

3,108.4

   

$

3,624.0

 

Net income (loss)

$

(67.4)

   

$

(24.2)

   

$

67.5

   

$

103.6

 

Adjusted net income (loss)

$

(22.3)

   

$

26.4

   

$

(3.3)

   

$

158.0

 

Earnings (loss) per diluted share

$

(4.00)

   

$

(1.36)

   

$

3.92

   

$

5.66

 

Adjusted earnings (loss) per diluted share

$

(1.32)

   

$

1.47

   

$

(0.19)

   

$

8.64

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

25.7

   

$

75.7

   

$

201.6

   

$

372.7

 
 

*The financial results discussed throughout this release are presented on a preliminary basis.  The Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 will include audited financial results.

The year-over-year change in fourth quarter and full year sales was primarily attributable to the sale of the Company’s Anti-Vibration Systems (AVS) business, unfavorable volume and mix, including the impact of the United Auto Workers (UAW) work stoppage in the U.S., customer price adjustments and foreign exchange, partially offset by incremental sales from acquisitions.

Net loss for the fourth quarter 2019 included restructuring charges related to plant closures and headcount reductions, impairment charges related to fixed assets, as well as pension settlement charges related to the purchase of a bulk annuity policy designed to de-risk pension obligations in the U.S. Adjusted net loss for the fourth quarter 2019 excludes these and other non-cash or non-operating items and their related tax impact.  The year-over-year change in adjusted net income (loss) for the fourth quarter was due largely to unfavorable volume and mix, including the impact of the UAW work stoppage in the U.S., customer price adjustments, general inflation, the sale of the Company’s AVS business and unfavorable foreign exchange, partially offset by improved operating efficiencies and other cost saving initiatives.

Net income for the full year 2019 included a gain on the sale of the Company’s AVS business, restructuring charges, pension settlement charges related to the bulk annuity purchase, non-cash impairment charges, certain project costs related to acquisitions and divestitures, and other non-cash or non-operating items and their related tax impact.  Adjusted net loss for the full year 2019 excludes these items.  The year-over-year change in full-year 2019 adjusted net income (loss) was due largely to unfavorable volume and mix, including the impact of the UAW work stoppage in the U.S., customer price adjustments, general inflation, higher raw material costs, the sale of the Company’s AVS business and unfavorable foreign exchange, partially offset by improved operating efficiencies, lower SGA&E expense and other cost saving initiatives.

The year-over-year change in fourth quarter and full year adjusted EBITDA is largely attributable to unfavorable volume and mix, customer price adjustments, the one-time impacts of the UAW work stoppage in the U.S. and a discontinued customer relationship in China, general inflation, higher raw material costs and unfavorable foreign exchange, partially offset by improved operating efficiencies and other cost saving initiatives.

Adjusted net income (loss), adjusted EBITDA, adjusted earnings (loss) per diluted share and free cash flow are non-GAAP measures.  Reconciliations to the most directly comparable financial measures, calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”), are provided in the attached supplemental schedules.

Notable Developments

During the fourth quarter, Cooper Standard successfully conducted 73 new launches of customer programs, an increase of 30 percent over the same period a year ago.  For the full year, new launches totaled 271, an increase of 38 percent over 2018.  Also during the fourth quarter, the Company received net new business awards totaling $191 million in anticipated future annualized sales.  This brings the year-to-date total net new business awards to $451 million. Contract awards related to the Company’s recent product innovations, including new, replacement and conversion business, totaled $104 million for the fourth quarter and $380 million for the full year 2019.

Net new business reflects anticipated sales from formally awarded programs, less lost business, discontinued programs and replacement programs, based on customer forecast volumes.  Contract awards related to innovation products reflect anticipated sales from formally awarded new and replacement programs specifically with respect to products containing the company’s commercialized innovation products, such as MagAlloy™, ArmorHose™, ArmorHose™ TPV, LightHose, Gen III Posi-Lock, TP Microdense, Microdense EPDM, FlushSeal™ glass sealing technology and Fortrex™, based on customer forecast volumes.  The calculation of “net new business” and “new contract awards related to innovation products” does not reflect customer price reductions on existing programs and may be impacted by various assumptions embedded in the respective calculation, including actual vehicle production levels on new programs, foreign exchange rates and the timing of major program launches.

Also during the fourth quarter, the Company undertook an initiative to de-risk pension obligations in the U.S. by purchasing a bulk annuity policy designed to match the liabilities of the plan. The annuity purchase was funded using plan assets.  The related non-cash settlement charge of $15.2 million was recorded in pension settlement charges.  As a result of the settlement, the Company’s overall projected benefit obligation as of December 31, 2019 was reduced by $58.2 million.

Cost Reduction and Strategic Restructuring Initiatives

The Company remains focused on reducing ongoing costs through improved operating efficiency and the further rightsizing of its operating footprint and overhead expenses.  In 2019, the Company announced and largely completed the closure of 10 facilities, conducted a significant voluntary separation program and completed the transition to a global organization structure that streamlined the size and function of the Global Leadership Team and other senior leadership offices.  In total, the anticipated annualized savings from these initiatives are expected to generate a cash return on the related restructuring expenses in less than two years.

In continuation of the Company’s cost optimization efforts, two additional manufacturing facilities are scheduled for closure in 2020.  The restructuring expense related to these additional facility closures is expected to be approximately $15 million. The structural cost savings resulting from these initiatives are expected to drive a cash payback in approximately two years on an annualized basis. In addition to the facility closures, the Company is continuing a strategic review process to consider alternatives for certain unprofitable operations.  The Company expects to provide further details and updates on this process as decisions are made and finalized.

Quarterly Segment Results

 

Sales

 
 

Three Months Ended December 31,

   

Variance Due To:

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

   

Volume /
Mix*

 

Foreign
Exchange

 

Acquis./

Divest.

 

(Dollar amounts in thousands)

Sales to external customers

                       

North America

$

368,407

   

$

476,378

   

$

(107,971)

     

$

(49,868)

   

$

276

   

$

(58,379)

 

Europe

199,963

   

230,245

   

(30,282)

     

(6,036)

   

(6,227)

   

(18,019)

 

Asia Pacific

136,867

   

141,760

   

(4,893)

     

6,512

   

(2,759)

   

(8,646)

 

South America

20,952

   

22,277

   

(1,325)

     

400

   

(1,725)

   

 

Consolidated

$

726,189

   

$

870,660

   

$

(144,471)

     

$

(48,992)

   

$

(10,435)

   

$

(85,044)

 
 

* Net of customer price reductions

Adjusted EBITDA

 
 

Three Months Ended December 31,

   

Variance Due To:

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

   

Volume /
Mix*

 

Foreign
Exchange

 

Cost
(Increases) /
Decreases

 

Acquis./

Divest.

 

(Dollar amounts in thousands)

Segment adjusted EBITDA

                           

North America

37,496

   

79,918

   

(42,422)

     

(28,727)

   

(2,474)

   

(8,201)

   

(3,020)

 

Europe

429

   

4,911

   

(4,482)

     

(2,237)

   

(1,161)

   

2,562

   

(3,646)

 

Asia Pacific

(13,691)

   

(6,492)

   

(7,199)

     

(6,320)

   

(803)

   

888

   

(964)

 

South America

1,448

   

(2,594)

   

4,042

     

407

   

182

   

3,453

   

 

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA

25,682

   

75,743

   

(50,061)

     

(36,877)

   

(4,256)

   

(1,298)

   

(7,630)

 
 

Net of customer price reductions

Full Year Segment Results

 

Sales

 
 

Year Ended December 31,

   

Variance Due To:

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

   

Volume /
Mix*

 

Foreign
Exchange

 

Acquis./

Divest.

 

(Dollar amounts in thousands)

Sales to external customers

                       

North America

$

1,641,724

   

$

1,924,717

   

$

(282,993)

     

$

(175,275)

   

$

(5,433)

   

$

(102,285)

 

Europe

868,188

   

1,030,102

   

(161,914)

     

(57,722)

   

(50,797)

   

(53,395)

 

Asia Pacific

503,953

   

571,160

   

(67,207)

     

(81,777)

   

(22,623)

   

37,193

 

South America

94,535

   

98,063

   

(3,528)

     

4,393

   

(7,921)

   

 

Consolidated

$

3,108,400

   

$

3,624,042

   

$

(515,642)

     

$

(310,381)

   

$

(86,774)

   

$

(118,487)

 
 

* Net of customer price reductions

Adjusted EBITDA

 
 

Year Ended December 31,

   

Variance Due To:

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

   

Volume /
Mix*

 

Foreign
Exchange

 

Cost
(Increases) /
Decreases

 

Acquis./

Divest.

 

(Dollar amounts in thousands)

Segment adjusted EBITDA

                           

North America

212,530

   

320,955

   

(108,425)

     

(103,375)

   

(5,389)

   

4,704

   

(4,365)

 

Europe

22,702

   

45,105

   

(22,403)

     

(27,764)

   

(3,508)

   

13,534

   

(4,665)

 

Asia Pacific

(29,496)

   

13,849

   

(43,345)

     

(52,034)

   

(1,080)

   

9,914

   

(145)

 

South America

(4,128)

   

(7,251)

   

3,123

     

2,263

   

(673)

   

1,533

   

 

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA

201,608

   

372,658

   

(171,050)

     

(180,910)

   

(10,650)

   

29,685

   

(9,175)

 
 

Net of customer price reductions

Liquidity and Cash Flow

As of December 31, 2019, Cooper Standard had cash and cash equivalents totaling $359.5 million, compared to $265.0 million as of December 31, 2018.  Net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter 2019 was $67.8 million compared to $71.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  Free cash flow (defined as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures) improved to $34.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to $13.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. For the full year 2019, net cash provided by operating activities was $97.7 million compared to $149.4 million in 2018.  Free cash flow for the full year 2019 was an outflow of $66.8 million compared to an outflow of $68.7 million in 2018.

In addition to cash and cash equivalents, the Company had $173.0 million available under its senior amended asset-based revolving credit facility (“ABL facility”) for total liquidity of $532.5 million at December 31, 2019.

Total debt at December 31, 2019 was $807.6 million compared to $831.1 million at December 31, 2018.  Net debt (defined as total debt minus cash and cash equivalents) at December 31, 2019 was $448.1 million, improved from $566.1 million at December 31, 2018.  Cooper Standard’s net leverage ratio (defined as net debt divided by adjusted EBITDA) at December 31, 2019 was 2.2 times trailing 12 months adjusted EBITDA.

Outlook

Based on our outlook for the global automotive industry, macroeconomic conditions, current customer production schedules and our own operating plans, including the estimated first quarter impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Company has issued 2020 full year guidance as follows:

 

Current Guidance1

Sales

$2.85 – $3.05 billion

Adjusted EBITDA2

$150 – $185 million

Capital Expenditures

$140 – $150 million

Cash Restructuring

$30 – $40 million

Cash Taxes

$10 – $15 million

Free Cash Flow

Positive

   

1

Guidance is representative of management’s estimates and expectations as of the date it is published.  Current guidance as presented in this press release
considers February 2020 IHS production forecasts for relevant light vehicle platforms and models, customers’ planned production schedules and other
internal assumptions.

2

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company has not provided a reconciliation of projected adjusted EBITDA to projected
net income because full-year net income will include special items that have not yet occurred and are difficult to predict with reasonable certainty prior to year-
end.  Due to this uncertainty, the Company cannot reconcile projected adjusted EBITDA to U.S. GAAP net income without unreasonable effort.

Conference Call Details

Cooper Standard management will host a conference call and webcast on February 25, 2020 at 9 a.m. ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2019 results, provide a general business update and respond to investor questions.

To participate in the live question-and-answer session, callers in the United States and Canada should dial toll-free 877-374-4041 (international callers dial 253-237-1156) and provide the conference ID 5998676 or ask to be connected to the Cooper Standard conference call. Callers should dial in at least five minutes prior to the start of the call. Analysts and investors are invited to ask questions after the presentations are made.

The interactive webcast and slide presentation can be accessed live or in replay on the investor relations page of the Cooper Standard website at www.ir.cooperstandard.com/events.cfm.

About Cooper Standard

Cooper Standard, headquartered in Novi, Mich., is a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. Products include rubber and plastic sealing, fuel and brake delivery, and fluid transfer systems. Cooper Standard employs approximately 28,000 people globally and operates in 21 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.cooperstandard.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbor created thereby.  Our use of words “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “outlook,” “guidance,” “forecast,” or future or conditional verbs, such as “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” or “may,” and variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon our current expectations and various assumptions. Our expectations, beliefs, and projections are expressed in good faith and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, we cannot assure you that these expectations, beliefs and projections will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or achievements to be materially different from the future results or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Among other items, such factors may include: prolonged or material contractions in automotive sales and production volumes; our inability to realize sales represented by awarded business; escalating pricing pressures; loss of large customers or significant platforms; our ability to successfully compete in the automotive parts industry; availability and increasing volatility in costs of manufactured components and raw materials; disruption in our supply base; competitive threats and commercial risks associated with us entering new markets; possible variability of our working capital requirements; risks associated with our international operations, including changes in laws, regulations and policies governing the terms of foreign trade, such as increased trade restrictions and tariffs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; our ability to control the operations of our joint ventures for our sole benefit; our substantial amount of indebtedness; our ability to obtain adequate financing sources in the future; operating and financial restrictions imposed on us under our debt instruments; the underfunding of our pension plans; significant changes in discount rates and the actual return on pension assets; effectiveness of continuous improvement programs and other cost savings plans; manufacturing facility closings or consolidation; our ability to execute new program launches; our ability to meet customers’ needs for new and improved products; the possibility that our acquisitions and divestitures may not be successful; product liability, warranty and recall claims brought against us; laws and regulations, including environmental, health and safety laws and regulations; legal proceedings, claims or investigations against us; work stoppages or other labor disruptions; the ability of our intellectual property to withstand legal challenges; cyber-attacks, other disruptions in or the inability to implement upgrades to, our information technology systems; the possible volatility of our annual effective tax rate; the possibility of a failure to maintain effective controls and procedures; the possibility of future impairment charges to our goodwill and long-lived assets; our dependence on our subsidiaries for cash to satisfy our obligations; and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.  Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except where we are expressly required to do so by law.

This press release also contains estimates and other information that is based on industry publications, surveys and forecasts.  This information involves a number of assumptions and limitations, and we have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information.

Contact Information:

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