Cooper Standard
Aug 3, 2017
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Cooper Standard Reports Record Sales, Strong Net Income and Record Adjusted EBITDA

NOVI, Mich., Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CPS) today reported results for the second quarter and first half of 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Sales increased 3.4 percent to a record $909.1 million
  • Net income increased to $40.5 million or $2.14 per diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 4.8 percent to a record $113.8 million
  • Adjusted net income totaled $49.0 million or $2.60 per diluted share
  • Second major production order for Fortrex™ awarded

During the second quarter of 2017, the Company generated strong net income of $40.5 million, or $2.14 per diluted share, and adjusted EBITDA of $113.8 million on sales of $909.1 million. These results compare to net income of $40.2 million, or $2.16 per diluted share, and adjusted EBITDA of $108.6 million on sales of $879.3 million in the second quarter of 2016.  The Company's adjusted EBITDA as a percent of sales for the second quarter of 2017 increased 20 basis points to 12.5 percent compared to 12.3 percent in the second quarter of 2016.

"We continue to drive value through culture, innovation and results," stated Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and CEO of Cooper Standard. "We are attracting and developing diverse talent, supported by our unique culture, launching breakthrough innovations, delivering results by growing in key markets, as well as improving operational efficiency globally."

The Company's second quarter net income, excluding restructuring and other special items ("adjusted net income"), totaled $49.0 million, or $2.60 per diluted share, compared to $52.2 million, or $2.81 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2016. The change in adjusted net income was driven primarily by discrete tax adjustments for excess tax benefits on share-based compensation recorded in the second quarter of 2016.

For the first six months of 2017, the Company reported net income of $82.2 million, or $4.34 per diluted share, and adjusted EBITDA of $224.8 million on sales of $1.81 billion. By comparison, the Company reported net income of $71.5 million, or $3.83 per diluted share, and adjusted EBITDA of $212.1 million on sales of $1.74 billion in the first six months of 2016. The Company's adjusted EBITDA margin for the first six months of 2017 increased 20 basis points to 12.4 percent compared to 12.2 percent in the first six months of 2016.

Adjusted net income for the first six months of 2017 was $104.9 million or $5.54 per diluted share.  This compares to adjusted net income of $100.3 million or $5.37 per diluted share in the first six months of 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are non-GAAP measures.  Definitions of these measures and 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 second quarter, Cooper Standard launched 54 new customer programs and was awarded $96.4 million in annual net new business.  Among the new business awards, the Company received its second significant production contract for Fortrex™ premium static sealing system products. Fortrex™ is a new, proprietary material science technology that provides significant weight reduction and performance improvements versus traditional EPDM and TPV-based sealing systems.

In addition to the core automotive applications for Fortrex™, the Company is continuing to pursue a complementary adjacent market strategy for its innovative material science and technologies.  During the second quarter, the Company entered into its first agreement to license Fortrex™ technology outside of the automotive industry, which is aligned with the Company's adjacent markets strategy.  Successful execution of the adjacent markets strategy is expected, in the long term, to increase return on invested capital by expanding sales opportunities, accelerating the value stream of Fortrex™ and other innovative material science technologies, and further diversifying the revenue and profit base of the Company.

In June, the Company celebrated the opening of a new, state-of-the-art technical testing and prototype center in China.  The new facility enhances the Company's ability to provide leading technical support to its customers in the region by increasing in-house design and product validation capabilities, and reducing the time required for new product design and development.

Consolidated Results

Second quarter 2017 sales increased by $29.8 million or 3.4 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016.  The year-over-year variance was largely attributable to net favorable volume and mix, and the impact of acquisitions and divestitures, partially offset by price reductions and the impact of foreign currency exchange rates.  Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, acquisitions and divestitures, sales in the second quarter were $893.2 million, an increase of 1.6 percent over the second quarter 2016. 

Second quarter adjusted EBITDA increased by $5.2 million or 4.8 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016. The year-over-year variance was primarily attributable to operating efficiencies, the impact of acquisitions and divestitures, and supply chain optimization initiatives, partially offset by unfavorable vehicle production mix, price reductions and higher net compensation-related costs.

Segment Results

North America

The Company's North America segment reported sales of $481.6 million in the second quarter, an increase of 4.5 percent when compared to $460.7 million in sales reported in the second quarter 2016.  The year-over-year change was largely attributable to favorable volume and mix and the acquisition of AMI Industries' fuel and brake business.  Excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency exchange rates, North America segment sales were $466.7 million, which represents organic growth of $6.0 million or 1.3 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016.

North America segment profit was $64.5 million, or 13.4 percent of sales, in the second quarter.  This compared to segment profit of $60.6 million or 13.2 percent of sales in the second quarter 2016.  The year-over-year increase was driven primarily by gains in operating efficiencies and the acquisition of AMI Industries, partially offset by price reductions, unfavorable vehicle production mix and higher net compensation-related costs.

Europe

The Company's Europe segment reported sales of $260.4 million in the second quarter, compared to $282.3 million in the second quarter 2016.  The year-over-year change was primarily attributable to unfavorable volume and mix, foreign exchange and price reductions.

The Europe segment reported a loss of $3.1 million in the second quarter compared to segment profit of $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2016.  The year-over-year change was primarily attributable to unfavorable volume and mix, price reductions and the impact of wage and general inflation, partially offset by restructuring savings and improvements in operating efficiency.

Asia Pacific

The Company's Asia Pacific segment reported sales of $140.8 million in the second quarter, an increase of 21.2 percent when compared to sales of $116.2 million in the second quarter 2016.  The year-over-year variance was largely attributable to improved volume and mix, and the consolidation of the Company's sealing joint venture in Guangzhou, China.  These items were partially offset by unfavorable foreign exchange and customer price reductions. Excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency exchange rates, Asia Pacific segment sales were $130.2 million, which represents organic growth of $14.0 million or 12.0 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016.

Asia Pacific segment profit was $4.5 million in the second quarter, compared to $0.5 million in the second quarter 2016.  The year-over-year improvement was driven primarily by increased operating efficiencies, favorable volume and mix, and the consolidation of the Guangzhou joint venture, partially offset by customer price reductions and investments to support growth.

South America

The Company's South America segment reported sales of $26.2 million in the second quarter, an increase of 30.7 percent when compared to sales of $20.1 million in the second quarter of 2016.  The increase was largely attributable to improved volume and mix and favorable foreign exchange.

The South America segment reported a loss of $3.8 million in the second quarter, compared to a segment loss of $5.6 million in the second quarter of 2016.  The improvement was due largely to increased operating efficiencies and improved volume and mix.

Liquidity and Cash Flow

At June 30, 2017, Cooper Standard had cash and cash equivalents totaling $400.2 million.  Net cash provided by operating activities in the second quarter 2017 was $60.6 million and free cash flow for the quarter (defined as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures) was $20.7 million.

During the quarter, the Company repurchased 92,409 shares of its outstanding common stock at a cost of $9.3 million.

In addition to cash and cash equivalents, the Company had $179.9 million available under its amended senior asset-based revolving credit facility ("ABL") for total liquidity of $580.1 million at June 30, 2017.

Total debt at June 30, 2017 was $752.8 million. Net debt (defined as total debt minus cash and cash equivalents) was $352.6 millionCooper Standard's net leverage ratio at June 30, 2017 was 0.8 times trailing 12 months adjusted EBITDA.

During the quarter, Cooper Standard entered into a second amendment to its Term Loan Facility to reduce the interest rate.  The lower rate will reduce cash interest expense by approximately $1.5 million annually through the remaining term of the loan.

Outlook

Based on the positive results achieved in the second quarter and year-to-date, the Company is on track to meet previously issued full year guidance ranges.  The Company reiterates its full year 2017 guidance as follows:


Previous Guidance (2/16/2017)

Current Guidance

Sales

$3.48 - $3.53 billion

Unchanged

Adjusted EBITDA Margin1

12.3% - 12.8%

Unchanged

Capital Expenditures

$165 - $175 million

Unchanged

Cash Restructuring

$45 - $55 million

Unchanged

Effective Tax Rate

26% - 29%

Unchanged

1 Adjusted EBITDA Margin is a non-GAAP financial measure. We do not provide guidance on net income margin. 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.

Conference Call Details

Cooper Standard management will host a conference call and webcast on August 4, 2017 at 9 a.m. ET to discuss its second quarter 2017 results, provide a general business update and respond to investor questions.  A link to the live webcast of the call (listen only) and presentation materials will be available on Cooper Standard's Investor Relations website at www.ir.cooperstandard.com/events.cfm.

To participate by phone, callers in the United States and Canada should dial toll-free 800-949-4315 (international callers dial 678-825-8315) and provide the conference ID 95008494 or ask to be connected to the Cooper Standard conference call. Representatives of the investment community will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation. Callers should dial in at least five minutes prior to the start of the call.

Individuals unable to participate during the live call may visit the investors' portion of the Cooper Standard website (www.ir.cooperstandard.com) for a replay of the webcast.

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 lines, fluid transfer hoses and anti-vibration systems. Cooper Standard employs more than 30,000 people globally and operates in 20 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," "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; possible variability of our working capital requirements; risks associated with our international operations; 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 or other disruptions in our information technology systems; the possible volatility of our annual effective tax rate; the possibility of future impairment charges to our goodwill and long-lived assets; and our dependence on our subsidiaries for cash to satisfy our obligations.

You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.  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.

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Contact for Analysts:

Contact for Media:

Roger Hendriksen

Sharon Wenzl

Cooper Standard

Cooper Standard

(248) 596-6465

(248) 596-6211

roger.hendriksen@cooperstandard.com

sswenzl@cooperstandard.com

Financial statements and related notes follow:

 

COOPER-STANDARD HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME

(Unaudited)

(Dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts)










Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2017


2016 (1)


2017


2016

Sales

$

909,145



$

879,304



$

1,811,196



$

1,741,801


Cost of products sold

736,905



707,343



1,468,871



1,410,016


Gross profit

172,240



171,961



342,325



331,785


Selling, administration & engineering expenses

86,104



92,672



173,738



176,130


Amortization of intangibles

3,536



3,239



7,131



6,517


Impairment charges





4,270




Restructuring charges

8,323



12,206



18,311



23,038


Other operating loss







155


Operating profit

74,277



63,844



138,875



125,945


Interest expense, net of interest income

(10,293)



(9,995)



(21,532)



(19,747)


Equity in earnings of affiliates

1,400



2,667



3,075



4,437


Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt

(1,020)





(1,020)




Other expense, net

(2,184)



(255)



(2,824)



(8,071)


Income before income taxes

62,180



56,261



116,574



102,564


Income tax expense

20,530



16,021



32,420



30,787


Net income

41,650



40,240



84,154



71,777


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1,194)



(51)



(1,992)



(265)


Net income attributable to Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

$

40,456



$

40,189



$

82,162



$

71,512










Weighted average shares outstanding








Basic

17,863,203



17,242,277



17,803,430



17,342,321


Diluted

18,865,967



18,591,647



18,919,591



18,669,123










Earnings per share:








Basic

$

2.26



$

2.33



$

4.61



$

4.12


Diluted

$

2.14



$

2.16



$

4.34



$

3.83



(1) Certain amounts have been recast due to the adoption of ASU 2016-09.

 

 

 

COOPER-STANDARD HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollar amounts in thousands)



June 30, 2017


December 31, 2016


 (unaudited)



Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

400,186



$

480,092


Accounts receivable, net

546,522



460,503


Tooling receivable

108,155



90,974


Inventories

168,397



146,449


Prepaid expenses

39,392



37,142


Other current assets

89,895



81,021


Total current assets

1,352,547



1,296,181


Property, plant and equipment, net

886,975



832,269


Goodwill

169,304



167,441


Intangible assets, net

75,132



81,363


Other assets

103,579



114,448


Total assets

$

2,587,537



$

2,491,702






Liabilities and Equity




Current liabilities:




Debt payable within one year

$

29,817



$

33,439


Accounts payable

496,162



475,426


Payroll liabilities

130,501



144,812


Accrued liabilities

108,927



105,665


Total current liabilities

765,407



759,342


Long-term debt

722,988



729,480


Pension benefits

179,922



172,950


Postretirement benefits other than pensions

55,300



54,225


Other liabilities

46,174



53,914


Total liabilities

1,769,791



1,769,911


7% Cumulative participating convertible preferred stock




Equity:




Common stock

18



17


Additional paid-in capital

515,154



513,934


Retained earnings

495,190



425,972


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(219,632)



(242,563)


Total Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. equity

790,730



697,360


Noncontrolling interests

27,016



24,431


Total equity

817,746



721,791


Total liabilities and equity

$

2,587,537



$

2,491,702


 

 

COOPER-STANDARD HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(Dollar amounts in thousands)






Six Months Ended June 30,


2017


2016 (1)

Operating Activities:




Net income

$

84,154



$

71,777


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation

57,914



53,856


Amortization of intangibles

7,131



6,517


Impairment charges

4,270




Share-based compensation expense

11,694



10,909


Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of dividends related to earnings

2,307



(1,415)


Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt

1,020




Other

9,829



947


Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(114,141)



(27,350)


Net cash provided by operating activities

64,178



115,241


Investing activities:




Capital expenditures

(98,149)



(81,429)


Loan to affiliate



(4,906)


Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired



(3,020)


Proceeds from sale of fixed assets and other

348



73


Net cash used in investing activities

(97,801)



(89,282)


Financing activities:




Principal payments on long-term debt

(11,297)



(4,886)


Increase in short-term debt, net

541



1,331


Restricted cash deposit for overdraft facility



(25,000)


Repurchase of common stock

(7,514)



(23,800)


Proceeds from exercise of warrants

707



413


Taxes withheld and paid on employees' share based payment awards

(11,671)



(4,896)


Other

(792)



43


Net cash used in financing activities

(30,026)



(56,795)


Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(16,257)



(7,861)


Changes in cash and cash equivalents

(79,906)



(38,697)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

480,092



378,243


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

400,186



$

339,546



(1) Certain amounts have been recast due to the adoption of ASU 2016-09.

 

 

Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow are measures not recognized under U.S. GAAP and which exclude certain non-cash and special items that may obscure trends and operating performance not indicative of the Company's core financial activities. Management considers EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow to be key indicators of the Company's operating performance and believes that these and similar measures are widely used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating the Company's performance. In addition, similar measures are utilized in the calculation of the financial covenants and ratios contained in the Company's financing arrangements and management uses these measures for developing internal budgets and forecasting purposes. EBITDA is defined as net income adjusted to reflect income tax expense, interest expense net of interest income, depreciation and amortization, and adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted to reflect certain items that management does not consider to be reflective of the Company's core operating performance.  Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as adjusted EBITDA divided by sales.  Adjusted net income is defined as net income adjusted to reflect certain items that management does not consider to be reflective of the Company's core operating performance. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share is defined as adjusted net income and adjusted diluted net income, respectively, divided by the weighted average number of basic and diluted shares, respectively, outstanding during the period.  Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures and is useful to both management and investors in evaluating the Company's ability to service and repay its debt.

When analyzing the Company's operating performance, investors should use EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow as supplements to, and not as alternatives for, net income, operating income, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and not as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of the Company's liquidity. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of the Company's results of operations as reported under U.S. GAAP. Other companies may report EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow differently and therefore the Company's results may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. In addition, in evaluating adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income, it should be noted that in the future the Company may incur expenses similar to or in excess of the adjustments in the below presentation. This presentation of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income should not be construed as an inference that the Company's future results will be unaffected by special items.  Reconciliations of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and free cash flow follow.

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

The following table provides reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from net income:

(Unaudited; Dollar amounts in thousands)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2017


2016 (1)


2017


2016

Net income attributable to Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

$

40,456



$

40,189



$

82,162



$

71,512


Income tax expense

20,530



16,021



32,420



30,787


Interest expense, net of interest income

10,293



9,995



21,532



19,747


Depreciation and amortization

33,188



30,169



65,045



60,374


EBITDA

$

104,467



$

96,374



$

201,159



$

182,420


Restructuring charges

8,323



12,206



18,311



23,038


Impairment charges (2)





4,270




Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt (3)

1,020





1,020




Secondary offering underwriting fees and other expenses (4)







6,500


Other







155


Adjusted EBITDA

$

113,810



$

108,580



$

224,760



$

212,113




(1)

Certain amounts have been recast due to the adoption of ASU 2016-09.


(2)

Impairment charges related to fixed assets.


(3)

Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt related to the May 2017 amendment of the Term Loan Facility.


(4)

Fees and other expenses associated with the March 2016 secondary offering.

 

 

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share

The following table provides reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income and the respective earnings per share amounts:

(Unaudited; Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2017


2016 (1)


2017


2016

Net income attributable to Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

$

40,456



$

40,189



$

82,162



$

71,512


Restructuring charges

8,323



12,206



18,311



23,038


Impairment charges (2)





4,270




Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt (3)

1,020





1,020




Secondary offering underwriting fees and other expenses (4)







6,500


Other







155


Tax impact of adjusting items (5)

(780)



(206)



(875)



(864)


Adjusted net income

$

49,019



$

52,189



$

104,888



$

100,341










Weighted average shares outstanding:








Basic

17,863,203



17,242,277



17,803,430



17,342,321


Diluted

18,865,967



18,591,647



18,919,591



18,669,123










Earnings per share:








Basic

$

2.26



$

2.33



$

4.61



$

4.12


Diluted

$

2.14



$

2.16



$

4.34



$

3.83










Adjusted earnings per share:








Basic

$

2.74



$

3.03



$

5.89



$

5.79


Diluted

$

2.60



$

2.81



$

5.54



$

5.37






(1)

Certain amounts have been recast due to the adoption of ASU 2016-09.


(2)

Impairment charges related to fixed assets.


(3)

Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt related to the May 2017 amendment of the Term Loan Facility.


(4)

Fees and other expenses associated with the March 2016 secondary offering.


(5)

Represents the elimination of the income tax impact of the above adjustments by calculating the income tax impact of these adjusting items using the appropriate tax rate for the jurisdiction where the charges were incurred.

 

 

Free Cash Flow

The following table defines free cash flow:

(Unaudited; Dollar amounts in thousands)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2017


2016


2017


2016

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

60,627



$

87,327



$

64,178



$

115,241


Capital expenditures

(39,879)



(26,339)



(98,149)



(81,429)


Free cash flow

$

20,748



$

60,988



$

(33,971)



$

33,812


 

 

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