Visteon Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial Results

Dearborn, Michigan, UNITED STATES


  • Sales of $2,945 million ($744 million in fourth quarter)
      • 
    7% growth-over-market in fourth quarter 1
  • Net income of $70 million ($35 million in fourth quarter)
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $234 million ($85 million in fourth quarter)
  • Awarded $6.1 billion in new business

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Feb. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Visteon Corporation (Nasdaq: VC) today announced full-year 2019 results. Sales were $2,945 million, compared with $2,984 million in 2018. The decrease of $39 million is primarily due to lower vehicle production volumes and the negative impact of currency, customer pricing and product mix, partially offset by new product launches and product updates. Net income attributable to Visteon was $70 million or $2.48 per diluted share and net cash provided from operating activities was $183 million.

New business wins in 2019 were $6.1 billion, driven by digital clusters, multi-display modules, Android-based infotainment systems, cockpit domain controllers and battery management systems.

"Despite lower vehicle production volumes, Visteon finished the year strong with 7% growth-over-market in the fourth quarter, driven by our next-generation digital cockpit solutions," said President and CEO Sachin Lawande. "In 2020, we are anticipating another challenging year for the automotive industry, as we expect global vehicle production volumes to further decline by approximately 3%. However, we expect Visteon sales to continue to grow above market and increase year-over-year as we lead the digital cockpit transformation."

Fourth Quarter in Review

Sales were $744 million and $731 million during the fourth quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively. The year-over-year increase is primarily attributable to new product launches and product updates, partially offset by lower vehicle production volumes, vehicle launch delays at Ford, the impact of the strike at GM, customer pricing and the impact of unfavorable currency. On a regional basis, in the fourth quarter of 2019, Europe accounted for 32% of sales, China Domestic 20%, China Export 7%, the Americas 25% and Other Asia-Pacific 16%.

Gross margins for the fourth quarters of 2019 and 2018 were $104 million and $96 million, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure as defined below, was $85 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $74 million in prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 11.4% for the fourth quarter of 2019, 130 basis points higher than the same period in the prior year.

For the fourth quarter of 2019, net income attributable to Visteon was $35 million or $1.24 per diluted share, compared with $43 million or $1.49 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure as defined below, was $40 million or $1.42 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $44 million or $1.52 per diluted share for the same period in 2018.

The company had 28.2 million diluted shares of common stock outstanding as of Dec. 31, 2019.

Cash and Debt Balances

As of Dec. 31, 2019, Visteon remained in a net positive cash position with cash of $469 million and debt of $385 million.

For the fourth quarter of 2019, cash from operations was $65 million and capital expenditures were $33 million. Full-year cash from operations was $183 million and capital expenditures were $142 million. Total Visteon adjusted free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below, for the fourth quarter and the full year was $35 million and $56 million, respectively.

Full-Year 2020 Outlook

Visteon full-year 2020 guidance projects sales in the range of $3.0 billion to $3.1 billion, adjusted EBITDA in the range of $250 million to $270 million, and adjusted free cash flow in the range of $40 million to $60 million. The full-year guidance does not include any impact from the coronavirus.

About Visteon

Visteon is a global technology company that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative cockpit electronics and connected car solutions for the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. Visteon is driving the smart, learning, digital cockpit of the future, to improve safety and the user experience. Visteon is a global leader in cockpit electronic products including digital instrument clusters, information displays, infotainment, head-up displays, telematics, SmartCore™ cockpit domain controllers, and the DriveCore™ autonomous driving platform. Visteon also delivers artificial intelligence-based technologies, connected car, cybersecurity, interior sensing, embedded multimedia and smartphone connectivity software solutions. Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, Visteon has approximately 11,000 employees at more than 40 facilities in 18 countries. Visteon had sales of approximately $3 billion in 2019. Learn more at www.visteon.com.

Conference Call and Presentation

Today, Thursday, Feb. 20, at 9 a.m. ET, the company will host a conference call for the investment community to discuss the fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 financial results and other related items. The conference call is available to the general public via a live audio webcast.

The dial-in numbers to participate in the call are:

U.S./Canada: 866-411-5196
Outside U.S./Canada: 970-297-2404

(Call approximately 10 minutes before the start of the conference.)

The conference call and live audio webcast, related presentation materials and other supplemental information will be accessible in the Investors section of Visteon’s website. A news release on Visteon’s first-quarter results will be available in the news section of the website.

A replay of the conference call will be available through the company’s website or by dialing 855-859-2056 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada) or 404-537-3406 (international). The conference ID for the phone replay is 5473059. The phone replay will be available for one week following the conference call.

1 Growth-over-market for fourth-quarter 2019 excludes the impact of currency and acquisitions/divestitures.

Forward-looking Information

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: (1) conditions within the automotive industry, including (i) the automotive vehicle production volumes and schedules of our customers, (ii) the financial condition of our customers and the effects of any restructuring or reorganization plans that may be undertaken by our customers or suppliers, including work stoppages, and (iii) possible disruptions in the supply of commodities to us or our customers due to financial distress, work stoppages, natural disasters or civil unrest; (2) our ability to satisfy future capital and liquidity requirements; including our ability to access the credit and capital markets at the times and in the amounts needed and on terms acceptable to us; our ability to comply with financial and other covenants in our credit agreements; and the continuation of acceptable supplier payment terms; (3) our ability to satisfy pension and other post-employment benefit obligations; (4) our ability to access funds generated by foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures on a timely and cost-effective basis; (5) our ability to execute on our transformational plans and cost-reduction initiatives in the amounts and on the timing contemplated; (6) general economic conditions, including changes in interest rates, currency exchange rates and fuel prices; (7) the timing and expenses related to internal restructuring, employee reductions, acquisitions or dispositions and the effect of pension and other post-employment benefit obligations; (8) increases in raw material and energy costs and our ability to offset or recover these costs, increases in our warranty, product liability and recall costs or the outcome of legal or regulatory proceedings to which we are or may become a party; (9) the impact of the coronavirus on our suppliers, our manufacturing facilities and automotive sales in China; and (10) those factors identified in our filings with the SEC (including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2019).

Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our view only as of the date of this release, and which we assume no obligation to update. The financial results presented herein are preliminary and unaudited; final financial results will be included in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2019. New business wins and rewins do not represent firm orders or firm commitments from customers, but are based on various assumptions, including the timing and duration of product launches, vehicle production levels, customer price reductions and currency exchange rates.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains information about Visteon's financial results which is not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). Such non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to their closest GAAP financial measures attached to this press release. The provision of these comparable GAAP financial measures for 2019 is not intended to indicate that Visteon is explicitly or implicitly providing projections on those GAAP financial measures, and actual results for such measures are likely to vary from those presented. The reconciliations include all information reasonably available to the company at the date of this press release and the adjustments that management can reasonably predict.

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Contacts:

Media:

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Investors:

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VISTEON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in Millions, Except Per Share Data)

 (Unaudited)    
 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 December 31 December 31
 2019 2018 2019 2018
        
Sales$744  $731  $2,945  $2,984 
Cost of sales(640) (635) (2,621) (2,573)
Gross margin104  96  324  411 
Selling, general and administrative expenses(54) (54) (221) (193)
Restructuring expense, net(2) (1) (4) (29)
Interest expense, net(2) (1) (9) (7)
Equity in net (loss) income of non-consolidated affiliates(1) 3  6  13 
Other income, net3  4  10  21 
Income before income taxes48  47  106  216 
Provision for income taxes(8) (1) (24) (43)
Net income from continuing operations40  46  82  173 
Net (loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax(1) (1) (1) 1 
Net income39  45  81  174 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests(4) (2) (11) (10)
Net income attributable to Visteon Corporation$35  $43  $70  $164 
        
Earnings per share data:       
Basic earnings (loss) per share       
Continuing operations$1.28  $1.53  $2.53  $5.53 
Discontinued operations(0.04) (0.03) (0.04) 0.03 
Basic earnings per share attributable to Visteon Corporation$1.24  $1.50  $2.49  $5.56 
        
Diluted earnings (loss) per share       
Continuing operations$1.28  $1.52  $2.52  $5.49 
Discontinued operations(0.04) (0.03) (0.04) 0.03 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Visteon Corporation$1.24  $1.49  $2.48  $5.52 
        
Average shares outstanding (in millions)       
Basic28.0  28.7  28.1  29.5 
Diluted28.2  28.9  28.2  29.7 
            

VISTEON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in Millions)

 December 31 December 31
 2019 2018
ASSETS   
Cash and equivalents$466  $463 
Restricted cash3  4 
Accounts receivable, net514  486 
Inventories, net169  184 
Other current assets193  159 
Total current assets1,345  1,296 
    
Property and equipment, net436  397 
Intangible assets, net127  129 
Right-of-use assets165   
Investments in non-consolidated affiliates48  42 
Other non-current assets150  143 
Total assets$2,271  $2,007 
    
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   
Short-term debt$37  $57 
Accounts payable511  436 
Accrued employee liabilities73  67 
Current lease liability30   
Other current liabilities147  161 
Total current liabilities798  721 
    
Long-term debt348  348 
Employee benefits292  257 
Non-current lease liability139   
Deferred tax liabilities27  23 
Other non-current liabilities72  76 
    
Stockholders’ equity   
Common stock1  1 
Additional paid-in capital1,342  1,335 
Retained earnings1,679  1,609 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(267) (216)
Treasury stock(2,275) (2,264)
Total Visteon Corporation stockholders’ equity480  465 
Non-controlling interests115  117 
Total equity595  582 
Total liabilities and equity$2,271  $2,007 

VISTEON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 1
 (Dollars in Millions)

 (Unaudited)    
 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 December 31 December 31
 2019 2018 2019 2018
OPERATING       
Net income$39  $45  $81  $174 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided from operating activities:       
Depreciation and amortization26  24  100  91 
Non-cash stock-based compensation3  4  17  8 
Transaction (gains)      (8)
Equity in net income of non-consolidated affiliates, net of dividends remitted1  (3) (6) (13)
Other non-cash items3  1  8  3 
Changes in assets and liabilities:       
Accounts receivable(50) (38) (33) 44 
Inventories26  39  13  1 
Accounts payable24  (2) 73  (19)
Other assets and other liabilities(7) 27  (70) (77)
Net cash provided from operating activities65  97  183  204 
INVESTING       
Capital expenditures, including intangibles(33) (31) (142) (127)
Loans to non-consolidated affiliate, net of repayments    11   
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired      16 
Other, net1    3  13 
Net cash used by investing activities(32) (31) (128) (98)
FINANCING       
Repurchase of common stock  (50) (20) (300)
Short-term debt, net(11) 25  (19) 12 
Dividends paid to non-controlling interests(2) (16) (9) (28)
Distribution payments      (14)
Stock based compensation tax withholding payments      (7)
Other(1)   (1) 2 
Net cash used by financing activities(14) (41) (49) (335)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents4    (4) (13)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents23  25  2  (242)
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period446  442  467  709 
Cash and equivalents at end of period$469  $467  $469  $467 
                

The Company has combined cash flows from discontinued operations with cash flows from continuing operations within the operating, investing and financing categories.

VISTEON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Unaudited, Dollars in Millions)

Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA is presented as a supplemental measure of the Company's performance that management believes is useful to investors because the excluded items may vary significantly in timing or amounts and/or may obscure trends useful in evaluating and comparing the Company's operating activities across reporting periods. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to the Company adjusted to eliminate the impact of depreciation and amortization, restructuring expense, net interest expense, loss on divestiture, equity in net income of non-consolidated affiliates, gain on non-consolidated affiliate transactions, provision for income taxes, discontinued operations, net income attributable to non-controlling interests, non-cash stock-based compensation expense, and other gains and losses not reflective of the Company's ongoing operations. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

 Three Months Ended Twelve Months EndedEstimated
 December 31 December 31Full Year
Visteon:2019 2018 2019 20182020 
Net income attributable to Visteon$35 $43  $70  $164 $48 - $63
Depreciation and amortization26 24  100  91 110
Restructuring expense, net2 1  4  29 30 - 25
Interest expense, net2 1  9  7 10
Equity in net loss (income) of non-consolidated affiliates1 (3) (6) (13)(8)
Provision for income taxes8 1  24  43 30 - 40
Net loss (income) from discontinued operations, net of tax1 1  1  (1)
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests4 2  11  10 10
Non-cash, stock-based compensation expense3 4  17  8 20
Other3   4  (8)
Adjusted EBITDA$85 $74  $234  $330 $250 - $270

Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized term under U.S. GAAP and does not purport to be a substitute for net income as an indicator of operating performance or cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and is not intended to be a measure of cash flow available for management's discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements. In addition, the Company uses Adjusted EBITDA (i) as a factor in incentive compensation decisions, (ii) to evaluate the effectiveness of the Company's business strategies, and (iii) because the Company's credit agreements use similar measures for compliance with certain covenants.

Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow: Free cash flow and Adjusted free cash flow are presented as supplemental measures of the Company's liquidity that management believes are useful to investors in analyzing the Company's ability to service and repay its debt. The Company defines Free cash flow as cash flow provided from operating activities less capital expenditures, including intangibles. The Company defines Adjusted free cash flow as cash flow provided from operating activities less capital expenditures, including intangibles as further adjusted for restructuring related payments. Free cash flow and Adjusted free cash flow include amounts associated with discontinued operations. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of Free cash flow and Adjusted free cash flow may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies

 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended Estimated
 December 31 December 31 Full Year
Total Visteon:2019 2018 2019 2018 2020
Cash provided from operating activities$65  $97  $183  $204  $150 - $175
Capital expenditures(33) (31) (142) (127) (145 - 140)
Free cash flow$32  $66  $41  $77  $5 - $35
Restructuring related payments3  6  15  30  35 - 25
Adjusted free cash flow$35  $72  $56  $107  $40 - $60

Free cash flow and Adjusted free cash flow are not recognized terms under U.S. GAAP and do not purport to be a substitute for cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Free cash flow and Adjusted free cash flow have limitations as analytical tools as they do not reflect cash used to service debt and do not reflect funds available for investment or other discretionary uses. In addition, the Company uses Free cash flow and Adjusted free cash flow (i) as factors in incentive compensation decisions and (ii) for planning and forecasting future periods.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share: Adjusted net income and Adjusted earnings per share are presented as supplemental measures that management believes are useful to investors in analyzing the Company's profitability, providing comparability between periods by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of recurring business operating results. The Company believes management and investors benefit from referring to these supplemental measures in assessing company performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. The Company defines Adjusted net income as net income attributable to Visteon adjusted to eliminate the impact of restructuring expense, loss on divestiture, gain on non-consolidated affiliate transactions, discontinued operations, other gains and losses not reflective of the Company's ongoing operations and related tax effects. The Company defines Adjusted earnings per share as Adjusted net income divided by diluted shares. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of Adjusted net income and Adjusted earnings per share may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

 Three Months Ended
 Twelve Months Ended
 December 31, 2020
 December 31, 2020
Net income attributable to Visteon:2019 2018 2019 2018
Net income$36  $44  $71  $163
Discontinued operations (1)  (1)  (1)  1
Net income attributable to Visteon$35  $43  $70  $164
               


 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 December 31 December 31
Diluted earnings per share: 2019 2018 2019 2018
Net income attributable to Visteon$35  $43  $70  $164 
Average shares outstanding, diluted (in millions)28.2  28.9  28.2  29.7 
Diluted earnings per share$1.24  $1.49  $2.48  $5.52 
        
Adjusted earnings per share:       
Net income attributable to Visteon$35  $43  $70  $164 
Restructuring, net2  1  4  29 
Other2  (1) 3  (10)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax1  1  1  (1)
Adjusted net income$40  $44  $78  $182 
Average shares outstanding, diluted (in millions)28.2  28.9  28.2  29.7 
Adjusted earnings per share$1.42  $1.52  $2.77  $6.13 
                

Adjusted net income and Adjusted earnings per share are not recognized terms under U.S. GAAP and do not purport to be a substitute for profitability. Adjusted net income and Adjusted earnings per share have limitations as analytical tools as they do not consider certain restructuring and transaction-related payments and/or expenses. In addition, the Company uses Adjusted net income and Adjusted earnings per share for internal planning and forecasting purposes.