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Visteon Reports Strong 2016 Financial Results, Driven by Record Performance

  • Solid 2016 financial performance – total Visteon
    • Sales of $3,161 million ($816 million in fourth quarter)
    • Net income of $75 million, including $49 million of restructuring expense, $24 million of other net expense and $40 million loss from discontinued operations ($2 million net income in fourth quarter)
    • Net cash generated from operating activities of $120 million ($82 million in fourth quarter)
    • Total cash and equivalents of $882 million; total debt of $382 million
  • Record 2016 performance for Electronics Product Group
    • Sales of $3,107 million ($803 million in fourth quarter)
    • Adjusted EBITDA of $346 million ($98 million in fourth quarter)
    • Adjusted free cash flow of $167 million ($79 million in fourth quarter)
    • All-time-high order backlog of $16.5 billion
  • Legacy business transactions largely completed
    • Other operations sales total $54 million in 2016 – all legacy Climate operations exited by year-end 2016
    • Discontinued operations sales total $45 million in 2016 – all legacy interiors operations sold by year-end 2016
  • Earned record new business awards (lifetime revenue) of $5.4 billion in 2016 – $1.1 billion more than 2015
  • Announced new $400 million share repurchase authorization

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Feb. 23, 2017 — Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) today announced strong full-year 2016 results, reporting net income attributable to Visteon of $75 million, or $2.12 per diluted share, including $49 million of restructuring expense, $24 million of other net expense and $40 million of net loss associated with discontinued operations.

Full-year sales were $3,161 million, a decrease of $84 million compared with 2015, primarily attributable to the sale of an interiors European facility in 2015. Net cash provided from operating activities was $120 million for full year 2016.

In 2016, global vehicle manufacturers awarded Visteon new business of $5.4 billion in lifetime revenue. Fourth-quarter wins totaled $1.3 billion. The ongoing backlog, defined as cumulative remaining life-of-program booked sales, was approximately $16.5 billion as of Dec. 31, 2016, up from $14.9 billion in 2015, an increase of 11 percent.

“We finished the year very strong and delivered exceptional financial results in 2016, a year in which we transformed Visteon into a leading player in the cockpit electronics segment,” said Visteon President and CEO Sachin Lawande. “We returned $2.2 billion in capital to investors during the year, while making significant progress on our strategic priorities, including winning $5.4 billion in new business – primarily in China and Western Europe – and executing a record 59 product launches.”

Lawande added: “As the shift toward the all-digital cockpit gains momentum, we are very well-positioned to capitalize on opportunities as the only pure-play automotive cockpit electronics supplier. Our focus, strong balance sheet and broad product and technology portfolio place us in a formidable position to deliver industry-leading performance for our shareholders, customers and employees. Our $16.5 billion business backlog provides a solid foundation to execute our five-year plan and grow sales to $4.7 billion by 2021.”

Fourth Quarter in Review

Total Visteon

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $816 million, an increase of $7 million from $809 million for the same quarter a year earlier. Gross margin was $129 million, compared with $114 million for the same period in 2015. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $57 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with $63 million a year earlier.

Net income attributable to Visteon was $2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share in 2016. This included $27 million of restructuring, $8 million of other expense and $25 million of loss from discontinued operations.


Sales totaled $803 million, an increase of $28 million from the fourth quarter of 2015. The year-over-year improvement was primarily related to increased production volumes and new business. On a regional basis, Asia accounted for 41 percent of sales, Europe 31 percent, North America 27 percent and South America 1 percent.

Gross margin was $131 million, compared with $118 million a year earlier. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure as defined below, was $98 million, compared with $83 million in 2015. The improvement in gross margin and adjusted EBITDA was driven by increased production volumes, new business and favorable currency.


Sales totaled $13 million, a decrease of $17 million from the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease largely reflects the sale of the German interiors facility in the fourth quarter of 2015. Gross margin included a loss from legacy climate and interiors operations of $2 million in 2016 and $4 million in 2015.

All facilities included in Other operations and in discontinued operations were either sold or closed by year-end. Visteon does not expect to record sales or adjusted EBITDA related to these operations in the future. The company projects that the majority of remaining cash settlements related to its legacy agreements will occur in the first half of 2017.

Cash and Debt Balances

As of Dec. 31, 2016, Visteon had cash and equivalents of $882 million, including $4 million of restricted cash. Total debt as of Dec. 31, 2016, was $382 million.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, Visteon generated $82 million of cash from operations, including $24 million of climate-related restructuring and other professional fees, compared with $64 million in the same period a year earlier. Capital expenditures in the quarter were $19 million, compared with $36 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Cash flows for both periods included results related to discontinued operations.

Visteon generated $86 million of cash from operations related to Electronics in the fourth quarter. Electronics capital expenditures totaled $20 million, and adjusted free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure as defined below, for Electronics totaled $79 million in the quarter.

Share Repurchase

During 2016, Visteon entered into accelerated stock buyback programs with a third-party financial institution to purchase shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $500 million. Under these programs, Visteon purchased 7,190,506 shares at an average price of $69.48. As of Dec. 31, 2016, the company had 33.2 million diluted shares of common stock outstanding.  

On Jan. 10, 2017, Visteon’s board of directors authorized $400 million of share repurchase of its shares of common stock through March 31, 2018.

Full-Year 2017 Outlook

Visteon projects Electronics Product Group 2017 sales of $3.1 billion to $3.2 billion. Adjusted EBITDA for the Electronics Product Group is projected in the range of $355 million to $370 million. Adjusted free cash flow for the Electronics Product Group is projected in the range of $165 million to $180 million. 

About Visteon

Visteon is a global company that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative cockpit electronics products and connected car solutions for most of the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. Visteon is a leading provider of instrument clusters, head-up displays, information displays, infotainment, audio systems, telematics and SmartCore™ cockpit domain controllers. Visteon also supplies embedded multimedia and smartphone connectivity software solutions to the global automotive industry. Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, Visteon has approximately 10,000 employees at more than 40 facilities in 19 countries. Visteon had sales of $3.16 billion in 2016. Learn more at

Conference Call and Presentation

Today, Thursday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. ET, the company will host a conference call for the investment community to discuss the quarter’s 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, the financial results news release, related presentation materials and other supplemental information will be accessible through Visteon’s website at

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 66413145. The phone replay will be available for one week following the conference call.

View the fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 results

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 restructurings, 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; and (9) those factors identified in our filings with the SEC (including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016).

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, 2016. 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 at the end of this press release. The provision of these comparable GAAP financial measures for 2017 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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