Visteon announces 2018 financial results
• Sales of $2,984 million ($731 million in fourth quarter)
• Net income of $164 million ($43 million in fourth quarter)
• Adjusted EBITDA of $330 million ($74 million in fourth quarter)
• Awarded $6.9 billion in new business in 2018
• Executed $300 million of share repurchases during 2018
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Feb. 21, 2019 — Visteon Corporation (Nasdaq: VC) today announced full-year 2018 results, reporting net income attributable to Visteon of $164 million or $5.52 per diluted share, compared with $176 million or $5.47 per diluted share in 2017.
Full-year sales in 2018 were $2,984 million, compared with $3,146 million in 2017. The decrease of $162 million is primarily due to unfavorable vehicle production volumes, customer pricing net of design changes, and product mix, partially offset by new business and favorable currency. Net cash provided from operating activities was $204 million for full-year 2018, compared with $215 million in 2017.
In 2018, global vehicle manufacturers awarded Visteon new business of $6.9 billion. New business win growth was driven by new digital products, primarily all-digital clusters and audio infotainment.
"The market environment in 2018 was very challenging, as vehicle production softened in the second half of the year. Despite these challenges, Visteon made significant progress in the transformation of its business. We launched the industry's first production cockpit domain controller with Daimler and secured significant new business wins in the fast-growing digital cluster and infotainment segments. By winning approximately $7 billion in new business for the second consecutive year - and adding five new customers in the process - we strengthened Visteon’s position toward achieving our long-term growth targets."
Fourth Quarter in Review
Sales totaled $731 million and $797 million during the fourth quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively. The year-over-year decrease was primarily related to unfavorable vehicle production volumes, customer pricing net of design changes, and unfavorable currency impacts. On a regional basis, in the fourth quarter of 2018 Europe accounted for 29 percent of sales; China Domestic 16 percent; China Export 9 percent; the Americas 24 percent; and Other Asia-Pacific 22 percent.
Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017 was $96 million and $137 million, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure as defined below, was $74 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $102 million for the same quarter last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 10.1 percent for the fourth quarter of 2018, 270 basis points lower than the same period in the prior year.
For the fourth quarter of 2018, net income attributable to Visteon was $43 million or $1.49 per diluted share, compared with $25 million or $0.79 per diluted share for the same period in 2017. Adjusted net income, which excludes restructuring charges and discontinued operations, was $44 million or $1.52 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $52 million or $1.64 per diluted share for the same period in 2017.
Cash and Debt Balances
As of Dec. 31, 2018, Visteon had cash totaling $467 million. Total debt as of Dec. 31 was $405 million.
For the fourth quarter of 2018, cash from operations was $97 million and capital expenditures were $31 million. Full-year cash from operations was $204 million and capital expenditures were $127 million. Total Visteon adjusted free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below, for the fourth quarter and the full-year was $72 million and $107 million, respectively.
On Jan. 15, 2018, Visteon's Board of Directors authorized the purchase of up to $700 million of the company's shares outstanding. During 2018, the company completed $300 million of the authorized repurchases by acquiring 2,805,531 shares at an average price of $106.92. As of Dec. 31, 2018, the company had 28.4 million diluted shares of common stock outstanding. Visteon is authorized to purchase an additional $400 million of shares through Dec. 31, 2020.
Full-Year 2019 Outlook
Visteon affirmed its full-year 2019 guidance, with sales in the range of $2.90 billion to $3.00 billion, adjusted EBITDA in the range of $280 million to $310 million, and adjusted free cash flow in the range of $80 million to $100 million.
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 10,000 employees at more than 40 facilities in 18 countries. Visteon had sales of approximately $3 billion in 2018. Learn more at www.visteon.com.
Conference Call and Presentation
Today, Thursday, Feb. 21, 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:
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 3164539. The phone replay will be available for one week following the conference call.