Visteon Announces First-Quarter 2020 Results


Net sales of $643 million

Net loss of $35 million, including $33 million of restructuring charges

Adjusted EBITDA of $33 million 

Awarded $800 million in new business

Available cash of $825 million; no near-term debt maturities

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., April 30, 2020 — Visteon Corporation (NASDAQ: VC) today announced first-quarter 2020 results, reporting net loss attributable to Visteon of $35 million or $1.25 loss per diluted share, compared with net income of $14 million or $0.49 earnings per diluted share in the first-quarter of 2019. First-quarter 2020 net loss includes a $33 million charge the company took in respect to its recently announced restructuring programs as it continues to streamline its operations.

First-quarter 2020 net sales were $643 million, compared with $737 million in the first-quarter of 2019. The decrease of $94 million is primarily due to the impacts of COVID-19. Gross margin for the first-quarter of 2020 was $53 million, compared with $66 million in the same quarter in 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure as defined below, was $33 million for the first-quarter of 2020, compared with $41 million for the same quarter last year. Adjusted EBITDA was impacted by lower sales, which were partially offset by lower net engineering expense, the non-recurrence of 2019 operational challenges and favorable cost performance.

During the first-quarter of 2020, global vehicle manufacturers awarded Visteon new business of $800 million in lifetime sales, with nearly all coming from next-generation technology including digital instrument clusters, infotainment and displays.


Sachin Lawande, President and CEO, Visteon
Despite the challenging market environment due to COVID-19, Visteon sales outperformed the market, driven by launches of our core products. The proactive cost-reduction actions we implemented, combined with our strong balance sheet and a significant cash position, will enable us to weather the crisis and emerge as a strong, more competitive company.
Sachin Lawande, President and CEO, Visteon


First-Quarter in Review

Sales totaled $643 million and $737 million during the first-quarter of 2020 and 2019, respectively. On a regional basis, in the first-quarter of 2020, Europe accounted for 37% of sales, the Americas 28%, China Domestic 8%, China Export 10% and Other Asia-Pacific 17%.

Gross margin for the first-quarter of 2020 and 2019 was $53 million and $66 million, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure as defined below, was $33 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared with $41 million for the same quarter last year.

For the first-quarter of 2020, net loss attributable to Visteon was $35 million or $1.25 loss per diluted share, compared with net income attributable to Visteon of $14 million or $0.49 earnings per diluted share for the same period in 2019. Adjusted net loss, which excludes restructuring charges and discontinued operations, was $2 million or $0.07 loss per diluted share for the first-quarter of 2020, compared with adjusted net income of $15 million or $0.53 earnings per diluted share for the same period in 2019.

The company had 27.8 million diluted shares of common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2020.


COVID-19 Actions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company took decisive actions during the quarter to preserve liquidity, manage costs and enhance employee safety. These actions include:

  • Enhanced liquidity and cash position by drawing down the full $400 million available under its revolving credit facility. Visteon has no significant near-term debt maturities.
  • Temporarily suspended, or significantly reduced, production at manufacturing facilities outside of China. During the three months ending March 31, 2020, the company announced restructuring programs to rationalize the company's global footprint, lower its cost base, and improve financial performance and cash flow generation.
  • Ramped up production in China during March and expecting to reach pre-COVID-19 levels during the second quarter.
  • Implemented temporary global compensation reductions of 40% for the CEO, 30% for the company's executive committee and 30% of the cash compensation for the company's non-employee directors. Subject to local laws and regulations, all other employee salaries will be reduced by 20%.
  • Implemented comprehensive safety protocols to protect the health and safety of employees as operations resume.
  • Providing up to 50,000 protective face shield donations by using production lines at its state-of-the-art Palmela manufacturing facility in Portugal, typically dedicated to automotive cockpit electronics.


Cash, Debt Balances and Guidance

As of March 31, 2020, Visteon remained in a positive net cash position with cash of $825 million and debt of $784 million.

For the first-quarter of 2020, cash provided from operations was $25 million and capital expenditures were $44 million. Adjusted free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, was a use of cash of $14 million, compared with a use of cash of $30 million for the same period in the prior year.

The company withdrew its financial guidance on April 9, 2020, and, given the uncertainty of the market conditions, will not be providing revised guidance until there is better clarity regarding the COVID-19 impact.


Conference Call and Presentation

Today, Thursday, April 30, at 9:15 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 15 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 7037948. The phone replay will be available for one week following the conference call.

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 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.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
Because not all companies use identical calculations, adjusted gross margin, adjusted SG&A, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted EPS, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow used throughout this press release may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.
In order to provide the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures for full-year 2020, the company is providing reconciliations
to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures on the subsequent slides. The provision of these comparable GAAP financial measures is not intended to indicate that the company 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.
Forward-looking Information
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  • continued and future impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our financial condition and business operations including global supply chain disruptions, market downturns, reduced consumer demand and new government actions or restrictions;
  • 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, including work stoppages at our customers, 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;
  • our ability to execute on our transformational plans and cost-reduction initiatives in the amounts and on the timing contemplated;
  • 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;
  • our ability to satisfy pension and other post-employment benefit obligations;
  • our ability to access funds generated by foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures on a timely and cost-effective basis;
  • general economic conditions, including changes in interest rates and fuel prices; the timing and expenses related to internal restructurings, employee reductions, acquisitions or dispositions and the effect of pension and other post-employment benefit obligations;
  • 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
  • those factors identified in our filings with the SEC (including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, as updated by our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission).
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 press 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2020. New business wins, re-wins and backlog 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 cancellations, installation rates, customer price reductions and currency exchange rates.