Goodyear Reports Higher Second Quarter Net Income

July 30, 2012

- Segment operating income up in 3 of 4 businesses
- Price/mix improvement drove revenue per tire up 8% over last year
- North American Tire operating income was $188 million, a record for any quarter
- North American Tire earnings a year ahead of plan

AKRON, Ohio, July 31, 2012 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported higher net income for the second quarter of 2012 than a year ago.

"Three of our businesses increased year-over-year operating income and margins in a difficult economic environment," said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our improved ability to remain profitable through economic cycles is evident in our second quarter results and better positions us going forward given ongoing uncertainty in the global economic and policy environment," he added.

"Our $336 million of segment operating income is a strong performance given global tire volumes that are similar to those we saw at the depths of the 2009 recession when the company reported a segment operating loss," Kramer said. "It is clear evidence that our strategy is working."

"North American Tire continues to build on the structural improvements we've made to the business and has achieved year-over-year increases in operating income for 12 consecutive quarters," Kramer said. "The business is on track to achieve its 2013 target of $450 million in segment operating income this year, one year ahead of plan."

Kramer said recessionary economic conditions in Europe continue to have a negative impact on tire industry volumes in the region. "We are taking actions to manage our European business through this tough environment and ensure we are well positioned for continued growth in targeted market segments," he added.

"The long-term industry MegaTrends remain in place," Kramer said. "We expect global tire demand to recover and we remain committed to our 2013 target of $1.6 billion in segment operating income."

Goodyear's second quarter 2012 sales were $5.2 billion, down 8 percent from last year's record-setting total, reflecting weaker economic conditions and unfavorable foreign currency translation.

Sales reflect strong price/mix improvements, which drove revenue per tire up 8 percent over the 2011 quarter, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation. Unfavorable foreign currency translation reduced sales by 6 percent ($315 million).

Second quarter 2012 tire unit volumes totaled 39.2 million, down 9 percent from 2011, primarily reflecting weaker replacement industry volumes, most notably in Europe.

The company reported segment operating income of $336 million in the second quarter of 2012. This was down $46 million from the year-ago quarter. Segment operating income reflected lower tire volume and associated unabsorbed overhead, as well as unfavorable foreign currency translation. Improved price/mix of $313 million more than offset $238 million in higher raw material costs ($171 million net of raw material cost reduction actions).

Goodyear's second quarter 2012 net income available to common shareholders was $85 million (33 cents per share), up from $40 million (16 cents per share) in the 2011 quarter. All per share amounts are diluted.

The 2012 second quarter included total charges of $25 million (9 cents per share) due to rationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation, debt financing fees of $24 million (9 cents per share) related to the refinancing of $3.2 billion in credit facilities, $20 million (7 cents per share) due to charges relating to labor claims with respect to a previously closed facility in Europe, $2 million (1 cent per share) due to discrete tax charges, and $2 million (1 cent per share) in costs related to tornado damage in 2011 at a manufacturing facility; and a gain of $10 million (3 cents per share) on asset sales. All amounts are after taxes and minority interest.

See the table at the end of this release for a list of significant items impacting the 2012 and 2011 quarters.

Business Segment Results

See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and a segment operating income reconciliation table.

North American Tire    Second Quarter    Six Months
(in millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011
Tire Units 15.4 15.7 31.2 32.8
Sales $2,451    $2,411    $4,948    $4,718
Segment Operating Income 188 137 268 177
Segment Operating Margin 7.7% 5.7% 5.4% 3.8%

 

North American Tire's second quarter 2012 sales increased 2 percent from last year to $2.5 billion, a second quarter record. Sales reflect improved price/mix, which drove a 10 percent increase in revenue per tire, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, compared to 2011's second quarter. Replacement tire shipments were down 10 percent. Original equipment unit volume increased 24 percent.

Second quarter 2012 segment operating income of $188 million was up 37 percent from the prior year and a record for any quarter. Improved price/mix of $176 million more than offset $114 million of higher raw material costs. Segment operating income also benefited from approximately $20 million in savings related to the closure of a tire plant in Tennessee, while lower other tire related income and higher pension expense were offsets.

Europe, Middle East & Africa Tire    Second Quarter    Six Months
(in millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011
Tire Units 14.2 17.0 32.2 36.7
Sales $1,596    $1,943    $3,534    $3,902
Segment Operating Income 19 126 109 279
Segment Operating Margin 1.2% 6.5% 3.1% 7.2%

 

Europe, Middle East and Africa Tire's second quarter sales decreased 18 percent from last year to $1.6 billion. Sales reflect a 17 percent decrease in tire unit volume and unfavorable foreign currency translation of $194 million. Price/mix performance was a partial offset. Replacement tire shipments were down 20 percent. Original equipment unit volume was down 7 percent. Second quarter revenue per tire increased 10 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation.

Second quarter 2012 segment operating income of $19 million was $107 million below the prior year. Unfavorable unit volume reduced segment operating income by $56 million. Improved price/mix of $60 million more than offset $48 million of higher raw material costs. Manufacturing costs increased by $54 million due primarily to the impact of production cuts.

Latin America Tire    Second Quarter    Six Months
(in millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011
Tire Units 4.3 5.0 8.6 9.9
Sales $503    $640    $1,024    $1,225
Segment Operating Income 58 54 113 121
Segment Operating Margin 11.5% 8.4% 11.0% 9.9%

 

Latin American Tire's second quarter sales decreased 21 percent from last year to $503 million. Sales reflect a 14 percent decrease in tire unit volume and unfavorable foreign currency translation of $77 million. Improved price/mix was a partial offset. Both replacement and original equipment tire shipments were down 14 percent. Second quarter revenue per tire increased 11 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation.

Second quarter segment operating income of $58 million was up $4 million from a year ago. Price/mix improvements of $56 million were largely offset by the impact of inflation on wages and other costs, lower tire volumes, higher raw material costs and unfavorable foreign currency translation.

Asia Pacific Tire Second Quarter    Six Months
(in millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011
Tire Units 5.3 5.2 10.2 10.3
Sales $600    $626    $1,177    $1,177
Segment Operating Income    71 65 138 132
Segment Operating Margin 11.8% 10.4% 11.7% 11.2%

 

Asia Pacific Tire's second quarter sales decreased 4 percent from last year to $600 million. Sales were negatively impacted by $38 million due to unfavorable foreign translation. They benefitted from a 2 percent increase in tire unit volume and price/mix performance. Replacement tire shipments were down 8 percent. Original equipment unit volume was up 19 percent. Second quarter revenue per tire increased 2 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation.

Record second quarter segment operating income of $71 million was 9 percent higher than last year. Segment operating income reflects improved price/mix of $21 million and higher volume. Segment operating income was negatively impacted by $5 million in costs related to the start up of a new factory in China as well as unfavorable foreign currency translation.

Insurance recoveries partially offset costs resulting from the temporary closure of the company's factory in Thailand due to flooding in 2011. The net impact on Asia Pacific Tire's second quarter segment operating income was $2 million unfavorable. The factory has resumed full production, improving the supply of both aviation and passenger tires.

Year-to-Date Results

Goodyear's sales for the first six months of 2012 were $10.7 billion, down 3 percent from $11 billion in the 2011 period. Sales reflect strong price/mix performance, which drove revenue per tire up 12 percent year-over-year, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation. Unfavorable unit volume and foreign currency translation reduced sales by $727 million and $423 million, respectively.

The company's year-to-date segment operating income of $628 million was down $81 million from last year. Compared to the prior year, year-to-date segment operating income primarily reflects lower tire volumes.

Compared to the first six months of 2011, the 2012 period also benefitted from $838 million in improved price/mix, which more than offset $591 million in higher raw material costs. Raw material costs reflect $129 million in actions taken to reduce their impact.

Goodyear's year-to-date net income available to common shareholders of $73 million (30 cents per share) compares to $143 million (57 cents per share) in 2011's first half. All per share amounts are diluted.

Outlook

"We remain confident that long-term growth in the global tire industry will continue, but at a slower pace near term than previously forecast due to continued economic challenges, particularly in Europe," Kramer said.

Goodyear now expects that its full-year tire unit volume for 2012 will be approximately 5 percent to 7 percent below 2011.

For the full year of 2012 in North America, Goodyear expects the consumer replacement market to be down between 1 percent and 3 percent, consumer original equipment up between 5 percent and 10 percent, commercial replacement to be down between 5 percent and 10 percent and commercial original equipment up between 10 percent and 15 percent.

For the full year in Europe, Middle East & Africa, the consumer replacement industry is expected to be down between 8 percent and 10 percent, consumer original equipment down between 5 percent and 10 percent, commercial replacement down between 3 percent and 8 percent and commercial original equipment down between 5 percent and 10 percent.

Goodyear anticipates its raw material costs for the third quarter of 2012 will be essentially flat with the prior year. For the full year of 2012, Goodyear expects its raw material costs will increase approximately 7 percent compared with 2011.

Conference Call

Goodyear will hold an investor conference call at 9 a.m. today. Approximately 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the call, the company will post the financial and other related information that will be presented on its investor relations Web site: http://corporate.goodyear.com/en-US/investors.html.

Participating in the conference call will be Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer, and Darren R. Wells, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Investors, members of the media and other interested persons can access the conference call on the Web site or via telephone by calling either (706) 645-4847 or (706) 578-3307 before 8:55 a.m. A taped replay will be available by calling (404) 537-3406, Conference ID 10429308. The replay will also remain available on the Web site.

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 72,000 people and manufactures its products in 53 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to http://corporate.goodyear.com.

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