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-- First quarter results significantly affected by COVID-19 pandemic
-- Cash and available liquidity of $3.6 billion following successful U.S. credit facility refinancing
-- Favorable trend in price versus raw material costs continues
-- Global manufacturing facilities resuming production during late April / early May
-- Industry conditions continue improving in China
AKRON, Ohio, April 30, 2020 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported results for the first quarter of 2020.
“Our first quarter results were affected significantly by the sharp declines in demand in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “We are taking necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of our associates and to safeguard our business, while continuing to serve our customers and support essential services,” he added.
“While this unprecedented crisis continues to disrupt our business and the broader automotive industry, I am confident we will emerge from this crisis in a strong position,” said Kramer. “We have taken swift actions to aggressively reduce expenses and investment levels, while at the same time continuing to focus on our strategic priorities. I would like to thank all of our associates for their hard work and dedication during this challenging period to ensure we are well positioned when the economy recovers,” added Kramer.
Goodyear’s first quarter 2020 sales were $3.1 billion, down 15% from a year ago. The decline was driven by lower industry volume, which was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and unfavorable foreign currency translation. These factors were partially offset by improvements in price/mix.
Tire unit volumes totaled 31.3 million, down 18% from the prior year’s period. Replacement tire shipments declined 16%, driven by a severe contraction in industry demand following shelter-in-place mandates and sharp declines in consumer confidence. Original equipment unit volume decreased 21%, driven by declines in OE demand after global auto manufacturers suspended vehicle production in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19.
Goodyear’s first quarter 2020 net loss was $619 million ($2.65 per share) compared to a net loss of $61 million (26 cents per share) a year ago. The increase in net loss was driven by discrete tax charges, a decline in segment operating income, and a non-cash goodwill impairment charge, partially offset by lower rationalization charges.
Discrete tax items include a charge of $295 million related to a valuation allowance on certain deferred tax assets for foreign tax credits. The company also recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $182 million to reduce the carrying value of goodwill in its EMEA business unit as a result of weaker industry conditions resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
First quarter 2020 adjusted net loss was $140 million (60 cents per share), compared to adjusted net income of $45 million (19 cents per share) in 2019. Per share amounts are diluted.
The company reported a segment operating loss of $47 million in the first quarter of 2020, down $237 million from a year ago. The decline primarily reflects lower volume and lower factory utilization. Segment operating income includes an unfavorable impact of approximately $65 million due to lower factory utilization and other period costs related to suspending production at its manufacturing facilities.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and reconciliation tables for Segment Operating Income (Loss) and Margin; Adjusted Net Income (Loss); and Adjusted Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share, reflecting the impact of certain significant items on the 2020 and 2019 periods.
Business Segment Results
|Segment Operating Income (Loss)
|Segment Operating Margin||--||4.7%|
Americas’ first quarter 2020 sales of $1.7 billion were 11% lower than in the previous year, driven by lower volume and unfavorable foreign currency translation, partially offset by improvements in price/mix. Tire unit volume declined 13%. Replacement tire shipments decreased 14%, driven by declines in the U.S. and Canada. Original equipment unit volume declined 10%, reflecting lower vehicle production, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Americas’ operating results for the first quarter of 2020 were breakeven, an $89 million decrease compared to the prior year. The decline was driven by lower volume and lower factory utilization. These factors were partially offset by improvements in price/mix and favorable raw material costs.
Europe, Middle East and Africa
|Segment Operating Income (Loss)||(53)||54|
|Segment Operating Margin||(5.3)%||4.4%|
Europe, Middle East and Africa’s first quarter 2020 sales decreased 19% from last year to $1.0 billion, primarily attributable to lower volume and unfavorable foreign currency translation, partially offset by improvements in price/mix. Tire unit volume decreased 20%. Replacement tire shipments fell 18%, driven by decreased industry demand and the planned impact of the company’s initiative to align distribution in Europe. Original equipment unit volume decreased 23%, given lower vehicle production as a result of COVID-19.
First quarter 2020 segment operating loss of $53 million was down $107 million from the prior year’s quarter, driven by reduced volume and higher conversion costs, including the impact of lower factory utilization.
|Segment Operating Income||6||47|
|Segment Operating Margin||1.5%||9.4%|
Asia Pacific’s first quarter 2020 sales decreased 23% to $0.4 billion, primarily due to lower volume. Tire unit volume declined 24%. Original equipment unit volume declined 34%, driven by declines in China and India, primarily reflecting lower industry demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Replacement tire shipments decreased 17%, driven by lower industry demand in China and India.
First quarter 2020 segment operating income was $6 million, compared to $47 million last year. The decline reflects lower volume and reduced price/mix, partially offset by favorable raw material costs.
The company noted that operating conditions are gradually strengthening in China, with nearly all of its major distributor and retail customers able to serve customers and with light vehicle sales steadily improving.
COVID-19 Impact on Production
Goodyear continues to evaluate its production plans around the world in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the company’s manufacturing facilities in the Americas and Europe, as well as several of its tire plants in Asia, were closed to protect the safety and well-being of its associates and conserve cash.
The company plans a phased restart of production during the second quarter, which began earlier this month with some of its commercial truck tire facilities in the U.S. and Europe. The company expects the majority of its manufacturing facilities to resume operations by the end of May. Decisions regarding production will be based on an evaluation of market demand signals, inventory and supply levels, as well as the company’s ability to safeguard the health of its associates.
The company’s plant in Pulandian, China is operating with 100% of its workforce, but is not yet operating at full capacity. The facility is expected to continue ramping up production during the second quarter.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Goodyear has prioritized the health and well-being of its associates and the communities where it operates. The company is implementing new protocols covering employee screening and other protective measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the safety and well-being of its associates as operations gradually resume.
Operational Response Actions
The company previously announced that it is taking actions to reduce operating costs and capital expenditures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These initiatives follow the company’s decision to temporarily close its manufacturing facilities in the Americas and Europe, which will reduce conversion costs, reduce inventory levels and preserve cash.
The company expects 2020 capital expenditures to be no more than $700 million. The company is also implementing actions to reduce payroll costs through a combination of furloughs, temporary salary reductions and salary deferrals covering over 9,000 of its corporate and business unit associates, including substantial salary reductions and deferrals for the company’s CEO, officers and directors.
In addition, the company is reducing discretionary spending, including marketing and advertising expenditures. Together, these actions will help to mitigate the financial impact of lower industry demand as a result of COVID-19.
The company is also accelerating restructuring actions to further improve its cost structure and position the company for recovery. The company has recently reached a tentative bargaining agreement to permanently close its Gadsden, Alabama manufacturing facility as part of the company’s strategy to strengthen the competitiveness of its manufacturing footprint. The tentative bargaining agreement remains subject to approval by the membership of the local union. The company expects the closure will result in approximately $130 million of annual savings in 2021 when compared with 2019.
Credit Facility Refinancing
On April 9, 2020, the company refinanced its $2.0 billion asset-based revolving credit facility. The refinancing included extending the maturity to 2025 and favorable adjustments to the borrowing base.
The covenants in the amended facility are substantially similar to those in the prior facility, and do not include any financial covenants unless the aggregate amount of cash and cash equivalents of Goodyear and its guarantor subsidiaries and the availability under the facility is less than $200 million.
As of March 31, 2020, and pro forma for the refinancing, the company had total liquidity of $3,598 million, including $971 million of cash and cash equivalents, compared to $3,543 million in total liquidity, including $860 million of cash at March 31, 2019.
Common Stock Dividend
As previously announced, the company has temporarily suspended its quarterly dividend in light of the increased uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This action will preserve approximately $37 million of cash on a quarterly basis and provide added financial flexibility in the near-term.
Goodyear will hold an investor conference call at 8:15 a.m. today. 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 website: http://investor.goodyear.com.
Participating in the conference call will be Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president; 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 website or via telephone by calling either (877) 876-9173 or (785) 424-1667 before 8:00 a.m. and providing the Conference ID “Goodyear.” A taped replay will be available by calling (888) 274-8335 or (402) 220-2327. The replay will also remain available on the website.
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 63,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 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 www.goodyear.com/corporate. GT-FN
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