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- Goodyear net income of $351 million versus $129 million in the prior year
- Segment operating income stable, as price and mix largely balance
- Global tire units rise 2%, with consumer replacement up 11% in the U. S. and 4% in EMEA
- Double-digit increases in the U.S. and European ≥17-inch consumer replacement segment
- Results reflect impact of China slowdown and strengthening U.S. dollar
AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2018 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported results for the third quarter of 2018.
“We continued to improve the operating performance in our key mature markets, driven by strong volume growth, including significant increases in the more profitable 17-inch-and-greater rim sizes in the U.S. and Europe,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “These gains contributed to the improving momentum in our two largest segments, as EMEA delivered operating income growth of more than 20 percent and Americas turned in its best year-over-year performance since 2016.”
“We are pleased to see that in total, our operating performance was relatively stable in a period of increasing volatility. The issues that began to emerge in the second quarter have persisted – including a stronger U.S. dollar and deteriorating market conditions in China. Additionally, newly enacted emission standards in Europe, growing economic volatility in Latin America, and a changing global trade environment have added incremental challenges for the industry. We have successfully navigated through similar conditions in the past, and I am confident that our strategic plan and the investments we are making are improving our long-term competitive position.”
Goodyear’s third quarter 2018 sales were $3.9 billion, up slightly compared with a year ago, driven by higher volume, improved price/mix and higher sales in other tire-related businesses. These increases were substantially offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation.
Tire unit volumes totaled 40.5 million, up 2 percent from 2017. Replacement tire shipments increased 4 percent, driven by strength in Americas and EMEA. Original equipment unit volume decreased 4 percent, primarily driven by lower consumer demand in China.
Goodyear’s third quarter 2018 net income was $351 million ($1.48 per share), up from $129 million (50 cents per share) a year ago. The increase was primarily driven by a $287 million net gain resulting from the company’s TireHub transaction, which was completed during the quarter. Third quarter 2018 adjusted net income was $163 million (68 cents per share), compared to $177 million (70 cents per share) in 2017. Per share amounts are diluted.
The company reported segment operating income of $362 million in 2018, virtually flat with $367 million a year ago.
Goodyear’s net sales for the first nine months of 2018 were $11.6 billion, a 3 percent increase from the 2017 period, primarily due to improvements in price/mix and higher unit volumes.
Tire unit volumes totaled 118.5 million, up 1 percent from 2017. Replacement tire shipments increased 2 percent, driven by stronger consumer replacement shipments in EMEA and Americas. OE tire volume decreased 1 percent, with declines in EMEA and Americas partially offset by increases in Asia Pacific during the first half of the year.
Goodyear’s year-to-date net income of $583 million ($2.42 per share) is up from $442 million ($1.73 per share) in the prior year’s period. Adjusted net income for the first nine months was $434 million ($1.80 per share), compared to $543 million ($2.13 per share) in the prior year’s period. Per share amounts are diluted.
The company reported segment operating income of $967 million for the first nine months of 2018, down from $1.1 billion a year ago. The decrease was largely attributable to the effect of higher raw material costs and reduced price/mix, partially offset by net cost savings and the impact of higher volumes.
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 and Margin; Adjusted Net Income; and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, reflecting the impact of certain significant items on the 2018 and 2017 periods.
Business Segment Results
|Third Quarter||Nine Months|
|Segment Operating Income
|Segment Operating Margin||9.2%||9.6%||7.8%||10.5%|
Americas’ third quarter 2018 tire unit volume was up 4 percent. Sales of $2.1 billion were up 3 percent, primarily related to increased volume, higher third-party chemical sales and increases in price/mix. These increases were partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation. Replacement tire shipments were up 5 percent, led by 11 percent growth in the U.S. consumer business, which more than offset a 6 percent decline in Brazil. U.S. sell-out was up 5 percent, the third straight quarter of solid growth. Original equipment unit volume was relatively flat compared to the prior year’s third quarter.
Third quarter 2018 segment operating income of $194 million was nearly flat compared to the prior year. The modest decline was driven by the impact of reduced price/mix, higher conversion costs, unfavorable foreign currency translation and increased raw material costs, substantially offset by a favorable indirect tax settlement in Brazil and higher tire volumes.
Europe, Middle East and Africa
|Third Quarter||Nine Months|
|Segment Operating Income||111||90||289||271|
|Segment Operating Margin||8.6%||6.9%||7.4%||7.4%|
Europe, Middle East and Africa’s third quarter 2018 sales decreased approximately 2 percent from last year to $1.3 billion, primarily attributable to unfavorable foreign currency translation, partially offset by increased volume and favorable price/mix. Tire unit volumes increased 3 percent. Replacement tire shipments were up 4 percent, driven by increased customer demand in the consumer tire business. Original equipment unit volume decreased 1 percent.
Third quarter 2018 segment operating income of $111 million was 23 percent higher than the prior year’s quarter, driven by lower raw material costs, the impact of higher volume and improved price/mix, partially offset by higher selling, administrative and general expenses and unfavorable foreign currency translation.
|Third Quarter||Nine Months|
|Segment Operating Income||57||81||203||225|
|Segment Operating Margin||10.7%||14.2%||12.2%||13.9%|
Asia Pacific’s third quarter 2018 sales decreased 7 percent from last year to $531 million, primarily reflecting lower tire volumes and unfavorable foreign currency translation. Tire unit volumes were down 4 percent. Replacement tire shipments were stable despite weakness in China compared with the same quarter a year ago. Original equipment unit volume was down 11 percent, primarily due to expected declines in our consumer tire business in China.
Third quarter 2018 segment operating income of $57 million was down 30 percent from last year due to higher selling, administrative and general expenses, partially driven by higher bad debt expense, lower volume and reduced price/mix.
The company revised its expectations for 2018 segment operating income to reflect the increasingly challenging industry environment. The company expects its segment operating income to exceed $1.3 billion. This outlook reflects the impact of higher raw material costs, which includes the negative impact of transactional currency headwinds, further industry weakness in China and economic volatility in Brazil.
The company announced a 14 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to 16 cents per share of common stock on Oct. 10, 2018, payable on Dec. 3, 2018 to shareholders of record on Nov. 1, 2018. The payout represents an annual rate of 58 cents per share for 2018 and 64 cents per share for 2019.
As a part of its previously announced $2.1 billion share repurchase program, the company repurchased 4.2 million shares of its common stock for $100 million during the third quarter. Since its inception, purchases under the program total 52 million shares for $1.5 billion.
Goodyear will hold an investor conference call at 9 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 (866) 952-8559 or (785) 424-1743 before 8:55 a.m. and providing the Conference ID “Goodyear.” A taped replay will be available by calling (800) 839-1229 or (402) 220-0459. The replay will also remain available on the website.
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 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 www.goodyear.com/corporate. GT-FN
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