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Commercial Vehicle Group Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Results

March, 11, 2019
Results enhanced by strong end market growth and diligent cost management

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "CVG") (NASDAQ: CVGI) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.


Fourth Quarter

( $ in millions except EPS)

2018


2017

Revenues

$223.6


$188.3

Operating Income

$14.4


$8.0

Net Income (Loss)

$8.9


$(7.2)

Basic EPS (Loss)

$0.29


$(0.24)

Diluted EPS (Loss)

$0.29


$(0.24)

"For the full year 2018, our team delivered exceptional results not seen since the peak markets in 2006, with revenues increasing 19 percent and operating income more than doubling year-over-year. These results reflect strong growth in the North America heavy-duty truck market and continued robust demand in the global construction equipment market. While we continue to experience some headwinds related to material cost inflation and difficult global labor markets, we have implemented a number of actions to mitigate the impact, which are bearing fruit," commented Patrick Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In late February, we announced the reorganization of our operations, which we believe will accelerate growth, drive synergies, and better position the Company to capitalize on attractive industry trends. Through this new operating structure, we believe we are better suited to allocate resources to the highest return opportunities, both organically and inorganically to deliver increasing shareholder value."

Tim Trenary, Chief Financial Officer, stated, "As we head into 2019, we expect further revenue growth related to the record order backlog for North America heavy-duty truck production, as well as continued strength in the global construction equipment market despite some softening in China. Our initiatives to improve CVG's financial performance and balance sheet over the last three years have better positioned the Company to invest prudently in strategic growth opportunities. Today, we have a stronger balance sheet, as we have brought net leverage down to 1.2 times EBITDA and have liquidity of $134 million. As a result, we believe we are well positioned for growth in 2019."

Consolidated Results

Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

  • Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $223.6 million compared to $188.3 million in the prior year period, an increase of 18.7 percent primarily resulting from an increase in heavy-duty truck production in North America and improvement in the construction equipment markets we serve. Foreign currency translation adversely impacted fourth quarter revenues by $2.4 million, or 1.3 percent.

  • Operating income in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $14.4 million compared to $8.0 million in the prior year period. The resulting operating margin of 6.4 percent was a 219 bps improvement over fourth quarter 2017. The increase in operating income period-over-period is primarily attributable to the increase in sales volume, reflecting the solid market performance experienced by both of our reorganized segments, Electrical Systems and Global Seating. Operating income also benefited from facility restructuring completed in 2017. Commodity and other material inflationary pressures and difficult labor markets adversely affected operating income. However, cost control and cost recovery initiatives, including pricing adjustments, reduced the impact of these headwinds.

  • Net income in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $8.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $7.2 million, or $0.24 loss per diluted share, in the prior year period. Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2018 benefited from a $1.3 million adjustment to the provisional $11.2 million charge in the fourth quarter of 2017 associated with the implementation of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Fiscal Year 2018 Results


Full Year

( $ in millions except EPS)

2018


2017

Revenues

$897.7


$755.2

Operating Income

$66.9


$30.9

Net Income (Loss)

$44.5


($1.7)

Basic EPS (Loss)

$1.47


($0.06)

Diluted EPS (Loss)

$1.46


($0.06)

 

  • Revenues in fiscal year 2018 were $897.7 million compared to $755.2 million in the prior year, an increase of 18.9 percent resulting primarily from an increase in heavy-duty truck production in North America and improvement in the construction equipment markets we serve. The 2018 North America heavy-duty truck production was 324,290 units compared to 255,590 units in 2017. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted fiscal year 2018 revenues by $8.1 million, or 1.1 percent.

  • Operating income in fiscal year 2018 was $66.9 million compared to $30.9 million in the prior year. Operating income was favorably impacted by higher revenues, reflecting strong market conditions, coupled with focused efforts on raw material cost recovery and operational excellence initiatives, as well as the benefits of our restructuring plan that was successfully completed at the end of 2017, partially offset by commodity and other material inflationary pressures and difficult labor markets. In fiscal year 2017, we incurred approximately $10 million in costs associated with a labor shortage in our North America wire harness business and restructuring and other charges of $4.3 million.

  • Net income was $44.5 million in fiscal year 2018, or $1.46 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.06 loss per diluted share, in fiscal year 2017. Net income in fiscal year 2017 was burdened with $3.2 million of costs associated with debt refinancing and an $11.2 million tax charge associated with the implementation of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In 2018, based on additional guidance from the Internal Revenue Service, a tax benefit of $4.2 million was recorded to adjust the provisional tax expense recorded in 2017 related to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

At December 31, 2018, the Company had liquidity of $134.2 million; $70.9 million of cash and $63.3 million availability from our asset based revolver.  There were no borrowings under our asset based revolver at December 31, 2018.

Segment Results

Electrical Systems Segment (ES)

Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

  • Revenues for the ES Segment in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $127.0 million compared to $109.2 million in the prior year period, an increase of 16.3 percent primarily as a result of increased sales of trim systems and components into the North America truck market and higher sales of electrical wire harnesses and panel assemblies into the construction equipment markets we serve. Foreign currency translation adversely impacted fourth quarter 2018 revenues by $0.6 million, or 0.6 percent.

  • Operating income in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $13.3 million compared to $8.5 million in the prior year period, up 56.5 percent year over year. The increase in operating income period-over-period is primarily attributable to the increase in sales volume, partially offset by commodity and other material inflationary pressures and costs associated with difficult labor markets. Cost control and cost recovery initiatives, including pricing adjustments, reduced the impact of these cost pressures. The fourth quarter 2017 results include a $0.2 million gain associated with restructuring actions.

Fiscal Year 2018 Results

  • Revenues for the ES Segment in fiscal year 2018 were $512.8 million compared to $434.4 million in the prior year, an increase of 18.0 percent primarily as a result of improvement in the North America truck market and construction equipment markets we serve. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted fiscal year 2018 revenue by $4.5 million, or 1.0 percent.

  • Operating income in fiscal year 2018 was $59.0 million compared to $35.5 million in the prior year, up 66.2 percent year over year. The increase in operating income period-over-period is primarily attributable to the increase in sales volume, partially offset by commodity and other material inflationary pressures and costs associated with difficult labor markets. Cost control and cost recovery initiatives, including pricing adjustments, reduced the impact of these cost pressures. The year ended December 31, 2017, included costs of approximately $10.0 million arising from a labor shortage in our North American wire harness business. Also benefiting operating income was the completion of facility restructuring in late 2017 which included $1.8 million in charges relating to facility restructuring and related costs.

Global Seating Segment (GS)

Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

  • Revenues for the GS Segment in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $99.3 million compared to $81.2 million in the prior year period, an increase of 22.2 percent primarily resulting from an increase in the sale of seats associated with higher heavy-duty truck production in North America. Revenues also benefited from an increase in the sale of seats into the construction equipment markets we serve. Foreign currency translation adversely impacted fourth quarter 2018 revenues by $1.7 million, or 2.1 percent.

  • Operating income in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $7.0 million compared to $5.3 million in the prior year period, up 32.1 percent year over year. The increase in operating income period-over-period is primarily attributable to the increase in sales volume, partially offset by commodity and other material inflationary pressures and costs associated with difficult labor markets. Cost control and cost recovery initiatives, including pricing adjustments, reduced the impact of these cost pressures.

Fiscal Year 2018 Results

  • Revenues for the GS Segment in fiscal year 2018 were $397.5 million compared to $329.5 million in the prior year, an increase of 20.6 percent primarily resulting from an increase in heavy-duty truck production in North America and improvement in the construction equipment markets we serve. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted fiscal year 2018 revenue by $3.6 million, or 1.1 percent.

  • Operating income in fiscal year 2018 was $31.2 million compared to $18.6 million in the prior year, up 67.7 percent year over year. The increase in operating income year-over-year is primarily attributable to the increase in sales volume, partially offset by commodity and other material inflationary pressures and costs associated with difficult labor markets. Cost control and cost recovery initiatives, including pricing adjustments, reduced the impact of these cost pressures.

2019 End Market Outlook

Management estimates that 2019 North American Class 8 truck production will be in the range of 330,000 to 350,000 units and 2019 North American Class 5-7 truck production will be similar to 2018.  We have seen strong orders in the construction markets we serve in Europe and North America.  Order patterns in Asia have been moderating in the first quarter of 2019.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this release is included as Appendix A to this release.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the contents of this press release is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. ET. To participate, dial (844) 743-2497 using conference code 1892736.

The call will be webcast and can be accessed at Commercial Vehicle Group's Web site at www.cvgrp.com, where it will be archived for one year.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for a period of two weeks following the call.  To access the replay, dial (855) 859-2056 using access code 1892736.

About Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.

Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (through its subsidiaries) is a leading supplier of electrical wire harnesses, seating systems, and a full range of other cab related products for the global commercial vehicle markets, including the medium- and heavy-duty truck, medium-and heavy-construction vehicle, military, bus, agriculture, specialty transportation, mining, industrial equipment and off-road recreational markets. Information about the Company and its products is available on the internet at www.cvgrp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These statements often include words such as "believe", "anticipate", "plan", "expect", "intend", "will", "should", "could", "would", "project", "continue", "likely", and similar expressions. In particular, this press release may contain forward-looking statements about Company expectations for future periods with respect to its plans to improve financial results and enhance the Company, the future of the Company's end markets, including Class 8 and Class 5-7 North America truck build rates and performance of the global construction equipment business, expected cost savings, the Company's initiatives to address customer needs, organic growth, the Company's plans to focus on certain segments and markets and the Company's financial position or other financial information. These statements are based on certain assumptions that the Company has made in light of its experience as well as its perspective on historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results because of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: (i) general economic or business conditions affecting the markets in which the Company serves; (ii) the Company's ability to develop or successfully introduce new products; (iii) risks associated with conducting business in foreign countries and currencies; (iv) increased competition in the medium- and heavy-duty truck markets, construction, agriculture, aftermarket, military, bus and other markets; (v) the Company's failure to complete or successfully integrate strategic acquisitions; (vi) the Company's ability to recognize synergies from the reorganization of the segments; (vii) the Company's failure to successfully manage any divestitures; (viii) the impact of changes in governmental regulations on the Company's customers or on its business; (ix) the loss of business from a major customer, a collection of smaller customers or the discontinuation of particular commercial vehicle platforms; (x) the Company's ability to obtain future financing due to changes in the lending markets or its financial position; (xi) the Company's ability to comply with the financial covenants in its debt facilities; (xii) fluctuation in interest rates relating to the Company's debt facilities; (xiii) the Company's ability to realize the benefits of its cost reduction and strategic initiatives; (xiv) a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting which could, if not remediated, result in material misstatements in our financial statements; (xv) volatility and cyclicality in the commercial vehicle market adversely affecting us; (xvi) the geographic profile of our taxable income and changes in valuation of our deferred tax assets and liabilities impacting our effective tax rate; (xvii) changes to domestic manufacturing initiatives; and (xviii) implementation of tax or other changes, by the United States or other international jurisdictions, related to products manufactured in one or more jurisdictions where the Company does business; and (xix) various other risks as outlined under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year ending December 31, 2018. There can be no assurance that statements made in this press release relating to future events will be achieved. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time.  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on behalf of the Company are expressly qualified in their entirety by such cautionary statements.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)




2018


2017



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current Assets:





Cash


$

70,913



$

52,244


Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $5,139 and $5,242, respectively


134,624



108,595


Inventories


92,359



99,015


Other current assets


16,828



14,792


Total current assets


314,724



274,646


Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $143,781 and $147,553, respectively


65,099



64,630


Goodwill


7,576



8,045


Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $9,568 and $8,533, respectively


12,800



14,548


Deferred income taxes, net


15,348



20,273


Other assets


2,583



2,246


TOTAL ASSETS


$

418,130



$

384,388



LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

86,645



$

86,608


Accrued liabilities and other


36,969



33,944


Current portion of long-term debt


9,102



3,191


Total current liabilities


132,716



123,743


Long-term debt


154,656



163,758


Pension and other post-retirement liabilities


12,065



15,450


Other long-term liabilities


3,655



6,695


Total liabilities


303,092



309,646


Stockholders' Equity:





Common stock, $.01 par value (60,000,000 shares authorized; 30,512,843 and 30,219,278 shares issued and outstanding, respectively);


318



304


Treasury stock, at cost: 1,334,251 and 1,175,795 shares, respectively


(10,245)



(9,114)


Additional paid-in capital


243,007



239,870


Retained deficit


(70,571)



(115,083)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(47,471)



(41,235)


Total stockholders' equity


115,038



74,742


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


$

418,130



$

384,388


 

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2018


2017


2018


2017


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)









Revenues

$

223,602



$

188,339



$

897,737



$

755,231


Cost of Revenues

193,335



165,681



768,885



663,513


     Gross Profit

30,267



22,658



128,852



91,718


Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

15,503



14,307



60,679



59,547


Amortization Expense

319



331



1,300



1,320


     Operating Income

14,445



8,020



66,873



30,851


Interest and Other Expense

4,961



2,394



13,365



17,206


Income Before Provision for Income Taxes

9,484



5,626



53,508



13,645


Provision for Income Taxes

603



12,853



8,996



15,350


Net Income (Loss)

$

8,881



$

(7,227)



$

44,512



$

(1,705)










Earnings (Loss) per Common Share:








Basic

$

0.29



$

(0.24)



$

1.47



$

(0.06)


Diluted

$

0.29



$

(0.24)



$

1.46



$

(0.06)










Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:








Basic

30,447



30,145



30,277



29,942


Diluted

30,622



30,145



30,587



29,942


 

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

BUSINESS SEGMENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)

(Amounts in thousands)



For the three months ended December 31,




Electrical Systems


Global Seating


Corporate / Other


Total


2018


2017


2018


2017


2018


2017


2018


2017

Revenues
















External
Revenues

$

125,067



$

107,391



$

98,535



$

80,948



$



$



$

223,602



$

188,339


Intersegment
Revenues

1,981



1,819



716



280



(2,697)



(2,099)






Total Revenues

$

127,048



$

109,210



$

99,251



$

81,228



$

(2,697)



$

(2,099)



$

223,602



$

188,339


Gross Profit

$

17,584



$

12,387



$

12,719



$

10,575



$

(36)



$

(304)



$

30,267



$

22,658


Selling, General &

  Administrative Expenses

$

4,066



$

3,720



$

5,570



$

5,127



$

5,867



$

5,460



$

15,503



$

14,307


Amortization Expense

$

187



$

187



$

132



$

144



$



$



$

319



$

331


Operating Income

$

13,331



$

8,480



$

7,017



$

5,304



$

(5,903)



$

(5,764)



$

14,445



$

8,020



















For the twelve months ended December 31,




Electrical Systems


Global Seating


Corporate / Other


Total


2018


2017


2018


2017


2018


2017


2018


2017

Revenues
















External
Revenues

$

503,717



$

427,476



$

394,020



$

327,755



$



$



$

897,737



$

755,231


Intersegment
Revenues

9,037



6,922



3,481



1,761



(12,518)



(8,683)






Total Revenues

$

512,754



$

434,398



$

397,501



$

329,516



$

(12,518)



$

(8,683)



$

897,737



$

755,231


Gross Profit

$

75,184



$

52,011



$

54,231



$

40,722



$

(563)



$

(1,015)



$

128,852



$

91,718


Selling, General &

  Administrative Expenses

$

15,390



$

15,757



$

22,433



$

21,585



$

22,856



$

22,205



$

60,679



$

59,547


Amortization Expense

$

747



$

746



$

553



$

574



$



$



$

1,300



$

1,320


Operating Income

$

59,047



$

35,508



$

31,245



$

18,563



$

(23,419)



$

(23,220)



$

66,873



$

30,851


 

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Appendix A: Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)




Trailing Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2018


2017

Net (Loss) Income


$

44,512



$

(1,705)


Interest Expense


14,676



19,149


Income Tax Expense


8,996



15,350


Depreciation Expense


14,118



14,024


Amortization Expense


1,300



1,320


EBITDA


$

83,602



$

48,138







Debt per Balance Sheet


$

163,758



$

166,949


Plus: Original Issue Discount


2,430



3,045


Plus: Prepaid Financing


2,249



2,818


Gross Debt


$

168,437



$

172,812


Less: Cash


70,913



52,244


Net Debt


$

97,524



$

120,568


Divide by Trailing 12 Months EBITDA


$

83,602



$

48,138


Net Leverage


1.2x



2.5x


Use of Non-GAAP Measures

This earnings release contains financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). In general, the non-GAAP measures exclude items that (i) management believes reflect the Company's multi-year corporate activities; or (ii) relate to activities or actions that may have occurred over multiple or in prior periods without predictable trends. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to evaluate the Company's performance, engage in financial and operational planning and to determine incentive compensation.

Management provides these non-GAAP financial measures to investors as supplemental metrics to assist readers in assessing the effects of items and events on the Company's financial and operating results and in comparing the Company's performance to that of its competitors and to comparable reporting periods. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations to those financial statements set forth above should be carefully evaluated.

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SOURCE Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.

Tim Trenary, Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc., (614) 289-0418

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