Superior Industries Reports Financial Results for 2012 Third Quarter

VAN NUYS, Calif.--()--Superior Industries International, Inc. (NYSE:SUP) today reported net income of $15.1 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012. This compares with net income of $4.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011. The increase in net income for the 2012 third quarter primarily reflected tax benefits.

For the 2012 third quarter, consolidated net sales decreased 6 percent to $193.9 million from $207.1 million in the comparable period a year ago. Unit shipments increased 2 percent to 2.95 million from 2.90 million in last year’s third quarter. Gross profit was $15.0 million, or 8 percent of net sales, compared with $12.6 million, or 6 percent of net sales, for the 2011 third quarter. The gross profit increase reflected a $3.5 million non-cash benefit resulting from resolution of a foreign consumption tax issue.

The average unit selling price decreased 8 percent in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the prior year, primarily due to a decline in average aluminum price, which is generally passed through to customers.

“While unit volume was up slightly year-over-year, as expected, we experienced some decline from the second quarter. This allowed us to perform much needed maintenance at most of our plants. I remain very pleased with the performance of our plants in Mexico; addressing the challenges we face with our U.S. manufacturing facilities will take some time,” said Steven J. Borick, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “While our total capital spending for the year is only modestly higher than in 2011, we have recently begun accelerating the pace of investment to improve our U.S. plants, which remain critical to meeting the needs of our customers.”

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the 2012 third quarter were $6.0 million, or 3 percent of net sales, compared with $6.6 million, or 3 percent of net sales, for the third quarter of 2011.

Consolidated income from operations increased $3.1 million in the 2012 third quarter to $9.1 million, or 5 percent of net sales, from $6.0 million, or 3 percent of net sales, in the comparable period last year.

The company recorded an income tax benefit of $5.2 million compared to an income tax provision of $900,000, or 17 percent of pretax income, for the same period in 2011. The current year benefit reflects the reversal of a liability for uncertain tax positions due to the settlement of a 2004 Mexican income tax audit.

At September 30, 2012, working capital was $346.0 million, including cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $219.9 million. At December 31, 2011, working capital was $335.7 million, including cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $192.9 million. Superior has no bank or other interest bearing debt.

Year-to-Date Results

Consolidated net sales for the first nine months of 2012 increased 1 percent to $611.4 million from $605.3 million for the comparable period a year ago. Unit shipments increased 9 percent. The average selling price of wheels for the 2012 year-to-date period decreased approximately 7 percent, primarily due to a lower pass-through price of aluminum, as well as the effect of a weaker Mexican peso.

Consolidated gross profit for the first nine months of 2012 decreased to $47.8 million, or 8 percent of net sales, from $49.0 million, or 8 percent of net sales, for the comparable period a year ago. Although unit shipments in the first three quarters of 2012 increased 9 percent compared with the first three quarters last year, higher manufacturing costs, especially in the U.S. plants combined with unfavorable changes in product mix and foreign exchange rates, have resulted in lower gross margins for the first three quarters of 2012 compared with the 2011 period. Current year gross profit includes the $3.5 million benefit from resolution of a foreign consumption tax issue as noted previously.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $20.3 million, or 3 percent of net sales, for the first nine months of 2012, compared with $19.7 million, or 3 percent of net sales, for the corresponding period in 2011.

Consolidated income from operations amounted to $27.5 million, or 4 percent of net sales, compared with $29.0 million, or 5 percent of net sales, for the same period of 2011.

The year-to-date 2012 income tax provision was $1.0 million, compared with $3.0 million for the same period of 2011. The lower income tax rate in the current year largely reflects the reversal of a liability due to the settlement of a 2004 Mexican income tax audit, as noted above.

Conference Call

Superior will host a conference call beginning at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) on Thursday, November 1, 2012 that will be broadcast on the company's website, www.supind.com. Interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast. In addition, a PowerPoint presentation will be posted on the company's website and referred to during the conference call. The webcast replay will be available at the same Internet address approximately one hour after the conclusion of the conference call and will be archived for approximately one year.

During the conference call, the company's management plans to review operating results and discuss other financial and operating matters. In addition, management may disclose material information in response to questions posed by participants during the call.

About Superior Industries

Superior is the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America. From its five plants in both the U.S. and Mexico, the company supplies aluminum wheels to the original equipment market. Major customers include Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen. For more information, visit www.supind.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which include, but are not limited to, improving performance in U.S. plants, are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the company's business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors and risks discussed from time to time in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2011. These factors and risks relate to items including, but not limited to, general automotive industry and market conditions and growth rates, as well as general domestic and international economic conditions. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements (Unaudited)
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
                         
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
                  September 30       September 30
                    2012         2011           2012           2011  
Net Sales $ 193,926 $ 207,057 $ 611,436 $ 605,325
 
Cost of Sales                   178,906         194,482           563,592           556,326  
Gross Profit 15,020 12,575 47,844 48,999
 
Selling and Administrative Expenses 5,960 6,607 20,335 19,653
Impairment of Long-Live Assets and Other Charges             -         -           -           340  
Income From Operations 9,060 5,968 27,509 29,006
 
Interest Income, net 357 247 873 896
Other Income (Expense), net                 465         (1,091 )         803           34  
Income Before Income Taxes
and Equity Earnings 9,882 5,124 29,185 29,936
 
Income Tax (Provision) Benefit               5,174         (896 )         (981 )         (2,954 )
Net Income                 $ 15,056       $ 4,228         $ 28,204         $ 26,982  
 
 
Income Per Share:
Basic $ 0.55 $ 0.16 $ 1.04 $ 1.00
Diluted $ 0.55 $ 0.16 $ 1.03 $ 0.99
 
Weighted Average and Equivalent Shares
Outstanding for Income Per Share:
Basic 27,234,000 27,156,000 27,205,000 27,022,000
Diluted                   27,321,000         27,277,000           27,313,000           27,379,000  
 
 
 
SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(Dollars in Thousands)
 
September 30, December 31,
  2012           2011  
Current Assets $ 425,604 $ 404,283
Property, Plant and Equipment, net 147,097 145,747
Investments and Other Assets   32,803           43,201  
$ 605,504         $ 593,231  
 
Current Liabilities $ 79,558 $ 68,550
Long-Term Liabilities 42,950 64,166
Shareholders' Equity   482,996           460,515  
$ 605,504         $ 593,231  

Contacts

Superior Industries
Investor Relations Line:
818-902-2701
www.supind.com
or
Kerry Shiba
818-781-4973
or
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310-279-5980
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Contacts

Superior Industries
Investor Relations Line:
818-902-2701
www.supind.com
or
Kerry Shiba
818-781-4973
or
PondelWilkinson Inc.
Robert Jaffe / Roger Pondel
310-279-5980
Investor@pondel.com