Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

Operating profit of $75 million, or 10.4 percent of net sales; company reaffirms full year 2017 operating profit margin guidance at high end of 8 to 10 percent range

FINDLAY, Ohio--()--Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) today reported second quarter 2017 net income of $45 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.85, compared with $71 million, or $1.27 per share, last year.

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Consolidated unit volume decreased 0.5 percent compared with a year ago, with strong growth in the International segment that was offset by lower volume in North America.
  • Net sales decreased 2.6 percent to $721 million.
  • Operating profit was $75 million, or 10.4 percent of net sales, which is a decrease of $35 million from the prior year, reflecting a volatile raw material cost, product pricing, and promotional market environment.
  • The company’s raw material index increased 20.7 percent from the second quarter of 2016, with raw material costs increasing by $60 million from the prior year.
  • The company repurchased nearly $21 million of its common stock during the quarter at an average price of $36.55 per share. Average shares outstanding have decreased 4.3 percent from the second quarter of 2016.

“Cooper reaffirms our guidance for full year 2017 operating profit margin to be at the high end of our previously projected 8 to 10 percent range. This is based on a better than expected second quarter operating profit margin of 10.4 percent, and a second half that we believe will also come in at the high end of that range,” said President & Chief Executive Officer Brad Hughes.

“The tire industry continues to face turbulence in the U.S. market in the form of raw material cost variability, weak trends in retail sell-out of tires to consumers, elevated inventory in the channels and a fluid pricing and promotional landscape. As we continued to respond to these challenges and remained market facing with pricing and promotions, Cooper improved volumes in the U.S. from the first quarter to the second quarter. Importantly, we ended the quarter on a strong note, growing U.S. volume over the prior year and outperforming the industry in June. Cooper also achieved strong year-over-year second quarter unit volume increases in Latin America and Asia, as well as in truck and bus radial (TBR) tires.”

Consolidated Results:

Cooper Tire   Q2 2017 ($M)       Q2 2016 ($M)       Change
Net Sales   $721       $740       (2.6)%
Operating Profit $75 $110 (31.9)%
Operating Margin 10.4% 14.8% (4.4) ppts.
 

Consolidated Second Quarter Results:

Second quarter net sales were $721 million, a decrease of 2.6 percent compared with $740 million in the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter net sales were negatively impacted by $33 million of lower unit volume and $9 million of negative foreign currency impact, partially offset by $23 million of favorable price and mix, primarily due to net price increases related to higher raw material costs. Overall, Cooper’s second quarter unit volume was down 0.5 percent year over year. Unit volume in the Americas segment was down 4.4 percent, with a decrease in North America that did not overcome a modest unit increase in Latin America. The North America result was partially offset by improved unit volume performance in the International segment, which was up 11.1 percent.

Second quarter 2017 operating profit was $75 million compared with $110 million for the same period last year. Operating profit decreased as a result of $35 million in unfavorable raw material costs, net of price and mix, $9 million of higher manufacturing costs, and $9 million of lower unit volume. These higher costs were partially offset by $14 million of lower SG&A expense, and $3 million of lower product liability costs. Other costs were $1 million lower, including foreign currency impact and $5.5 million of insurance recoveries for a portion of direct expenses related to damage incurred in a January 2017 tornado at a leased distribution center.

The second quarter raw material index increased 20.7 percent from the second quarter of 2016. The raw material index decreased from 166.3 in the first quarter to 163.5 in the second quarter.

Higher manufacturing costs were driven by increases in the Americas segment, primarily due to lower production volumes as a result of the decline in unit volumes year over year.

SG&A expense for the quarter decreased to 7.8 percent of net sales from 9.4 percent of net sales in the second quarter of 2016. The decrease in SG&A was primarily the result of decreased incentive compensation.

The effective tax rate for the second quarter was 32.7 percent, consistent with the prior year. The rate is based on forecasted annual earnings and tax rates for the various jurisdictions in which the company operates.

At quarter end, Cooper had $302 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared with $412 million at the end of the same period last year. Capital expenditures in the second quarter were $45 million compared with $49 million in the same period last year.

Cooper generated a 14.6 percent return on invested capital for the trailing four quarters.

In February 2017, the company announced an increased and extended $300 million share repurchase program through December 2019. During the second quarter, 568,224 shares were repurchased for $20.8 million at an average price of $36.55 per share. Through the first half of 2017, Cooper has repurchased 1,041,191 shares for $38.6 million. Since share repurchases began in August 2014, the company has repurchased a total of 13.3 million shares at an average price of $34.31 per share.

Americas Tire Operations:

Americas Tire Operations       Q2 2017 ($M)       Q2 2016 ($M)       Change
Net Sales       $615       $655       (6.0)%
Operating Profit $83 $116 (28.3)%
Operating Margin 13.5% 17.7% (4.2) ppts.
 

Second quarter net sales in the Americas segment declined 6.0 percent as a result of $44 million of lower unit volume and $1 million of negative foreign currency impact, partially offset by $5 million of favorable price and mix, primarily due to net price increases related to higher raw material costs. Segment unit volume decreased 4.4 percent from the prior year, with a modest unit volume increase in Latin America that was more than offset by decreased unit volume in North America.

Cooper’s second quarter total light vehicle tire shipments in the U.S. decreased 10.0 percent in a competitive pricing and promotional environment, as the industry experienced weak sell-out volumes. The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) reported that its member shipments of light vehicles in the U.S. were down 2.2 percent. Total industry shipments (including an estimate for non-USTMA members) decreased 1.4 percent for the period. Cooper’s TBR tire shipments for the U.S. were up 27.4 percent during the second quarter, significantly outperforming both the industry and the USTMA.

Second quarter operating profit was $83 million, or 13.5 percent of net sales, compared with $116 million, or 17.7 percent of net sales, a year ago. Operating profit was impacted by $31 million of unfavorable raw material costs, net of price and mix, $11 million of lower unit volume, and $9 million of unfavorable manufacturing costs. These were partially offset by $14 million of favorable SG&A costs primarily as a result of decreased incentive compensation, $3 million of lower product liability costs, and $1 million of reduced other expense, including foreign currency impact and insurance recoveries.

The segment's $9 million of unfavorable manufacturing costs in the second quarter was primarily the result of curtailed production levels to manage inventory based on lower unit volume in the U.S.

International Tire Operations:

International Tire Operations       Q2 2017 ($M)       Q2 2016 ($M)       Change
Net Sales       $151       $124       22.4%
Operating Profit $1 $3 (59.6)%
Operating Margin 0.8% 2.5% (1.7) ppts.
 

Second quarter net sales in the International segment increased 22.4 percent as a result of $27 million of favorable price and mix, primarily due to net price increases related to higher raw material costs, and $8 million of higher unit volume, partially offset by $8 million of negative foreign currency impact. Segment unit volume was up 11.1 percent, with increased unit volume in Asia that was partially offset by decreased unit volume in Europe.

Second quarter operating profit was $1 million compared with operating profit of $3 million in the second quarter of 2016. The decline was driven by $2 million of unfavorable raw material costs, net of price and mix, and $1 million of other costs, including foreign currency impact, which were partially offset by $1 million of higher unit volume.

Outlook

“Current industry conditions are likely to persist into the third quarter, and Cooper will continue to manage our inventory levels in line with demand,” Hughes said. “Raw material costs are trending down at present, but may remain volatile, and we expect that uncertain consumer demand may contribute to continued high levels of promotional activity. In this environment, we will remain market facing in our pricing and promotions and expect to deliver year-over-year unit volume increases in both the Americas and International segments in the second half of 2017.”

Management expectations for the full year 2017 include:

  • Raw material costs are forecast to be down sequentially in the third quarter of 2017, and then to stabilize throughout the balance of the year.
  • For the full year 2017, unit volume growth is expected in the International segment and in Latin America. Unit volume in the U.S. is expected to be in line with the industry for the second half of 2017.
  • Full year 2017 consolidated operating margin is expected to be at the high end of the company’s previously announced mid-term target of 8 to 10 percent.
  • The International segment is expected to continue to improve profitability relative to 2016, inclusive of the recently acquired majority interest in Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber Company (GRT).
  • The effective tax rate for full year 2017 is expected to be in a range between 30 percent and 33 percent.
  • Capital expenditures are expected to range between $200 and $220 million for the year.

Second Quarter 2017 Conference Call Today at 10 a.m. Eastern

Management will discuss the financial and operating results for the second quarter, as well as the company’s business outlook, on a conference call for analysts and investors today at 10 a.m. EDT. The call may be accessed on the investor relations page of the company’s website at http://coopertire.com/Investors.aspx or at http://services.choruscall.com/links/ctb170804.html. Following the conference call, the webcast will be archived and available for 90 days at these websites.

A summary slide presentation of information related to the quarter is posted on the company's website at http://investors.coopertire.com/Quarterly-Results.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains what the company believes are “forward-looking statements,” as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding projections, expectations or matters that the company anticipates may happen with respect to the future performance of the industries in which the company operates, the economies of the U.S. and other countries, or the performance of the company itself, which involve uncertainty and risk. Such “forward-looking statements” are generally, though not always, preceded by words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “will,” “should,” “believes,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” and similar terms that connote a view to the future and are not merely recitations of historical fact. Such statements are made solely on the basis of the company’s current views and perceptions of future events, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be true.

It is possible that actual results may differ materially from projections or expectations due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to:

  • volatility in raw material and energy prices, including those of rubber, steel, petroleum-based products and natural gas or the unavailability of such raw materials or energy sources;
  • the failure of the company’s suppliers to timely deliver products or services in accordance with contract specifications;
  • changes to tariffs or the imposition of new tariffs or trade restrictions, including changes related to tariffs on tires imported into the U.S. from China, as well as tariffs imposed on raw materials which the company uses;
  • changes in economic and business conditions in the world, including changes related to the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the European Union;
  • increased competitive activity including actions by larger competitors or lower-cost producers;
  • the failure to achieve expected sales levels;
  • changes in the company’s customer relationships, including loss of particular business for competitive or other reasons;
  • the ultimate outcome of litigation brought against the company, including product liability claims, which could result in commitment of significant resources and time to defend and possible material damages against the company or other unfavorable outcomes;
  • a disruption in, or failure of, the company’s information technology systems, including those related to cyber security, could adversely affect the company’s business operations and financial performance;
  • changes in pension expense and/or funding resulting from the company’s pension strategy, investment performance of the company’s pension plan assets and changes in discount rate, salary increase rate, and expected return on plan assets assumptions, or changes to related accounting regulations;
  • government regulatory and legislative initiatives including environmental, healthcare and tax matters;
  • volatility in the capital and financial markets or changes to the credit markets and/or access to those markets;
  • a variety of factors, including market conditions, may affect the actual amount expended on stock repurchases; the company’s ability to consummate stock repurchases; changes in the company’s results of operations or financial conditions or strategic priorities may lead to a modification, suspension or cancellation of stock repurchases, which may occur at any time;
  • changes in interest or foreign exchange rates;
  • an adverse change in the company’s credit ratings, which could increase borrowing costs and/or hamper access to the credit markets;
  • failure to implement information technologies or related systems, including failure by the company to successfully implement ERP systems;
  • the risks associated with doing business outside of the U.S.;
  • the failure to develop technologies, processes or products needed to support consumer demand;
  • technology advancements;
  • the inability to recover the costs to develop and test new products or processes;
  • the impact of labor problems, including labor disruptions at the company, its joint ventures, or at one or more of its large customers or suppliers;
  • failure to attract or retain key personnel;
  • consolidation among the company’s competitors or customers;
  • inaccurate assumptions used in developing the company’s strategic plan or operating plans or the inability or failure to successfully implement such plans;
  • risks relating to acquisitions including the failure to successfully integrate them into operations or their related financings may impact liquidity and capital resources;
  • changes in the company’s relationship with its joint-venture partners or suppliers, including any changes with respect to its former PCT joint venture’s production of Cooper-branded products;
  • the ability to find alternative sources for products supplied by PCT;
  • the inability to obtain and maintain price increases to offset higher production or material costs;
  • inability to adequately protect the company’s intellectual property rights; and
  • inability to use deferred tax assets.

It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the company in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such statements are not a guarantee of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected.

The company makes no commitment to update any forward-looking statement included herein or to disclose any facts, events or circumstances that may affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statement. Further information covering issues that could materially affect financial performance is contained in the company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, other financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The company’s methods of determining these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the methods used by other companies for these or similar non-GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to measures used by other companies. As required by SEC rules, detailed reconciliations between the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP financial results are provided on the attached schedule. The company believes return on invested capital (“ROIC”) provides additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the company’s financial and operating performance. The company defines ROIC as the trailing four quarters’ operating profit, after tax, divided by the total invested capital, which is the average of ending debt and equity for the last five quarters. The company believes ROIC is a useful measure of how effectively the company uses capital to generate profits.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car, light truck, medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.

 
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
       
(Dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts)
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net sales $ 720,753 $ 740,294 $ 1,363,778 $ 1,390,069
Cost of products sold 589,913   560,625   1,123,021   1,059,971  
Gross profit 130,840 179,669 240,757 330,098
Selling, general and administrative expense 56,008   69,753   117,255   129,078  
Operating profit 74,832 109,916 123,502 201,020
Interest expense (8,210 ) (6,286 ) (16,037 ) (12,921 )
Interest income 1,755 948 3,557 1,888
Other non-operating (expense) income (255 ) 1,427   (491 ) 2,888  
Income before income taxes 68,122 106,005 110,531 192,875
Provision for income taxes 22,298   34,654   35,325   62,752  
Net income 45,824 71,351 75,206 130,123
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling shareholders' interests 514   602   (666 ) 369  
Net income attributable to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company $ 45,310   $ 70,749   $ 75,872   $ 129,754  
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.86 $ 1.29 $ 1.44 $ 2.35
Diluted $ 0.85 $ 1.27 $ 1.42 $ 2.32
 
Weighted average shares outstanding (000s):
Basic 52,796 55,020 52,815 55,280
Diluted 53,191 55,602 53,357 55,852
 
Segment information:
Net Sales
Americas Tire $ 615,356 $ 654,721 $ 1,146,715 $ 1,234,058
International Tire 151,370 123,678 293,335 226,905
Eliminations (45,973 ) (38,105 ) (76,272 ) (70,894 )
 
Operating profit (loss):
Americas Tire $ 83,293 $ 116,093 $ 146,486 $ 222,146
International Tire 1,274 3,152 2,927 1,380
Unallocated corporate charges (9,561 ) (8,730 ) (25,385 ) (21,749 )
Eliminations (174 ) (599 ) (526 ) (757 )
 
 
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
       
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
June 30,
2017 2016
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 302,386 $ 412,098
Notes receivable 12,542 5,886
Accounts receivable 490,195 430,043
Inventories 578,763 506,982
Other current assets 44,239 49,085

Total current assets

1,428,125 1,404,094
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 899,589 802,934
Goodwill 53,673 18,851
Intangibles 138,210 132,300
Restricted cash 1,337 991
Deferred income tax assets 137,247 127,998
Other assets 5,766 17,306
Total assets $ 2,663,947 $ 2,504,474
 
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities:
Notes payable $ 38,374 $ 3,716
Accounts payable 261,814 214,961
Accrued liabilities 193,547 208,416
Income taxes payable 25,451 18,972
Current portion of long-term debt 1,514 600
Total current liabilities 520,700 446,665
 
Long-term debt 296,179 295,853
Postretirement benefits other than pensions 247,258 250,519
Pension benefits 274,510 280,971
Other long-term liabilities 131,592 143,008
Deferred income tax liabilities 786 2,085
Total parent stockholders' equity 1,135,187 1,048,437
Noncontrolling shareholders' interests in consolidated subsidiaries 57,735 36,936
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,663,947 $ 2,504,474
 
 
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
   
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2017 2016
Operating activities:
Net income $ 75,206 $ 130,123
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operations:
Depreciation and amortization 70,676 64,092
Stock-based compensation 2,575 9,699
Change in LIFO inventory reserve (3,484 ) (18,232 )
Amortization of unrecognized postretirement benefits 20,939 21,586
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts and notes receivable (77,619 ) (61,069 )
Inventories (94,490 ) (82,909 )
Other current assets (15,541 ) (17,193 )
Accounts payable (23,202 ) 6,898
Accrued liabilities 12,802 7,240
Other items (33,233 ) 10,929  
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (65,371 ) 71,164
Investing activities:
Additions to property, plant and equipment and capitalized software (89,803 ) (85,479 )
Proceeds from the sale of assets 43   331  
Net cash used in investing activities (89,760 ) (85,148 )
Financing activities:

Net payments on short-term debt

(359 ) (9,200 )
Repayments of long-term debt (600 ) (600 )
Repurchase of common stock (38,567 ) (54,130 )
Payments of employee taxes withheld from shared-based awards (6,429 ) (2,086 )
Payment of dividends to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Stockholders (11,081 ) (11,584 )
Issuance of common shares related to stock-based compensation 4,122   3,369  
Net cash used in financing activities (52,914 ) (74,075 )
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash of continuing operations 6,008   (5,000 )
Changes in cash and cash equivalents (202,037 ) (93,059 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 504,423   505,157  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 302,386   $ 412,098  
 
 
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
               
(Dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts)
 
RETURN ON INVESTED CAPITAL (ROIC)
 

Trailing Four Quarters
Ended June 30, 2017

Trailing Four Quarters
Ended June 30, 2017

Calculation of ROIC

Calculation of Effective
Tax Rate

Operating profit $ 306,868 Provision for income taxes (c) $ 88,374
Effective tax rate 31.0 % Income before income taxes (d) 284,750  
Income tax expense on operating profit $ 95,238   Effective income tax rate (c)/(d) 31.0 %
Operating profit after taxes (a) 211,630
Total invested capital (b) $ 1,448,907  
ROIC, including noncontrolling equity (a)/(b) 14.6 %
 
 

Calculation of Invested
Capital (five quarter average)

Equity

Long-term
debt

Current
portion of
long-term
debt

Notes
payable

Total
invested
capital

June 30, 2017 $ 1,192,922 $ 296,179 $ 1,514 $ 38,374 $ 1,528,989
March 31, 2017 1,156,063 296,516 1,370 14,581 1,468,530
December 31, 2016 1,130,236 297,094 2,421 26,286 1,456,037
September 30, 2016 1,096,740 295,874 600 12,222 1,405,436
June 30, 2016 1,085,373   295,853   600   3,716   1,385,542  
Five quarter average $ 1,132,267   $ 296,303   $ 1,301   $ 19,036   $ 1,448,907  
 

Calculation of Trailing Four
Quarter Income and Expense Inputs

Quarter-ended:

Operating
profit

Provision
for income
taxes

Income
before
income
taxes

June 30, 2017 $ 74,832 $ 22,298 $ 68,122
March 31, 2017 48,670 13,029 42,410
December 31, 2016 105,138 29,290 99,982
September 30, 2016 78,228   23,757   74,236  
Trailing four quarter average $ 306,868   $ 88,374   $ 284,750  

Contacts

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Investor Contact:
Jerry Bialek, 419-424-4165
investorrelations@coopertire.com
or
Media Contact:
Anne Roman, 419-429-7189
alroman@coopertire.com

Contacts

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Investor Contact:
Jerry Bialek, 419-424-4165
investorrelations@coopertire.com
or
Media Contact:
Anne Roman, 419-429-7189
alroman@coopertire.com