Aptiv Reports Record Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results; Raises Full Year Outlook

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- Aptiv PLC (NYSE: APTV), a global technology company enabling the future of mobility, today reported second quarter 2018 U.S. GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $1.10 per diluted share. Excluding special items, second quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $1.40 per diluted share.

Second Quarter Highlights Include:

  • Revenue of $3.7 billion, up 12% adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures

  • U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $291 million, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.10
    • Excluding special items, earnings from continuing operations of $1.40 per diluted share, up 24%
  • U.S. GAAP operating income margin of 11.4%
    • Adjusted Operating Income margin of 12.9%, up 30 basis points; Adjusted Operating Income of $474 million, up 19%
  • Generated $566 million of cash from continuing operations

  • Returned $62 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends

  • Completed acquisition of KUM; announced agreement to acquire Winchester Interconnect

Year-to-Date Highlights Include:

  • Revenue of $7.3 billion, up 10% adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures

  • U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $598 million, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $2.25
    • Excluding special items, earnings from continuing operations of $2.69 per diluted share, up 22%
  • U.S. GAAP operating income margin of 10.9%
    • Adjusted Operating Income margin of 12.3%, up 40 basis points; Adjusted Operating Income of $901 million, up 20%
  • Generated $752 million of cash from continuing operations

  • Returned $270 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends

"During the second quarter, we delivered record double-digit revenue growth, operating income, earnings per share and free cash flow," said Kevin Clark, president and chief executive officer. "We continued to see strong new business awards, totaling $11 billion year-to-date, focused on delivering the software capabilities, advanced computing platforms and networking architecture that are making the future of mobility real. Also in the quarter, we closed on the acquisition of KUM, an accretive bolt-on to our engineered components business, and announced the acquisition of Winchester Interconnect, a leading provider of custom engineered interconnect solutions for harsh environment applications, further establishing Aptiv as a market leader of connectivity solutions and reinforcing our strategy to diversify our business. As we look to the second half of 2018, we expect our portfolio of advanced technologies to drive continued above market growth, as reflected in our increased outlook for the year."

Second Quarter 2018 Results
The Company reported second quarter 2018 revenue of $3.7 billion, an increase of 17% from the prior year period. Adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures, revenue increased by 12% in the second quarter. This reflects growth of 15% in North America, 11% in Asia, 9% in Europe and 10% in South America.

The Company reported second quarter 2018 U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $291 million and earnings from continuing operations of $1.10 per diluted share, compared to $297 million and $1.11 per diluted share in the prior year period. Second quarter Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, totaled $372 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, an increase of 24% on a per share basis compared to $302 million, or $1.13 per diluted share in the prior year period.

Second quarter Adjusted Operating Income, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, was $474 million, compared to $398 million in the prior year period, resulting from the continued above-market growth of our businesses across all regions. Second quarter Adjusted Operating Income margin was 12.9%, compared to 12.6% in the prior year period, reflecting sales growth and the beneficial impacts of cost reduction initiatives, partially offset by continued incremental investments for growth. Depreciation and amortization expense totaled $156 million, an increase from $130 million in the prior year period.

Interest expense for the second quarter totaled $36 million, as compared to $35 million in the prior year period.

Tax expense in the second quarter of 2018 was $83 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of approximately 22%, which includes $24 million, or approximately 6 points, due to the adjustment to the provisional amounts recorded for the one-time impacts of the U.S. tax reform enactment. Tax expense in the second quarter of 2017 was $38 million, resulting in an effective rate of approximately 11%.

The Company generated net cash flow from continuing operating activities of $566 million in the second quarter, compared to $414 million in the prior year period.

Year-to-Date 2018 Results
For the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company reported revenue of $7.3 billion, an increase of 16% from the prior year period. Adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures, revenue increased by 10% during the period. This reflects growth of 10% in North America, 10% in Asia, 8% in Europe and 14% in South America.

For the 2018 year-to-date period, the Company reported U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $598 million and earnings from continuing operations of $2.25 per diluted share, compared to $517 million and $1.92 per diluted share in the prior year period. Year-to-date Adjusted Net Income totaled $715 million, or $2.69 per diluted share, an increase of 22% on a per share basis compared to $593 million, or $2.21 per diluted share in the prior year period.

The Company reported Adjusted Operating Income of $901 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $750 million in the prior year period, resulting from the continued above-market growth of our businesses across all regions. Adjusted Operating Income margin was 12.3% for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to 11.9% in the prior year period, reflecting sales growth, the beneficial impacts of cost reduction initiatives and the absence of certain warranty charges recorded in the prior year period, partially offset by continued incremental investments for growth. Depreciation and amortization expense totaled $311 million, an increase from $256 million in the prior year period.

Interest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2018 totaled $70 million, as compared to $68 million in the prior year period.

Tax expense for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $142 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of approximately 19%, which includes $24 million, or approximately 3 points, due to the adjustment to the provisional amounts recorded for the one-time impacts of the U.S. tax reform enactment. Tax expense in the prior year period was $57 million, or an effective rate of approximately 10%.

The Company generated net cash flow from continuing operating activities of $752 million in the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $672 million in the prior year period. As of June 30, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $1.0 billion and total available liquidity of $3.3 billion.

Reconciliations of Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Per Share, Adjusted Operating Income and Cash Flow Before Financing, which are non-GAAP measures, to the most directly comparable financial measures, respectively, calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") are provided in the attached supplemental schedules.

Acquisitions of KUM and Winchester Interconnect
Aptiv completed the acquisition of KUM in June 2018. KUM is a leading provider of highly engineered connectors and cable management solutions for the automotive industry. The acquisition of KUM enhances Aptiv's global market position and expands Aptiv's range of specialized connectors and cable management solutions, specifically in the Asia Pacific region.

Aptiv also agreed to acquire Winchester Interconnect ("Winchester"), a leading provider of custom engineered interconnect solutions for harsh environment applications for approximately $650 million, or approximately 10.6 times 2018 estimated EBITDA. Winchester’s portfolio of precision-engineered interconnect solutions further establishes Aptiv as a market leader of connectivity solutions and is a strategic fit to its Signal and Power Solutions segment. By adding over $250 million in non-automotive revenues, this transaction establishes a broader platform to further expand into adjacent markets, leveraging Aptiv’s harsh environment expertise in engineered components.

Share Repurchase Program
During the second quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased 0.04 million shares for approximately $4 million under its existing authorized share repurchase program, leaving approximately $836 million available for future share repurchases. Year-to-date, the Company repurchased 1.72 million shares for approximately $153 million. All repurchased shares were retired, and are reflected as a reduction of ordinary share capital for the par value of the shares, with the excess applied as reductions to additional paid-in-capital and retained earnings.

Q3 and Full Year 2018 Outlook
The Company's third quarter and full year 2018 financial guidance is as follows:

(in millions, except per share amounts)
Q3 2018 Full Year 2018
Net sales $3,425 - $3,525 $14,350 - $14,550
Adjusted operating income $410 - $430 $1,790 - $1,820
Adjusted operating income margin 12.0% - 12.2% ~12.5%
Adjusted net income per share $1.21 - $1.26 $5.30 - $5.40
Cash flow from operations $1,550
Capital expenditures $750
Adjusted effective tax rate 15% - 16% 15% - 16%


Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results at 8:30 a.m. (ET) today, which is accessible by dialing 888.486.0553 (US domestic) or 706.634.4982 (international) or through a webcast at ir.aptiv.com. The conference ID number is 3073989. A slide presentation will accompany the prepared remarks and has been posted on the investor relations section of the Company's website. A replay will be available two hours following the conference call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release contains information about Aptiv's financial results which are not presented in accordance with GAAP. Specifically, Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Per Share and Cash Flow Before Financing are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted Operating Income represents net income before interest expense, other income (expense), net, income tax expense, equity income (loss), net of tax, income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax, restructuring, other acquisition and portfolio project costs, asset impairments, gains (losses) on business divestitures and deferred compensation related to acquisitions. Other acquisition and portfolio project costs include costs incurred to integrate acquired businesses and to plan and execute product portfolio transformation actions, including business and product acquisitions and divestitures. Adjusted Operating Income margin is defined as Adjusted Operating Income as a percentage of net sales.

Adjusted Net Income represents net income attributable to Aptiv before discontinued operations, restructuring and other special items, including the tax impact thereon. Adjusted Net Income Per Share represents Adjusted Net Income divided by the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the period. Cash Flow Before Financing represents cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations plus cash provided by (used in) investing activities from continuing operations, adjusted for the purchase price of business acquisitions and net proceeds from the divestiture of discontinued operations and other significant businesses.

Management believes the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are useful to both management and investors in their analysis of the Company's financial position, results of operations and liquidity. In particular, management believes Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Per Share and Cash Flow Before Financing are useful measures in assessing the Company’s ongoing financial performance that, when reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure, provide improved comparability between periods through the exclusion of certain items that management believes are not indicative of the Company’s core operating performance and that may obscure underlying business results and trends. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures for internal planning and forecasting purposes.

Such non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in the attached supplemental schedules at the end of this press release. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP and, as calculated, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

About Aptiv
Aptiv PLC (NYSE: APTV) is a global technology company that develops safer, greener and more connected solutions enabling the future of mobility. Headquartered in Dublin, Aptiv has approximately 150,000 employees and operates 14 technical centers, as well as manufacturing sites and customer support centers in 45 countries. Visit aptiv.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release, as well as other statements made by Aptiv PLC (the “Company”), contain forward-looking statements that reflect, when made, the Company's current views with respect to current events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the Company's operations and business environment, which may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from any future results. All statements that address future operating, financial or business performance or the Company's strategies or expectations are forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for us to predict these events or how they may affect the Company. It should be remembered that the price of the ordinary shares and any income from them can go down as well as up. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events and/or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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