Aptiv Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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- Aptiv PLC (NYSE: APTV), a global technology company enabling the future of mobility, today reported third quarter 2018 U.S. GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $0.84 per diluted share. Excluding special items, third quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $1.24 per diluted share.

Third Quarter Highlights Include:

  • Revenue of $3.5 billion, up 11% adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures

  • U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $222 million, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.84
    • Excluding special items, earnings from continuing operations of $1.24 per diluted share, up 8%
  • U.S. GAAP operating income margin of 9.3%
    • Adjusted Operating Income margin of 12.1%; Adjusted Operating Income of $420 million, up 7%
  • Returned $127 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends

Year-to-Date Highlights Include:

  • Revenue of $10.8 billion, up 10% adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures

  • U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $820 million, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $3.09
    • Excluding special items, earnings from continuing operations of $3.93 per diluted share, up 17%
  • U.S. GAAP operating income margin of 10.4%
    • Adjusted Operating Income margin of 12.2%; Adjusted Operating Income of $1,321 million, up 15%
  • Generated $890 million of cash from continuing operations

  • Returned $397 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends

"Aptiv delivered 11% organic revenue growth, strong sales conversion and higher earnings per share in the third quarter," said Kevin Clark, president and chief executive officer. "Our portfolio of leading technologies aligned to the safe, green and connected mega trends is driving sustained above market growth despite softening global vehicle production and foreign exchange volatility. Our continued strong performance throughout the year reflects the benefits of our robust business model and demonstrates effective execution of our strategy, positioning us well for outperformance in any market-environment as we continue to make investments in future growth. We also recently announced the closing of the Winchester Interconnect acquisition, 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."

Third Quarter 2018 Results
The Company reported third quarter 2018 revenue of $3.5 billion, an increase of 11% from the prior year period. Adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures, revenue increased by 11% in the third quarter. This reflects growth of 20% in North America, 9% in Asia and 4% in Europe, partially offset by a decline of 3% in South America.

The Company reported third quarter 2018 U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $222 million and earnings from continuing operations of $0.84 per diluted share, compared to $297 million and $1.11 per diluted share in the prior year period. Third quarter Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, totaled $329 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, an increase of 8% on a per share basis compared to $307 million, or $1.15 per diluted share in the prior year period.

Third quarter Adjusted Operating Income, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, was $420 million, compared to $394 million in the prior year period, resulting from the continued above-market growth of our businesses across all major regions. Third quarter Adjusted Operating Income margin was 12.1%, compared to 12.5% in the prior year period, reflecting our continued incremental investments for growth, partially offset by sales growth and the beneficial impacts of cost reduction initiatives. Depreciation and amortization expense totaled $163 million, an increase from $136 million in the prior year period.

Interest expense for the third quarter totaled $34 million, as compared to $35 million in the prior year period.

Tax expense in the third quarter of 2018 was $66 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of approximately 23%, which includes $24 million, or approximately 8 points, due to the one-time impacts of the Company's organizational entity restructuring in the quarter resulting from the spin-off transaction. Tax expense in the third quarter of 2017 was $31 million, resulting in an effective rate of approximately 9%.

Year-to-Date 2018 Results
For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the Company reported revenue of $10.8 billion, an increase of 14% 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 14% in North America, 10% in Asia, 7% in Europe and 8% in South America.

For the 2018 year-to-date period, the Company reported U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $820 million and earnings from continuing operations of $3.09 per diluted share, compared to $814 million and $3.04 per diluted share in the prior year period. Year-to-date Adjusted Net Income totaled $1,044 million, or $3.93 per diluted share, an increase of 17% on a per share basis compared to $900 million, or $3.36 per diluted share in the prior year period.

The Company reported Adjusted Operating Income of $1,321 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $1,144 million in the prior year period, resulting from the continued above-market growth of our businesses across all major regions. Adjusted Operating Income margin was 12.2% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to 12.1% 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 $474 million, an increase from $392 million in the prior year period.

Interest expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 totaled $104 million, as compared to $103 million in the prior year period.

Tax expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 was $208 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of approximately 20%, which includes $24 million, or approximately 2 points, due to the adjustment to the provisional amounts recorded for the one-time impacts of the U.S. tax reform enactment and $24 million, or approximately 2 points, due to the one-time impacts of the Company's organizational entity restructuring in the third quarter resulting from the spin-off transaction. Tax expense in the prior year period was $88 million, or an effective rate of approximately 10%.

The Company generated net cash flow from continuing operating activities of $890 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $685 million in the prior year period, reflecting the $310 million payment made to settle the Unsecured Creditors litigation in the third quarter of 2017. As of September 30, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $0.8 billion and total available liquidity of $3.1 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.

Share Repurchase Program
During the third quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased 0.79 million shares for approximately $69 million under its existing authorized share repurchase program, leaving approximately $767 million available for future share repurchases. Year-to-date, the Company repurchased 2.51 million shares for approximately $222 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.

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

(in millions, except per share amounts)   Full Year 2018
 Net sales  $14,275 - $14,375
 Adjusted operating income  $1,730 - $1,750
 Adjusted operating income margin  12.1% - 12.2%
 Adjusted net income per share  $5.11 - $5.17
 Cash flow from operations  $1,450
 Capital expenditures  $800
 Adjusted effective tax rate  15% - 16%

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results at 8:00 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 9386788. 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. 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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