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DUBLIN - Aptiv PLC (NYSE: APTV), a global technology company focused on making mobility safer, greener and more connected, today reported first quarter 2020 U.S. GAAP earnings of $6.14 per diluted share, which includes a gain of $5.63 per diluted share resulting from the completion of Aptiv’s autonomous driving joint venture with Hyundai Motor Group (“Hyundai”). Excluding special items, first quarter earnings totaled $0.68 per diluted share. These results include the adverse impacts of global vehicle production declines of 24% in the first quarter, largely resulting from the ongoing impacts of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic.
First Quarter Highlights Include:
- U.S. GAAP revenue of $3.2 billion, a decrease of 10%
- Revenue decreased 7% adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements and divestitures; largely resulting from volume declines associated with the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
- U.S. GAAP net income of $1,572 million, diluted earnings per share of $6.14; which includes a gain of $5.63 per diluted share resulting from the completion of the autonomous driving joint venture
- Excluding special items, earnings of $0.68 per diluted share
- U.S. GAAP operating income margin of 50.2%, operating income of $1,619 million; which includes a gain of $1,434 million resulting from the completion of the autonomous driving joint venture
- Adjusted Operating Income margin of 7.2%, Adjusted Operating Income of $231 million
- Generated $161 million of cash from operations
- Extended existing Credit Agreement to August 2022; further strengthening liquidity and enhancing financial flexibility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
“I want to thank Aptiv team members globally for their dedication and efforts to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the flawless delivery for our customers in the first quarter,” said Kevin Clark, president and chief executive officer. “Initially in China, and then globally, we implemented robust measures in each of our facilities to ensure employees were protected and safe restart protocols were in place. During the first quarter, we also took decisive actions in partnership with our key stakeholders, to preserve our financial strength, and better position Aptiv to navigate, innovate and lead through the disruption. Reflecting on the progress we have made the past few years to strengthen our through-cycle resiliency, we entered these unprecedented times with an incredibly strong balance sheet, robust business model and strategically positioned product portfolio. As we continue to adapt during this crisis, we are committed to proactively preserving capital and managing our costs, investing in our key growth technologies and being resilient in the face of the challenges that remain ahead to help protect the long-term opportunities for our employees, customers and shareholders.”
For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company reported U.S. GAAP revenue of $3.2 billion, a decrease of 10% from the prior year period, which includes volume declines of 7% primarily resulting from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which also resulted in global vehicle production declines of 24% over the same period. Adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements and divestitures, revenue decreased by 7% in the first quarter. This reflects declines of 22% in Asia, which includes a decline of 31% in China, and 8% in North America, partially offset by increases of 2% in Europe and 17% in South America, our smallest region.
The Company reported first quarter 2020 U.S. GAAP net income of $1,572 million and earnings of $6.14 per diluted share, which includes a non-cash gain of $5.63 per diluted share resulting from the completion of the autonomous driving joint venture with Hyundai, compared to $240 million and $0.92 per diluted share in the prior year period. First quarter Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, totaled $173 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, including the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on global vehicle production, compared to $273 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, in the prior year period.
First quarter Adjusted Operating Income, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, was $231 million, compared to $345 million in the prior year period. Adjusted Operating Income margin was 7.2%, compared to 9.7% in the prior year period, primarily as a result of declines in global vehicle production and consumer demand, work stoppages, disruptions to our supply chain and other adverse global economic impacts, particularly those resulting from governmental “lock-down” orders for all non-essential activities, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depreciation and amortization expense totaled $180 million, an increase from $173 million in the prior year period.
Tax expense in the first quarter of 2020 was $10 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of approximately 1%, which includes favorable rate impacts of approximately 11 points resulting from the gain on the autonomous driving joint venture, which was taxed using the appropriate tax rate for the jurisdiction where the benefit was incurred. Tax expense in the first quarter of 2019 was $33 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of approximately 12%.
The Company generated net cash flow from operating activities of $161 million in the first quarter, compared to $84 million in the prior year period. As of March 31, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.1 billion and total available liquidity of $2.2 billion.
Reconciliations of Adjusted Revenue Growth, 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.
As previously communicated, the Company has taken decisive actions in response to the unprecedented uncertainty related to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the global automotive industry and economies around the world. These actions include actively managing costs, capital spending and working capital to further strengthen liquidity, including the ramping down of certain production facilities in response to customer plant closures and changes in vehicle production schedules. The Company has also taken prudent actions to further enhance its financial flexibility and liquidity during the pandemic by drawing down all remaining availability under its existing $2.0 billion Revolving Credit Facility, announcing the suspension of its annual cash dividend payments and ceasing further share repurchases until such time as the global economic uncertainties and business impacts resulting from the pandemic have abated. We will continue to actively monitor the ongoing potential impacts of COVID-19 and, while the ultimate impact of the pandemic to our business remains highly uncertain, we will continue to seek to aggressively mitigate and minimize its impact on our business.
In addition to the actions described above, subsequent to March 31, 2020, the Company reached agreement with substantially all of its lenders under its existing Credit Agreement to, among other things, extend the Credit Agreement maturity date to August 17, 2022. The Company’s Credit Agreement is comprised of a $2.0 billion Revolving Credit Facility and a $350 million Tranche A Term Loan. The maturity extension of the Credit Agreement further enhances the Company’s liquidity and financial flexibility to combat the uncertainty and ongoing impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the Company previously communicated, the current economic environment remains highly uncertain and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are increasingly reducing visibility into when customers’ plants will be fully operational, as well as creating the potential for lower consumer demand and additional supply chain interruptions, which could adversely impact vehicle production. As a result, the Company will not be providing second quarter and full year 2020 financial guidance at this time.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results at 8:00 a.m. (ET) today, which is accessible by dialing +1.866.548.4713 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.323.794.2093 (international) or through a webcast at ir.aptiv.com. The conference ID number is 7728801. 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.
This press release contains information about Aptiv’s financial results which are not presented in accordance with GAAP. Specifically, Adjusted Revenue Growth, Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Per Share and Cash Flow Before Financing are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted Revenue Growth represents the year-over-year change in reported net sales relative to the comparable period, excluding the impact on net sales from currency exchange, commodity movements and divestitures. Adjusted Operating Income represents net income before interest expense, other income (expense), net, income tax expense, equity income (loss), net of tax, restructuring, other acquisition and portfolio project costs, asset impairments, gains (losses) on business divestitures and other transactions 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 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 plus cash provided by (used in) investing activities, adjusted for the purchase price of business acquisitions and net proceeds from the divestiture of 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 Revenue Growth, 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.