Dana First-Quarter 2015 Results Reflect Continued Strong Operating Performance, Raises Margin Guidance for Full-Year 2015

Apr 23, 2015

MAUMEE, Ohio, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

First-Quarter Highlights

  • Sales of $1.61 billion, 4 percent higher than last year after adjusting for currency and the divestiture of Venezuela operations
  • Net income attributable to Dana of $63 million, up 85 percent over last year
  • Diluted adjusted earnings per share of $0.50, an increase of $0.18, or 56 percent, compared with last year
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $176 million, providing a margin of 10.9 percent, 110 basis points higher than last year
  • Repurchased $63 million of common stock
  • Earns 2015 Automotive News PACE Innovative Partnership Award

Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN) today announced results for the first quarter of 2015.

Sales for the quarter were $1.61 billion, down slightly from the same period in 2014, with unfavorable currency lowering sales by $121 million.  Adjusting for the effects of currency and the divestiture of operations in Venezuela, sales increased $68 million, or 4 percent, driven principally by higher light-vehicle end-market demand and new business.

Net income for the quarter improved to $63 million, an increase of 85 percent, or $29 million higher than the $34 million recorded in the same period in 2014.  Higher adjusted EBITDA and lower amortization, income tax, and restructuring expenses drove the increase in net income.  Diluted adjusted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.50, compared with $0.32 in the first quarter of 2014, driven by higher earnings and a lower share count from the continued execution of the company's share repurchase program.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $176 million, compared with $165 million for the same period in 2014, while adjusted EBITDA as a percent of sales improved 110 basis points to 10.9 percent, compared with 9.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014.  The improvement in adjusted EBITDA reflected the benefit of higher sales volume and performance and the impact of the Venezuela divestiture, which was completed in early 2015.  These factors increased adjusted EBITDA by $36 million compared with last year.  This improvement was partially offset by currency effects of $25 million, reflecting the relative strength of the U.S. dollar against most major currencies, as well as certain currency transaction gains that benefited last year's first quarter.

Free cash flow was a use of $82 million in the quarter, compared with a use of $36 in the same period last year, reflecting higher seasonal working capital and the receipt of a non-recurring interest payment of $40 million on a note receivable in 2014.  Higher earnings and lower interest and income tax payments in the current quarter were partial offsets. 

"Dana's first-quarter results continue to show improving performance despite ongoing currency headwinds and volume challenges in South America.  We executed very well in the quarter, generating strong net income, increased adjusted EBITDA, and improved margins," said President and Chief Executive Officer Roger Wood.  "While we expect global currency headwinds and a low- demand environment in Brazil to continue, we remain focused on the successful launches of new customer programs and delivering on the performance of the business."

Share Repurchase Program
During the first quarter of 2015, Dana repurchased an additional $63 million of shares of common stock.  Since the inception of Dana's $1.4 billion share repurchase program, the company has repurchased or redeemed the equivalent of 54 million common shares, returning more than $1.15 billion to shareholders.  At the end of the first quarter, $248 million of authorization remained under the program.

Business Unit Results for the First Quarter

Light Vehicle Driveline Technologies
Sales were $637 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $618 million last year.  Higher market demand, new business and recoveries increased sales by $63 million compared with last year.  The impact of currency lowered sales by $17 million and the divestiture of the company's Venezuelan operations further reduced sales by $27 million when compared with last year. 

Segment EBITDA for the quarter was $64 million, or 10.0 percent of sales, compared with segment EBITDA of $30 million, or 4.9 percent of sales, in the first quarter of 2014.  Last year's first quarter included a net loss of $18 million related to Venezuela, primarily due to the devaluation of the bolivar.  Improved volume and performance further increased adjusted EBITDA by $17 million compared with last year.

Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies
Sales were $433 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $457 million last year, as strong market demand in North America was offset by significant weakness in South America, primarily in Brazil.  Currency headwinds, principally from a weaker Brazilian real and euro, reduced sales by $30 million. This was partially offset by $7 million in improved pricing and recoveries when compared with the same period last year. 

Segment EBITDA for the first quarter of 2015 was $35 million, or 8.1 percent of sales, compared with last year's segment EBITDA of $44 million, or 9.6 percent of sales.  The impact of currency and supply-chain costs were the principal factors for the change.  These impacts were partially offset by improved pricing and recoveries.  As with sales, weak demand in Brazil offset the benefits of a stronger North America market. 

Off-Highway Driveline Technologies
Sales were $284 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $341 million last year.  Currency, principally a weaker euro, was the primary driver of the change, lowering sales by $46 million compared with last year.  Global weakness in demand for agriculture equipment was partially offset by new business and gains in the North American construction equipment market.  Segment EBITDA for the first quarter of 2015 was $39 million, or 13.7 percent of sales, a margin improvement of 140 basis points when compared with last year, reflecting the positive impact of continued material-cost savings and improved operational performance.

Power Technologies
Sales were $254 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $272 million last year, reflecting $28 million in currency effects from a weaker euro and Canadian dollar.  This impact was partially offset by continued strength in North American and European engine production.  Segment EBITDA for the first quarter of 2015 was $38 million, or 15.0 percent of sales, compared with $44 million, or 16.2 percent of sales, last year.  The positive benefit of increased volume in the quarter was offset by currency and higher engineering costs compared with last year.

Company Adjusts 2015 Guidance for Currency Translation, Raises Adjusted EBITDA Margin
In response to the continued strengthening of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies in regions where the company maintains significant operations, Dana is adjusting its expectation for full-year 2015 sales.  While demand in both the light-vehicle and commercial-vehicle markets in South America have continued to decline, increasing volumes in North America, and to some extent Europe and Asia, are offsetting this headwind.  Improving market mix on new business and cost performance are partially offsetting the impacts of currency translation on earnings. Accordingly, Dana has tightened the range for full-year adjusted EBITDA and raised the expectation for adjusted EBITDA margin to 11.7 percent of sales. The expected range for diluted adjusted EPS and free cash flow remain unchanged:

  • Sales of $6.3 to 6.4 billion;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $740 to $750 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of sales of approximately 11.7 percent;
  • Diluted adjusted EPS of approximately $2.05 to $2.15 (excluding the impact of share repurchases after Mar. 31, 2015);
  • Capital spending of $300 to $320 million; and
  • Free cash flow of $190 to $220 million.

Dana Earns 2015 Automotive News PACE Innovative Partnership Award, Other Industry Honors
This week, Dana was honored with the 2015 Automotive News PACE Innovative Partnership Award for its collaboration with Audi to develop the valve body separator plate technology for the automaker's cutting-edge transmission, which is featured on Audi A4 through A7 sedans, as well as the Audi Q5 crossover.  This prestigious award, presented to OEMs and shared with suppliers, recognizes Dana's ability to strategically partner with its customers to deliver advanced, innovative technologies that address key market drivers, including fuel economy, durability, and performance.

In South America, Dana was recognized by John Deere for continued excellence in operational and commercial performance, earning high ratings in quality, delivery, and cost management.  This is the second year Dana has received this honor from John Deere.

The company's Off-Highway Driveline facility in Como, Italy, was also recognized by AGCO as Supplier of the Year for outstanding quality of products delivered by a supplier. 

In addition, Dana's Power Technology facility in Paris, Tenn., recently received Honda's Excellence in Value award recognizing outstanding efficiency in manufacturing processes, quality, and delivery, including zero downtime.

Company Showcases New Technologies for Commercial Vehicles
Last month at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), Dana displayed its comprehensive lineup of driveline technologies optimized for engine downspeeding, along with additional innovations engineered to increase efficiency and fuel economy.  Most notably, the company's new Spicer® AdvanTEK® Dual Range Disconnect™ technologies for tandem axles used in Class 8 linehaul applications enables further engine downspeeding and improves powertrain efficiency from 2 to 5 percent over conventional tandem axles on the market today offering significant fuel savings without sacrificing performance. 

The company also introduced a new family of single-reduction drive axles for North American commercial vehicles that leverages its industry-leading AdvanTEK technology, a common head-assembly architecture, and other proven Spicer® axle technologies to reduce weight, improve efficiency, and enhance durability. Lighter weight than competing axles on the market today, these axles are designed with numerous innovations, including increased power density and efficiency in a smaller package; smooth interior surfaces that decrease churning losses; superior machining and castings for extended durability; and an efficient lubrication system that requires 10 percent less lube.

Dana to Host Conference Call at 10 a.m. Today
Dana will discuss its first quarter in a conference call at 10 a.m. EDT today.  Participants may listen to the conference call via audio streaming online or telephone.  Slide viewing is available via Dana's investor website: www.dana.com/investorsUnited States and Canadian locations should dial 1-888-311-4590 and international locations should call 1-706-758-0054, and enter 19591001.  Please ask for the "Dana Holding Corporate Financial Webcast and Conference Call."  Phone registration will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. 

An audio recording of the webcast will be available after 7 p.m. today; dial 1-855-859-2056 (U.S. or Canada) or 1-404-537-3406 (international) and enter 19591001.  A webcast replay will be available after 7 p.m. today, and may be accessed via Dana's investor website.

Non-GAAP Financial Information
This release refers to adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, which we have defined as earnings from continuing and discontinued operations before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, equity grant expense, restructuring expense and other nonrecurring items (gain/loss on debt extinguishment, pension settlements or divestitures, impairment, etc.). Adjusted EBITDA is a primary driver of cash flows from operations and a measure of our ability to maintain and continue to invest in our operations and provide shareholder returns. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for income before income taxes, net income or other results reported in accordance with GAAP.   Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Diluted adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure, which we have defined as adjusted net income divided by adjusted diluted shares.  We define adjusted net income as net income attributable to the parent company, excluding any nonrecurring income tax items, restructuring and impairment expense, amortization expense and other nonrecurring items (as used in adjusted EBITDA), net of any associated income tax effects.  We define adjusted diluted shares as diluted shares as determined in accordance with GAAP based on adjusted net income.  This measure is considered useful for purposes of providing investors, analysts, and other interested parties with an indicator of ongoing financial performance that provides enhanced comparability to EPS reported by other companies.  Diluted adjusted EPS is neither intended to represent nor be an alternative measure to diluted EPS reported under GAAP.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure, which we have defined as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, less purchases of property, plant, and equipment.  We believe this measure is useful to investors in evaluating the operational cash flow of the company inclusive of the spending required to maintain the operations.  Free cash flow is neither intended to represent nor be an alternative to the measure of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities reported under GAAP.  Free cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The accompanying financial information provides reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA, diluted adjusted EPS, and free cash flow to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Please reference the "Non-GAAP financial information" accompanying our quarterly earnings conference call presentations on our website at www.dana.com/investors for our GAAP results and the reconciliations of these measures, where used, to the comparable GAAP measures.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements and projections contained in this news release are, by their nature, forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change.  Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. 

Dana's Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss important risk factors that could affect our business, results of operations, and financial condition.  The forward-looking statements in this news release speak only as of this date.  Dana does not undertake any obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason.

About Dana Holding Corporation 
Dana is a global leader in the supply of highly engineered driveline, sealing, and thermal-management technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of vehicles with both conventional and alternative-energy powertrains.  Serving three primary markets – passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway equipment – Dana provides the world's original-equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with local product and service support through a network of nearly 100 engineering, manufacturing, and distribution facilities.  Founded in 1904 and based in Maumee, Ohio, the company employs approximately 23,000 people in 25 countries on six continents.  In 2014, Dana generated sales of $6.6 billion.  For more information, please visit dana.com.

 

 DANA HOLDING CORPORATION 

 Consolidated Statement of Operations (Unaudited) 

 For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 












Three Months Ended

 (In millions except per share amounts) 



March 31, 





2015


2014

 Net sales 




$      1,608


$      1,688

 Costs and expenses 






     Cost of sales 



1,380


1,454

     Selling, general and administrative expenses 



100


105

     Amortization of intangibles 



5


13

     Restructuring charges, net 



1


9

 Loss on extinguishment of debt 



(2)



 Other income (expense), net 



12


(6)

 Income from continuing operations before 






     interest expense and income taxes 



132


101

 Interest expense 



28


30

 Income from continuing operations before 






     income taxes 



104


71

 Income tax expense 



31


34

 Equity in earnings of affiliates 



1


1

 Income from continuing operations 



74


38

 Loss from discontinued operations 





(1)

 Net income 



74


37

     Less: Noncontrolling interests net income 



11


3

 Net income attributable to the parent company 



63


34

 Preferred stock dividend requirements 





3

 Net income available to common stockholders 



$            63


$            31








 Net income per share available to parent 






     company common stockholders: 






    Basic: 







         Income from continuing operations 



$        0.38


$        0.21

         Loss from discontinued operations 



$             -


$             -

         Net income 



$        0.38


$        0.21

    Diluted: 







         Income from continuing operations 



$        0.38


$        0.19

         Loss from discontinued operations 



$             -


$             -

         Net income 



$        0.38


$        0.19

 Weighted-average common shares outstanding 






    Basic 




164.7


150.7

    Diluted 




166.0


177.0








Dividends declared per common share



$        0.05


$        0.05

 

 

 DANA HOLDING CORPORATION 

 Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited) 

 For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 














Three Months Ended

 (In millions) 



March 31, 







2015


2014

 Net income 



$            74


$            37


 Less: Noncontrolling interests net income 


11


3

 Net income attributable to the parent company 


63


34








 Other comprehensive income (loss) attributable to  






   the parent company, net of tax: 







Currency translation adjustments



(99)


(12)


Hedging gains and losses



(1)




Investment and other gains and losses



1




Defined benefit plans



16


7


Other comprehensive loss attributable








to the parent company



(83)


(5)








 Other comprehensive income (loss) attributable to 






   noncontrolling interests, net of tax: 







Currency translation adjustments





(1)


Defined benefit plans



1




Other comprehensive income (loss) attributable to







noncontrolling interests



1


(1)








Total comprehensive income (loss) attributable






to the parent company


(20)


29

Total comprehensive income attributable






to noncontrolling interests


12


2

Total comprehensive income (loss)


$            (8)


$            31

 

 DANA HOLDING CORPORATION 

 Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited) 

 As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 







 (In millions except share and per share amounts) 

March 31, 


December 31, 




2015


2014

 Assets 




 Current assets 




 Cash and cash equivalents 

$                885


$          1,121

 Marketable securities 

165


169

 Accounts receivable 





Trade, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $6 in both 2015 and 2014 

880


755


Other 

119


117

 Inventories 

686


654

 Other current assets 

125


111

 Current assets of disposal group held for sale 



27



 Total current assets 

2,860


2,954

 Goodwill 

79


90

 Intangibles 

152


169

 Other noncurrent assets 

313


337

 Investments in affiliates 

203


204

 Property, plant and equipment, net 

1,131


1,176



 Total assets 

$             4,738


$          4,930







 Liabilities and equity 




 Current liabilities 




 Notes payable, including current portion of long-term debt 

$                  53


$                65

 Accounts payable 

866


791

 Accrued payroll and employee benefits 

127


158

 Taxes on income 

40


32

 Other accrued liabilities 

182


194

 Current liabilities of disposal group held for sale 



21



 Total current liabilities 

1,268


1,261

 Long-term debt 

1,572


1,613

 Pension and postretirement obligations 

532


580

 Other noncurrent liabilities 

269


279

 Noncurrent liabilities of disposal group held for sale 



17



 Total liabilities 

3,641


3,750

 Commitments and contingencies 




 Parent company stockholders' equity 





 Preferred stock, 50,000,000 shares authorized, $0.01 par value, 






 zero shares outstanding 

-


-


 Common stock, 450,000,000 shares authorized, $0.01 par value, 






 163,458,091 and 166,070,057 shares outstanding 

2


2


 Additional paid-in capital 

2,644


2,640


 Accumulated deficit 

(477)


(532)


 Treasury stock, at cost (4,622,370 and 1,588,990 shares) 

(98)


(33)


 Accumulated other comprehensive loss 

(1,080)


(997)



 Total parent company stockholders' equity 

991


1,080

 Noncontrolling equity 

106


100



 Total equity 

1,097


1,180



 Total liabilities and equity 

$             4,738


$          4,930

 

 


 DANA HOLDING CORPORATION 

 Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited) 

 For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 










Three Months Ended

 (In millions) 


March 31, 




2015


2014

 Operating activities 





 Net income 


$            74


$            37

 Depreciation 


39


40

 Amortization of intangibles 


6


15

 Amortization of deferred financing charges 


1


1

 Call premium on senior notes 


2



 Unremitted earnings of affiliates 


1


1

 Stock compensation expense 


3


4

 Deferred income taxes 


5


(1)

 Pension contributions, net 


(5)


(2)

 Interest payment received on payment-in-kind note receivable 




40

 Change in working capital 


(141)


(114)

 Other, net 


(5)


10

 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (1) 


(20)


31







 Investing activities 





 Purchases of property, plant and equipment (1) 


(62)


(67)

 Principal payment received on payment-in-kind note receivable 




35

 Purchases of marketable securities 


(11)


(35)

 Proceeds from sales of marketable securities 


10



 Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities 


6


2

 Other 


(2)


4

 Net cash used in investing activities 


(59)


(61)







 Financing activities 





 Net change in short-term debt 


6


(10)

 Repayment of letters of credit 


(4)



 Proceeds from long-term debt 


18


1

 Repayment of long-term debt 


(56)


(12)

 Call premium on senior notes 


(2)



 Dividends paid to preferred stockholders 




(2)

 Distributions to noncontrolling interests 


(1)


(1)

 Repurchases of common stock 


(63)


(64)

 Other 


(2)


1

 Net cash used in financing activities 


(104)


(87)







 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents 


(183)


(117)

 Cash and cash equivalents − beginning of period 


1,121


1,256

 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash balances 


(53)


(23)

 Cash and cash equivalents − end of period 


$         885


$      1,116







(1)

Free cash flow of ($82) in 2015 and ($36) in 2014 is the sum of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities reduced by the purchases of property, plant and equipment.

 

 DANA HOLDING CORPORATION 

 Segment Sales & Segment EBITDA (Unaudited) 

 For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 










Three Months Ended

 (In millions) 



March 31, 




2015


2014

 Sales 






Light Vehicle



$           637


$           618

Commercial Vehicle



433


457

Off-Highway



284


341

Power Technologies



254


272

 Total Sales 



$        1,608


$        1,688







 Segment EBITDA 






Light Vehicle



$             64


$             30

Commercial Vehicle



35


44

Off-Highway



39


42

Power Technologies



38


44

 Total Segment EBITDA 



176


160

 Corporate expense and other items, net 





5

 Adjusted EBITDA 



$           176


$           165

 

 

 DANA HOLDING CORPORATION 

 Reconciliation of Segment and Adjusted EBITDA 

 to Net Income (Unaudited) 

 For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 








Three Months Ended

 (In millions) 


March 31, 



2015


2014

 Segment EBITDA 


$           176


$           160

Corporate expense and other items, net




5

 Adjusted EBITDA 


176


165

Depreciation


(39)


(40)

Amortization of intangibles


(6)


(15)

Restructuring


(1)


(9)

Stock compensation expense


(3)


(4)

Strategic transaction expenses and other items


(1)


(1)

Gain on derecognition of noncontrolling interest


5



Loss on extinguishment of debt


(2)



Recognition of unrealized gain on payment-in-kind note receivable




2

Interest expense, net


(25)


(27)

 Income from continuing operations before income taxes 


104


71

 Income tax expense 


31


34

 Equity in earnings of affiliates 


1


1

 Income from continuing operations 


74


38

 Loss from discontinued operations 




(1)

 Net income 


$             74


$             37

 

 

 DANA HOLDING CORPORATION 

 Diluted Adjusted EPS (Unaudited) 

 For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 










Three Months Ended

 (In millions except per share amounts) 



March 31, 




2015


2014

 Net income attributable to parent company 


$             63


$             34

 Restructuring charges (1) 



1


9

 Amortization of intangibles (1) 



4


11

 Non-recurring items (1): 






   Noncontrolling interests adjustments 



4



   Loss on extinguishment of debt 



2



   Nonrecurring tax expense 



8



   Other items 



1


3

 Adjusted net income 



$             83


$             57







 Diluted shares - as reported 



166


177

 Adjusted diluted shares 



166


177







 Diluted adjusted EPS 



$          0.50


$          0.32







 (1) Amounts are net of associated tax effect. 

 

 

SOURCE Dana Holding Corporation

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