TORONTO, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Martinrea International Inc. (TSX : MRE), a leader in the development and production of quality metal parts, assemblies and modules and fluid management systems and complex aluminum products focused primarily on the automotive sector, announced today the release of its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 and a quarterly dividend.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sixteenth consecutive quarter with record year-over-year adjusted earnings
  • Total sales of $851 million; production sales of $803 million
  • Record third quarter net income of $36.4 million, or $0.42 per share
  • Record third quarter adjusted net income(1) of $37.2 million, or $0.43 per share
  • Record third quarter adjusted EBITDA(1) of $103.7 million
  • Quarterly adjusted operating income(1) (6.9%) and adjusted EBITDA(1) (12.2%) margins increase substantially year-over-year
  • Balance sheet continues to strengthen; quarter end net debt:adjusted EBITDA(1) ratio very strong improving to 1.35:1
  • New business awards of approximately $40 million in annualized sales
  • Quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 declared
  • $9 million in share repurchases in the third quarter

OVERVIEW

Pat D’Eramo, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are pleased with a record third quarter in terms of earnings and margin performance, despite some volume headwinds, some modest tariff effects and foreign exchange losses during the quarter.  We continue to strengthen as a company, and that is demonstrated in improved metrics.  We had some new business wins in the quarter totalling $40 million in annualized sales at peak volume, including $18 million in new fluids product with Ford, Geely and JMC starting in 2021, and $22 million in new aluminum work, a camshaft for Scania starting in 2021 and a battery housing for Samsung starting in 2020.  This brings us to almost $600 million in new business wins in 2018 to date, making this our best year ever in terms of announcing organic growth in sales, giving us a solid pipeline for the future.  The new business involves work with a wide variety of customers, reflecting that we are becoming a solutions supplier to more than just our traditional customers, which also is a great platform for future growth.  This year should be a record year for us, and next year is shaping up to be better still.”

Fred Di Tosto, Chief Financial Officer, stated: “Sales for the third quarter, excluding tooling sales of $48 million, were $803 million, at the lower end of our previously announced sales guidance range, as certain platforms had lower than expected volumes.  In the quarter, our adjusted net earnings per share, on a basic and diluted basis, was $0.43 per share, within our quarterly guidance range but at the lower end due to a $2.1 million foreign exchange loss recognized during the quarter representing approximately $0.02 per share.  Quarterly adjusted operating income and adjusted EBITDA margins increased significantly year-over-year.  Operating income margin for the quarter hit 6.9%.  Our balance sheet continues to strengthen as well ending the quarter at a net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.35:1.  We anticipate a strong end to 2018, with fourth quarter production sales projected to be in the range of $820 to $860 million, and adjusted net earnings per share in the range of $0.49 to $0.53, great results despite launch activity, some continued anticipated softness in OEM volumes on certain platforms and some tariff effects from the U.S. and Canadian tariffs on steel and aluminum.”

Rob Wildeboer, Executive Chairman, stated: “We intend to maintain a strong balance sheet over time, and pay down debt as appropriate, while investing in our business, and that is what we have been doing.  As previously indicated, we did receive approval for a normal course issuer bid and did purchase some of our shares for cancellation in the third quarter.  Frankly, they represented a very good investment, given our performance and our prospects.  We intend to continue to buy back some shares at these price levels, while balancing our other potential uses for our capital.  I want to thank our people for their commitment and performance which has allowed us to generate the results to support an increased dividend and some stock buybacks this year.  We also are pleased with the USMCA agreement announced at the end of the third quarter.  While the USMCA is yet to be ratified, we are supportive of the automotive provisions that have been negotiated, which in our view will support a continued strong North American automotive industry and supply base.  We were very well positioned to benefit from NAFTA, and we remain very well positioned to benefit from the USMCA.  We are also supportive of the eventual removal of the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the three member countries of the USMCA on each other, which are hurting some of our customers and suppliers, and which have a relatively modest impact on our profitability, and we will continue to advocate accordingly.”

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

All amounts in this press release are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise stated; and all tabular amounts are in thousands of Canadian dollars, except earnings per share and number of shares. 

Additional information about the Company, including the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis of Operating Results and Financial Position for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 (“MD&A”), the Company’s interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 (the “interim consolidated financial statements”) and the Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2017, can be found at www.sedar.com.

Results of operations may include certain unusual and other items which have been separately disclosed, where appropriate, in order to provide a clear assessment of the underlying Company results.  In addition to IFRS measures, management uses non-IFRS measures in the Company’s disclosures that it believes provide the most appropriate basis on which to evaluate the Company’s results.

(1) The Company prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). However, the Company considers certain non-IFRS financial measures as useful additional information in measuring the financial performance and condition of the Company. These measures, which the Company believes are widely used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating the Company’s performance, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, nor should they be construed as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS. Non-IFRS measures include “Adjusted Net Income”, “Adjusted Net Earnings per Share (on a basic and diluted basis)”, “Adjusted Operating Income” and "Adjusted EBITDA”.

OVERALL RESULTS

The following tables set out certain highlights of the Company’s performance for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017. Refer to the Company’s interim consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 for a detailed account of the Company’s performance for the periods presented in the tables below.

         
  Three months ended
September 30, 2018
  Three months ended
September 30, 2017
 $ Change% Change 
Sales$851,136 $838,535 12,6011.5%
Gross Margin 127,130  113,418 13,71212.1%
Operating Income 58,449  50,106 8,34316.7%
Net Income for the period 36,381  36,022 3591.0%
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company$36,381 $36,229 1520.4%
Net Earnings per Share - Basic and Diluted$0.42 $0.42 -- 
Non-IFRS Measures*      
Adjusted Operating Income$58,449 $51,873 6,57612.7%
% of Sales 6.9% 6.2%  
Adjusted EBITDA 103,744  92,409 11,33512.3%
% of Sales 12.2% 11.0%  
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company 37,169  36,263 9062.5%
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share - Basic and Diluted$0.43 $0.42 0.012.4%
          


  Nine months ended
September 30, 2018
  Nine months ended
September 30, 2017
 $ Change % Change 
Sales$2,736,746 $2,811,857 (75,111)(2.7%)
Gross Margin 421,594  360,559 61,035 16.9%
Operating Income 218,565  179,097 39,468 22.0%
Net Income for the period 148,067  126,900 21,167 16.7%
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company$148,067 $127,177 20,890 16.4%
Net Earnings per Share - Basic$1.71 $1.47 0.24 16.3%
Net Earnings per Share - Diluted$1.70 $1.47 0.23 15.6%
Non-IFRS Measures*      
Adjusted Operating Income$218,565 $175,166 43,399 24.8%
% of Sales 8.0% 6.2%  
Adjusted EBITDA 349,438  295,663 53,775 18.2%
% of Sales 12.8% 10.5%  
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company 149,326  122,340 26,986 22.1%
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share - Basic$1.72 $1.41 0.31 22.0%
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share - Diluted$1.71 $1.41 0.30 21.5%
           

*Non-IFRS Measures

The Company prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). However, the Company considers certain non-IFRS financial measures as useful additional information in measuring the financial performance and condition of the Company. These measures, which the Company believes are widely used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating the Company’s performance, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, nor should they be construed as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS. Non-IFRS measures include “Adjusted Net Income”, “Adjusted Net Earnings per Share (on a basic and diluted basis)”, “Adjusted Operating Income” and "Adjusted EBITDA”.

The following tables provide a reconciliation of IFRS “Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company” to Non-IFRS “Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company”, “Adjusted Operating Income” and “Adjusted EBITDA”.

      
  Three months ended
September 30, 2018
 Three months ended
September 30, 2017
 
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company$36,381$36,229 
Unusual and Other Items (after-tax)* 788 34 
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company$37,169$36,263 
     
  Nine months ended
September 30, 2018
 Nine months ended
September 30, 2017
 
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company$148,067$127,177 
Unusual and Other Items (after-tax)* 1,259 (4,837)
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company$149,326$122,340 
*Unusual and other items are explained in the "Adjustments to Net Income" section of this press release


      
  Three months ended
September 30, 2018
 Three months ended
September 30, 2017
 
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company$36,381$36,229 
Non-controlling interest - (207)
Income tax expense 12,236 10,348 
Other finance expense (income) - excluding Unusual and Other Items* 1,994 (340)
Finance expense 6,937 5,451 
Unusual and Other Items (before-tax)* 901 392 
Adjusted Operating Income$58,449$51,873 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 41,787 36,873 
Amortization of intangible assets 3,349 3,897 
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment 159 (234)
Adjusted EBITDA$103,744$92,409 


     
  Nine months ended
September 30, 2018
 Nine months ended
September 30, 2017
 
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company$148,067$127,177 
Non-controlling interest - (277)
Income tax expense 48,254 37,863 
Other finance expense (income) - excluding Unusual and Other Items* 460 (1,083)
Finance expense 20,345 16,792 
Unusual and Other Items (before-tax)* 1,439 (5,306)
Adjusted Operating Income$218,565$175,166 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 120,345 109,401 
Amortization of intangible assets 10,159 11,623 
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment 369 (527)
Adjusted EBITDA$349,438$295,663 
*Unusual and other items are explained in the "Adjustments to Net Income" section of this press release


       
SALES      
       
Three months ended September 30, 2018 to three months ended September 30, 2017 comparison
       
  Three months ended
September 30, 2018
  Three months ended
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 $ Change% Change 
North America$648,649 $646,895 1,7540.3%
Europe 171,902  165,140 6,7624.1%
Rest of the World 33,542  30,319 3,22310.6%
Eliminations (2,957) (3,819)86222.6%
Total Sales$851,136 $838,535 12,6011.5%
          

The Company’s consolidated sales for the third quarter of 2018 increased by $12.6 million or 1.5% to $851.1 million as compared to $838.5 million for the third quarter of 2017. Sales increased year-over-year across all operating segments.

Sales for the third quarter of 2018 in the Company’s North America operating segment increased by $1.8 million or 0.3% to $648.6 million from $646.9 million for the third quarter of 2017. The increase was due to the launch of new programs during or subsequent to the third quarter of 2017, including the next generation GM Equinox/Terrain and SiIverado/Sierra pick-up truck; the impact of foreign exchange on the translation of U.S. denominated production sales, which had a positive impact on overall sales for the third quarter of 2018 of approximately $10.4 million as compared to the third quarter of 2017; and an increase in tooling sales of $6.0 million, which are typically dependant on the timing of tooling construction and final acceptance by the customer. These positive factors were partially offset by lower year-over-year production volumes on certain light-vehicle platforms including the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Chrysler 300/Challenger/Charger, and programs that ended production during or subsequent to the third quarter of 2017 such as the previous versions of the GM Equinox/Terrain and Silverado/Sierra pick-up truck.

Sales for the third quarter of 2018 in the Company’s Europe operating segment increased by $6.8 million or 4.1% to $171.9 million from $165.1 million for the third quarter of 2017. The increase can be attributed to the launch of new programs during or subsequent to the third quarter of 2017, including a 2.0L aluminum engine block for Ford and the ramp up of new aluminum structural components work and the new V8 AMG engine block for Daimler; a $4.3 million positive foreign exchange impact from the translation of Euro denominated production sales as compared to the third quarter of 2017; and a $1.4 million increase in tooling sales. These positive factors were partially offset by lower year-over-year production volumes on certain Jaguar Landrover platforms and the Ford Mondeo in Europe.

Sales for the third quarter of 2018 in the Company’s Rest of the World operating segment increased by $3.2 million or 10.6% to $33.5 million from $30.3 million in the third quarter of 2017.  The increase was due to a $2.0 million increase in tooling sales, higher year-over-year production sales in the Company’s operating facility in Brazil, and the launch of new aluminum structural components work for Jaguar Landrover in China, which began to ramp up in the first quarter of 2018; partially offset by a $1.9 million negative foreign exchange impact from the translation of foreign denominated production sales as compared to the third quarter of 2017 and lower year-over-year production volumes on the Ford Mondeo in China.

Overall tooling sales increased by $9.4 million to $48.0 million for the third quarter of 2018 from $38.6 million for the third quarter of 2017.

 
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 to nine months ended September 30, 2017 comparison
       
  Nine months ended
September 30, 2018
  Nine months ended
September 30, 2017
 $ Change % Change 
North America$2,091,651 $2,238,933 (147,282)(6.6%)
Europe 546,328  493,080 53,248 10.8%
Rest of the World 107,751  90,163 17,588 19.5%
Eliminations (8,984) (10,319)1,335 (12.9%)
Total Sales$2,736,746 $2,811,857 (75,111)(2.7%)
           

The Company’s consolidated sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 decreased by $75.1 million or 2.7% to $2,736.7 million as compared to $2,811.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The total decrease in sales was driven by a decrease in the North America operating segment, partially offset by year-over-year increases in sales in Europe and the Rest of the World.

Sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 in the Company’s North America operating segment decreased by $147.3 million or 6.6% to $2,091.7 million from $2,238.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The decrease was due to lower year-over-year production volumes on certain light-vehicle platforms including the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 300/Challenger/Charger, and programs that ended production during or subsequent to the nine months ended September 30, 2017 such as the previous versions of the GM Equinox/Terrain and Silverado/Sierra pick-up truck; the impact of foreign exchange on the translation of U.S. denominated production sales, which had a negative impact on overall sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 of approximately $44.0 million as compared to the corresponding period of 2017; and overall lower year-over-year production volumes resulting from unplanned OEM shutdowns during the second quarter of 2018 because of a fire at an industry-wide supplier of magnesium components which disrupted the automotive supply chain and, as a result, production levels of various vehicle platforms at Ford, FCA, GM, Daimler and BMW for a period of time during the month of May. These negative factors were partially offset by the launch of new programs during or subsequent to the nine months ended September 30, 2017, including the next generation GM Equinox/Terrain and Silverado/Sierra pick-up truck, and an increase in tooling sales of $20.5 million, which are typically dependant on the timing of tooling construction and final acceptance by the customer.

Sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 in the Company’s Europe operating segment increased by $53.2 million or 10.8% to $546.3 million from $493.1 million for the nine months ended September 30 2017. The increase can be attributed to the launch of new programs during or subsequent to the nine months ended September 30, 2017, including a 2.0L aluminum engine block for Ford and the ramp up of new aluminum structural components work and the new V8 AMG engine block for Daimler; the impact of foreign exchange on the translation of Euro denominated production sales, which had a positive impact on overall sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 of $28.5 million as compared to the corresponding period of 2017; and a $9.2 million increase in tooling sales. These positive factors were partially offset by lower year-over-year production volumes on certain Jaguar Landrover platforms and the Ford Mondeo in Europe.

Sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 in the Company’s Rest of the World operating segment increased by $17.6 million or 19.5% to $107.8 million from $90.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The increase was due to an $11.0 million increase in tooling sales, higher year-over-year production sales in the Company’s operating facility in Brazil, and the launch of new aluminum structural components work for Jaguar Landrover in China, which began to ramp up in the first quarter of 2018; partially offset by a $3.4 million negative foreign exchange impact from the translation of foreign denominated production sales as compared to corresponding period of 2017 and lower year-over-year production volumes on the Ford Mondeo in China.

Overall tooling sales increased by $41.9 million to $184.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 from $142.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

       
GROSS MARGIN      
       
Three months ended September 30, 2018 to three months ended September 30, 2017 comparison
       
  Three months ended
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  Three months ended
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 $ Change% Change 
Gross margin$127,130 $113,418 13,71212.1%
% of Sales 14.9% 13.5%  
         

The gross margin percentage for the third quarter of 2018 of 14.9% increased as a percentage of sales by 1.4% as compared to the gross margin percentage for the third quarter of 2017 of 13.5%. The increase in gross margin as a percentage of sales was generally due to:

  • productivity and efficiency improvements at certain operating facilities; and
  • general sales mix including new and replacement programs that launched, and old programs that ended production, during or subsequent to the third quarter of 2017.

These positive factors were partially offset by operational inefficiencies and other costs at certain other facilities, including upfront costs incurred in preparation of upcoming new programs and related new business in the process of being launched, and higher tariffs on steel.

 
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 to nine months ended September 30, 2017 comparison
       
  Nine months ended
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  Nine months ended
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 $ Change% Change 
Gross margin$421,594 $360,559 61,03516.9%
% of Sales 15.4% 12.8%  
         

The gross margin percentage for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 of 15.4% increased as a percentage of sales by 2.6% as compared to the gross margin percentage for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 of 12.8%. Consistent with the year-over-year increase in the third quarter of 2018 as explained above, the increase in gross margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, as a percentage of sales, was generally due to:

  • productivity and efficiency improvements at certain operating facilities; and 
  • general sales mix including new and replacement programs that launched, and old programs that ended production, during or subsequent to the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

These positive factors were partially offset by operational inefficiencies and other costs at certain other facilities, including upfront costs incurred in preparation of upcoming new programs and related new business in the process of being launched; higher tariffs on steel; and an increase in tooling sales which typically earn low margins for the Company.

ADJUSTMENTS TO NET INCOME
(ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY)

Adjusted Net Income excludes certain unusual and other items, as set out in the following tables and described in the notes thereto. Management uses Adjusted Net Income as a measurement of operating performance of the Company and believes that, in conjunction with IFRS measures, it provides useful information about the financial performance and condition of the Company.

 
TABLE A
     
Three months ended September 30, 2018 to three months ended September 30, 2017 comparison 
     
 For the three months ended For the three months ended 
 September 30, 2018 September 30, 2017(a)-(b)
 (a) (b)Change
     
NET INCOME (A)$36,381  $36,229 $152 
     
Add Back - Unusual and Other Items:    
     
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments (2) 901   (1,375) 2,276 
Executive separation agreement (3) -   1,767  (1,767)
     
     
TOTAL UNUSUAL AND OTHER ITEMS BEFORE TAX$901  $392 $509 
     
Tax impact of above items (113)  (358) 245 
     
     
TOTAL UNUSUAL AND OTHER ITEMS - AFTER TAX(B)$788  $34 $754 
     
     
ADJUSTED NET INCOME (A + B)$37,169  $36,263 $906 
     
     
Number of Shares Outstanding - Basic (‘000) 86,685   86,512  
Adjusted Basic Net Earnings Per Share$0.43  $0.42  
Number of Shares Outstanding - Diluted (‘000) 87,096   86,794  
Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share$0.43  $0.42  
     
     


 
TABLE B
     
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 to nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared   
     
 For the nine months ended
September 30, 2018
 For the nine months ended
September 30, 2017
 
  (a)-(b)
 (a) (b)Change
     
NET INCOME (A)$148,067  $127,177 $20,890 
     
Add Back - Unusual and Other Items:    
     
Gain on sale of land and building (1) -   (5,698) 5,698 
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments (2) 1,439   (1,375) 2,814 
Executive separation agreement (3) -   1,767  (1,767)
     
     
TOTAL UNUSUAL AND OTHER ITEMS BEFORE TAX$1,439  ($5,306)$6,745 
     
Tax impact of above items (180)  469  (649)
     
     
TOTAL UNUSUAL AND OTHER ITEMS - AFTER TAX(B)$1,259  ($4,837)$6,096 
     
ADJUSTED NET INCOME (A + B)$149,326  $122,340 $26,986 
     
Number of Shares Outstanding - Basic (‘000) 86,790   86,505  
Adjusted Basic Net Earnings Per Share$1.72  $1.41  
Number of Shares Outstanding - Diluted (‘000) 87,360   86,739  
Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share$1.71  $1.41  
     
     

(1) Gain on sale of land and building

During the first quarter of 2017, in connection with the relocation of an existing operation to another manufacturing facility, a building owned by the Company in Mississauga, Ontario was sold on an “as-is, where-is” basis. The building was sold for proceeds of $9.9 million (net of closing costs of $0.4 million) resulting in a pre-tax gain of $5.7 million.

(2) Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments

In the third quarter of 2017, the Company acquired 5,500,000 common shares in NanoXplore Inc. (“NanoXplore”), a publicly listed company on the TSX Venture Exchange trading under the ticker symbol GRA, for a total of $2.5 million through a private placement offering (the investment is further described in note 6 of the interim condensed consolidated financial statements and later on in the MD&A under the section “Investments”). As part of the transaction to acquire the common shares, the Company also received warrants entitling the Company to acquire up to an additional 2,750,000 common shares in NanoXplore at a price of $0.70 per share for a period of up to two years after issuance. 

During the first quarter of 2018, the Company acquired an additional 411,800 common shares in NanoXplore for a total of $0.7 million through another private placement offering. As part of the transaction to acquire the additional common shares, the Company also received warrants entitling the Company to acquire up to an additional 205,900 common shares in NanoXplore at a price of $2.30 per share for a period of up to two years after issuance.

The warrants in NanoXplore represent derivative instruments and are fair valued at the end of each reporting period with the change in fair value recorded through profit or loss. As at September 30, 2018, the warrants had a fair value of $2.7 million. Based on the fair value of the warrants as at September 30, 2018, an unrealized loss of $0.9 million was recognized in the third quarter of 2018 and an unrealized gain of $1.4 million was recognized for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.  As at September 30, 2017, the warrants had a fair value of $1.7 million which resulted in an unrealized gain of $1.4 million for the third quarter of 2017.  The unrealized loss (gain) is recorded in other finance income (expense) and has been added back for Adjusted Net Income purposes.

(3) Executive separation agreement

During the third quarter of 2017, David Rashid ceased to be an Executive Vice President of Operations of the Company. The costs added back for Adjusted Net Income purposes represents Mr. Rashid’s termination benefits (included in SG&A expense) as set out in his employment contract payable over a twelve-month period.

 
NET INCOME
(ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY)
        
Three months ended September 30, 2018 to three months ended September 30, 2017 comparison
        
   Three months ended
September 30, 2018
 Three months ended
September 30, 2017
$ Change% Change 
Net Income$36,381$36,2291520.4%
Adjusted Net Income$37,169$36,2639062.5%
Net Earnings per Share      
 Basic and Diluted$0.42$0.42  
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share      
 Basic and Diluted$0.43$0.42  
        

Net income, before adjustments, for the third quarter of 2018 increased by $0.2 million to $36.4 million from $36.2 million for the third quarter of 2017. Excluding the unusual and other items recognized during the third quarter of 2018 and 2017, as explained in Table A under “Adjustments to Net Income”, net income for the third quarter of 2018 increased to $37.2 million or $0.43 per share, on a basic and diluted basis, from $36.2 million or $0.42 per share, on a basic and diluted basis, for the third quarter of 2017. 

Adjusted Net Income for the third quarter of 2018, as compared to the third quarter of 2017, was positively impacted by the following:

  • higher gross profit on increased year-over-year sales as previously explained;
  • productivity and efficiency improvements at certain operating facilities; and
  • general sales mix including new and replacement programs that launched, and old programs that ended production, during or subsequent to the third quarter of 2017.

These positive factors were partially offset by the following:

  • operational inefficiencies and other costs at certain other facilities including higher tariffs on steel;
  • a year-over-year increase in SG&A expense as previously discussed;
  • a year-over-year increase in depreciation expense as previously discussed;
  • a year-over-year increase in finance expense on the Company’s revolving bank debt as a result of increased borrowing rates;
  • a net unrealized foreign exchange loss of $2.1 million for the third quarter of 2018 compared to a net unrealized foreign exchange gain of $0.2 million for the third quarter of 2017; and
  • a higher effective tax rate on adjusted income due generally to the mix of earnings (24.9% for the third quarter of 2018 compared to 22.9% for the third quarter of 2017).
 
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 to nine months ended September 30, 2017 comparison
        
   Nine months ended
September 30, 2018
 Nine months ended
September 30, 2017
$ Change% Change 
Net Income$148,067$127,17720,89016.4%
Adjusted Net Income$149,326$122,34026,98622.1%
Net Earnings per Share      
 Basic$1.71$1.47  
 Diluted$1.70$1.47  
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share      
 Basic$1.72$1.41  
 Diluted$1.71$1.41  
        

Net Income, before adjustments, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 increased by $20.9 million to $148.1 million from $127.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 largely as a result of the increase in the Company’s gross margin, as previously discussed, and the impact of the unusual and other items incurred during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 as explained in Table B under “Adjustments to Net Income”. Excluding these unusual and other items, net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 increased to $149.3 million or $1.71 per share, on a basic basis, and $1.70 on a diluted basis, from $122.3 million or $1.41 per share, on a basic and diluted basis, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

Adjusted Net Income for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017, was positively impacted by the following:

  • higher gross profit despite an overall decrease in year-over-year sales as previously explained;
  • productivity and efficiency improvements at certain operating facilities; and
  • general sales mix including new and replacement programs that launched, and old programs that ended production, during or subsequent to nine months ended September 30, 2017.

These positive factors were partially offset by the following:

  • operational inefficiencies and other costs at certain other facilities including higher tariffs on steel;
  • a year-over-year increase in SG&A as previously discussed;
  • a year-over-year increase in depreciation expense as previously discussed;
  • a year-over-year increase in finance expense on the Company’s revolving bank debt as a result of increased borrowing rates;
  • a net unrealized foreign exchange loss of $0.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to a net unrealized foreign exchange gain of $0.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017; and
  • a higher effective tax rate on adjusted income due generally to the mix of earnings (24.5% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to 23.5% for the nine months ended September 30, 2017).
 
ADDITIONS TO PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
       
Three months ended September 30, 2018 to three months ended September 30, 2017 comparison
       
  Three months ended
September 30, 2018
 Three months ended
September 30, 2017
$ Change% Change 
Additions to PP&E$62,591$56,3736,21811.0%
        

Additions to PP&E increased by $6.2 million to $62.6 million or 7.4% of sales in the third quarter of 2018 from $56.4 million or 6.7% of sales in the third quarter of 2017 due in large part to the timing of expenditures. The Company continues to make investments in the business, including in both new and replacement business, as the Company’s global footprint expands and as it executes on its growing backlog of new business in all its various product offerings.

 
Nine months ended September 30, 2018 to nine months ended September 30, 2017 comparison
       
  Nine months ended
September 30, 2018
 Nine months ended
September 30, 2017
$ Change% Change 
Additions to PP&E$182,502$168,10514,3978.6%
        

Additions to PP&E increased by $14.4 million year-over-year to $182.5 million or 6.7% of sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to $168.1 million or 6.0% of sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 generally due to the timing of expenditures. As explained above, the Company continues to make investments in the business, including in both new and replacement business, as the Company’s global footprint expands and as it executes on its growing backlog of new business in all its various product offerings.

DIVIDEND

A cash dividend of $0.045 per share has been declared by the Board of Directors payable to shareholders of record on December 31, 2018, on or about January 15, 2019.

ABOUT MARTINREA

Martinrea currently employs approximately 15,000 skilled and motivated people in 45 operating divisions in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and China.

Martinrea’s vision: making lives better by being the best supplier we can be in the products we make and the services we provide.  The Company’s mission is to make people’s lives better by delivering: outstanding quality products and services to our customers; meaningful opportunity, job satisfaction and job security to our people through competitiveness and prudent growth; superior long term investment returns to our stakeholders; and positive contributions to our communities as good corporate citizens.

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

A conference call to discuss those results will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8:00am. (Toronto time) which can be accessed by dialing (416) 340-2218 or toll free (800) 377-0758.  Please call 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference call. 

If you have any teleconferencing questions, please call Ganesh Iyer at (416) 749-0314.

There will also be a rebroadcast of the call available by dialing (905) 694-9451 or toll free (800) 408-3053 (conference id - 8453232#).  The rebroadcast will be available until November 27, 2018.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws including statements related to the growth or expectations of, improvements in, expansion of and/or guidance or outlook as to future revenue, sales, gross margin, earnings, and earnings per share (including as adjusted), or operating income margins, strength of the Company, the intention to maintain a strong balance sheet and pay down debt over time, program wins, expected volumes, the ramping up and launching of new programs and the financial impact of launches, pursuit of its strategies, the intention to purchase shares under the normal course issuer bid, the payment of dividends, statements regarding the USMCA and tariffs, as well as other forward-looking statements.  The words “continue”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “views”, “intend”, “believe”, “plan”, “outlook” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the Company believes are appropriate in the circumstances, such as expected sales and industry production estimates, current foreign exchange rates (FX), timing of product launches and operational improvements during the period and current Board approved budgets.  Certain forward-looking financial assumptions are presented as non-IFRS information, and we do not provide reconciliation to IFRS for such assumptions.  Many factors could cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors, some of which are discussed in detail in the Company’s Annual Information Form and other public filings which can found at www.sedar.com:

  • North American and global economic and political conditions;
  • the highly cyclical nature of the automotive industry and the industry’s dependence on consumer spending and general economic conditions;
  • the Company’s dependence on a limited number of significant customers;
  • financial viability of suppliers;
  • the Company’s reliance on critical suppliers and on suppliers for components and the risk that suppliers will not be able to supply components on a timely basis or in sufficient quantities;
  • Competition;
  • the increasing pressure on the Company to absorb costs related to product design and development, engineering, program management, prototypes, validation and tooling;
  • increased pricing of raw materials;
  • outsourcing and insourcing trends;
  • the risk of increased costs associated with product warranty and recalls together with the associated liability;
  • the Company’s ability to enhance operations and manufacturing techniques;
  • dependence on key personnel;
  • limited financial resources;
  • risks associated with the integration of acquisitions;
  • costs associated with rationalization of production facilities;
  • launch costs;
  • the potential volatility of the Company’s share price;
  • changes in governmental regulations or laws including any changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement;
  • labour disputes;
  • litigation;
  • currency risk;
  • fluctuations in operating results;
  • internal controls over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures;
  • environmental regulation;
  • a shift away from technologies in which the Company is investing;
  • competition with low cost countries;
  • the Company’s ability to shift its manufacturing footprint to take advantage of opportunities in emerging markets;
  • risks of conducting business in foreign countries, including China, Brazil and other growing markets;
  • potential tax exposure;
  • a change in the Company’s mix of earnings between jurisdictions with lower tax rates and those with higher tax rates, as well as under-funding of pensions plans;
  • the cost of post-employment benefits;
  • impairment charges;
  • cybersecurity threats; and
  • dividends.

These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on the Company’s forward-looking statements.  The Company has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

The common shares of Martinrea trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “MRE”.

For further information, please contact:

Fred Di Tosto
Chief Financial Officer
Martinrea International Inc.
3210 Langstaff Road
Vaughan, Ontario  L4K 5B2

Tel:         (416) 749-0314
Fax:        (289) 982-3001

 
Martinrea International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)     
      
      
 Note September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
ASSETS     
Cash and cash equivalents $83,694$71,193
Trade and other receivables2 613,807 556,049
Inventories3 466,953 376,972
Prepaid expenses and deposits  20,764 15,504
Income taxes recoverable  12,329 12,979
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS  1,197,547 1,032,697
Property, plant and equipment4 1,361,932 1,282,624
Deferred income tax assets  180,532 142,173
Intangible assets5 67,155 68,414
Other assets6 12,116 15,265
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS  1,621,735 1,508,476
TOTAL ASSETS $2,819,282$2,541,173
      
LIABILITIES     
Trade and other payables7$825,878$741,549
Provisions8 4,639 5,048
Income taxes payable  49,427 34,429
Current portion of long-term debt9 16,202 24,795
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES  896,146 805,821
Long-term debt9 684,378 629,222
Pension and other post-retirement benefits  62,777 65,258
Deferred income tax liabilities  73,738 82,373
TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES  820,893 776,853
TOTAL LIABILITIES  1,717,039 1,582,674
      
EQUITY     
Capital stock10 710,549 713,425
Contributed surplus  41,677 41,981
Accumulated other comprehensive income  105,533 94,268
Retained earnings  244,484 108,825
TOTAL EQUITY  1,102,243 958,499
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $2,819,282$2,541,173

Contingencies (note 16)

See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

On behalf of the Board:

“Robert Wildeboer”Director
  
“Scott Balfour”Director
  


 
Martinrea International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) (unaudited) 
          
          
   Three months
ended
 Three months
ended
 Nine months
ended
 Nine months
ended
 Note September 30,
2018
 September 30,
2017
 September 30,
2018
 September 30,
2017
          
SALES $851,136 $838,535 $2,736,746 $2,811,857 
          
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation of property, plant and equipment)  (684,888) (690,629) (2,202,537) (2,348,953)
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (production)  (39,118) (34,488) (112,615) (102,345)
Total cost of sales  (724,006) (725,117) (2,315,152) (2,451,298)
GROSS MARGIN  127,130  113,418  421,594  360,559 
          
Research and development costs  (6,228) (6,745) (19,375) (19,997)
Selling, general and administrative  (59,088) (53,864) (173,950) (159,002)
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (non-production)  (2,669) (2,385) (7,730) (7,056)
Amortization of customer contracts and relationships  (537) (552) (1,605) (1,632)
Gain (loss) on disposal of property, plant and equipment  (159) 234  (369) 527 
Gain on sale of land and building4 -  -  -  5,698 
OPERATING INCOME  58,449  50,106  218,565  179,097 
          
Finance expense  (6,937) (5,451) (20,345) (16,792)
Other finance income (expense)13 (2,895) 1,715  (1,899) 2,458 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES  48,617  46,370  196,321  164,763 
          
Income tax expense11 (12,236) (10,348) (48,254) (37,863)
NET INCOME FOR THE PERIOD $36,381 $36,022 $148,067 $126,900 
          
Non-controlling interest  -  207  -  277 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY $36,381 $36,229 $148,067 $127,177 
          
          
Basic earnings per share12$0.42 $0.42 $1.71 $1.47 
Diluted earnings per share12$0.42 $0.42 $1.70 $1.47 

See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statements.


Martinrea International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)

   Three months
ended
 Three months
ended
 Nine months
ended
 Nine months
ended
   September 30,
2018
 September 30,
2017
 September 30,
2018
 September 30,
2017
          
NET INCOME FOR THE PERIOD$36,381 $36,022 $148,067 $126,900 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:        
 Items that may be reclassified to net income        
 Foreign currency translation differences for foreign operations (26,682) (27,752) 13,143  (40,106)
 Change in fair value of investments (1,552) 3,336  (2,091) 3,336 
 Cash flow hedging derivative and non-derivative financial instruments:        
   Unrealized gain in fair value of financial instruments 2,378  -  403  - 
   Reclassification of gains to net income (219) -  (190) - 
 Items that will not be reclassified to net income        
 Remeasurement of defined benefit plans (595) 775  1,650  (2,954)
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax  (26,670) (23,641) 12,915  (39,724)
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD$9,711 $12,381 $160,982 $87,176 
          
Attributable to:        
 Equity holders of the Company 9,711  12,588  160,982  87,453 
 Non-controlling interest -  (207) -  (277)
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD$9,711 $12,381 $160,982 $87,176 

See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statements.


Martinrea International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)

   Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company   
                 
        Accumulated Retained      
        other earnings/   Non-  
    Capital Contributed comprehensive (accumulated   controlling Total
    stock surplus income deficit) Total interest equity
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2016$710,510 $42,660 $117,048 $(40,020)$830,198 $(522)$829,676 
Net income for the period -  -  -  127,177  127,177  (277) 126,900 
Change in non-controlling interest -  -  -  (1,849) (1,849) 799  (1,050)
Compensation expense related to stock options -  111  -  -  111  -  111 
Dividends ($0.09 per share) -  -  -  (7,788) (7,788) -  (7,788)
Exercise of employee stock options 284  (82) -  -  202  -  202 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax              
 Remeasurement of defined benefit plans -  -  -  (2,954) (2,954) -  (2,954)
 Foreign currency translation differences -  -  (40,106) -  (40,106) -  (40,106)
 Change in fair value of investments -  -  3,336  -  3,336  -  3,336 
BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 710,794  42,689  80,278  74,566  908,327  -  908,327 
Net income for the period -  -  -  32,366  32,366  -  32,366 
Compensation expense related to stock options -  12  -  -  12  -  12 
Dividends ($0.03 per share) -  -  -  (2,600) (2,600) -  (2,600)
Exercise of employee stock options 2,631  (720) -  -  1,911  -  1,911 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax              
 Remeasurement of defined benefit plans -  -  -  4,493  4,493  -  4,493 
 Foreign currency translation differences -  -  9,369  -  9,369  -  9,369 
 Change in fair value of investments -  -  4,621  -  4,621  -  4,621 
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2017 713,425  41,981  94,268  108,825  958,499  -  958,499 
Net income for the period -  -  -  148,067  148,067  -  148,067 
Compensation expense related to stock options -  283  -  -  283  -  283 
Dividends ($0.12 per share) -  -  -  (10,396) (10,396) -  (10,396)
Exercise of employee stock options 2,422  (587) -  -  1,835  -  1,835 
Repurchase of common shares (5,298) -  -  (3,662) (8,960) -  (8,960)
Other comprehensive income (loss),              
net of tax              
 Remeasurement of defined benefit plans -  -  -  1,650  1,650  -  1,650 
 Foreign currency translation differences -  -  13,143  -  13,143  -  13,143 
 Change in fair value of investments -  -  (2,091) -  (2,091) -  (2,091)
 Cash flow hedging derivative and non-derivative financial instruments:              
  Unrealized loss in fair value of financial instruments -  -  403  -  403  -  403 
  Reclassification of losses to net income -  -  (190) -  (190) -  (190)
BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2018$710,549 $41,677 $105,533 $244,484 $1,102,243 $- $1,102,243 

See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statements.


Martinrea International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)

   Three months
ended
 Three months
ended
 Nine months
ended
 Nine months
ended
   September 30,
2018
 September 30,
2017
 September 30,
2018
 September 30,
2017
CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN):        
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
Net Income for the period$36,381 $36,022 $148,067 $126,900 
Adjustments for:        
 Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 41,787  36,873  120,345  109,401 
 Amortization of customer contracts and relationships 537  552  1,605  1,632 
 Amortization of development costs 2,812  3,345  8,554  9,991 
 Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign exchange forward contracts (235) 331  (700) 781 
 Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments (note 6) 901  (1,375) 1,439  (1,375)
 Finance expense 6,937  5,451  20,345  16,792 
 Income tax expense 12,236  10,348  48,254  37,863 
 Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment 159  (234) 369  (527)
 Deferred and restricted share units expense 1,009  473  2,389  1,262 
 Stock options expense 55  37  283  111 
 Gain on sale of land and building (note 4) -  -  -  (5,698)
 Pension and other post-retirement benefits expense 1,193  1,137  3,565  3,429 
 Contributions made to pension and other post-retirement benefits (1,660) (473) (4,284) (1,449)
   102,112  92,487  350,231  299,113 
Changes in non-cash working capital items:        
 Trade and other receivables (35,769) 73,413  (47,335) 30,311 
 Inventories (26,603) (48,863) (85,841) (85,615)
 Prepaid expenses and deposits (1,693) 622  (5,385) (3,243)
 Trade, other payables and provisions 54,460  (42,659) 108,041  54,846 
  92,507  75,000  319,711  295,412 
 Interest paid (excluding capitalized interest) (8,065) (4,797) (22,309) (14,761)
 Income taxes paid (16,675) (10,597) (79,253) (43,254)
NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES$67,767 $59,606 $218,149 $237,397 
          
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:        
 Repurchase of common shares (8,960) -  (8,960) - 
 Increase in long-term debt (net of addition to deferred financing fees) 33,144  -  89,719  - 
 Repayment of long-term debt (5,340) (4,608) (52,343) (39,198)
 Dividends paid (3,909) (2,606) (9,114) (7,788)
 Exercise of employee stock options 750  -  1,835  202 
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES$15,685 $(7,214)$21,137 $(46,784)
          
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:        
 Purchase of property, plant and equipment* (69,506) (49,004) (220,808) (192,556)
 Capitalized development costs (3,610) (3,289) (10,094) (10,580)
 Investment in NanoXplore Inc. (note 6) -  (2,475) (680) (2,475)
 Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment 155  705  1,128  1,330 
 Upfront recovery of development costs incurred 169  -  2,445  1,170 
 Proceeds on disposal of land and building (note 4) -  -  -  9,872 
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES$(72,792)$(54,063)$(228,009)$(193,239)
          
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (2,224) (3,007) 1,224  (4,074)
          
INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 8,436  (4,678) 12,501  (6,700)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 75,258  57,143  71,193  59,165 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD$83,694 $52,465 $83,694 $52,465 

*As at September 30, 2018, $25,571 (December 31, 2017 - $63,877) of purchases of property, plant and equipment remain unpaid and are recorded in trade and other payables and provisions.

See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statements.