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GOODYEAR REPORTS RECORD SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS

15 Aug 13

AKRON, Ohio, July 30, 2013 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported record earnings for the second quarter of 2013.

 

“Our outstanding second quarter earnings demonstrate the disciplined execution of our strategies by Goodyear associates around the globe as our operations become more efficient, reliable and integrated,” said Chairman Rich Kramer. “We are leveraging this increased integration along with our product innovation to deliver sustainable earnings improvement through the cycle.

 

“We achieved significantly higher earnings, with record operating income in North America and Asia Pacific,” he said. “Our objective remains to focus on profitable targeted market segments where we can capture the value of our brands and prepare ourselves to take advantage of the market recovery when it comes.”

 

All four of Goodyear’s regional businesses achieved higher operating income in the second quarter compared to the year-ago period. Three businesses posted higher tire unit volumes than last year.

 

Commenting on Goodyear’s performance in Europe, Kramer said the company is seeing signs of volumes stabilizing and is achieving success in the summer tire market with industry-leading label-graded tires that have won numerous magazine tests versus competitors.

 

“Our strong first-half performance gives us confidence in our full-year outlook for global segment operating income, which we now expect to be about $1.5 billion, at the high end of our previously announced range of $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion, and the highest ever achieved by the company,” Kramer said. “Additionally, we continue to target positive cash flow in 2013, excluding pension pre-funding.”

 

Goodyear’s second quarter 2013 sales were $4.9 billion, compared to $5.2 billion a year ago. Second quarter 2013 sales reflect $35 million in higher tire unit volumes, more than offset by $131 million in lower sales in other tire-related businesses, most notably third party chemical sales in North America; $75 million in lower price/mix, despite continued favorable mix; and $60 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation. Tire unit volumes totaled 39.5 million, up 1 percent from 2012.

 

The company reported record segment operating income of $428 million in the second quarter of 2013. This was up 27 percent from the year-ago quarter, reflecting favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $92 million, cost savings net of inflation of $38 million (including raw material cost savings of $53 million) and $11 million in higher tire unit volumes, partially offset by unabsorbed overhead of $47 million resulting from lower production and $12 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation.

 

Goodyear’s second quarter 2013 net income available to common shareholders was $181 million (67 cents per share), a second quarter record and up $96 million from $85 million (33 cents per share) in the 2012 quarter. All per share amounts are diluted.

 

The 2013 second quarter included total charges of $13 million (5 cents per share) due to rationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation; $7 million (3 cents per share) due to discrete tax charges; and $5 million (2 cents per share) in charges relating to labor claims with respect to a previously closed facility in Europe; and a gain of $4 million (1 cent per share) on asset sales. All amounts are after taxes and minority interest.

 

Business Segment Results

North America

Second QuarterSix Months
(in millions)2013201220132012
Tire Units14.815.429.631.2
Sales$ 2,201$ 2,451$4,367$4,948
Segment Operating Income204188331268
Segment Operating Margin9.3%7.7%7.6%5.4%

 

North America’s second quarter 2013 sales decreased 10 percent from last year to $2.2 billion. Sales reflect a 3 percent decrease in tire unit volume, lower price/mix and lower third party chemical sales. Original equipment unit volume was flat. Replacement tire shipments were down 5 percent, reflecting weaker industry demand and decreased sales of lower-value consumer tires.

 

Second quarter 2013 segment operating income of $204 million was a 9 percent improvement over the prior year and a record for any quarter. Segment operating income was positively impacted by favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $36 million and $10 million in lower SAG expenses. This was partially offset by $10 million in lower tire unit volumes and $18 million of higher conversion costs due to unabsorbed overhead resulting from lower production exceeding lower employee benefit costs.

 

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Second QuarterSix Months
(in millions)2013201220132012
Tire Units14.614.229.732.2
Sales$1,577$1,596$3,184$3,534
Segment Operating Income511982109
Segment Operating Margin3.2%1.2%2.6%3.1%

 

Europe, Middle East and Africa’s second quarter sales decreased 1 percent from last year to $1.6 billion. Sales reflect a 2 percent increase in tire unit volume, which was more than offset by lower price/mix. Original equipment unit volume was up 7 percent. Replacement tire shipments were up 1 percent.

 

Second quarter 2013 segment operating income of $51 million was $32 million above the prior year. Favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $34 million, $19 million in lower SAG expenses and higher tire unit volumes of $8 million more than offset the $16 million impact of higher conversion costs primarily due to unabsorbed overhead resulting from lower production and $11 million in lower earnings in other tire-related businesses.

 

Latin America

Second QuarterSix Months
(in millions)2013201220132012
Tire Units4.54.39.08.6
Sales$531$503$1,044$1,024
Segment Operating Income8258142113
Segment Operating Margin15.4%11.5%13.6%11.0%

 

Latin America’s second quarter sales increased 6 percent from last year to $531 million. Sales reflect a 4 percent increase in tire unit volume and improved price/mix, partially offset by $50 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation and $26 million related to the sale of the bias truck tire business in certain countries. Original equipment unit volume was flat. Replacement tire shipments were up 9 percent.

 

Second quarter segment operating income of $82 million was up 41 percent from a year ago. Price/mix improvements of $52 million positively impacted segment operating income and lower raw material costs added $12 million. Segment operating income was negatively impacted by higher conversion costs of $22 million, $9 million in unfavorable currency translation and $8 million in higher SAG expenses.

 

Asia Pacific

Second QuarterSix Months
(in millions)2013201220132012
Tire Units5.65.310.710.2
Sales$585$600$1,152$1,177
Segment Operating Income91 71 175138
Segment Operating Margin15.6%11.8%15.2%11.7%

 

Asia Pacific’s second quarter sales decreased $15 million from last year to $585 million. Sales reflect a 5 percent increase in tire unit volume, offset by reduced price/mix, $12 million in lower sales in other tire-related businesses and $10 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation. Original equipment unit volume was up 4 percent. Replacement tire shipments were up 6 percent.

 

Second quarter segment operating income of $91 million was up 28 percent from last year and a record for any quarter. Segment operating income was positively impacted by favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $11 million, lower factory start-up costs of $9 million and $7 million in higher tire unit volumes, which more than offset $5 million in higher conversion costs and
$4 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation.

 

Year-to-Date Results

 

Goodyear’s sales for the first six months of 2013 were $9.7 billion, down 9 percent from the 2012 period. Sales reflect $329 million in lower tire unit volumes; $309 million in lower sales in other tire-related businesses, most notably third party chemical sales in North America, and $175 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation. Tire unit volumes totaled 79 million, down 4 percent from 2012.

 

The company’s first half segment operating income of $730 million was up 16 percent from last year and a record. Compared to the prior year, year-to-date segment operating income reflects favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $250 million and cost savings net of inflation of $73 million (including raw material cost savings of $110 million), which more than offset $174 million in higher conversion costs, primarily driven by unabsorbed overhead resulting from lower production; $49 million in lower tire volume; and $29 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation.

 

Goodyear’s year-to-date net income available to common shareholders of $206 million (79 cents per share) is up from $73 million (30 cents per share) in 2012’s first half. All per share amounts are diluted.

 

Outlook

 

Goodyear’s outlook continues to reflect 2013 tire unit volumes essentially at 2012 levels.

 

“We anticipate volume growth in the second half of 2013 compared to last year, with a 3 percent to 5 percent increase in the third quarter driven by continued improvement in emerging markets and slow but steady recovery in mature markets,” Kramer said.

 

For the full year of 2013 in North America, Goodyear’s industry outlook is unchanged. It expects consumer replacement as well as commercial replacement and commercial original equipment markets to be at essentially 2012 levels. It expects consumer original equipment volumes to be up approximately 5 percent.

 

For the full year in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Goodyear’s industry outlook is unchanged. It expects consumer replacement to be at essentially 2012 levels. It expects consumer original equipment volumes to be down approximately 5 percent and commercial original equipment to be flat to up 5 percent. Commercial replacement is expected to be up about 5 percent.