AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA - News) today reported third quarter 2010 U.S. GAAP earnings of $0.87 per diluted share compared with $0.15 per diluted share a year ago. Sales were up 37.3% from third quarter 2009, sharply higher than global vehicle production growth of approximately 10%.
Third Quarter Highlights:
• Record third quarter sales of $1,410.9 million, up 37.3% from third quarter 2009.
• U.S. GAAP earnings were $0.87 per diluted share. For comparison with other periods, third quarter 2010 earnings were $0.71 per diluted share excluding a non-recurring item.
• The non-recurring item was a $21.2 million gain related to the reversal of a foreign tax credit valuation allowance.
• Operating income was $123.0 million, or 8.7% of sales.
• The Company repurchased approximately 1.0 million shares of its common stock.
• Today, the Company raised earnings guidance for 2010 to $2.85 – $2.95 per diluted share, excluding non-recurring items.
Third Quarter Performance: "New business growth drove our third quarter results as our leading-edge powertrain technology continued to penetrate the global market," said Timothy Manganello, Chairman and CEO of BorgWarner. "Our sales were up 37% in third quarter 2010 compared with third quarter 2009, or 44% excluding the impact of currency, while global vehicle production was up 10%. We grew in every major region of the world, most notably in China where our sales were up nearly 70%. Our sales in China now represent approximately 6% of our consolidated sales and have nearly doubled from a year ago. Favorable macroeconomic trends, such as the continued volume shift in Europe toward vehicles with higher BorgWarner content, including diesels, also drove higher sales. A continued focus on execution at our operations resulted in a strong operating income margin of 8.7% in the third quarter, up from 2.7% a year ago."
2010 Improved Outlook: Today, the Company raised its earnings guidance for 2010 to a range of $2.85 to $2.95 per diluted share from a previous range of $2.60 to $2.80 per diluted share. Both the current guidance range and the previous guidance range exclude non-recurring items. Revenue growth in 2010 is now expected to be approximately 40% compared with 2009. "Our outlook for vehicle production in North America, Europe and China has improved since our July 2010 guidance," Manganello said. "More importantly, we expect our growth to outpace the market as demand for our products continues to gain momentum. It is our expectation that 2010 will be a record year for the Company for both sales and earnings."
Financial Results: Sales were $1,410.9 million in third quarter 2010, up 37.3% from $1,027.8 million in third quarter 2009. Net earnings in the quarter were $106.7 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, compared with $17.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share in third quarter 2009. Third quarter 2010 net earnings included a non-recurring item of $0.17 per diluted share. The impact of foreign currencies in third quarter 2010, primarily the Euro, lowered sales by $(64.3) million, and lowered net earnings $(0.01) per diluted share.
For the first nine months of 2010, sales were $4,119.4 million, up 49.1% from $2,763.5 million in the first nine months of 2009. Net earnings in the first nine months of 2010 were $265.7 million, or $2.18 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $(25.7) million, or $(0.22) per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2009. Net earnings in the first nine months of 2010 included net non-recurring items of $0.05 per diluted share. The Company's net loss in the first nine months of 2009 included net non-recurring items of $(0.20) per diluted share. These non-recurring items are listed in the table below as reconciliations of non-U.S. GAAP measures, which are provided by the Company for comparison with other results, with the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures. The impact of foreign currencies, primarily the Euro, lowered sales by $(28.8) million in the first nine months of 2010 compared with the first nine months of 2009, while the impact on net earnings was $0.04 per diluted share.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $312.7 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared with $226.3 million in the first nine months of 2009. Investments in capital expenditures, including tooling outlays, totaled $187.8 million in the first nine months of 2010, compared with $127.2 million in the first nine months of 2009. Balance sheet debt increased by $349.0 million and cash on hand increased by $74.8 million compared with the end of 2009 primarily due to the acquisition of Dytech ENSA SL, the repurchase of approximately 5.0 million shares of common stock, the issuance of $250 million of 10-year senior notes, and the adoption of amended ASC Topic 860, "Accounting for Transfer of Financial Assets", which requires the Company to reflect its $80 million receivables securitization facility in its financial statements. The ratio of balance sheet debt net of cash to capital remained strong at 24.8% at the end of third quarter 2010.
Engine Group Results: Engine segment net sales were $1,018.8 million in third quarter 2010, up 38.6% from $735.3 million in the prior year's quarter as a result of strong turbocharger and timing system growth in the Asian markets along with solid turbocharger growth in Europe. Excluding the impact of currency, sales were up approximately 46%. Adjusted earnings before interest and income taxes were $136.4 million for the Engine Group in third quarter 2010, up 141.0% from $56.6 million in third quarter 2009.
Drivetrain Group Results: Drivetrain segment net sales were $397.1 million in third quarter 2010, up 33.8% from $296.8 million in the prior year's quarter. Excluding the impact of currency, sales were up approximately 39%. Strong four-wheel drive system sales in Asia and North America, higher dual clutch transmission module sales in Europe and higher traditional automatic transmission component sales around the globe boosted results. Adjusted earnings before interest and income taxes were $31.1 million for the Drivetrain Group in third quarter 2010, up 314.7% from $7.5 million in third quarter 2009.
• In September, the Company sold $250 million of 10-year senior notes with a coupon of 4.625%. The intended use of proceeds is for general corporate purposes.
• In July, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional 5 million shares of common stock.
• The Company announced that it supplies the engine timing system and transmission components for the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, the first vehicle to feature Chrysler Group LLC's all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. Compared with its predecessor, the new 290-horsepower engine improves torque by 11 percent, horsepower by 38 percent and fuel economy by 11 percent, enabling the Grand Cherokee to deliver up to 23 mpg.
Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA - News) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The Company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 60 locations in 18 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: http://www.borgwarner.com
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