Delphi Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results;
Raises Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Outlook


Nov 02 2017


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GILLINGHAM, England - Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH), a leading global technology company serving the automotive sector, today reported third quarter 2017 U.S. GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $1.48 per diluted share. Excluding special items, third quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $1.66 per diluted share.

Third Quarter Highlights Include:

  • Revenue of $4.3 billion, up 4.4% adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures
  • U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $395 million, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.48
    • Excluding special items, earnings from continuing operations of $1.66 per diluted share, up 11%
  • U.S. GAAP Operating Income margin of 11.8%
    • Adjusted Operating Income margin of 13.1%; Adjusted Operating Income of $566 million, up 6%
  • Share repurchases and dividends of $172 million 

Year-to-Date Highlights Include:

  • Revenue of $12.9 billion, up 6.0% adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements, acquisitions and divestitures
  • U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $1,099 million, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $4.10 
    • Adjusted earnings from continuing operations of $4.95 per diluted share, up 11%
  • U.S. GAAP Operating Income margin of 11.1%. 
    • Adjusted Operating Income margin of 13.1%; Adjusted Operating Income of $1,690 million, up 4%
  • Share repurchases and dividends of $616 million
  • Raising outlook for sales, operating income and earnings per share
  • Spin-off of Powertrain Systems segment continues to progress 
    • Successfully completed Spin-off capital structure
    • Remaining company will be renamed Aptiv PLC following spin-off; Powertrain Spin-off will retain Delphi brand name as Delphi Technologies PLC

"Delphi delivered record third quarter financial performance, resulting from our strategy for disciplined growth and operational excellence while also continuing to invest for the future" said Kevin Clark, president and chief executive officer. "Our quarterly results were driven by double-digit growth in our fastest growing product lines, including active safety, infotainment, vehicle electrification and advanced gas solutions. The spin-off of Delphi Technologies PLC into a new public company is continuing to progress as planned, and our new business wins in the quarter reinforce strong growth outlooks for both companies. Additionally, as a result of our performance year-to-date, we are once again raising our full year 2017 outlook."

Third Quarter 2017 Results
The Company reported third quarter 2017 revenue of $4.3 billion, an increase of 6% from the prior year period. Adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements and the divestiture of the Company's Mechatronics business, revenue increased by 4.4% in the third quarter. This reflects growth of 6% in Europe, 19% in Asia and 25% in South America, partially offset by a decline of 8% in North America.

The Company reported third quarter 2017 U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $395 million and earnings from continuing operations of $1.48 per diluted share, compared to $293 million and $1.07 per diluted share in the prior year period. Third quarter Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, totaled $443 million, or $1.66 per diluted share, which includes the favorable impacts of a reduced share count and a lower tax rate compared to the prior period. Adjusted Net Income in the prior year period was $409 million, or $1.50 per diluted share.

Third quarter Adjusted Operating Income, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, was $566 million, compared to $534 million in the prior year period, resulting from the continued above-market growth of our businesses in Europe and Asia Pacific. Third quarter Adjusted Operating margin was 13.1%, consistent with the prior year period, reflecting sales growth and the beneficial impacts of cost reduction initiatives, offset by investments for growth and a 30 basis point reduction as a result of the Mechatronics divestiture. Depreciation and amortization expense totaled $183 million, an increase from $174 million in the prior year period.

Interest expense for the third quarter totaled $36 million, as compared to $41 million in the prior year period, which reflects the benefits of our debt refinancing transactions in the third quarter of 2016. 

Tax expense in the third quarter of 2017 was $60 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of approximately 13%, compared to $57 million, or an effective rate of 16%, in the prior year period. The decrease in the effective tax rate reflects the geographic mix of pretax earnings and the impact of discrete items.

The Company generated net cash flow from operating activities of $151 million in the third quarter, compared to $415 million in the prior year period. The decrease was attributable to the $310 million payment made to settle the Unsecured Creditors litigation in the third quarter of 2017.

Year-to-Date 2017 Results
For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported revenue of $12.9 billion, an increase of 5% from the prior year period. Adjusted for currency exchange, commodity movements and the divestiture of the Company's Mechatronics business, revenue increased by 6.0% during the period. This reflects growth of 6% in Europe, 15% in Asia, 19% in South America and consistent performance in North America.

For the 2017 year-to-date period, the Company reported U.S. GAAP net income from continuing operations of $1,099 million and earnings from continuing operations of $4.10 per diluted share, compared to $871 million and $3.18 per diluted share in the prior year period. Year-to-date Adjusted Net Income totaled $1,328 million, or $4.95 per diluted share, which includes the favorable impacts of a reduced share count and a lower tax rate compared to the prior period. Adjusted Net Income in the prior year period was $1,221 million, or $4.45 per diluted share.

The Company reported Adjusted Operating Income of $1,690 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to $1,626 million in the prior year period, resulting from the continued above-market growth of our business. Adjusted Operating margin was 13.1% for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to 13.2% in the prior year period, reflecting the 30 basis point impact of the Mechatronics divestiture, continued investments for growth and warranty charges, offset by sales growth and the beneficial impacts of cost reduction initiatives, including our continuing rotation to best cost manufacturing locations in Europe. Depreciation and amortization expense totaled $539 million, an increase from $526 million in the prior year period.

Interest expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 totaled $105 million, as compared to $123 million in the prior year period, which reflects the benefits of our debt refinancing transactions in the third quarter of 2016. 

Tax expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $183 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of approximately 14%, compared to $216 million, or an effective rate of 20%, in the prior year period. The decrease in the effective tax rate reflects the geographic mix of pretax earnings, the absence of certain restructuring charges recorded in the prior period for which no tax benefit was recognized and the impact of discrete items.

The Company generated net cash flow from operating activities of $1,040 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to $1,258 million in the prior year period, reflecting the $310 million payment made in 2017 to settle the Unsecured Creditors litigation as described above. As of September 30, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $0.6 billion and total debt of $4.9 billion, which includes the $800 million of Powertrain spin-off senior notes issued in September, as further described below.

Reconciliations of Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income per Share, Adjusted Operating Income and Cash Flow Before Financing, which are non-GAAP measures, to the most directly comparable financial measures, respectively, calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") are provided in the attached supplemental schedules.

Share Repurchase Program
During the third quarter of 2017, the Company repurchased 1.02 million shares for approximately $95 million under its existing authorized share repurchase program, leaving approximately $989 million available for future share repurchases. Year-to-date, the Company repurchased 4.67 million shares for approximately $383 million. All repurchased shares were retired, and are reflected as a reduction of ordinary share capital for the par value of the shares, with the excess applied as reductions to additional paid-in-capital and retained earnings.

Full Year 2017 Outlook

The Company's full year 2017 financial guidance is as follows:

(in millions, except per share amounts) Full Year 2017
Net Sales $17,350 - $17,450
Adjusted operating income $2,300 - $2,330
Adjusted operating income margin ~13.3%
Adjusted net income per share $6.70 - $6.80
Cash flow from operations $1,850
Capital expenditures $850
Adjusted effective tax rate ~14% - 15%


Acquisition of nuTonomy
Delphi further strengthened its position as a provider of autonomous mobility solutions by agreeing to acquire nuTonomy, Inc. ("nuTonomy"), a leading provider of autonomous driving software and technology. The combination of nuTonomy into Delphi's existing industry-leading autonomous driving operations will further accelerate the Company's commercialization of autonomous driving and Automated Mobility on-Demand solutions for automakers and new mobility customers worldwide. By combining efforts with nuTonomy in Boston, Singapore, and other pilot cities around the world, Delphi will have 60 autonomous cars on the road across three continents by year-end, with the goal to further accelerate global fleet expansion and technology development. The acquisition of nuTonomy is the latest in a series of investments that Delphi has made to expand its leadership position in the new mobility space, including the acquisition of autonomous driving software developer Ottomatika and data service companies Control-Tec and Movimento.

Spin-off of Powertrain Systems Segment into Delphi Technologies
The Company continued its progress toward the planned tax-free spin-off of its Powertrain Systems segment into a new, independent publicly traded company that will be named Delphi Technologies PLC, and remains on track to complete the transaction by March 2018. Certain details of the separation are included in the amended Form 10 registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and further information will be included in future amendments to the Form 10 registration statement. Following the separation, Delphi Technologies PLC intends to have its ordinary shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "DLPH". As previously announced, in September 2017 the financing of the spin-off was completed, consisting of the offering of $800 million of 5.00% senior notes due 2025 and the execution of a senior secured credit agreement which will provide a $750 million five-year term loan and a $500 million revolving credit facility to Delphi Technologies PLC upon completion of the separation. The proceeds received from the notes offering were deposited into escrow for release to Delphi Technologies PLC upon the separation. There can be no assurance regarding the timing of the spin-off or its completion, and the transaction is subject to customary market, regulatory and other conditions.

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call to discuss the planned transaction and these results at 8:30 a.m. (ET) today, which is accessible by dialing 888.486.0553 (US domestic) or 706.634.4982 (international) or through a webcast at http://investor.delphi.com/. The conference ID number is 99496762. A slide presentation will accompany the prepared remarks and has been posted on the investor relations section of the Company's website. A replay will be available two hours following the conference call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release contains information about Delphi's financial results which are not presented in accordance with GAAP. Specifically, Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income per Share and Cash Flow Before Financing are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted Operating Income represents net income before interest expense, other income (expense), net, income tax expense, equity income (loss), net of tax, income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax, restructuring, separation costs related to the planned spin-off of the Powertrain Systems segment, other acquisition and portfolio project costs, asset impairments and gains (losses) on business divestitures. Other acquisition and portfolio project costs include costs incurred to integrate acquired businesses and to plan and execute product portfolio transformation actions, including business and product acquisitions and divestitures. Adjusted Operating Income margin is defined as Adjusted Operating Income as a percentage of Net sales.

Adjusted Net Income represents net income attributable to Delphi before discontinued operations, restructuring and other special items, including the tax impact thereon. Adjusted Net Income Per Share represents Adjusted Net Income divided by the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the period. Cash Flow Before Financing represents cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations plus cash provided by (used in) investing activities from continuing operations, adjusted for the purchase price of business acquisitions and net proceeds from the divestiture of discontinued operations and other significant businesses.

Management believes the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are useful to both management and investors in their analysis of the Company's financial position, results of operations and liquidity. In particular, management believes Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Per Share and Cash Flow Before Financing are useful measures in assessing the Company’s ongoing financial performance that, when reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure, provide improved comparability between periods through the exclusion of certain items that management believes are not indicative of the Company’s core operating performance and that may obscure underlying business results and trends. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures for internal planning and forecasting purposes.

Such non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in the attached supplemental schedules at the end of this press release. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP and, as calculated, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

About Delphi
Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) is a high-technology company that integrates safer, greener and more connected solutions for the automotive and transportation sectors. Headquartered in Gillingham, U.K., Delphi operates technical centers, manufacturing sites and customer support services in 46 countries. Visit
delphi.com. Delphi Automotive will become two new, standalone companies by March 2018. Aptiv (NYSE: APTV) will comprise the Electronics & Safety and Electrical/Electronic Architecture segments, focused on accelerating the commercialization of new mobility solutions by providing the vehicle ‘brain’ and the ‘nervous system’ to global automotive and new mobility customers. Delphi Technologies (NYSE: DLPH), the powertrain segment, will leverage leading technologies and software to enable next-generation advanced vehicle propulsion systems for global customers, taking advantage of the industry move to electrification.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release, as well as other statements made by Delphi Automotive PLC (the “Company”), contain forward-looking statements that reflect, when made, the Company's current views with respect to current events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the Company's operations and business environment, which may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from any future results. All statements that address future operating, financial or business performance or the Company's strategies or expectations are forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for us to predict these events or how they may affect the Company. It should be remembered that the price of the ordinary shares and any income from them can go down as well as up. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events and/or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
 

Investor Contact:
Elena Rosman
+1.248.813.5091
elena.rosman@delphi.com

Media Contact:
Zach Peterson
+1.248.561.3640
zachary.peterson@delphi.com