Linamar Delivers Record Results, Double Digit Top and Bottom Line Growth, Margin Expansion and Debt Reduction

GUELPH, ON, Aug. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - (TSX: LNR)

  • Sales increase 21% over the second quarter of 2015 ("Q2 2015") to reach record levels of $1.66 billion;
  • Operating earnings increase 29% over Q2 2015 to reach record levels of $213.7 million;
  • Net earnings up 31% and earnings per share, on a diluted basis, up 30.6% over Q2 2015 reaching record levels of $157.3 million and $2.39 respectively;
  • Continued business wins take launch book to $3.9 billion;
  • Powertrain/Driveline delivers excellent sales and operating earnings growth with operating earnings up 45% to $160.9 million from Q2 2015 on a sales increase of 26% on global light vehicle markets up 3.2%;
  • Content per vehicle growth in every market; and
  • Market share growth on newly launched telehandler and boom products at Skyjack in core North American market.

 


Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30


June 30

(in millions of dollars, except earnings per share figures)

2016

2015

2016

2015

$

$

$

$

Sales

1,657.2

1,368.1

3,175.3

2,645.6

Operating Earnings (Loss)1






Powertrain/Driveline

160.9

111.0

305.0

222.5


Industrial

52.8

54.6

80.8

98.9

Operating Earnings (Loss)

213.7

165.6

385.8

321.4

Net Earnings (Loss)

157.3

120.1

283.8

233.8

Net Earnings (Loss) per Share – Diluted

2.39

1.83

4.31

3.56

 

Operating Highlights

Sales for the second quarter of 2016 ("Q2 2016") were $1,657.2 million, up $289.1 million from $1,368.1 million in Q2 2015.

Sales for the Powertrain/Driveline segment ("Powertrain/Driveline") increased by $283.1 million, or 26.1% in Q2 2016 compared with Q2 2015.  The sales increase in Q2 2016 was impacted by:

  • the acquisition of Montupet S.A. in Q1 2016;
  • significant levels of newly launched programs in North America and Europe;
  • higher sales resulting from favourable changes in foreign exchange rates; and
  • higher sales on mature programs in North America and Asia.

The Industrial segment ("Industrial") product sales increased 2.1%, or $6.0 million, to $290.1 million in Q2 2016 from Q2 2015.  The sales increase was due to:

  • significant market share growth for telehandlers in North America; partially offset by
  • a delay in spending of larger national customers seen in the quarter.

The company's operating earnings for Q2 2016 were $213.7 million.  This compares to $165.6 million in Q2 2015, an increase of $48.1 million.

Q2 2016 operating earnings for Powertrain/Driveline were higher by $49.9 million, or 45.0% over Q2 2015.  The Powertrain/Driveline segment experienced the following in Q2 2016:

  • earnings related to the acquisition of Montupet S.A.;
  • improved earnings as production volumes increased on both mature and launching programs;
  • better margins as a result of productivity and efficiency improvements; and
  • higher earnings resulting from favourable changes in foreign exchange rates across multiple currencies and Linamar's growing global presence; partially offset by
  • increased management and sales costs supporting growth.

Industrial segment operating earnings in Q2 2016 decreased $1.8 million or 3.3% over Q2 2015. The decrease in Industrial operating earnings was predominantly driven by:

  • lower margins as a result of the spending delays of larger national customers; and
  • lower margins as a result of the product mix favouring new launching products such as telehandlers with lower margins; partially offset by
  • increased demand and market share growth in North America for the telehandler business.

"2016 is shaping up to be another record year of double digit top and bottom line growth," said Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz.  "We saw record results in Q2 which is fantastic and we feel confident in our ability to continue to grow.  Business wins are at a record level, markets are stable and opportunities globally significant."

Dividends

The Board of Directors today declared an eligible dividend in respect to the quarter ended June 30, 2016 of CDN$0.10 per share on the common shares of the company, payable on or after September 12, 2016 to shareholders of record on August 25, 2016.

Forward Looking Information, Risk and Uncertainties

Certain information provided by Linamar in this press release, MD&A, the consolidated financial statements and other documents published throughout the year which are not recitation of historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements. The words "may", "would", "could", "will", "likely", "estimate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "forecast" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that such statements are only predictions and the actual events or results may differ materially. In evaluating such forward-looking statements, readers should specifically consider the various factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements.

Such forward-looking information may involve important risks and uncertainties that could materially alter results in the future from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Linamar. Some of the factors and risks and uncertainties that cause results to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to, changes in the various economies in which Linamar operates, fluctuations in interest rates, environmental emission and safety regulations, the extent of OEM outsourcing, industry cyclicality, trade and labour disruptions, world political events, pricing concessions and cost absorptions, delays in program launches, the Company's dependence on certain engine and transmission programs and major OEM customers, currency exposure, technological developments by Linamar's competitors, governmental, environmental and regulatory policies and changes in the competitive environment in which Linamar operates.

The foregoing is not an exhaustive list of the factors that may affect Linamar's forwarding looking statements. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on Linamar's forward-looking statements. Linamar assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.

Conference Call Information

Q2 2016 Conference Call Information
Linamar will hold a conference call on August 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST to discuss its second quarter results.  The numbers for this call are (647) 427-3383 (local/overseas) or (888) 424-9894 (North America) conference ID 3028764, with a call-in required 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference call.  The conference call will be chaired by Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar's Chief Executive Officer.  A copy of the company's quarterly financial statements, including the Management's Discussion & Analysis will be available on the company's website after 4 p.m. EST on August 10, 2016 and at www.sedar.com by the start of business on August 11, 2016.  A taped replay of the conference call will also be made available starting at 8:00 p.m. on August 10, 2016 for ten days.  The number for replay is (855) 859-2056, Conference ID 3028764.

Q3 2016 Conference Call Information
Linamar will hold a conference call on November 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST to discuss its third quarter results.  The numbers for this call are (647) 427-3383 (local/overseas) or (888) 424-9894 (North America) conference ID 3049804, with a call-in required 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference call.  The conference call will be chaired by Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar's Chief Executive Officer.  A copy of the company's quarterly financial statements, including the Management's Discussion & Analysis will be available on the company's website after 4 p.m. EST on November 2, 2016 and at www.sedar.com by the start of business on November 3, 2016.  A taped replay of the conference call will also be made available starting at 8:00 p.m. on November 2, 2016 for ten days.  The number for replay is (855) 859-2056, Conference ID 3049804. 

Linamar Corporation (TSX:LNR) is a diversified global manufacturing company of highly engineered products powering vehicles, motion, work and lives. The Company is made up of 2 operating segments – the Powertrain/Driveline segment and the Industrial segment, which are further divided into 4 operating groups – Machining & Assembly, Light Metal Casting, Forging and Skyjack, all world leaders in the design, development and production of highly engineered products.  The Company's Machining and Assembly, Casting and Forging operating groups focus on precision metallic components, modules and systems for engine, transmission, driveline and body systems designed for global vehicle and industrial markets.  The Company's Skyjack operating group is noted for its innovative, high quality mobile industrial equipment, notably its class-leading aerial work platforms and telehandlers.  With more than 24,500 employees in 57 manufacturing locations, 6 R&D centers and 21 sales offices in 17 countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia, Linamar generated sales of $5.2 billion in 2015.  For more information about Linamar Corporation and its industry leading products and services, visit www.linamar.com or follow us on Twitter at @LinamarCorp.        

Guelph, Ontario
August 10, 2016

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1 For more information refer to the section entitled "Non-GAAP and Additional GAAP Measures" in the Company's separately released Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A").

SOURCE Linamar Corporation

For further information: For further information regarding this release please contact Linda Hasenfratz at (519) 836-7550.

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