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Meritor Reports Third-Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results
Adjusted EBITDA Margin Up 120 Basis Points Year-Over-Year to 9.6 Percent

TROY, Mich., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Third-Quarter Highlights

  • Sales were $909 million, down $70 million, or 7 percent, from the same period last year.
  • Net income attributable to Meritor on a GAAP basis was $13 million, compared with $234 million in the same period last year. Net income a year ago included $209 million from the antitrust settlement with Eaton Corporation.
  • Net income from continuing operations was $15 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared with $237 million, or $2.34 per diluted share, in the prior year.
  • Adjusted net income from continuing operations was $41 million, or adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.41, compared with $29 million, or $0.29, in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $87 million, compared with $82 million in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin was 9.6 percent, compared with 8.4 percent in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014.
  • Free cash flow was $71 million, flat relative to the same period last year.
  • Meritor repurchased $18 million of equity and equity-linked notes in the third quarter as part of its $210 million repurchase program.

Third-Quarter Results

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, Meritor posted sales of $909 million, down $70 million, or 7 percent, from the same period last year. This decrease was due to currency exchange rate declines in Europe and Brazil against the U.S. dollar. When adjusted for the impact of foreign currency, sales for the period increased 1 percent from a year ago.

Net income from continuing operations on a GAAP basis was $15 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared with $237 million, or $2.34 per diluted share, in the prior year.

Adjusted net income from continuing operations in the third quarter was $41 million, or adjusted per diluted earnings per share of $0.41, compared with $29 million, or adjusted per diluted earnings per share of $0.29, in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $87 million, compared with $82 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 was 9.6 percent, compared with 8.4 percent in the same period last year. The improvements in Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin were driven primarily by material, labor and burden performance and pricing actions, which more than offset the impact of lower revenue.

Free cash flow from operating activities in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 was $71 million, flat relative to the same period last year.

Third-Quarter Segment Results

Commercial Truck & Industrial sales were $705 million, down $56 million, or 7 percent, compared with the same period last year. Revenue was unfavorably impacted by the strengthening U.S. dollar against most currencies – especially the euro and the Brazilian real. Higher truck production in North America, driven by a strong Class 8 market, offset lower production in South America and China.

Segment EBITDA for the Commercial Truck & Industrial segment was $58 million for the quarter, up $3 million from the third quarter of fiscal year 2014. Segment EBITDA margin was 8.2 percent, up 1 percentage point from the same period last year. Strong material and operational performance and pricing actions more than offset the impact of lower revenue.

The Aftermarket & Trailer segment posted sales of $233 million, down 8 percent from the same period last year. The unfavorable impact of the strengthening U.S. dollar against the euro drove lower revenue in the company's Aftermarket business in Europe. Segment EBITDA for Aftermarket & Trailer was $31 million, compared with $28 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014. Segment EBITDA margin was 13.3 percent, up 2.2 percentage points from the same period last year. The increases in Segment EBITDA and Segment EBITDA margin were attributable to net material, labor and burden performance and pricing actions that were executed during the last year.

Balance Sheet Actions

Meritor enhanced its financial flexibility with capital market transactions completed in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015. The company issued an additional $225 million of its existing 6.25 percent notes due 2024. Net proceeds financed the repurchase of $85 million aggregate principal amount at maturity of its 7.875 percent convertible notes due 2026. As a result of this transaction, the dilution impact of these convertible notes has been reduced. The company also expects to use proceeds from the offering to fund the purchase of an annuity in the fourth quarter to satisfy its obligations under German pension plans for its employees.

In the quarter, Meritor repurchased 1.1 million common shares using $14 million of cash and also repurchased $4 million of its 4 percent convertible notes due 2027. As of June 30, the company has repurchased $49 million of equity and equity-linked notes and is on track to complete the program by the end of fiscal 2016.

New Business Win with PACCAR

Meritor announced that it has secured standard product positioning with PACCAR for front axles in North America. In January 2015, the company announced an agreement with PACCAR for preferred positioning on rear axles in North America and Australia.

"We are excited to continue building our relationship with PACCAR in such a significant way," said Jay Craig, CEO and President of Meritor. "The Meritor team remains fully committed to delivering industry-leading products to support PACCAR in building great trucks."

Outlook for Fiscal Year 2015

The company's guidance for fiscal year 2015 is as follows:

  • Revenue will be in the range of $3.50 billion to $3.55 billion, unchanged from prior guidance.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 9.3 percent, as compared with prior guidance of 9.0 percent to 9.2 percent.
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations will range from $1.40 to $1.50, as compared with prior guidance of $1.30 to $1.40.
  • Effective income tax rate of approximately 15 percent remains unchanged from the prior estimate.
  • Free cash flow to be approximately $110 million, up from previous guidance of approximately $100 million, excluding the potential impact of the company's planned buyout of its German pension liability.

Meritor anticipates the following assumptions for the entire company:

  • Capital expenditures of approximately $80 million, compared with the prior estimated range of $80 million to $90 million.
  • Interest expense in the range of $80 million to $85 million remains unchanged, excluding the loss on debt extinguishment from the capital market transactions executed during the third quarter.
  • Cash interest in the range of $65 million to $70 million remains unchanged.

"We believe our performance in fiscal year 2015 demonstrates our commitment to meet or exceed our financial objectives," Craig said. "We're confident that execution of our M2016 strategy positions us well to continue generating enhanced shareholder value."

Third-Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Conference Call

Meritor will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the company's third-quarter results for fiscal year 2015 on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 9 a.m. ET. To participate, call (617) 213-4865, 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. Please reference passcode 82851508 when registering. Investors can also listen to the conference call in real time or access a recording of the call for seven days after the event by visiting the investor page on www.meritor.com.

A replay of the call will be available starting at 1 p.m. ET on July 29, until 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 5, by calling (888) 286-8010 (within the United States) or (617) 801-6888 for international calls. Please refer to replay passcode 12130332. To access the listen-only audio webcast, visit meritor.com and select the webcast link from the home page or the investor page.

About Meritor

Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of more than 9,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 18 countries. Meritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at www.meritor.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

This release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "should," "are likely to be," "will" and similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to reduced production for certain military programs and our ability to secure new military programs as our primary military program winds down; reliance on major original equipment manufacturer ("OEM") customers and possible negative outcomes from contract negotiations with our major customers, including failure to negotiate acceptable terms in contract renewal negotiations and our ability to obtain new customers; the outcome of actual and potential product liability, warranty and recall claims; our ability to successfully manage rapidly changing volumes in the commercial truck markets and work with our customers to manage demand expectations in view of rapid changes in production levels; global economic and market cycles and conditions; availability and sharply rising costs of raw materials, including steel, and our ability to manage or recover such costs; our ability to manage possible adverse effects on our European operations, or financing arrangements related thereto, in the event one or more countries exit the European monetary union; risks inherent in operating abroad (including foreign currency exchange rates, implications of foreign regulations relating to pensions and potential disruption of production and supply due to terrorist attacks or acts of aggression); rising costs of pension and other postemployment benefits; the ability to achieve the expected benefits of restructuring actions; the demand for commercial and specialty vehicles for which we supply products; whether our liquidity will be affected by declining vehicle productions in the future; OEM program delays; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; successful development of new products; labor relations of our company, our suppliers and customers, including potential disruptions in supply of parts to our facilities or demand for our products due to work stoppages; the financial condition of our suppliers and customers, including potential bankruptcies; possible adverse effects of any future suspension of normal trade credit terms by our suppliers; potential difficulties competing with companies that have avoided their existing contracts in bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings; potential impairment of long-lived assets, including goodwill; potential adjustment of the value of deferred tax assets; competitive product and pricing pressures; the amount of our debt; our ability to continue to comply with covenants in our financing agreements; our ability to access capital markets; credit ratings of our debt; the outcome of existing and any future legal proceedings, including any litigation with respect to environmental or asbestos-related matters; possible changes in accounting rules; and other substantial costs, risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed herein and from time to time in other filings of the company with the SEC. See also the following portions of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2014, as amended: Item 1.Business, "Customers; Sales and Marketing"; "Competition"; "Raw Materials and Supplies"; "Employees"; "Environmental Matters"; "International Operations"; and "Seasonality; Cyclicality"; Item 1A.Risk Factors; Item 3.Legal Proceedings; and Item 7.Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. All earnings per share amounts are on a diluted basis. The company's fiscal year ends on the Sunday nearest Sept. 30, and its fiscal quarters generally end on the Sundays nearest Dec. 31, March 31 and June 30. All year and quarter references relate to the company's fiscal year and fiscal quarters, unless otherwise stated.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the results reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") included throughout this press release, the company has provided information regarding non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures include adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations, Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Free cash flow, and net debt.

Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations and Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations are defined as reported income or loss from continuing operations and reported diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations before restructuring expenses, asset impairment charges and other special items as determined by management. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-controlling interests in consolidated joint ventures, loss on sale of receivables, restructuring expenses, asset impairment charges and other special items as determined by management. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by consolidated sales from continuing operations. Free cash flow is defined as cash flows provided by (used for) operating activities less capital expenditures. Net debt including retirement liabilities is defined as total debt plus pension assets, pension liability, retiree medical liability and other retirement benefits less cash and cash equivalents.

Management believes that 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 and results of operations. In particular, management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin and Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations are meaningful measures of performance as they are commonly utilized by management and the investment community to analyze operating performance in our industry. Further, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for planning and forecasting future periods. Management believes that Free cash flow is useful in analyzing our ability to service and repay debt and return value directly to shareholders. Net debt, including retirement liabilities, is a specific financial measure which is part of our three-year plan, M2016, to reduce debt and other balance sheet liabilities.

Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations, Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for the reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of our operating performance or to cash flows as a measure of liquidity. Free cash flow should not be considered a substitute for cash provided by (used for) operating activities, or other cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP, or as a measure of financial position or liquidity. In addition, these non-GAAP cash flow measures do not reflect cash used to repay debt or cash received from the divestitures of businesses or sales of other assets and thus do not reflect funds available for investment or other discretionary uses.

These non-GAAP financial measures, as determined and presented by the company, may not be comparable to related or similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Set forth on the following pages are reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Segment EBITDA and EBITDA Margins

Segment EBITDA is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-controlling interests in consolidated joint ventures, loss on sale of receivables, restructuring expense and asset impairment charges. We use Segment EBITDA as the primary basis for the Chief Operating Decision Maker to evaluate the performance of each of our reportable segments. Segment EBITDA margin is defined as Segment EBITDA divided by consolidated sales from continuing operations.

MERITOR, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share amounts)



Quarter Ended
June 30,


Nine Months Ended
June 30,


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Sales

$

909



$

979



$

2,652



$

2,833


Cost of sales

(785)



(855)



(2,298)



(2,486)


GROSS MARGIN

124



124



354



347


Selling, general and administrative

(65)



(53)



(187)



(178)


Restructuring costs

(9)





(15)



(3)


Other operating income (expense), net

1



(1)



2



(2)


OPERATING INCOME

51



70



154



164


Other income (expense), net

(1)





3




Equity in earnings of ZF Meritor



190





190


Equity in earnings of other affiliates

10



11



28



28


Interest expense, net

(38)



(22)



(78)



(97)


INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

22



249



107



285


Provision for income taxes

(6)



(12)



(19)



(31)


INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

16



237



88



254


LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, net of tax

(2)



(3)



(1)



(4)


NET INCOME

14



234



87



250


Less: Net Income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1)





(2)



(4)


NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO MERITOR, INC.

$

13



$

234



$

85



$

246










NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO MERITOR, INC.








Net income from continuing operations

$

15



$

237



$

86



$

250


Loss from discontinued operations

(2)



(3)



(1)



(4)


Net income

$

13



$

234



$

85



$

246










DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE








Continuing operations

$

0.15



$

2.34



$

0.85



$

2.52


Discontinued operations

(0.02)



(0.03)



(0.01)



(0.04)


Diluted earnings per share

$

0.13



$

2.31



$

0.84



$

2.48










Diluted average common shares outstanding

100.3



101.1



101.0



99.1



    (1) Amounts for prior period have been recast for discontinued operations.

 


MERITOR, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Unaudited, in millions)




June 30,
 2015


September 30,
 2014

ASSETS:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

345



$

247


Receivables, trade and other, net


530



610


Inventories


365



379


Other current assets


52



56


TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS


1,292



1,292


Net property


393



424


Goodwill


420



431


Other assets


348



355


TOTAL ASSETS


$

2,453



$

2,502







LIABILITIES AND EQUITY (DEFICIT):





Short-term debt


$

18



$

7


Accounts and notes payable


611



680


Other current liabilities


303



351


TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES


932



1,038


Long-term debt


1,079



965


Retirement benefits


729



775


Other liabilities


304



309


Total deficit attributable to Meritor, Inc.


(618)



(612)


Noncontrolling interests


27



27


TOTAL DEFICIT


(591)



(585)


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND DEFICIT


$

2,453



$

2,502


 

MERITOR, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

AND RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA NON-GAAP

(Unaudited, In millions)



Quarter Ended
June 30,


Nine Months Ended
June 30,


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Sales:








Commercial Truck & Industrial

$

705



$

761



$

2,089



$

2,251


Aftermarket & Trailer

233



253



653



680


Intersegment Sales

(29)



(35)



(90)



(98)


Total sales

$

909



$

979



$

2,652



$

2,833


Segment EBITDA:








Commercial Truck & Industrial

$

58



$

55



$

171



$

165


Aftermarket & Trailer

31



28



86



73


Segment EBITDA

89



83



257



238


Unallocated legacy and corporate costs, net

(2)



(1)



(4)



(4)


Adjusted EBITDA

87



82



253



234


Interest expense, net

(38)



(22)



(78)



(97)


Provision for income taxes

(6)



(12)



(19)



(31)


Depreciation and amortization

(17)



(17)



(49)



(50)


Noncontrolling interests

(1)





(2)



(4)


Loss on sale of receivables

(1)



(2)



(4)



(7)


Restructuring costs

(9)





(15)



(3)


Antitrust settlement with Eaton, net of tax (3)



208





208


Income from Continuing Operations attributable to Meritor, Inc.

15



237



86



250


Loss from Discontinued Operations attributable to Meritor, Inc.

(2)



(3)



(1)



(4)


Net income attributable to Meritor, Inc.

$

13



$

234



$

85



$

246










Adjusted EBITDA Margin (2)

9.6

%


8.4

%


9.5

%


8.3

%


(1) Amounts for prior period have been recast for discontinued operations.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA margin equals Adjusted EBITDA divided by consolidated sales from continuing operations.

(3) Non-GAAP adjustment associated with our share of the antitrust settlement with Eaton less legal expenses incurred in fiscal year 2014.

 

MERITOR, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, in millions)



Nine Months Ended
June 30,


2015


2014 (1)

OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Income from continuing operations

$

88



$

254


Adjustments to income from continuing operations:




Depreciation and amortization

49



50


Restructuring costs

15



3


Loss on debt extinguishment

20



21


Gain from sale of property

(3)




Equity in earnings of ZF Meritor



(190)


Equity in earnings of other affiliates

(28)



(28)


Pension and retiree medical expense

20



30


Other adjustments to income from continuing operations

8



7


Dividends received from equity method investments

26



28


Pension and retiree medical contributions

(36)



(31)


Restructuring payments

(10)



(6)


Changes in off-balance sheet accounts receivable factoring

94



(27)


Changes in assets and liabilities

(111)



3


Operating cash flows provided by continuing operations

132



114


Operating cash flows used for discontinued operations

(10)



(11)


CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

122



103


INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Capital expenditures

(45)



(39)


Proceeds on sale of property

4




Net investing cash flows provided by discontinued operations

4



3


CASH USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(37)



(36)


FINANCING ACTIVITIES




Repayment of notes and term loan

(159)



(308)


Proceeds from debt issuance

225



225


Debt issuance costs

(4)



(9)


Repurchase of common stock

(30)




Other financing activities

(7)



10


CASH PROVIDED BY (USED FOR) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

25



(82)


EFFECT OF CHANGES IN FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(12)




CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

98



(15)


CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD

247



318


CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

$

345



$

303



    (1) Amounts for prior period have been recast for discontinued operations.

 

MERITOR, INC.

ADJUSTED INCOME AND EARNINGS PER SHARE — RECONCILIATION

Non-GAAP

(Unaudited)

(in millions, except per share amounts)



Quarter Ended
June 30,


Nine Months Ended
June 30,


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Income from continuing operations attributable to Meritor, Inc.

$

15



$

237



$

86



$

250


Adjustments (net of tax):








Antitrust settlement with Eaton (2)



(208)





(208)


Loss on debt extinguishment

19





19



21


Restructuring costs

7





13



3


Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Meritor, Inc.

$

41



$

29



$

118



$

66










Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

$

0.15



$

2.34



$

0.85



$

2.52


Impact of adjustments on diluted earnings per share

0.26



(2.05)



0.32



(1.85)


Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

$

0.41



$

0.29



$

1.17



$

0.67










Diluted average common shares outstanding

100.3



101.1



101.0



99.1



(1) Amounts for prior period have been recast for discontinued operations.

(2) Non-GAAP adjustment associated with our share of the antitrust settlement with Eaton less legal expenses incurred in fiscal year 2014.

 

MERITOR, INC.

FREE CASH FLOW — RECONCILIATION

Non-GAAP

(Unaudited, in millions)



Quarter Ended
June 30,


Nine Months Ended
June 30,


2015


2014 (1)


2015


2014 (1)

Cash flows provided by operating activities

$

93



$

85



$

122



$

103


Capital expenditures

(22)



(14)



(45)



(39)


Free cash flow

$

71



$

71



$

77



$

64










    (1) Amounts for prior period have been recast for discontinued operations.

 

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