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Meritor Reports Fourth-Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Results

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TROY, Mich., Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2020.

Fourth-Quarter Highlights

  • Sales were $758 million
  • Net income attributable to Meritor and net income from continuing operations attributable to Meritor were each $1 million
  • Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.01
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Meritor was $11 million, or $0.15 of adjusted diluted earnings per share
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $60 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin was 7.9 percent

Fourth-Quarter Results

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, Meritor posted sales of $758 million, down $270 million, or approximately 26 percent, from the same period last year. This decrease in sales was driven by lower market volumes primarily due to decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Net income attributable to Meritor was $1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to Meritor of $43 million, or $0.51 per diluted share in the prior year. Net income from continuing operations attributable to the company was $1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to net income from continuing operations attributable to the company of $42 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, in the prior year. Lower net income year over year was driven primarily by lower revenues as a result of lower market volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, partially offset by decreased SG&A due to cost reduction actions executed primarily in the second half of the year, reduced incentive compensation costs and operational performance.

Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to the company in the fourth quarter was $11 million, or $0.15 of adjusted diluted earnings per share, compared with $70 million, or $0.83 of adjusted diluted earnings per share, in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $60 million, compared to $116 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 was 7.9 percent, compared with 11.3 percent in the same period last year. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA year over year was driven primarily by lower revenues as a result of lower market volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact from lower revenue was partially offset by cost reduction actions executed primarily in the second half of the year, reduced incentive compensation costs and operational performance.

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Cash flow provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 was $77 million, compared to $62 million in the same period last year. Free cash flow for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 was $37 million, compared to free cash flow of $22 million in the same period last year. The increase in operating cash flow and free cash flow year over year was driven by improved working capital performance and a one-time $48-million cash contribution and loan repayment to fund the Maremont 524(g) Trust made in fiscal year 2019, which did not repeat.

Fourth-Quarter Segment Results

Commercial Truck sales were $560 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, down 28 percent compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019. The decrease in sales was driven by lower volumes primarily due to decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commercial Truck segment adjusted EBITDA was $24 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, down $48 million from the same period in the prior fiscal year. Segment adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to 4.3 percent from 9.3 percent in the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease in segment adjusted EBITDA and segment adjusted EBITDA margin were driven primarily by lower market volumes for most regions due to COVID-19 and higher costs incurred to support electrification initiatives, partially offset by the cost reduction actions, reduced incentive compensation costs and operational performance.

Aftermarket and Industrial sales were $226 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, down 22 percent compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019. The decrease in sales was driven by lower volumes across the segment. Aftermarket sales decreased due to lower customer demand and the impact from the termination of the distribution arrangement with WABCO Holdings, Inc. ("WABCO"), which occurred in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020. Industrial sales also decreased, driven by lower market volumes primarily as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Segment adjusted EBITDA for Aftermarket and Industrial was $34 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, down $7 million from the same period in the prior year. Segment adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 15.0 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, compared to 14.2 percent in the same period of the prior year. The decrease in segment adjusted EBITDA was driven primarily by lower volumes and the impact from the termination of the WABCO distribution arrangement, partially offset by cost reduction actions, reduced incentive compensation costs and operational performance. Segment adjusted EBITDA margin increased due to cost reduction actions that more than offset the volume reductions and impact of the WABCO termination.

Fiscal Year 2020 Results

For fiscal year 2020, Meritor posted sales of $3.0 billion, down $1.3 billion, or approximately 31 percent from the prior year. The decrease in sales was driven by lower market volumes primarily due to decreased customer demand, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Net income attributable to Meritor was $245 million, or $3.24 per diluted share, compared to $291 million, or $3.37 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Net income from continuing operations attributable to the company was $244 million, or $3.23 per diluted share, compared to net income from continuing operations attributable to the company of $290 million, or $3.36 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Lower net income year over year was driven primarily by lower revenues as a result of significantly reduced market volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as higher restructuring costs related to actions taken in fiscal year 2020. This decrease was partially offset by $203 million of after tax income associated with the termination of the company's distribution arrangement with WABCO in fiscal year 2020.

Adjusted income from continuing operations in fiscal year 2020 was $85 million, or $1.12 per adjusted diluted share, compared to $330 million, or $3.82 per adjusted diluted share, in the prior year. The decrease in adjusted income year over year was driven primarily by lower revenues as a result of reduced market volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adjusted EBITDA was $272 million in fiscal year 2020, compared with $520 million in fiscal year 2019. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 8.9 percent in fiscal year 2020, down 300 basis points compared with the prior fiscal year. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA year over year was driven primarily by lower revenues as a result of reduced market volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cost reduction actions executed primarily in the second half of fiscal year 2020 partially offset the impact from lower revenue.

Cash flow from operating activities in the fiscal year was $265 million, compared to $256 million in fiscal year 2019. Free cash flow for the full fiscal year was $180 million, compared to $153 million in fiscal year 2019. The increase in cash provided by operating activities was driven primarily by $265 million of cash received from the termination of the distribution arrangement with WABCO in fiscal year 2020 and a one-time $48 million cash contribution and loan repayment to fund the Maremont 524(g) Trust made in fiscal year 2019, which did not repeat, largely offset by lower fiscal year 2020 revenues as a result of significantly reduced market volumes primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fiscal Year 2020 Highlights

Capital Return

In fiscal year 2020, the company repurchased 10.4 million shares of common stock for $241 million, representing more than 12 percent of the average shares outstanding at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Advanced Technology Investment

Meritor acquired all the outstanding common shares of Transportation Power, Inc. ("TransPower") in fiscal year 2020. Through the addition of TransPower's product portfolio, the company continues to advance its M2022 priorities through increased investment in next-generation electrification technologies, and it further establishes the value of Meritor's Blue Horizon™ brand across the industry.

Outlook for Fiscal Year 2021

The company is providing the following guidance for fiscal year 2021:

  • Revenue to be in the range of $3.1 billion to $3.35 billion
  • Net income attributable to Meritor and net income from continuing operations attributable to Meritor to be in the range of $45 million to $75 million
  • Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $0.60 to $1.05
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $1.10 to $1.75
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin to be in the range of 9.2 percent to 10.2 percent
  • Operating cash flow to be in the range of $145 million to $185 million
  • Free cash flow to be in the range of $60 million to $100 million

"While fiscal year 2020 brought unforeseen headwinds, Meritor implemented cost containment actions early, bolstered our liquidity and maintained a strong balance sheet, which helped offset the financial impact of the pandemic and enabled us to continue making long-term investments," said Jay Craig, president and CEO of Meritor. "We remain confident that our M2022 plan remains on track."

Fourth-Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Conference Call

Meritor will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the company's fourth-quarter and full-year results for fiscal year 2020 on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. ET.

To participate, call (844) 412-1003 within the U.S. or (216) 562-0450 from outside the U.S. at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. Please reference conference ID: 7619875 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 Investors page on meritor.com.

A replay of the call will be available starting at 12 p.m. ET on Nov. 12 until 12 p.m. ET on Nov. 19 by calling (855) 859-2056 within the U.S. or (404) 537-3406 from outside the U.S. Please refer to replay conference ID 7619875. To access the listen-only audio webcast, visit meritor.com and select the webcast link from the Investors 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 110-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 7,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 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 outlooks, 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 the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on public health, the global economy, financial markets and operations; reliance on major 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 European markets or our European operations, or financing arrangements related thereto following the United Kingdom's decision to exit the European Union or, in the event one or more other countries exit the European monetary union; risks inherent in operating abroad (including foreign currency exchange rates, restrictive government actions regarding trade, implications of foreign regulations relating to pensions and potential disruption of production and supply due to terrorist attacks or acts of aggression); risks related to our joint ventures; rising costs of pension benefits; the ability to achieve the expected benefits of strategic initiatives and restructuring actions; our ability to successfully integrate the products and technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc., AA Gear Mfg., Inc., AxleTech and Transportation Power, Inc. and future results of such acquisitions, including their generation of revenue and their being accretive; the demand for commercial and specialty vehicles for which we supply products; whether our liquidity will be affected by declining vehicle production in the future; OEM program delays; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; successful development and launch 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 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 proceedings or related liabilities with respect to environmental, asbestos-related, or other matters; possible changes in accounting rules; and other substantial costs, risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2019 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 and from time to time in other filings of the company with the SEC. 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"), we have provided information regarding non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures include adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to the company, adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, segment adjusted EBITDA, segment adjusted EBITDA margin, and free cash flow.

Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to the company and adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations are defined as reported income (loss) from continuing operations and reported diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations before restructuring expenses, asset impairment charges, non-cash tax expense, related to the use of deferred tax assets in jurisdictions with net operating loss carry forwards or tax credits, 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. Segment adjusted EBITDA is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, noncontrolling interests in consolidated joint ventures, loss on sale of receivables, restructuring expense, asset impairment charges and other special items as determined by management. Segment adjusted EBITDA excludes unallocated legacy and corporate expense (income), net. Segment adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as segment adjusted EBITDA divided by consolidated sales from continuing operations, either in the aggregate or by segment as applicable. Free cash flow is defined as cash flows provided by (used for) operating activities less capital expenditures.

Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to both management and investors in their analysis of the company's financial position and results of operations. In particular, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, segment adjusted EBITDA, segment adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to the company and adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations are meaningful measures of performance to investors as they are commonly utilized to analyze financial performance in our industry, perform analytical comparisons, benchmark performance between periods and measure our performance against externally communicated targets.

Free cash flow is used by investors and management to analyze our ability to service and repay debt and return value directly to shareholders. Free cash flow over adjusted income from continuing operations is a specific financial measure of our M2022 plan used to measure the company's ability to convert earnings to free cash flow.

Management uses the aforementioned non-GAAP financial measures for planning and forecasting purposes, and segment adjusted EBITDA is also used as the primary basis for the Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM") to evaluate the performance of each of our reportable segments.

Our Board of Directors uses adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations and free cash flow over adjusted income from continuing operations as key metrics to determine management's performance under our performance-based compensation plans.

Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to the company, adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, segment adjusted EBITDA and segment adjusted EBITDA margin 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 financial performance. 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, this non-GAAP cash flow measure does not reflect cash used to repay debt or cash received from the divestitures of businesses or sales of other assets and thus does 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 below are reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

 

MERITOR, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended
September 30,


Twelve Months Ended
September 30,


2020


2019


2020


2019

Sales

$

758



$

1,028



$

3,044



$

4,388


Cost of sales

(699)



(882)



(2,716)



(3,748)


GROSS PROFIT

59



146



328



640


Selling, general and administrative

(40)



(76)



(221)



(256)


Income from WABCO distribution termination





265




Other operating income (expense), net

(8)



(20)



(40)



(21)


OPERATING INCOME

11



50



332



363


Other income, net

10



10



46



40


Equity in earnings of affiliates

3

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