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Strong sales growth of 8.3%** and robust outperformance of 920 pbs. Confirmed full-year guidance.
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in €m Q3 2017* Q3 2018 Variation** Automotive production***
Sales 3,789 4,014 +8.3% -0.9%

By B.G.

Seating

Interiors

Clean Mobility

 

1,611

1,174

1,004

 

1,743

1,211

1,061

 

+10.3%

+6.2%

+7.6%

 

-0.9%

-0.9%

-0.9%

By region

Europe

North Am.

Asia

South Am.

Rest of the world

 

1,834

984

698

202

72

 

1,858

1,114

807

185

49

 

+2.8%

+11.3%

+16.7%

+27.1%

n/s

 

-2.6%

+3.2%

-2.1%

+8.1%

n/s

* The implementation of IFRS15 led to restatements to the 2017 figures as reported in July 2017; a table in appendix indicates 2017 figures restated for this implementation
** At constant currencies
*** Source: IHS forecast September 2018 (vehicles segment in line with CAAM for China)
All definitions are explained at the end of this Press Release, under the section “Definitions of terms used in this document”

 

 

STRONG SALES GROWTH** OF 8.3% AND ROBUST OUPERFORMANCE OF 920 BASIS POINTS

 

  • All three Business Groups posted solid sales growth**
  • Sales growth** significantly outperformed local automotive production growth in all regions

 

 

CONFIRMED FULL-YEAR GUIDANCE

 

  • FY 2018 sales growth of at least +8% (at constant currencies) or at least 600bps above worldwide automotive production growth
  • FY 2018 operating margin of at least 7.2% of sales
  • FY 2018 net cash flow above €500 million
  • FY 2018 earnings per share above €5.00

 

 

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“We delivered strong sales growth in the third quarter and significantly outperformed the market, despite some market headwinds in Europe and Asia.
The strong performance since the beginning of the year and our expectation for the last quarter allow us to fully confirm our full-year guidance, as upgraded in July.
From a medium-term perspective, we are focused on implementing our profitable growth plan, as presented at our Capital Markets Day in May, and are confident in our ability to achieve our 2020 financial targets.”

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Patrick Koller
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Directeur général du Groupe Faurecia
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The Board of Directors, under the Chairmanship of Michel de Rosen, met on October 10, 2018 and reviewed the present Press Release.

Impact from IFRS15 implementation:

  • In 2017, Faurecia had already partly anticipated IFRS15 through the presentation of sales as "Value-added sales", i.e. "Total sales" minus "Monoliths", for which Faurecia operates as an agent

In addition, as from January 1, 2018, with the implementation of IFRS15:
Revenue from Tooling is recognized at the transfer of control to the customer (PPAP = Production Part Approval Process), shortly before serial production
Development costs are recognized as set-up costs for the serial parts production
and the corresponding revenue is included in product sales

 

A table in appendix indicates 2017:

  • Sales figures by quarter/region/business group restated for the IFRS15 implementation
  • Operating income by half/region/business group restated for the IFRS15 implementation
  • Impacts are not material

 

•  Impact from recent investments: in Q3 2018, sales contribution from bolt-ons amounted to €135m or 3.6% of Q3 2017 sales, including:

  • JV with Wuling for €14m in Seating
  • JV with BYD for €63m in Seating
  • Coagent for €26m in Interiors
  • JV with Wuling for €13m in Interiors
  • Hug for €17m in Clean Mobility

 

Operating income presented as Faurecia’s main performance indicator is Operating income before amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations (PPA).

 

 

STRONG SALES GROWTH AT CONSTANT CURRENCIES OF 8.3% IN Q3

Faurecia’s sales reached €4,014 million in Q3 2018, up 8.3% excluding a negative currency impact of 2.4% (mostly attributable to the TRY, BRL and ARS).
This growth outperformed worldwide automotive production growth by 920 basis points (-0.9%, source: IHS Automotive September 2018). It included €135 million (or +3.6%) from bolt-ons.

On a reported basis, sales were up 5.9%.

 

All Business Groups posted solid sales growth (at constant currencies):

  • Seating +10.3%
  • Interiors  +6.2%
  • Clean Mobility +7.6%

 

All regions significantly outperformed local automotive production growth:

  • Europe        +2.8%     vs. IHS Sept. 2018 @ -2.6%
         +540bps outperformance
  • North America    +11.3%     vs. IHS Sept. 2018 @ +3.2%
        +810bps outperformance
  • Asia        +16.7%  vs. IHS Sept. 2018 @ -2.1%
        +1,880bps outperformance
  • South America    +27.1%  vs. IHS Sept. 2018 @ +8.1%
        +1,900bps outperformance

 

Q3 SALES BY BUSINESS GROUP

Seating (43% of Group sales): Double-digit growth of 10.3% at constant currencies
Sales totaled €1,742.7 million in Q3 2018, compared to €1,611.5 million in Q3 2017. They were up 8.1% on a reported basis and up 10.3% at constant currencies, outperforming by 1,120bps worldwide automotive production growth (-0.9%, source: IHS Automotive September 2018). Sales included €78.3 million from bolt-ons (or 4.9% of Q3 2017 sales), related to JV with Wuling and BYD (consolidated as from July 1)
Out of the 10.3% growth at constant currencies:
•    Europe posted growth of 3.0%, mostly supported by sales to VW (new complete seats business),
•    Asia posted growth of 50.3%, boosted by Chinese OEMs and new JVs,
•    South America posted growth of 48.2%, mostly supported by sales to VW.
North America posted slight decline at constant currencies (-0.9%), as growth in sales to Nissan (Altima) and Ford (Super Duty) was offset by ramp down in sales to Daimler (M-Class).

Interiors (30% of Group sales): Robust growth of 6.2% at constant currencies
Sales totaled €1,210.6 million in Q3 2018, compared to €1,173.6 million in Q3 2017. They were up 3.2% on a reported basis and up 6.2% at constant currencies, outperforming by 710bps worldwide automotive production growth (-0.9%, source: IHS Automotive September 2018). Sales included €40.2 million from bolt-ons (or 3.4% of Q3 2017 sales), related JV with Wuling and Coagent.
Out of the 6.2% growth at constant currencies:
•    Europe posted growth of 1.8%, mostly supported by sales to Ford, JLR and Volvo that more than offset decline to Daimler (A-Class),
•    North America posted growth of 32.6%, boosted by sales to FCA (RAM new models) and Tesla (Model 3 ramp-up),
•    Sales in Asia were down 3.0%, mostly due to the decline in sales to Ford and PSA that more than offset growth in sales to Chinese OEMs, boosted by bolt-on contribution,
•    Sales in South America were down 1.1%, mainly due to lower sales to FCA.

Clean Mobility (27% of Group sales): Robust growth of 7.6% at constant currencies, with double-digit growth in North and South Americas
Sales totaled €1,060.5 million in Q3 2018, compared to €1,003.8 million in Q3 2017. They were up 5.6% on a reported basis and up 7.6% at constant currencies, outperforming by 850bps worldwide automotive production growth (-0.9%, source: IHS Automotive September 2018). Sales included €16.7 million from bolt-ons (or 1.7% of Q3 2017 sales), related to Hug Engineering.
Out of the 7.6% growth at constant currencies:
•    Europe posted growth of 5.2%, driven by Hug Engineering,
•    North and South Americas posted respective growth of 11.6% and 52.1%, boosted by sales to FCA (RAM new models) and Cummins as regards North America and by sales to VW (Polo) as regards South America,
•    Asia was broadly stable (-0.5%), as growth in sales to Chinese OEMs and Hyundai did not fully offset declines in sales to international OEMs.

 

Q3 SALES BY REGION

Europe (46% of Group sales): Robust outperformance in a tougher environment
Sales totaled €1,857.9 million in Q3 2018, compared to €1,833.9 million in Q3 2017. They were up 1.3% on a reported basis and up 2.8% at constant currencies, outperforming by 540bps automotive production in Europe (incl. Russia) (-2.6%, source: IHS Automotive September 2018). Sales included €16.7 million from bolt-ons (or 0.9% of Q3 2017 sales), related to Hug Engineering.
All three Business Groups contributed to sales growth. Sales were mainly boosted by strong growth in sales to Ford, VW (new complete seats business) and Tata that more than offset declines in sales to PSA, Daimler, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and FCA.

North America (28% of Group sales): Strong growth thanks to SUVs, Light trucks and Commercial vehicles
Sales totaled €1,114.5 million in Q3 2018, compared to €984.1 million in Q3 2017. They were up 13.2% on a reported basis, including a positive currency impact of 1.9% for the first quarter in the year, and were up 11.3% at constant currencies, outperforming by 810bps automotive production in North America (+3.2%, source: IHS Automotive September 2018).
Interiors and Clean Mobility were the main contributors to sales growth, which was mainly boosted by strong growth in sales to FCA, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Tesla, Ford and Cummins.

Asia (20% of Group sales, incl. China representing 78% of the region’s sales i.e. 16% of Group sales): Strong growth driven by Chinese OEMs and market share gain through bolt-ons
Sales totaled €807.2 million in Q3 2018, compared to €697.6 million in Q3 2017. They were up 15.7% on a reported basis and up 16.7% at constant currencies, strongly outperforming automotive production in Asia (-2.1%, source: IHS Automotive September 2018, vehicles segment in line with CAAM for China). Sales in Q3 2018 included €118.5 million from bolt-ons (or 17.0% of last-year’s sales), mainly due to the consolidation of the two JVs with Wuling (Interiors and Seating), Coagent and BYD (starting as from July 1).
Sales in China amounted to €628.5m, representing 78% of sales in Asia, and were up by 19.5% at constant currencies (vs. Chinese automotive production growth of -5.4%, source: IHS Automotive September 2018, vehicles segment in line with CAAM for China).
They continued to be driven by sales to Chinese OEMs, which amounted to €202m (2.7x sales in Q3 2017) and represented 32% of sales in China.

South America (5% of Group sales): Strong negative currency effect offset strong double-digit growth at constant currencies
Sales totaled €185.3 million in Q3 2018, compared to €201.7 million in Q3 2017. They were down 8.1% on a reported basis, because of a strong negative currency impact of 35.2% (mainly the BRL and the ARS vs. the euro), but they were up 27.1% at constant currencies, outperforming by 1,900bps automotive production in South America (+8.1%, source: IHS Automotive September 2018).
Seating and Clean Mobility contributed to this strong sales growth, driven by market recovery and increased sales to VW and Ford.

 

OUTLOOK

Faurecia fully confirms its full-year 2018 guidance, as upgraded in July 2018 along with the H1 2018 results (cf. Press Release dated July 20, 2018):

  • Sales growth of at least +8% (at constant currencies) or at least 600bps above worldwide automotive production growth
  • Operating margin of at least 7.2% of sales
  • Net cash flow above €500 million
  • Earnings per share above €5.00

 

This takes into account:

  • Softer expectations for worldwide automotive production growth for the year (+1.3% according to IHS forecast September 2018, of which +0.6% in H2),
  • The impact on Q4 2018 of the challenging base of comparison of Q4 2017, which was boosted by record high “Tooling and Prototypes” sales of €502m in Q4 2017 (vs. €230m on average in the three previous quarters - cf. appendix on page 7),
  • USD/€ @ 1.20 on average and CNY/€ @ 7.80 on average for the full-year 2018.

 

The conference call for financial analysts and media will be held today at 8:00am (Paris time).

Dial-in numbers are:

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Webcast URL: https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/m3z3uw98

 

 

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