Highlights * Year-over-year sales to non-Ford customers increase by more than $100 million to nearly $1.5 billion * Year to date improvement in cash flow from operations * Transactions with Ford completed as of October 1; significant gain expected in fourth quarter
"During the third quarter we completed the definitive agreements with Ford and established Visteon Services, which now supports the approximately $7 billion of annual business Visteon transferred to Automotive Components Holdings, LLC on October 1," said Mike Johnston, Visteon chairman and chief executive officer. "The sector continues to be difficult as production levels and commodity prices remain uncertain. However, with the successful completion of our discussions with Ford, Visteon is positioned for improved performance in 2006 and beyond. We remain focused on improving our operational results and cash flow generation."
For the third quarter 2005, Visteon reported a net loss of $200 million or $1.58 per share, which includes $11 million or $0.09 per share of special charges for non-U.S. employee actions. This compares with a net loss of $1.4 billion or $11.48 per share for the third quarter 2004, which included $1.3 billion or $10.13 per share of special charges primarily related to deferred tax asset valuation allowances and asset impairments.
2005 Year-to-Date Results
For the first nine months of 2005, sales totaled $14.1 billion, up $133 million from the same period a year ago. Non-Ford sales of $5.0 billion increased $900 million or 22 percent year-over-year and represented 35 percent of total sales. Ford sales for the first nine months decreased 8 percent to $9.1 billion, primarily reflecting lower Ford production volumes and customer price reductions. Currency favorably impacted total sales by $318 million.
For the first nine months, Visteon reported a loss of $1.6 billion, or $12.73 per share. Included in these results are special charges of $1.2 billion or $9.49 per share. This compares with a loss of $1.4 billion or $11.16 per share for the first nine months of 2004. Included in last year's results were $1.2 billion or $9.75 per share of after-tax special charges.
The financial information presented is preliminary, unaudited and remains subject to change pending completion of the review processes of the company and its independent registered public accounting firm. As previously announced, Visteon's Audit Committee, with the assistance of outside counsel, recently completed an independent review of the accounting for certain transactions originating in the company's North American purchasing group. The Audit Committee, as well as management, determined that certain expenses for freight, raw materials and other supplier costs originating in North America were recorded in periods after Dec. 31, 2004, and should have been recorded in prior periods. Based on the results of this review, Visteon concluded that its financial statements for the years ended Dec. 31, 2004, 2003 and 2002 included in its 2004 Form 10-K (and the related 2004 Management Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting) should no longer be relied upon, and that restatements will be required for these periods. Visteon plans to complete its review of the proposed adjustments to facilitate the filing of restated quarterly and annual financial results for 2004, 2003 and 2002, to be included in an amended 2004 annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for 2005, with the SEC in the fourth quarter of 2005; however, Visteon does not expect to file its Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2005 prior to the Nov. 9 deadline. The reported amounts for prior periods reflect the preliminary adjustments resulting from these reviews to date.
Cash Flow and Debt
Cash flow from operating activities for the first nine months was $375 million, an improvement of more than $150 million from the same period in 2004. Cash payments related to capital expenditures were $400 million for the first nine months of the year, compared with $569 million for the same period in 2004, as a result of lower infrastructure spending and focused spending on the core electronics, interiors and climate products.
As of Sept. 30, 2005, Visteon had cash of $898 million and total borrowings of $1.955 billion. As of Dec. 31, 2004, Visteon had cash of $752 million and borrowings of $2.021 billion.
On Aug. 1, 2005, Visteon retired its $250 million of 7.95 percent bonds and announced it had drawn a total of $450 million on its primary revolving bank lines to fund the bond maturity and support seasonal working capital needs. As of Sept. 30, 2005, Visteon had $300 million outstanding on its primary revolving bank lines.
On Oct. 1, 2005, Visteon completed several transactions with Ford Motor Company that were designed to establish a more competitive structure for Visteon's North American manufacturing operations and allow the company to further focus resources on core products. As a part of the transactions, Visteon transferred 23 North American facilities to Automotive Components Holdings, LLC (ACH), a Ford-managed business entity. Visteon received $311 million from Ford in payment for the transferred assets, subject to post- closing adjustments, which was used in part to repay the $250 million short- term secured loan received from Ford on Sept. 19. Visteon also terminated its arrangement to lease from Ford about 18,000 Ford-United Auto Workers hourly employees who work in these transferred facilities.
Visteon also launched a new organization to support the operation of ACH in areas such as manufacturing, customer support, product development, materials management/purchasing, quality, finance, human resources, information technology and facilities management. Approximately 5,000 salaried Visteon employees in North America currently support ACH, which reimburses Visteon for the costs of these employees.
Visteon expects to recognize a gain in the range of $1.7 to $1.8 billion in the fourth quarter of this year associated with the transaction. In the second quarter of this year Visteon recorded a charge of approximately $900 million related to the anticipated Ford transaction.
The transaction with Ford provides Visteon with a total pool of $550 million for qualified restructuring and employee separation costs. Visteon continues to evaluate its overhead structure and is pursuing cost reduction opportunities with suppliers and service providers to rapidly reduce costs. Visteon has also identified over 20 underperforming or non-strategic facilities, primarily in North America and Western Europe, which require significant management focus to find long-term solutions for these sites.
"Clearly the restructuring of Visteon over the coming years is one of our top priorities," said Johnston. "We continue to work on the development of our restructuring plan and will share additional information when practical. In addition to our restructuring actions, we remain focused on improving the day-to-day operations at Visteon."
As a result of the Ford transaction, Visteon expects its fourth quarter 2005 automotive and glass related sales to decrease approximately 40 percent as compared to fourth quarter 2004 sales of $4.7 billion, with more than half of these sales coming from non-Ford customers. Operating results for the fourth quarter are expected to be aided by the Ford transaction, a seasonal increase in fourth quarter production volumes and other cost reduction initiatives. However, commodity and customer pricing pressures combined with remaining legacy manufacturing and infrastructure costs will continue to pressure results. Based on these factors, Visteon expects to reduce its operating loss when compared to the 3rd quarter of 2005 but does not expect to achieve operating profitability or positive cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter.
Visteon is focused on its future and the actions necessary to restructure its operations in a challenging automotive environment and anticipates that its actions will lead to operating improvements in 2006. Visteon plans to discuss its perspective on the industry, as well as its plans and outlook for 2006 and beyond, in January.