Visteon Announces Q2 2006 Results And Full-Year Guidance

Highlights * Second quarter 2006 net income of $50 million * Positive free cash flow * $800 million secured term loan financing completed * Significant new business wins * Full year 2006 EBIT-R guidance raised

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) today announced second quarter results demonstrating continued progress toward achieving its three-year improvement plan. For the second quarter 2006, Visteon reported net income of $50 million or $0.39 per share compared to a loss of $1.2 billion or $9.85 per share in the second quarter 2005.

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"We are pleased with our strong second quarter results and our momentum in implementing our three-year plan," said Michael F. Johnston, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our operating results were better than both the second quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of this year, and we continue to make solid progress in our restructuring efforts, in improving our base operations and in growing our global business."

Second Quarter 2006 Results

For the second quarter 2006, product sales were $2.86 billion and services sales were $138 million. Sales for the same period a year ago totaled $5.0 billion. Product sales were lower by $2.14 billion due to the Oct. 1, 2005, transaction with Ford that transferred 23 Visteon facilities to Automotive Components Holdings (ACH), LLC, a Ford-managed business entity.

Visteon's net income of $50 million, or $0.39 per share, for the current quarter included $22 million of non-cash asset impairments related to the company's restructuring actions and an extraordinary gain of $8 million associated with the acquisition of a lighting facility in Mexico. Also as previously indicated, Visteon recognized a $49 million benefit in the quarter related to the relief of post-employment benefits for Visteon salaried employees associated with two ACH manufacturing facilities transferred to Ford Motor Company. Income tax expense of $17 million in the quarter included a $14 million benefit from the restoration of deferred tax assets related to the company's Brazilian operations.

EBIT-R, as defined, was $119 million for the second quarter 2006, an increase of $47 million from the $72 million reported in the first quarter 2006. EBIT-R for the second quarter 2005 was a loss of $33 million.

Half Year Results

For the first half 2006, product sales were $5.7 billion and services sales were $283 million. More than half of the company's product sales were generated from customers other than Ford, demonstrating continued progress in diversifying Visteon's customer base. Sales for the same period a year ago totaled $10.0 billion, of which non-Ford sales were 35 percent. Product sales were lower by $4.3 billion due to the sale of certain plants in North America pursuant to the ACH transactions completed in October 2005.

Visteon's net income of $53 million, or $0.41 per share, for the first six months reflects improved operating performance and the financial benefit of the ACH transactions with Ford. The half year results include $22 million of non-cash asset impairments related to the company's restructuring actions and an extraordinary gain of $8 million associated with the acquisition of a lighting facility in Mexico. Also as previously indicated, Visteon recognized a cumulative benefit of $72 million in the first half of 2006 related to the relief of post-employment benefits for Visteon salaried employees associated with two ACH manufacturing facilities transferred to Ford.

For the first half 2005, Visteon reported a net loss of $1.401 billion or $11.15 per share. These results included $1.176 billion, or $9.36 per share, of non-cash asset impairments.

EBIT-R for the first half 2006 totaled $191 million, increasing $329 million from a first half 2005 EBIT-R loss of $138 million.

Free Cash Flow and Financing Activities

Free cash flow of $10 million for the quarter was an improvement of $127 million over the first quarter 2006. Free cash flow was lower than the second quarter 2005 in which Visteon received the benefit of accelerated payment terms from Ford as part of the funding agreement.

During the second quarter 2006, Visteon closed on a seven-year $800 million secured term loan. Proceeds from the loan were used to repay amounts outstanding under the company's existing credit facilities that were scheduled to expire in June 2007, including a $350 million 18-month term loan and a $241 million delayed draw term loan.

In connection with this financing, Visteon repaid $50 million of borrowings under the company's $772 million multi-year secured revolving credit facility and reduced the amount available under that facility to $500 million. Visteon expects to eliminate the multi-year revolver upon completion of new U.S. and European five-year revolving credit facilities. The company has received commitments for these facilities totaling $700 million from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Citigroup Global Markets Inc., and expects to complete these transactions in the third quarter, subject to market conditions.

Proceeds were also used to repurchase $150 million of the company's 8.25 percent notes that are due in 2010. This repurchase resulted in a gain of $8 million in the second quarter which was offset by expense associated with debt issuance costs related to the extinguished credit facilities.

As of June 30, 2006, Visteon had $836 million of cash and total debt of $2.0 billion and was well within the limits of its financial covenants in its existing credit facilities.

"Effectively managing the drivers of free cash flow is a top priority for everyone within the Visteon organization," said James F. Palmer, executive vice president and chief financial officer. "We are taking steps at every level to continue strengthening our cash flow position, while appropriately investing in the business for the future."

New Business Wins

The company continues to win new business from a diverse range of customers across each of the company's key product lines. Significant wins in North America include DaimlerChrysler programs in Climate and Lighting and a program with an Asian vehicle manufacturer in Interiors. Additionally during this period, Visteon was awarded Climate business in Asia from Hyundai and in Europe from Ford.

"Our business wins speak to the strength of our focused product portfolio and our ability to deliver the innovation and quality our customers expect," said Donald J. Stebbins, president and chief operating officer. "These wins demonstrate that we are executing on every aspect of our three-year plan, including growing the business through product innovation, customer diversification, profitable sales growth and leveraging technology for global competitive advantage."


Third quarter 2006 is expected to be challenging, reflecting seasonally low production volumes globally. Visteon is raising its estimate for 2006 full year EBIT-R to a range of $170 million to $200 million. Additionally, the company still expects to generate about $50 million of free cash flow and expects 2006 full-year product sales of approximately $11.0 billion.

"Our momentum and the actions we are taking to address the business dynamics we are facing give us confidence that we will continue to make progress in achieving and, where possible, accelerating our three-year plan," Johnston added. "We are increasing our outlook for earnings, reaffirming our outlook for positive free cash flow and reiterating our expectation for continued year-over-year improvement during the three-year improvement plan."

Visteon Corporation is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Kerpen, Germany; the company has more than 170 facilities in 24 countries and employs approximately 47,000 people.

Forward-looking Information

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward- looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, including general economic conditions, including changes in interests rates and fuel prices; the automotive vehicle production volumes and schedules of our customers, and in particular Ford's vehicle production volumes; our ability to satisfy our future capital and liquidity requirements and comply with the terms of our existing credit agreements and indentures; the financial distress of our suppliers, or other significant suppliers to our customers, and possible disruptions in the supply of commodities to us or our customers; our ability to implement, and realize the anticipated benefits of, restructuring and other cost-reduction initiatives and our successful execution of internal performance plans and other productivity efforts; the timing and expenses related to restructurings, employee reductions, acquisitions or dispositions; increases in raw material and energy costs and our ability to offset or recover these costs; the effect of pension and other post-employment benefit obligations; increases in our warranty, product liability and recall costs; the outcome of legal or regulatory proceedings to which we are or may become a party; as well as those factors identified in our filings with the SEC (including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005). We assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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