Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

FINDLAY, Ohio, Feb. 22, 2021 – Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) today reported full year 2020 net income of $143 million, or diluted earnings per share of $2.83, compared with net income of $96 million, or $1.91 diluted earnings per share, for the prior year.

Full Year 2020 Highlights

  • Global unit volume decreased 13.0 percent compared to the prior year.
  • Net sales were $2.52 billion compared to $2.75 billion the prior year.
  • Operating profit was $231 million, or 9.2 percent of net sales, compared to $174 million, or 6.3 percent of net sales, in 2019.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Global unit volume decreased 9.8 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Net sales decreased 2.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2019 to $728 million.
  • Operating profit was $60 million, or 8.3 percent of net sales, compared to $64 million, or 8.5 percent of net sales, in 2019.
  • Net income was $38 million, or $0.75 diluted earnings per share.

“In 2020, Cooper continued to build upon the positive momentum that began in 2019, driven by execution of our strategic initiatives, which have successfully transformed Cooper into a consumer-driven company,” said President & Chief Executive Officer Brad Hughes. “Despite impacts from coronavirus, we delivered strong operating profit performance for the year and demonstrated that the value proposition of providing high quality tires at an affordable price is compelling for consumers, especially in the current environment. We are proud of the achievements of our teams around the globe.”

Consolidated Results

Cooper Tire Q4 2020 ($M) Q4 2019 ($M) Change 2020 ($M) 2019 ($M) Change
Net Sales $728 $750 (2.9%) $2,521 $2,753 (8.4%)
Operating Profit $60 $64 (5.2%) $231 $174 (32.3%)
Operating Margin 8.3% 8.5% (0.2) ppts. 9.2% 6.3% (2.9) ppts.

 

Fourth quarter net sales were $728 million compared with $750 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of 2.9 percent. Fourth quarter net sales were negatively impacted by $74 million of lower unit volume, partially offset by $48 million of favorable price and mix and $4 million of favorable foreign currency impact. Operating profit was $60 million, compared with operating profit of $64 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The quarter included $22 million of unfavorable raw material costs, which were offset by $22 million of favorable price and mix. The quarter also included $7 million of lower manufacturing costs and $3 million of lower product liability expense. These were more than offset by $12 million of lower unit volume and $2 million of higher selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses.

Cooper's fourth quarter raw material index decreased 3.3 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. The raw material index increased 6.6 percent sequentially from 135.8 in the third quarter of 2020 to 144.8 in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 18.1 percent compared with (19.3) percent for the same period the prior year, and included $2 million of net discrete items that favorably impacted the rate. The tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2019 included a $19 million discrete tax benefit resulting from planning actions involving the company's European tax structure. The effective tax rate is based on forecasted annual earnings and tax rates for the various jurisdictions in which the company operates.

At the end of the fourth quarter, Cooper had $626 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents compared with $391 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019. The significant improvement in cash was primarily driven by strong operating results, as well as actions to defer and reduce working capital, capital expenditures and discretionary spending.

Capital expenditures in the fourth quarter were $55 million, compared with $47 million, in the same period a year ago. Full year capital expenditures were $151 million, compared with $203 million in the prior year. In addition, during 2020, the company paid $62 million for the buyout of the minority partner in its Mexico manufacturing facility.

Return on invested capital was 10.0 percent for the trailing four quarters.

Americas Tire Operations

Americas Tires Operations Q4 2020 ($M) Q4 2019 ($M) Change 2020 ($M) 2019 ($M) Change
Net Sales $629 $655 (3.9%) $2,171 $2,354 (7.8%)
Operating Profit $72 $84 (14.0%) $280 $238 (17.9%)
Operating Margin 11.4% 12.9% (1.5) ppts. 12.9% 10.1% 2.8 ppts.

 

Fourth quarter net sales in the Americas segment decreased 3.9 percent as a result of $82 million of lower unit volume and $2 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact, which were partially offset by $58 million of favorable price and mix. For the quarter, segment unit volume was down 12.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Cooper’s fourth quarter total light vehicle tire shipments in the U.S. decreased 10.9 percent. The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) reported that its member shipments of light vehicle tires in the U.S. decreased 6.9 percent. Total industry shipments (including an estimate for non-USTMA members) increased 0.5 percent for the period.

Fourth quarter operating profit was $72 million, or 11.4 percent of net sales, compared with $84 million, or 12.9 percent of net sales, for the same period in 2019. Operating profit included $26 million of unfavorable raw material costs, which were offset by $26 million of favorable price and mix. The quarter also included $3 million of lower net product liability expense and $2 million of lower manufacturing costs. These were more than offset by $14 million of lower unit volume, $2 million of higher SG&A expenses and $1 million of higher other costs.

International Tire Operations

International Tires Operations Q4 2020 ($M) Q4 2019 ($M) Change 2020 ($M) 2019 ($M) Change
Net Sales $136 $119 14.0% $482 $534 (9.8%)
Operating Profit $3 $ (6) N.M. $3 $ (13) N.M.
Operating Margin 2.4% (5.0)% 7.4 ppts. 0.7% (2.5)% 3.2 ppts.

 

Fourth quarter net sales in the International segment increased 14.0 percent as a result of $18 million of higher unit volume and $7 million of favorable foreign currency impact, which were partially offset by $8 million of unfavorable price and mix. For the quarter, segment unit volume was up 15.3 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

The segment's fourth quarter operating profit was $3 million compared with an operating loss of $6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The quarter included $5 million of favorable raw material costs, which were partially offset by $4 million of unfavorable price and mix. The quarter also included $4 million of lower manufacturing costs, $2 million of higher unit volume and $2 million of lower other costs.

Transaction Agreement

On February 22, 2021, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Nasdaq: GT) announced that they entered a definitive transaction agreement under which Goodyear will acquire Cooper in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $2.5 billion and a total equity value of approximately $2.8 billion. Following the closing of the proposed transaction, Goodyear shareholders will own approximately 84% of the combined company, and Cooper shareholders will own approximately 16%. The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals and the approval of Cooper shareholders, and is expected to close in the second half of 2021.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Conference Call

Due to the proposed acquisition of Cooper by Goodyear, Cooper will not host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2020 results. For additional materials related to Cooper’s results, please visit https://investors.coopertire.com/Quarterly-Results.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication is being made in respect of a proposed business combination involving the company and Goodyear. In connection with the proposed transaction, Goodyear will file with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes the preliminary proxy statement of the company and that will also constitute a prospectus of Goodyear. The information in the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus is not complete and may be changed. Goodyear may not sell the common stock referenced in the proxy statement/prospectus until the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC becomes effective. The preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and this communication are not offers to sell Goodyear securities, are not soliciting an offer to buy Goodyear securities in any state where the offer and sale is not permitted and are not a solicitation of any vote or approval. The definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of the Company.

GOODYEAR AND THE COMPANY URGE INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.

Investors and security holders will be able to obtain these materials (when they are available) and other documents filed with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by Goodyear (when they become available) may be obtained free of charge on Goodyear’s website at www.goodyear.com or by directing a written request to Computershare Investor Services, P.O. Box #43078, Providence, RI 02940-3081. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by the company (when they become available) may be obtained free of charge on the company’s website at www.coopertire.com or by directing a written request to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, 701 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840, c/o Jacob Drerup (investorrelations@coopertire.com).

Participants in the Solicitation

Each of the company, Goodyear and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding these persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of the company’s stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction is set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus described above filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the company’s executive officers and directors is included in the company’s definitive proxy statement, which was filed with the SEC on March 26, 2020. Additional information regarding Goodyear’s executive officers and directors is included in Goodyear’s definitive proxy statement, which was filed with the SEC on March 25, 2020. You can obtain free copies of these documents using the information in the paragraph immediately above.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “design,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “guidance,” “imply,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “opportunity,” “outlook,” “plan,” “position,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “prospective,” “pursue,” “seek,” “should,” “strategy,” “target,” “will,” “would” or other similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. In accordance with “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, these statements are accompanied by cautionary language identifying important factors, though not necessarily all such factors, that could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that relate to, or statements that are subject to risks, contingencies or uncertainties that relate to:

  • the ability to complete the proposed merger of the company and Goodyear on anticipated terms and timetable;
  • the effect of restructuring or reorganization of business components;
  • uncertainty and weaknesses in global economic conditions, including the impact of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, or similar public health crises, on the company’s and Goodyear’s financial condition, operations, distribution channels, customers and suppliers, as well as potentially exacerbating other factors discussed herein;
  • continued volatility in raw material and energy prices, including those of rubber, steel, petroleum-based products and natural gas or the unavailability of such raw materials or energy sources, which may impact the price-adjustment calculations under sales contracts;
  • the ability to cost-effectively achieve planned production rates or levels;
  • the ability to successfully identify and consummate any strategic investments or development projects;
  • the outcome of any contractual disputes with customers, joint venture partners or any other litigation or arbitration;
  • impacts of existing and increasing governmental regulation and related costs and liabilities, including failure to receive or maintain required operating and environmental permits, approvals, modifications or other authorization of, or from, any governmental or regulatory entity and costs related to implementing improvements to ensure compliance with regulatory changes;
  • the ability to maintain adequate liquidity, level of indebtedness and the availability of capital could limit cash flow available to fund working capital, planned capital expenditures, acquisitions and other general corporate purposes or ongoing needs of the business;
  • the ability to continue to pay cash dividends, and the amount and timing of any cash dividends;
  • availability of capital and ability to maintain adequate liquidity;
  • the impact of labor problems, including labor disruptions at the company, its joint ventures, or at one or more of its large customers or suppliers;
  • the ability of our customers, joint venture partners and third party service providers to meet their obligations on a timely basis or at all;
  • adverse changes in interest rates and tax laws; and
  • the potential existence of significant deficiencies or material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting.

We have based our forward-looking statements on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and our partnership. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and you should not rely unduly on them, as they involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that we cannot predict. In addition, we have based many of these forward-looking statements on assumptions about future events that may prove to be inaccurate. While our management considers these assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our actual results may differ materially from the future performance that we have expressed or forecast in our forward-looking statements. Differences between actual results and any future performance suggested in our forward-looking statements could result from a variety of factors, including the following:

  • the failure to obtain approval of the transaction by the stockholders of the company and the failure to satisfy various other conditions to the closing of the transaction contemplated by the Merger Agreement;
  • the failure to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction on the proposed terms and schedule, and any conditions imposed on the combined company in connection with consummation of the transaction;
  • the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected;
  • disruption from the proposed transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, partners, employees or suppliers;
  • the risk that the proposed transaction may be less accretive than expected, or may be dilutive, and that the combined company may fail to realize the benefits expected from the Merger;
  • risks relating to any unforeseen liabilities of Goodyear or the company;
  • the volatility in raw material and energy prices, including those of rubber, steel, petroleum-based products and natural gas or the unavailability of such raw materials or energy sources; extensive governmental regulation;
  • changes to tariffs or trade agreements, or the imposition of new or increased tariffs or trade restrictions, imposed on tires, raw materials or manufacturing equipment which the company uses, including changes related to tariffs on tires, raw materials and tire manufacturing equipment imported into the U.S. from China or other countries, as well as changes to trade agreements resulting from the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union;
  • future laws and regulations or the manner in which they are interpreted and enforced;
  • the inability to obtain and/or renew permits necessary for the operations;
  • existing and future indebtedness may limit cash flow available;
  • operating expenses could increase significantly if the price of electrical power, fuel or other energy sources increases;
  • changes in credit ratings issued by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations; risks involving the acts or omissions of our joint venture partners;
  • natural disasters, weather conditions, disruption of energy, unanticipated geological conditions, equipment failures, and other unexpected events;
  • a disruption in, or failure of our information technology systems, including those related to cybersecurity; failure of outside contractors and/or suppliers to perform;
  • the cost and time to implement a strategic capital project may be greater than originally anticipated;
  • reliance on estimates of recoverable reserves; and
  • the risks that are described from time to time in Goodyear’s and the company’s respective reports filed with the SEC.

We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements except to the extent required by applicable law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, other financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The company’s methods of determining these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the methods used by other companies for these or similar non-GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to measures used by other companies. As required by SEC rules, detailed reconciliations between the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP financial results are provided on the attached schedule. The company believes return on invested capital (“ROIC”) provides additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the company’s financial and operating performance. The company defines ROIC as the trailing four quarters’ after tax operating profit, utilizing the company’s adjusted effective tax rate, divided by the total invested capital, which is the average of ending debt and equity for the last five quarters. The company believes ROIC is a useful measure of how effectively the company uses capital to generate profits.

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About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car, light truck, medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.

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