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Tower International Reports Solid Second Quarter Results, Raises Full Year Outlook, and Increases Free Cash Flow Target for 2016

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SOURCE Tower International, Inc.

LIVONIA, Mich., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tower International, Inc. (NYSE: TOWR), a leading global manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies, today announced second quarter 2014 results, updated its outlook for the full year, and provided a new business model target for free cash flow.

  • Revenue for the second quarter was $577 million, up 4 percent from $556 million in the second quarter 2013. Sales were higher in all regions except Brazil.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $59.1 million, compared with $62.2 million a year ago. Favorable volume and currency translation were offset by anticipated unfavorable net cost performance, reflecting a different quarterly cadence this year versus last year in commercial arrangements, manufacturing productivity, and launch costs. This quarter's adjusted EBITDA margin was 10.2%.
  • Net income of $16.1 million in the second quarter 2014 compared with a net loss of $45.1 million a year ago. Last year's loss reflected charges related to redeeming high-cost debt. As detailed below, this year's second quarter included certain items that adversely impacted results by $3.9 million. Excluding these items and comparable items in the second quarter of 2013, diluted adjusted earnings were 93 cents per share, compared with $1.03 a year ago.
  • For full year 2014, Tower is increasing its outlook for revenue by $25-$50 million, to $2.200-$2.225 billion. The company now expects adjusted EBITDA of $217-$220 million, up $2-$5 million from prior guidance, and adjusted earnings per share of $2.95-$3.05, an increase of 5-15 cents.
  • Tower's business model is revised to increase the target for adjusted free cash flow to 4% of revenue in 2016, up from the prior target of 3% of revenue by 2015, reflecting anticipated further improvement in adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditures and a further decrease in interest expense.

"Focusing on free cash flow keeps the Tower team aligned and disciplined," said President and CEO Mark Malcolm.  "Free cash flow is also the ultimate generator of capital, which we can deploy to strengthen the business and benefit customers, shareholders, suppliers, and colleagues.  That's what makes this anticipated step-function improvement a meaningful milestone."

Tower to Host Conference Call Today at 1 p.m. EDT

Tower will discuss its second quarter 2014 results and other related matters in a conference call at 1 p.m. EDT today.  Participants may listen to the audio portion of the conference call either through a live audio webcast on the Company's website or by telephone.  The slide presentation and webcast can be accessed via the investor relations portion of Tower's website www.towerinternational.com.  To dial into the conference call, domestic callers should dial (866) 393-4576, international callers should dial (706) 679-1462.  An audio recording of the call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call.  To access this recording, please dial (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and reference Conference I.D. #78689181.  A webcast replay will also be available and may be accessed via Tower's website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes the following non-GAAP financial measures: "adjusted EBITDA", "adjusted EBITDA margin", "adjusted earnings per share (EPS)", "free cash flow", "adjusted free cash flow" and "net debt."  We define adjusted EBITDA as net income / (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, restructuring items and other adjustments described in the reconciliations provided in this presentation.  Adjusted EBITDA margin represents adjusted EBITDA divided by revenues.  Adjusted earnings per share exclude certain income and expense items described in the reconciliation provided in this presentation.  Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by operating activities less cash disbursed for purchases of property, plant and equipment.  Adjusted free cash flow is free cash flow excluding cash received or disbursed for customer tooling.  Net debt represents total debt less cash and cash equivalents.  We use adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, free cash flow, adjusted free cash flow and net debt as supplements to information provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in evaluating our business and they are included in this press release because they are principal factors upon which our management assesses performance.  Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP are set forth below.  The non-GAAP measures presented above are not measures of performance under GAAP.  These measures should not be considered as alternatives for the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  Other companies in our industry may define these non-GAAP measures differently than we do and, as a result, these non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies in our industry; and certain of our non-GAAP financial measures exclude financial information that some may consider important in evaluating our performance.  Given the inherent uncertainty regarding special items and other expense in any future period, a reconciliation of forward-looking financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP is not feasible.  The magnitude of these items, however, may be significant.

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors

This press release contains statements which constitute forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements regarding the Company's projected revenue, adjusted EBITDA and diluted adjusted earnings per share and statements regarding net reductions in ongoing annual interest expense, new sources of profitable growth, future financial results and the Company's future business outlook. The forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project," "target," and other similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and are based upon management's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on us.  Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.  The following important factors, as well as risk factors described in our reports filed with the SEC, could cause our actual results to differ materially from estimates or expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements:

  • global automobile production volumes;
  • the financial condition of our customers and suppliers;
  • our ability to make scheduled payments of principal or interest on our indebtedness and comply with the covenants and restrictions contained in the instruments governing our indebtedness;
  • our ability to refinance our indebtedness;
  • risks associated with our non-U.S. operations, including foreign exchange risks and economic uncertainty in some regions;
  • any increase in the expense and funding requirements of our pension and other postretirement benefits;
  • our customers' ability to obtain equity and debt financing for their businesses;
  • our dependence on our largest customers;
  • pricing pressure from our customers;
  • work stoppages or other labor issues affecting us or our customers or suppliers;
  • our ability to integrate acquired businesses;
  • risks associated with business divestitures; and
  • costs or liabilities relating to environmental and safety regulations.

We do not assume any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

Contact:
Derek Fiebig
Executive Director, Investor & External Relations
(248) 675-6457
fiebig.derek@towerinternational.com

 

TOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts - unaudited)


















Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


2014


2013









Revenues

$    576,566


$    555,878


$ 1,124,941


$ 1,090,018

Cost of sales

512,149


486,411


998,754


962,491

Gross profit

64,417


69,467


126,187


127,527

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

31,828


33,575


66,158


66,945

Amortization expense

667


656


1,324


1,488

Restructuring and asset impairment charges, net

4,716


14,651


6,105


17,331

  Operating income

27,206


20,585


52,600


41,763

Interest expense

7,397


21,537


14,592


34,965

Interest income

385


341


590


615

Other expense

-


40,928


87


40,928

Income / (loss) before provision for income taxes and equity in loss of joint venture

20,194


(41,539)


38,511


(33,515)

Provision for income taxes

3,022


3,644


5,902


7,134

Equity in loss of joint venture, net of tax

(222)


(165)


(381)


(165)

        Net income / (loss)

16,950


(45,348)


32,228


(40,814)

Less: Net income / (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interests

854


(237)


1,277


1,749

Net income / (loss) attributable to Tower International, Inc.

$      16,096


$    (45,111)


$      30,951


$    (42,563)









Weighted average common shares outstanding








Basic

20,651,097


20,362,672


20,582,140


20,312,245

Diluted

21,373,867


20,362,672


21,318,515


20,312,245









Net income / (loss) per share attributable to Tower International, Inc.:







Basic

$          0.78


$        (2.22)


$          1.50


$        (2.10)

Diluted

0.75


(2.22)


1.45


(2.10)

 

 

TOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 

(Amounts in thousands, except share data - unaudited)










June 30, 2014


December 31, 2013





ASSETS




Cash and cash equivalents

$               169,219


$                   134,880

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $1,967 and $2,071

332,337


255,674

Inventories

92,174


81,278

Deferred tax asset - current

8,590


8,649

Prepaid tooling, notes receivable, and other

53,679


44,896

Total current assets

655,999


525,377





Property, plant, and equipment, net

559,246


549,605

Goodwill

66,907


66,976

Investment in joint venture

8,027


8,624

Deferred tax asset - non-current

3,494


3,732

Other assets, net

26,525


28,679

Total assets

$            1,320,198


$                1,182,993





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Short-term debt and current maturities of capital lease obligations

$                 62,303


$                     39,704

Accounts payable 

334,974


262,425

Accrued liabilities

134,417


129,167

Total current liabilities

531,694


431,296





Long-term debt, net of current maturities

470,299


454,073

Obligations under capital leases, net of current maturities

9,368


10,013

Deferred tax liability - non-current

14,187


14,381

Pension liability

46,854


54,915

Other non-current liabilities

80,412


81,446

Total non-current liabilities 

621,120


614,828

  Total liabilities

1,152,814


1,046,124

Commitments and contingencies








Stockholders' Equity:




Tower International, Inc.'s stockholders' equity




Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 authorized and 0 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013

-


-

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 350,000,000 authorized, 21,359,889 issued and 20,718,883 outstanding at June 30, 2014 and 21,079,027 issued and 20,472,637 outstanding at December 31, 2013

213


211

Additional paid in capital

332,580


327,998

Treasury stock, at cost, 641,006 shares at June 30, 2014 and 606,390 shares at December 31, 2013

(9,504)


(8,594)

Accumulated deficit

(226,536)


(257,487)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

10,816


12,247

Total Tower International, Inc.'s stockholders' equity

107,569


74,375

Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries

59,815


62,494

Total stockholders' equity

167,384


136,869





Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$            1,320,198


$                1,182,993

 

TOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Amounts in thousands - unaudited)










Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013





OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




Net income / (loss)

$     32,228


$   (40,814)





Adjustments required to reconcile net income / (loss) to net cash provided by continuing operating activities:




Asset impairment charges

-


11,006

Term Loan re-pricing fees

87


-

Premium on notes redemption and other fees

-


40,928

Deferred income tax provision

872


103

Depreciation and amortization

49,533


48,637

Non-cash share-based compensation

2,409


2,413

Pension income, net of contributions

(8,061)


(7,438)

Change in working capital and other operating items

(54,315)


(43,033)

Net cash provided by continuing operating activities

$     22,753


$     11,802





INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




Cash disbursed for purchases of property, plant, and equipment

$   (34,262)


$   (30,192)

Deposit received for the sale of property, plant, and equipment

13,817


-

Investment in joint venture

(760)


(6,293)

Net proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment

-


9,100

Net cash used in continuing investing activities

$   (21,205)


$   (27,385)





FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




Proceeds from borrowings

$     73,790


$   329,013

Repayments of  borrowings

(71,124)


(325,748)

Proceeds from borrowings on Additional Term Loans

33,145


-

Proceeds from borrowings on Term Loan Credit Facility

-


417,900

Partial redemption of notes

-


(318,992)

Debt financing costs

(917)


(8,437)

Purchase of treasury stock

(910)


(290)

Secondary stock offering transaction costs

(75)


-

Premium paid on partial redemption of notes and other fees

-


(40,928)

Cash restricted for notes redemption

-


(45,150)

Proceeds from stock options exercised

2,173


1,506

Noncontrolling interest dividends

(2,529)


(4,477)

Net cash provided by continuing financing activities

$     33,553


$       4,397





Discontinued operations:




Net cash from discontinued investing activities

$               -


$     15,694

Net cash from discontinued operations

$               -


$     15,694





Effect of exchange rate changes on continuing cash and cash equivalents

$        (762)


$        (269)





NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

$     34,339


$       4,239





CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:




Beginning of period

$   134,880


$   113,943





End of period

$   169,219


$   118,182

 

 

TOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SEGMENT DATA AND NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE RECONCILIATIONS

(Amounts in thousands - unaudited)

























Segment Data

Three Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


Revenues


Adjusted EBITDA


Revenues


Adjusted EBITDA

International

$    256,915


$   21,646


$    242,584


$          21,965

Americas

319,651


37,450


313,294


40,250

Consolidated

$    576,566


$   59,096


$    555,878


$          62,215










Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


Revenues


Adjusted EBITDA


Revenues


Adjusted EBITDA

International

$    506,778


$   42,112


$    487,353


$          43,996

Americas

618,163


71,198


602,665


70,285

Consolidated

$ 1,124,941


$ 113,310


$ 1,090,018


$        114,281

























Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


2014


2013

Adjusted EBITDA

$      59,096


$   62,215


$    113,310


$        114,281

Restructuring and asset impairment charges, net

(4,716)


(14,651)


(6,105)


(17,331)

Depreciation and amortization

(24,845)


(23,465)


(49,533)


(48,637)

Acquisition costs and other

(103)


(495)


(209)


(569)

Long-term compensation expense

(2,226)


(1,784)


(4,863)


(3,146)

Interest expense, net

(7,012)


(21,196)


(14,002)


(34,350)

Closure of Tower Defense & Aerospace

-


(1,235)


-


(2,835)

Other expense

-


(40,928)


(87)


(40,928)

Provision for income taxes

(3,022)


(3,644)


(5,902)


(7,134)

Equity in loss of joint venture, net of tax

(222)


(165)


(381)


(165)

Net income / (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(854)


237


(1,277)


(1,749)

Net income / (loss) attributable to Tower International, Inc.

$      16,096


$ (45,111)


$      30,951


$         (42,563)

























Adjusted Free Cash Flow Reconciliation

Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


2014


2013

Net cash provided by continuing operating activities

$        6,703


$   10,508


$      22,753


$          11,802

Cash disbursed for purchases of PP&E

(20,359)


(15,605)


(34,262)


(30,192)

Deposit received for sale of PP&E

-


-


13,817


-

Free cash flow

(13,656)


(5,097)


2,308


(18,390)

Less:  Cash disbursed for customer-owned tooling

(8,277)


(4,066)


(16,204)


(8,350)

Adjusted free cash flow

$      (5,379)


$   (1,031)


$      18,512


$         (10,040)

























Net Debt Reconciliation





June 30,


December 31,






2014


2013

Short-term debt and current maturities of capital lease obligations





$      62,303


$          39,704

Long-term debt, net of current maturities





470,299


454,073

Obligations under capital leases, net of current maturities





9,368


10,013

Total debt





541,970


503,790

Less: Cash and cash equivalents





169,219


134,880

Net debt





$    372,751


$        368,910

 

TOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CERTAIN ITEMS INCLUDED IN NET INCOME

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts - unaudited)


















Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2014


2013


2014


2013





Expense items included in net income, net of tax:








Cost of sales








Closure of Tower Defense & Aerospace

$                -


$      (1,784)


$               -


$      (4,414)

Selling, general, and administrative expenses








Acquisition costs and other

-


(327)


-


(327)

Restructuring and asset impairment charges, net








One-time restructuring actions

(373)


(270)


(613)


(600)

Severance costs in Europe *

(67)


-


(193)


-

Lease buyout of previously closed facility

(3,448)


-


(3,448)


-

Asset impairment charges

-


(9,750)


-


(10,705)

Facility closure

-


(3,348)


-


(3,575)

Interest expense








Acceleration of the amortization of debt issue costs and OID

-


(10,147)


-


(10,147)

Other expense








Term Loan re-pricing fees

-


-


(87)


-

Partial redemption of senior secured notes

-


(40,320)


-


(40,320)

Breakage of Letter of Credit Facility

-


(608)


-


(608)

Total items included in net income / (loss)

$       (3,888)


$    (66,553)


$      (4,341)


$    (70,695)









Net income / (loss) attributable to Tower International, Inc.

$       16,096


$    (45,111)


$     30,951


$    (42,563)









Memo:  Average shares outstanding (in thousands)








Basic

20,651


20,363


20,582


20,312

Diluted

21,374


20,363


21,319


20,312









Income / (loss) per common share (GAAP)








Basic

$           0.78


$        (2.22)


$         1.50


$        (2.10)

Diluted

0.75


(2.22)


1.45


(2.10)









Diluted adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP) **

0.93


1.03


1.66


1.36









*   Amount is net of tax of $29k and $86K, respectively 

** Excludes the certain items shown above.  For the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, diluted share
    counts of 20.9 million 
and 20.8 million, respectively, were used to calculated diluted adjusted earnings per share.

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