THIRD-QUARTER 2022 SALES – GlobeNewswire
| Source: FAURECIA FAURECIA
Nanterre (France), October 21, 2022
THIRD-QUARTER 2022 SALES
SALES GROWTH OF 92% IN THE QUARTER, MAINLY DRIVEN BY:
* Q3 2021 are Faurecia stand-alone figures as reported in October 2021; Q3 2022 are FORVIA (Faurecia + 3m of consolidation of HELLA) figures
** Source: S&P Global Mobility (ex-IHS Markit) dated October 2022 (vehicles segment in line with CAAM for China)
UPGRADED FULL-YEAR 2022 SALES GUIDANCE TO BETWEEN €24.5bn AND €25.5bn (vs. between €23 billion and €24 billion previously)
→ Q3 SALES OF €6.6bn, UP 92% ON A REPORTED BASIS AND UP 31% ON AN ORGANIC BASIS
→ UPGRADED FULL-YEAR 2022 SALES GUIDANCE
→ ON TRACK FOR DELEVERAGING AND DISPOSAL PROGRAM, AS WELL AS FOR FINALIZING THE REFINANCING OF THE HELLA ACQUISITION
Since the H1 2022 results announcement (July 25):
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Patrick KOLLER, CEO of Faurecia, declared:
“FORVIA recorded strong sales growth in the third quarter, reflecting market outperformance and the consolidation effect of HELLA, as well as a favorable comparable base in terms of worldwide automotive production.
During the quarter, we outperformed in all our main geographies: in Europe, where semiconductor availability has marginally improved, but also in North America and in China, which has posted a strong recovery after COVID-related lockdowns in key cities.
Given the evolution of global automotive production in the past quarters and the outlook for the end of this year, we are revising upwards our cautious outlook for global auto production for the full year to 77 million light vehicles, from 74 million previously. With this new assumption, and also taking into account the evolution of currencies, we are also revising upwards our expected consolidated sales for the year to between 24.5 billion euros and 25.5 billion euros, against a previous expectation of between 23 billion euros and 24 billion euros.
In a macroeconomic environment that remains challenging, we are laser-focused on three major objectives:
Finalize the refinancing of the HELLA acquisition and deleverage the Group,
Protect our short-term operating margin and our cash generation in a highly inflationary environment,
Continue to build a strong and selective order book, thanks to the unique combination of Faurecia and HELLA’s technologies and innovations.
We will have the opportunity to detail these priorities as well as our short-term and longer-term actions during the Capital Markets Day that FORVIA will hold on November 3, followed on the next day by an event specifically dedicated to our sustainable development roadmap.”
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS SINCE H1 2022 RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT
Since July 25, 2022:
This is a further milestone reached by HELLA in sharpening its profile as a technology company with Lighting, Electronics and Lifecycle Solutions at its core. Closing expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.
This is also the first step of the Group’s €1bn disposal program by end-2023, contributing to Group deleveraging after the acquisition of HELLA.
Major awards included a sizeable award of €2bn lifetime sales with Daimler for complete seats (1st and 2nd rows), an award with a global long-haul truck leader for the first mass-production of hydrogen storage systems and awards to equip 8 different EVs from German premium manufacturers with multifunctional Front Phygital Shields (Lighting).
New financings for €0.5bn were signed in Q3 at attractive conditions. The remaining part of the bridge-to-loan (to be refinanced by mid-August 2023) is now €0.9bn. This will be refinanced through new financings and/or next divestments.
The European Commission has approved an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) to support research and innovation, in the first industrial deployment and construction of relevant infrastructure in the hydrogen value chain.
This project, called “IPCEI Hy2Use” was jointly prepared and notified by thirteen Member States, including France. Faurecia and Symbio are among participants in the 10 projects supported by the French government in IPCEI.
Sales in the quarter amounted to €6,591 million, up 92.4% on a reported basis.
On an organic basis, sales grew by 30.9% in the quarter.
This strong organic growth compares with 29.5% growth of worldwide automotive production, a strong figure that reflected a favorable comparable base in Q3 2021, which was strongly impacted by semiconductor shortage and related stop-and-gos.
Outperformance in the quarter stood at +140bps or +490bps when restated for an unfavorable geographic mix impact of –350bps in the quarter.
SALES BY BUSINESS GROUP
SEATING (30% of Group consolidated sales in the period)
Strong sales outperformance of 1,140bps, driven by:
INTERIORS (20% of Group consolidated sales in the period)
Organic sales grew by 28%, slightly below automotive production growth:
CLEAN MOBILITY (18% of Group consolidated sales in the period)
Organic sales grew by 22%, below worldwide automotive production growth:
CLARION ELECTRONICS (4% of Group consolidated sales in the period)
Organic sales grew by 24%, below worldwide automotive production growth:
Scope effect from the consolidation of HELLA of €1.8bn in the quarter (consolidated since Feb. 1)
Lighting benefited from higher production volumes after series launches in the prior year.
Electronics also recorded strong growth with high demand for energy management solutions.
Lifecycle Solutions was driven by growth in the Aftermarket and Special Applications segment.
SALES BY GEOGRAPHY
EUROPE (40% of Group consolidated sales in the period)
Organic sales growth of 28.5%, outperforming regional automotive production by 820bps:
NORTH AMERICA (26% of Group consolidated sales in the period)
Organic sales growth of 26.5%, outperforming regional automotive production by 220bps:
ASIA (29% of Group consolidated sales in the period)
Organic sales growth of 35.6%, outperforming regional automotive production by 200bps, driven by:
In China, sales amounted to €1,566m and grew organically by 38.4%.
REST OF THE WORLD (5% of Group consolidated sales in the period)
In South America, which represented c. 3/4 of the total, organic sales were up 49.1%, a strong outperformance of 1,580bps mainly driven by sales to Stellantis and VW.
UPDATE ON ONGOING TOPICS
HELLA announced on July 28 the sale of its 33.33% stake in HBPO to its co-shareholder, Plastic Omnium. The agreed purchase price is c. €290 million and closing of the transaction is expected take place in the fourth quarter of 2022.
With this decision, HELLA is continuing its proven course of consistent portfolio management, further sharpening its profile as a focused technology company with Lighting, Electronics and Lifecycle Solutions at its core.
This divestment marks a first significant step in the FORVIA Group’s non-strategic asset disposal program of €1 billion by end-2023, as part of the Group’s plan to reduce its consolidated net debt following the acquisition of HELLA. It represents close to 30% of the total target and confirms the program is on track as announced, both in terms of total amount and deadline.
Since July, Faurecia further reduced by €500 million the remaining part of the bridge-to-loan to be refinanced post-HELLA acquisition, through a €300 million loan from the European Investment Bank and a USD210 million loan from Latin America banks.
Since the announcement of the HELLA acquisition (August 2021), Faurecia prefinanced and refinanced more than €3 billion of debt at an average cost below 3.25%.
As the expected closing of the divestment of its stake in HBPO by HELLA will reduce the Group’s consolidated financial net debt by €290 million, the bridge-to-loan left to be refinanced by August 2023 amounts now to €900 million, that will be refinanced through a mix of new debt instruments and proceeds from next steps in the disposal program underway.
The Group’s operations are not highly energy-intensive: in 2021 (“reference year”), the total Faurecia + HELLA energy bill (electricity c. 70% + gas c. 30%) amounted to c. €170m, representing only 0.7% of sales.
Very efficient historical hedging policies are in place that largely protect the Group’s energy bill from the current sharp rise in electricity and gas prices.
On top of these hedging policies, energy savings measures have already been implemented, and self-production is accelerating:
As a result of efficient hedging policies and self-help measures, the Group’s energy bill should grow by only 1.8x in 2023 vs. the 2021 “reference year”, while energy prices in Europe have increased more than 10x.
UPDATED FY 2022 GUIDANCE (Faurecia incl. 11 months of consolidation of HELLA) WITH SALES TARGET UPGRADED TO BETWEEN €24.5bn AND €25.5bn AND OPERATING MARGIN AND NET CASH FLOW TARGETS CONFIRMED
At this stage of the year, Faurecia is revising upward its assumption for worldwide automotive production in 2022 to 77 million LVs, vs. 74 million previously. This new assumption nevertheless remains cautious vs. S&P Global Mobility’ latest forecast of 79.0 million LVs (dated October 2022).
the Group’s sales guidance is upgraded to between €24.5 billion and €25.5 billion (vs. between €23 billion and €24 billion, previously).
Operating margin and net cash flow targets for the year are confirmed.
FY 2022 guidance is now:
In addition, the Group confirms targeting Net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio ≤ 3x at the end of 2022.
The guidance is based on full-year average currency rates of 1.05 for USD/€ and of 7.07 for CNY/€. It assumes no major lockdown impacting production or retail sales in any automotive region in Q4 and takes into account the Group’s latest update of net impact from cost inflation.
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The Capital Markets Day will include the Analysts Meeting of HELLA pursuant to sec. 55 of the Exchange Rules for the Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (FWB).
Faurecia and HELLA will present FORVIA’s Net Zero ambition, sustainability roadmap and action plan.
Both events will take place at Dock Eiffel, 50, avenue du Président Wilson, 93210 Saint Denis (France).
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Faurecia’s Q3 2022 sales presentation is also available on the Faurecia website: www.faurecia.com
A webcast will be held today at 09:00am (Paris time).
If you wish to follow the presentation using the webcast, please access the following link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/h2ppuyvq
A replay will be available as soon as possible. You may also follow the presentation via conference call:
Confirmation code: 888652
November 3, 2022: Capital Markets Day
November 4, 2022: Sustainability Day
January 2023: CES in Las Vegas (USA)
Faurecia, company of the Group FORVIA, is a global automotive technology leader. With 250 industrial sites, 39 R&D centers and 111,000 employees in 33 countries, Faurecia operates through four areas of business: Seating, Interiors, Clarion Electronics and Clean Mobility. In 2021, the Group reported total turnover of €15.6 billion. Faurecia is listed on the Euronext Paris market and is a component of the CAC Next 20 index. www.faurecia.com
FORVIA, the world’s seventh largest automotive technology player, comprises the complementary technology and industrial strengths of Faurecia and HELLA. With close to 300 industrial sites and 75 R&D centers, 150,000 people, including more than 35,000 engineers across 40+ countries, FORVIA provides a unique and comprehensive approach to the automotive challenges of today and tomorrow. Composed of 6 business groups with 24 product lines, FORVIA is focused on becoming the preferred innovation and integration partner for OEMs worldwide. The Group provides solutions for a safe, sustainable, advanced and customized mobility, FORVIA aims to be a change maker committed to foreseeing and making the mobility transformation happen. www.forvia.com
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DEFINITIONS OF TERMS USED IN THIS DOCUMENT
1. Sales growth
Faurecia’s year-on-year sales evolution is made of three components:
As “Scope effect”, Faurecia presents all acquisitions/divestments, whose sales on an annual basis amount to more than €250 million.
Other acquisitions below this threshold are considered as “bolt-on acquisitions” and are included in “Growth at constant currencies”.
In 2021, there was no effect from “bolt-on acquisitions”; as a result, “Growth at constant currencies” is equivalent to sales growth at constant scope and currencies also presented as organic growth.
2. Operating income
Operating income is the Faurecia group’s principal performance indicator. It corresponds to net income of fully consolidated companies before:
3. Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA is Operating income as defined above + depreciation and amortization of assets; to be fully compliant with the ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) regulation, this term of “Adjusted EBITDA” will be used by the Group as of January 1, 2022 instead of the term “EBITDA” that was previously used (this means that “EBITDA” aggregates until 2021 are comparable with ‘Adjusted EBITDA” aggregates as from 2022).
4. Net cash-flow
Net cash-flow is defined as follow: Net cash from (used in) operating and investing activities less (acquisitions)/disposal of equity interests and businesses (net of cash and cash equivalents), other changes and proceeds from disposal of financial assets. Repayment of IFRS 16 debt is not included.
5. Net financial debt
Net financial debt is defined as follow: Gross financial debt less cash and cash equivalents and derivatives classified under non-current and current assets. It includes the lease liabilities (IFRS 16 debt).
BREAKDOWN BY QUARTER OF FORVIA 2021 PROFORMA SALES
(FY2021 proforma is presented in chapter 6 of Faurecia’s 2021 Universal Registration Document)