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Cooper Standard Reports Continuing Year-over-year Margin Improvement in First Quarter 2024, Sees Upside to Full-year Guidance

NORTHVILLE, Mich., May 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CPS) today reported results for the first quarter 2024.

First Quarter 2024 Summary

  • Gross profit totaled $61.6 million, an increase of 47.4% compared to first quarter 2023
  • Operating income of $3.5 million reflected an increase of $17.9 million vs. the first quarter of 2023
  • Net loss of $31.7 million, or $(1.81) per diluted share, reflected an improvement of $98.7 million vs. the first quarter 2023
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $29.3 million reflected an increase of $16.9 million vs. the first quarter of 2023
  • New product-based segmentation and management structure expected to drive further operational improvements, optimize asset and resource allocation and accelerate value creation

“Our first quarter operational improvements and margin expansion set a solid foundation for a strong 2024,” said Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and CEO, Cooper Standard. “Going forward, through our new product line-based management structure, we expect to aggressively pursue further cost structure optimization, leverage commercial opportunities to accelerate growth and enhance value creation. Successful implementation of these initiatives is expected to drive meaningful additional margin expansion and should represent upside to our original full-year guidance, assuming industry production volumes hold.”

Consolidated Results


Three Months Ended March 31,


2024


2023


(dollar amounts in millions except per share amounts)

Sales

$                                676.4


$                                682.5

Net loss

$                                (31.7)


$                              (130.4)

Adjusted net loss

$                                (30.6)


$                                (46.2)

Loss per diluted share

$                                (1.81)


$                                (7.57)

Adjusted loss per diluted share

$                                (1.75)


$                                (2.68)

Adjusted EBITDA

$                                  29.3


$                                  12.5

The year-over-year change in first quarter sales was primarily attributable to the divestiture of our Technical Rubber business in the third quarter of 2023 and unfavorable foreign exchange. These were partially offset by favorable volume and mix, including sustainable price adjustments.

Net loss for the first quarter 2024 was $31.7 million, including restructuring charges of $1.1 million and other special items. Net loss for the first quarter 2023 was $130.4 million, including $81.9 million in charges related to debt refinancing, restructuring charges of $2.4 million and other special items. Excluding these special items, adjusted net loss was $30.6 million in the first quarter 2024 compared to adjusted net loss of $46.2 million in the first quarter of 2023. The year-over-year improvement was primarily due to favorable volume and mix, sustainable price adjustments and savings generated from lean manufacturing and purchasing initiatives. These positive drivers were partially offset by continuing inflationary pressure, including higher labor and energy costs, and unfavorable foreign exchange.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2024 was $29.3 million compared to $12.5 million in the first quarter of 2023. The year-over-year improvement was primarily due to favorable volume and mix, sustainable price adjustments, and savings generated from lean manufacturing and purchasing initiatives. These items were partially offset by continuing inflationary pressures, including higher labor and energy costs, and unfavorable foreign exchange.

Adjusted net loss, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted loss per diluted share are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations to the most directly comparable financial measures, calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”), are provided in the attached supplemental schedules.

New Business Awards

The Company continues to leverage its world-class engineering and manufacturing capabilities, its innovation programs and its reputation for quality and service to win new business awards with its OEM customers and capitalize on positive trends associated with hybrid and battery electric vehicles. During the first quarter of 2024, the Company received net new business awards totaling $66.2 million in anticipated future annualized sales. This included $34.0 million of net new business awards on hybrid vehicle platforms and $19.1 million of net new business awards on battery electric vehicles.

Segment Results of Operations

As of the beginning of 2024, the Company has realigned its operating management structure on a product line basis rather than the prior geographic region basis. The new structure is expected to optimize asset and resource allocation, enhance operating efficiency and aid in accelerating growth. As a result of the structural change, the Company will now report financial results across two product line segments – Sealing Systems and Fluid Handling Systems. On this basis, the segment results for the first quarter are as follows:

Sales


Three Months Ended March 31,



Variance Due To:


2024


2023


Change



Volume /

Mix*


Foreign Exchange


Divestitures


(dollar amounts in thousands)

Sales to external customers













Sealing systems

$     351,279


$     348,980


$          2,299



$          2,433


$           (134)


$                —

Fluid handling systems

305,515


300,598


4,917



5,878


(961)


Corporate, eliminations and other

19,631


32,880


(13,249)



(409)



(12,840)

 Consolidated

$     676,425


$     682,458


$        (6,033)



$          7,902


$        (1,095)


$      (12,840)


* Net of customer price adjustments, including recoveries.

  • Volume and mix was mainly driven by customer price adjustments including recoveries. 
  • The net impact of foreign currency exchange was primarily related to the Chinese Renminbi and Euro.

Adjusted EBITDA


Three Months Ended March 31,



Variance Due To:


2024


2023


Change



Volume/

Mix*


Foreign

Exchange


Cost

Decreases/

(Increases)**


(dollar amounts in thousands)

Segment adjusted EBITDA













Sealing systems

$       21,371


$       11,716


$         9,655



$         4,508


$       (2,865)


$             8,012

Fluid handling systems

10,982


4,203


6,779



9,732


(6,414)


3,461

Corporate, eliminations and other

(3,005)


(3,462)


457



340


248


(131)

 Consolidated

$       29,348


$       12,457


$       16,891



$       14,580


$       (9,031)


$          11,342


* Net of customer price adjustments, including recoveries.

** Net of divestitures.

  • Volume and mix was mainly driven by customer price adjustments including recoveries.
  • The net impact of foreign currency exchange was primarily related to the Mexican Peso and Polish Zloty.
  • The Cost Decreases / (Increases) category above includes:
    • Commodity cost and inflationary economics; and
    • Manufacturing and purchasing savings through lean initiatives.

Cash and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2024, Cooper Standard had cash and cash equivalents totaling $114.2 million. Total liquidity, including availability under the Company’s amended senior asset-based revolving credit facility, was $281.6 million at the end of the first quarter of 2024.

Based on current expectations for light vehicle production and customer demand for our products, the Company believes it has sufficient financial resources to support ongoing operations and the execution of planned strategic initiatives for the foreseeable future. These financial resources include current cash on hand, continuing access to flexible credit facilities, and expected future positive cash generation.

Outlook

Industry projections for full-year global light vehicle production in 2024 are similar to levels realized in 2023. In this broad macro industry view, the Company expects to continue leveraging new program launches and enhanced commercial agreements to drive further growth above the market. In addition, the Company expects to continue driving operational efficiency and improvement through additional aggressive lean cost structure initiatives. As these initiatives were not contemplated when the 2024 business plan was developed, we believe successful implementation will drive meaningful additional margin expansion and should represent upside to the Company’s original full-year guidance, assuming industry production volumes achieve planned levels. The Company expects to provide a formal update to full-year guidance when it reports second quarter results.

Conference Call Details

Cooper Standard management will host a conference call and webcast on May 7, 2024 at 9 a.m. ET to discuss its first quarter 2024 results, provide a general business update and respond to investor questions. Investors and other interested parties may listen to the call by accessing the online, real-time webcast at

https://ir.cooperstandard.com/events.

To participate by phone, callers in the United States and Canada can dial toll-free at 800-836-8184 (international callers dial 646-357-8785) and ask to be connected to the Cooper Standard conference call. Representatives of the investment community will have the opportunity to ask questions during Q&A. Participants should dial-in at least five minutes prior to the start of the call.

A replay of the webcast will be available on the investors’ portion of the Cooper Standard website (https://ir.cooperstandard.com) shortly after the live event.

About Cooper Standard

Cooper Standard, headquartered in Northville, Mich., with locations in 21 countries, is a leading global supplier of sealing and fluid handling systems and components. Utilizing our materials science and manufacturing expertise, we create innovative and sustainable engineered solutions for diverse transportation and industrial markets. Cooper Standard’s approximately 23,000 employees are at the heart of our success, continuously improving our business and surrounding communities. Learn more at www.cooperstandard.com or follow us on LinkedIn, X, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, and we intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbor created thereby. Our use of words “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “outlook,” “guidance,” “forecast,” or future or conditional verbs, such as “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” or “may,” and variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon our current expectations and various assumptions. Our expectations, beliefs, and projections are expressed in good faith and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, we cannot assure you that these expectations, beliefs and projections will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or achievements to be materially different from the future results or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Among other items, such factors may include: volatility or decline of the Company’s stock price, or absence of stock price appreciation; impacts and disruptions related to the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East; our ability to achieve commercial recoveries and to offset the adverse impact of higher commodity and other costs through pricing and other negotiations with our customers; work stoppages or other labor disruptions with our employees or our customers’ employees; prolonged or material contractions in automotive sales and production volumes; our inability to realize sales represented by awarded business; escalating pricing pressures; loss of large customers or significant platforms; our ability to successfully compete in the automotive parts industry; availability and increasing volatility in costs of manufactured components and raw materials; disruption in our supply base; competitive threats and commercial risks associated with our diversification strategy; possible variability of our working capital requirements; risks associated with our international operations, including changes in laws, regulations, and policies governing the terms of foreign trade such as increased trade restrictions and tariffs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; our ability to control the operations of our joint ventures for our sole benefit; our substantial amount of indebtedness and variable rates of interest; our ability to obtain adequate financing sources in the future; operating and financial restrictions imposed on us under our debt instruments; the underfunding of our pension plans; significant changes in discount rates and the actual return on pension assets; effectiveness of continuous improvement programs and other cost savings plans; significant costs related to manufacturing facility closings or consolidation; our ability to execute new program launches; our ability to meet customers’ needs for new and improved products; the possibility that our acquisitions and divestitures may not be successful; product liability, warranty and recall claims brought against us; laws and regulations, including environmental, health and safety laws and regulations; legal and regulatory proceedings, claims or investigations against us; the potential impact of any future public health events on our financial condition and results of operations; the ability of our intellectual property to withstand legal challenges; cyber-attacks, data privacy concerns, other disruptions in, or the inability to implement upgrades to, our information technology systems; the possible volatility of our annual effective tax rate; the possibility of a failure to maintain effective controls and procedures; the possibility of future impairment charges to our goodwill and long-lived assets; our ability to identify, attract, develop and retain a skilled, engaged and diverse workforce; our ability to procure insurance at reasonable rates; and our dependence on our subsidiaries for cash to satisfy our obligations.; and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except where we are expressly required to do so by law.

This press release also contains estimates and other information that is based on industry publications, surveys and forecasts. This information involves a number of assumptions and limitations, and we have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information.

Contact for Analysts:

Contact for Media:

Roger Hendriksen

Chris Andrews

Cooper Standard

Cooper Standard

(248) 596-6465                                             

(248) 596-6217

roger.hendriksen@cooperstandard.com

candrews@cooperstandard.com

Financial statements and related notes follow:

COOPER-STANDARD HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(Dollar amounts in thousands except per share and share amounts) 






Three Months Ended March 31,


2024


2023

Sales

$                   676,425


$                   682,458

Cost of products sold

614,782


640,630

Gross profit

61,643


41,828

Selling, administration & engineering expenses

55,366


52,089

Amortization of intangibles

1,661


1,807

Restructuring charges

1,133


2,379

Operating income (loss)

3,483


(14,447)

Interest expense, net of interest income

(29,281)


(30,220)

Equity in earnings (losses) of affiliates

2,270


(198)

Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt


(81,885)

Other expense, net

(3,649)


(4,004)

Loss before income taxes

(27,177)


(130,754)

Income tax expense

4,131


358

Net loss

(31,308)


(131,112)

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(352)


745

Net loss attributable to Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

$                   (31,660)


$                 (130,367)





Weighted average shares outstanding:




Basic

17,462,136


17,229,423

Diluted

17,462,136


17,229,423





Loss per share:




Basic

$                        (1.81)


$                        (7.57)

Diluted

$                        (1.81)


$                        (7.57)

 

COOPER-STANDARD HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollar amounts in thousands except share amounts)






March 31, 2024


December 31, 2023


 (unaudited)



Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$                        114,191


$                        154,801

Accounts receivable, net

381,742


380,562

Tooling receivable, net

77,291


80,225

Inventories

172,522


146,846

Prepaid expenses

24,616


28,328

Value added tax receivable

62,061


69,684

Other current assets

60,414


40,140

Total current assets

892,837


900,586

Property, plant and equipment, net

588,131


608,431

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

94,744


91,126

Goodwill

140,721


140,814

Intangible assets, net

38,756


40,568

Other assets

89,162


90,774

Total assets

$                     1,844,351


$                     1,872,299





Liabilities and Equity




Current liabilities:




Debt payable within one year

$                          49,909


$                          50,712

Accounts payable

356,024


334,578

Payroll liabilities

108,273


132,422

Accrued liabilities

125,839


116,954

Current operating lease liabilities

19,281


18,577

Total current liabilities

659,326


653,243

Long-term debt

1,051,600


1,044,736

Pension benefits

98,347


100,578

Postretirement benefits other than pensions

28,266


28,940

Long-term operating lease liabilities

79,362


76,482

Other liabilities

51,237


58,053

Total liabilities

1,968,138


1,962,032

Equity:




Common stock, $0.001 par value, 190,000,000 shares authorized;

19,355,954 shares issued and 17,290,145 shares outstanding as of

March 31, 2024, and 19,263,288 shares issued and 17,197,479

shares outstanding as of December 31, 2023

17


17

Additional paid-in capital

512,832


512,164

Retained deficit

(423,476)


(391,816)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(205,216)


(201,665)

Total Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. equity

(115,843)


(81,300)

Noncontrolling interests

(7,944)


(8,433)

Total equity

(123,787)


(89,733)

Total liabilities and equity

$                     1,844,351


$                     1,872,299

 

COOPER-STANDARD HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(Dollar amounts in thousands) 






Three Months Ended March 31,


2024


2023

Operating activities:




Net loss

$              (31,308)


$                 (131,112)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:



Depreciation

24,802


26,175

Amortization of intangibles

1,661


1,807

Share-based compensation expense

2,700


1,467

Equity in (earnings) losses of affiliates, net of dividends related to earnings

(693)


198

Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt


81,885

Payment-in-kind interest

6,787


11,392

Deferred income taxes

(317)


367

Other

1,233


1,206

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(19,064)


36,994

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(14,199)


30,379

Investing activities:




Capital expenditures

(16,834)


(29,263)

Other

165


232

Net cash used in investing activities

(16,669)


(29,031)

Financing activities:




Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs


927,450

Repayment and refinancing of long-term debt


(927,046)

Principal payments on long-term debt

(657)


(755)

Decrease in short-term debt, net

(5)


(1,312)

Debt issuance costs and other fees


(73,965)

Taxes withheld and paid on employees’ share-based payment awards

(549)


(195)

Other


163

Net cash used in financing activities

(1,211)


(75,660)

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(3,855)


(2,850)

Changes in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(35,934)


(77,162)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

163,061


192,807

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$             127,127


$                   115,645





Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash to the condensed consolidated balance sheets:


Balance as of


March 31, 2024


December 31, 2023

Cash and cash equivalents

$             114,191


$                   154,801

Restricted cash included in other current assets

11,989


7,244

Restricted cash included in other assets

947


1,016

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$             127,127


$                   163,061

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted earnings (loss) per share and free cash flow are measures not recognized under U.S. GAAP and which exclude certain non-cash and special items that may obscure trends and operating performance not indicative of the Company’s core financial activities. Net new business is a measure not recognized under U.S. GAAP which is a representation of potential incremental future revenue but which may not fully reflect all external impacts to future revenue. Management considers EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted earnings (loss) per share, free cash flow and net new business to be key indicators of the Company’s operating performance and believes that these and similar measures are widely used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating the Company’s performance. In addition, similar measures are utilized in the calculation of the financial covenants and ratios contained in the Company’s financing arrangements and management uses these measures for developing internal budgets and forecasting purposes. EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) adjusted to reflect income tax expense (benefit), interest expense net of interest income, depreciation and amortization, and adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted to reflect certain items that management does not consider to be reflective of the Company’s core operating performance. Adjusted net income (loss) is defined as net income (loss) adjusted to reflect certain items that management does not consider to be reflective of the Company’s core operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share is defined as adjusted net income (loss) divided by the weighted average number of basic and diluted shares, respectively, outstanding during the period. Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures and is useful to both management and investors in evaluating the Company’s ability to service and repay its debt. Net new business reflects anticipated sales from formally awarded programs, less lost business, discontinued programs and replacement programs and is based on S&P Global (IHS Markit) forecast production volumes. The calculation of “net new business” does not reflect customer price reductions on existing programs and may be impacted by various assumptions embedded in the respective calculation, including actual vehicle production levels on new programs, foreign exchange rates and the timing of major program launches.

When analyzing the Company’s operating performance, investors should use EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted earnings (loss) per share, free cash flow and net new business as supplements to, and not as alternatives for, net income (loss), operating income, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and not as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of the Company’s liquidity. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted earnings (loss) per share, free cash flow and net new business have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of the Company’s results of operations as reported under U.S. GAAP. Other companies may report EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted earnings (loss) per share, free cash flow and net new business differently and therefore the Company’s results may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. In addition, in evaluating adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income (loss), it should be noted that in the future the Company may incur expenses similar to or in excess of the adjustments in the below presentation. This presentation of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income (loss) should not be construed as an inference that the Company’s future results will be unaffected by special items. Reconciliations of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income (loss) and free cash flow follow.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures 

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

(Unaudited)

(Dollar amounts in thousands)


The following table provides a reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from net loss:



Three Months Ended March 31,


2024


2023

Net loss attributable to Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

$              (31,660)


$            (130,367)

Income tax expense

4,131


358

Interest expense, net of interest income

29,281


30,220

Depreciation and amortization

26,463


27,982

EBITDA

$                28,215


$              (71,807)

Restructuring charges

1,133


2,379

Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt (1)


81,885

Adjusted EBITDA

$                29,348


$                12,457





Sales

$              676,425


$              682,458

Net loss margin

(4.7) %


(19.1) %

Adjusted EBITDA margin

4.3 %


1.8 %



(1)

Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt relating to refinancing transactions in 2023.

 

Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted Loss Per Share

(Unaudited)

(Dollar amounts in thousands except per share and share amounts)


The following table provides a reconciliation of net loss to adjusted net loss and the respective loss per share amounts:



Three Months Ended March 31,


2024


2023

Net loss attributable to Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

$                  (31,660)


$               (130,367)

Restructuring charges

1,133


2,379

Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt (1)


81,885

Tax impact of adjusting items (2)

(75)


(71)

Adjusted net loss

$                  (30,602)


$                  (46,174)





Weighted average shares outstanding:




Basic

17,462,136


17,229,423

Diluted

17,462,136


17,229,423





Loss per share:




Basic

$                      (1.81)


$                      (7.57)

Diluted

$                      (1.81)


$                      (7.57)





Adjusted loss per share:




Basic

$                      (1.75)


$                      (2.68)

Diluted

$                      (1.75)


$                      (2.68)



(1)

Loss on refinancing and extinguishment of debt relating to refinancing transactions in 2023.

(2)

Represents the elimination of the income tax impact of the above adjustments by calculating the income tax impact of these adjusting items using the appropriate tax rate for the jurisdiction where the charges were incurred and other discrete tax expense.

 

Free Cash Flow

(Unaudited)

(Dollar amounts in thousands)


The following table defines free cash flow:



Three Months Ended March 31,


2024


2023

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

$                  (14,199)


$                   30,379

Capital expenditures

(16,834)


(29,263)

Free cash flow

$                  (31,033)


$                      1,116

 

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