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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

November 2, 2015
By Business Wire News


Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) today reported third quarter 2015 net income of $53 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.93, compared with $48 million, or $0.77 per share, last year.

Third Quarter Highlights:

  • Net sales rose 2 percent excluding the impact of CCT, the company’s former joint venture in China that contributed sales of $150 million in the third quarter a year ago (net of company eliminations). CCT was divested by Cooper in the fourth quarter of 2014. Third quarter net sales as reported were $782 million, which compares with $920 million in the third quarter of 2014.
  • Third quarter results included higher unit volume of $50 million excluding CCT, with unit volume increases in both the Americas and International segments. The unit volume increase was partially offset by unfavorable price and mix of $32 million, primarily due to pricing and promotion actions related to raw material costs, and negative currency impact of $6 million.
  • Third quarter 2015 operating profit was $82 million compared with $89 million for the same period last year, which included $23 million from CCT. Excluding CCT, operating profit was up 25 percent from the prior year quarter. Third quarter operating margin was 10.5 percent versus 9.7 percent in 2014.
    • Excluding the impact of CCT, the operating profit increased as a result of favorable raw material costs of $55 million and higher volume of $6 million. These benefits were partially offset by unfavorable price and mix of $18 million, $13 million of unfavorable SG&A costs, $10 million of higher manufacturing costs, and $2 million of other costs.
    • Third quarter SG&A was $72 million, which compares with $68 million in the third quarter of 2014. The increase of $4 million in SG&A reflects the absence of $9 million in SG&A from the sale of CCT, which was more than offset by increases of $13 million. These increases included $8 million of higher estimated incentive costs based on the strong financial performance of the company and higher mark-to-market costs of stock based liabilities. In addition, the third quarter of 2015 included increased brand and product marketing costs due to the timing of programs, as well as continued SG&A spending in China, which is consistent with the company’s strategy to invest in the region for future growth.
    • The higher manufacturing costs were primarily experienced in the Americas segment where Cooper incurred costs associated with the greater complexity of manufacturing higher value, higher margin tires, as well as increased pension expense and higher estimated incentive costs based on the strong financial performance of the company.

Consolidated Results:

Cooper Tire    Q3 2015 ($M)    Q3 2014 ($M)    % Change
Net Sales     $782     $920     (15.0%)
Operating Profit $82 $89 (8.1%)
Operating Margin 10.5% 9.7% NA

“Our third quarter performance was excellent, and continued the positive trends we drove in the first half of 2015. The Americas segment posted another quarter of outstanding results, with unit volume growth and an operating margin of 14.6 percent, which is well above our target. Importantly, we again saw unit volume growth in our International segment,” said Cooper Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Roy Armes.

The effective tax rate for the third quarter, including discrete items, was 31.4 percent compared with 32.9 percent last year. Discrete items during the quarter, which reduced the tax rate, included research and development tax credits and the release of reserves for effectively settled uncertain tax positions. The tax rate is based on forecasted annual earnings and tax rates for the various jurisdictions in which the company operates. SG&A expense for the quarter was $72 million, or 9.2 percent of sales, compared with $68 million, or 7.4 percent of sales, in the third quarter of 2014.

At quarter end, Cooper had $424 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared with $336 million at September 30, 2014. Capital expenditures in the third quarter were $40 million compared with $36 million in the same period last year.

In February 2015, the company announced a new $200 million share repurchase program. During the third quarter, 589,945 shares were repurchased under the program for $22.8 million. For the full year, 2,110,633 shares were repurchased under the program for $82.8 million, or an average price of $39.23 per share.

A summary presentation of information related to the quarter is posted on the company’s website at

Americas Tire Operations:

Americas Tire Operations    Q3 2015 ($M)    Q3 2014 ($M)    % Change
Net Sales     $702     $694     1.2%
Operating Profit $102 $76 35.5%
Operating Margin 14.6% 10.9% NA

Third quarter net sales in the Americas segment rose 1.2 percent as a result of higher unit volume of $14 million, which was partially offset by unfavorable price and mix of $6 million. Segment unit shipments increased 2.1 percent compared with the same period last year. Cooper’s total light vehicle tire shipments in the United States increased 1.5 percent during the quarter. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) reported that its member shipments were up 6.6 percent, and total industry shipments (including an estimate for non-RMA members) increased 1.7 percent for the period. Cooper’s year-to-date total light vehicle tire shipments in the United States increased 4 percent, outperforming total industry shipments, which decreased 0.1 percent for the same period.

Third quarter operating profit was $102 million, or 14.6 percent of net sales, compared with $76 million, or 10.9 percent of net sales, in the third quarter of 2014. The higher operating profit primarily reflected favorable raw material costs of $49 million and higher unit volume of $3 million. These items more than offset higher manufacturing costs of $9 million, unfavorable price and mix of $8 million, increased SG&A costs of $6 million and negative currency impact and other costs of $3 million.

International Tire Operations:

International Tire Operations    Q3 2015 ($M)    Q3 2014 ($M)    % Change
Net Sales     $119     $313     (62.1%)
Operating Profit (Loss) ($5) $23 (123.4%)
Operating Margin (4.5%) 7.3% NA

Third quarter net sales in the International segment declined to $119 million from $313 million in 2014. The decrease mainly reflected $183 million, before intercompany eliminations, from the absence of CCT. Excluding CCT, sales decreased $11 million, as increased volume of $8 million was more than offset by $13 million of unfavorable price and mix and $6 million of negative currency impact in the third quarter of 2015. Unit volume in Europe increased compared with the third quarter of 2014 based on higher year-over-year sales of winter tires along with increased exports to the United States. Unit volume in China, excluding CCT, was slightly higher than a year ago based on increased sales in the domestic China market for both replacement and original equipment tires, which offset the decline in exports to the United States due to the tariffs.

International operations recorded a third quarter operating loss of $5 million compared with an operating profit of $23 million for the same period a year ago. The drivers of the operating loss were the absence of CCT, which contributed $23 million to 2014 third quarter operating profit, unfavorable price and mix of $13 million and other costs of $3 million. These unfavorable items more than offset the benefits of lower raw material costs of $8 million and increased volume of $3 million.


Third quarter raw material costs increased 2.1 percent from the second quarter of 2015, with the company’s internal raw material index increasing from 153.5 in the second quarter to 156.7 in the third quarter. The company anticipates fourth quarter raw material costs will be down slightly from the third quarter.

The company outlined the following for the full year 2015:

  • Tax rate in the range of 34 percent to 37 percent
  • SG&A forecast in the range of $265 million to $275 million
  • Capital expenditures expected to be between $195 million and $205 million

“For the full year, we continue to expect that Cooper will exceed industry unit volume growth in the U.S. Our new products and improving mix of sales to higher value, higher margin tires position us well in an extremely competitive market. Our success in growing unit volume in the International segment is encouraging, and we expect to continue this unit volume growth in our international markets. Cooper remains committed to making the appropriate investments to support our strategic growth plans, particularly in the growing markets of Asia and Latin America,” Armes noted.

“We expect a strong fourth quarter compared to the fourth quarter of last year and expect to benefit overall from slightly lower raw material costs when compared to the third quarter. We expect this benefit to be offset in the Americas segment from normal, seasonally higher costs related to employee compensation and scheduled plant downtime. We anticipate that profitability will improve in the fourth quarter in our International segment, while still generating an operating loss for the full year. We continue to expect that full company operating margin for 2015 will be above the high end of our mid-term target of 8 percent to 10 percent, but below the year to date results due to the expected cost increases described in this release,” Armes concluded.

Third Quarter 2015 Conference Call Today at 10 a.m. Eastern

Management will discuss the financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2015 on a conference call for analysts and investors today at 10 a.m. EST. The call may be accessed on the investor relations page of the company’s website at or at Following the conference call, the webcast will be archived and available for 90 days at these websites.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains what the Company believes are “forward-looking statements,” as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding projections, expectations or matters that the Company anticipates may happen with respect to the future performance of the industries in which the Company operates, the economies of the United States and other countries, or the performance of the Company itself, which involve uncertainty and risk.

Such “forward-looking statements” are generally, though not always, preceded by words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “will,” “should,” “believes,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” and similar terms that connote a view to the future and are not merely recitations of historical fact. Such statements are made solely on the basis of the Company’s current views and perceptions of future events, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be true.

It is possible that actual results may differ materially from projections or expectations due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to:

  • 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;
  • the failure of the Company’s suppliers to timely deliver products in accordance with contract specifications;
  • changes in economic and business conditions in the world;
  • failure to implement information technologies or related systems, including failure by the Company to successfully implement an ERP system;
  • increased competitive activity including actions by larger competitors or lower-cost producers;
  • the failure to achieve expected sales levels;
  • changes in the Company’s customer relationships, including loss of particular business for competitive or other reasons;
  • the ultimate outcome of litigation brought against the Company, including stockholders lawsuits relating to the terminated Apollo merger as well as product liability claims, in each case which could result in commitment of significant resources and time to defend and possible material damages against the Company or other unfavorable outcomes;
  • changes to tariffs or the imposition of new tariffs or trade restrictions, including changes related to the anti-dumping and countervailing duties for passenger car and light truck tires imported into the United States from China;
  • changes in pension expense and/or funding resulting from investment performance of the Company’s pension plan assets and changes in discount rate, salary increase rate, and expected return on plan assets assumptions, or changes to related accounting regulations;
  • government regulatory and legislative initiatives including environmental and healthcare matters;
  • volatility in the capital and financial markets or changes to the credit markets and/or access to those markets;
  • changes in interest or foreign exchange rates;
  • an adverse change in the Company’s credit ratings, which could increase borrowing costs and/or hamper access to the credit markets;
  • the risks associated with doing business outside of the United States;
  • the failure to develop technologies, processes or products needed to support consumer demand;
  • technology advancements;
  • the inability to recover the costs to develop and test new products or processes;
  • a disruption in, or failure of, the Company’s information technology systems, including those related to cyber security, could adversely affect the Company’s business operations and financial performance;
  • the impact of labor problems, including labor disruptions at the Company, its joint venture, or at one or more of its large customers or suppliers;
  • failure to attract or retain key personnel;
  • consolidation among the Company’s competitors or customers;
  • inaccurate assumptions used in developing the Company’s strategic plan or operating plans or the inability or failure to successfully implement such plans;
  • risks relating to acquisitions, including the failure to successfully complete acquisitions or integrate them into operations or their related financings may impact liquidity and capital resources;
  • changes in the Company’s relationship with its joint-venture partner or suppliers, including any changes with respect to CCT’s production of Cooper-branded products;
  • the ability to find alternative sources for products supplied by CCT;
  • the inability to obtain and maintain price increases to offset higher production or material costs;
  • inability to adequately protect the Company’s intellectual property rights; and
  • inability to use deferred tax assets.

It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors. Any forward-looking statement in this release is based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such statements are not a guarantee of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected.

The Company makes no commitment to update any forward-looking statement included herein or to disclose any facts, events or circumstances that may affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statement. Further information covering issues that could materially affect financial performance is contained in the Company’s periodic filings with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

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 and light truck tires. Cooper and its subsidiaries also sell 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, or

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
  2014     2015     2014     2015  
Net sales $ 920,082 $ 782,368 $ 2,605,225 $ 2,197,355
Cost of products sold   762,878     628,414     2,152,810     1,751,754  
Gross profit 157,204 153,954 452,415 445,601
Selling, general and administrative expense   67,829     71,787     205,540     193,652  
Operating profit 89,375 82,167 246,875 251,949
Interest expense (7,050 ) (5,889 ) (20,960 ) (18,485 )
Interest income 305 533 1,088 1,609
Other non-operating income (expense)   (1,253 )   1,362     (787 )   3,034  
Income before income taxes 81,377 78,173 226,216 238,107
Provision for income taxes   26,740     24,524     75,093     81,818  
Net income 54,637 53,649 151,123 156,289
Net income attributable to noncontrolling shareholders’ interests   6,938     473     19,808     2,769  
Net income attributable to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company $ 47,699   $ 53,176   $ 131,315   $ 153,520  
Basic earnings per share:
Net income attributable to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company common stockholders $ 0.79 $ 0.94 $ 2.10 $ 2.68
Diluted earnings per share:
Net income attributable to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company common stockholders $ 0.77 $ 0.93 $ 2.07 $ 2.65
Weighted average shares outstanding (000s):
Basic 60,606 56,693 62,504 57,332
Diluted 61,629 57,232 63,473 57,934
Segment information:
Net sales
Americas Tire $ 693,938 $ 702,460 $ 1,896,666 $ 1,973,993
International Tire 313,415 118,903 950,181 350,853
Eliminations (87,271 ) (38,995 ) (241,622 ) (127,491 )
Segment profit (loss)
Americas Tire $ 75,618 $ 102,475 $ 209,080 $ 301,039
International Tire 22,787 (5,329 ) 72,394 (11,755 )
Unallocated corporate charges (7,912 ) (15,416 ) (32,223 ) (40,084 )
Eliminations (1,118 ) 437 (2,376 ) 2,749
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollar amounts in thousands)

September 30,

  2014   2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 335,778 $ 424,232
Notes receivable 90,098 10,917
Accounts receivable 538,790 423,731
Inventories 602,009 464,848
Other current assets   94,354   92,127
Total current assets 1,661,029 1,415,855
Net property, plant and equipment 971,683 769,305
Goodwill 18,851 18,851
Intangibles 153,656 134,047
Restricted cash 640 791
Deferred income tax assets 100,934 131,228
Other assets   16,586   17,267
Total assets $ 2,923,379 $ 2,487,344
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities:
Notes payable $ 184,553 $ 17,646
Accounts payable 358,320 228,939
Accrued liabilities 264,056 222,385
Income taxes payable 16,961 12,036
Current portion of long-term debt   15,559   600
Total current liabilities 839,449 481,606
Long-term debt 325,538 297,320
Postretirement benefits other than pensions 239,282 263,885
Pension benefits 249,529 329,938
Other long-term liabilities 159,692 146,015
Deferred income tax liabilities 6,131 3,856
Redeemable noncontrolling shareholder interest 168,435
Total parent stockholders’ equity 893,530 926,433
Noncontrolling shareholder interest in consolidated subsidiary   41,793   38,291
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,923,379 $ 2,487,344
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2014     2015  
Operating activities:
Net income $ 151,123 $ 156,289
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 105,319 90,588
Deferred income taxes 2,717 2,205
Stock-based compensation 5,845 11,710
Change in LIFO inventory reserve (54,464 ) (45,132 )
Amortization of unrecognized postretirement benefits 27,014 34,641
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts and notes receivable (187,541 ) (66,628 )
Inventories (35,518 ) (5,762 )
Other current assets (2,681 ) (19,193 )
Accounts payable 58,482 (24,849 )
Accrued liabilities 52,519 45,489
Other items   (24,825 )   (46,116 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 97,990 133,242
Investing activities:
Additions to property, plant and equipment (112,126 ) (128,601 )
Proceeds from the sale of assets   1,089     1,555  
Net cash used in investing activities (111,037 ) (127,046 )
Financing activities:
Net issuances of (payments on) short-term debt 163,473 (39,131 )
Additions to long-term debt 15,634
Repayments of long-term debt (13,363 ) (3,125 )
Payment of financing fees (2,586 )
Repurchase of common stock (200,000 ) (82,800 )
Payment of dividends to noncontrolling shareholder (2,570 ) (917 )
Payment of dividends to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company shareholders (19,432 ) (17,998 )
Issuance of common shares and excess tax benefits on stock options   3,890     19,665  
Net cash used in financing activities (52,368 ) (126,892 )
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash   3,462     (6,724 )
Changes in cash and cash equivalents (61,953 ) (127,420 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   397,731     551,652  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 335,778   $ 424,232  

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Anne Roman, 419-429-7189