Commercial Vehicle Group Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Results
March 16, 2020 at 16:45 PM EDT
NEW ALBANY, Ohio, March 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "CVG") (NASDAQ: CVGI) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.
"The strong growth in the North American heavy- and medium-duty truck markets experienced in 2018 and early 2019 fell off substantially in the fourth quarter. This dynamic was exacerbated by declines in the global construction market, and as a result, weighed heavily on our 2019 results. In response to weakening end markets, in the fourth quarter, we took proactive steps to align the business to the lower production levels. In total, the Company's restructuring actions are expected to reduce operating costs by $5 to $7 million annually once fully implemented by early 2021. As we have noted in the past, the speed at which business contraction effects our OEM customers creates challenges in flexing our workforce. However, we have a demonstrated ability to scale our business to volume changes and we anticipate more normal conversion rates as we proceed through 2020," commented Patrick Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Our strategy to diversify our end market exposure and accelerate growth in alignment with favorable macro-economic trends in electronics and electrification is underscored by our recent acquisition of FSE, which has been performing as we anticipated. Furthermore, this strategy should aid in mitigating the impact of end market cyclicality on our Company. We plan to maintain our investments in our Electrical Systems segment, which is made possible in part by the cost saving actions we are taking across the business," Mr. Miller concluded.
Tim Trenary, Chief Financial Officer, stated, "We began implementing the restructuring initiatives in the fourth quarter of 2019 and are well under way. Pre-tax costs associated with these actions are expected to total $6 to $8 million, driven in large part by employee-related separation costs and other costs associated with the transfer of production, and subsequent closure of facilities. Approximately $3 million of pre-tax costs related to these actions was incurred in the fourth quarter of 2019, with the remaining $3 to $5 million to be incurred in 2020. As we head into 2020, we continue to focus on cost reduction actions intended to mitigate the challenges in this market environment."
Restatement of Financial Statements
On March 12, 2020, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, after considering the recommendations of management, and discussing such recommendations with outside SEC counsel and KPMG LLP, the Company's independent registered public accounting firm, concluded that our audited consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, and our unaudited consolidated financial statements as of and for the quarterly periods ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, June 30, 2019 and 2018, and September 30, 2019 and 2018, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarterly periods ended March 31, 2019, June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019, should no longer be relied upon due to misstatements (the "restatement").
With respect to the impact of the restatement on the Consolidated Statements of Operations for 2018 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, cost of revenues were understated by $3.9 million and $4.6 million, respectively, net income was overstated by $3.0 million and $3.5 million, respectively, and diluted earnings per share was overstated by $0.10 and $0.11, respectively. Total Assets in the Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2018 and as of September 30, 2019 were overstated by $5.4 million and $9.0 million, respectively. Costs relating to an independent investigation, which is complete, arising from the restatement referenced above are estimated to be $3 million and were incurred in the first quarter of 2020. For additional information relating to the restatement see Note 2, Restatement of Previously Issued Consolidated Financial Statements of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, and Note 19, Quarterly Financial Data (Unaudited), included within the Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission contemporaneously with this release.
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At December 31, 2019, the Company had liquidity of $94.6 million; $39.5 million of cash and $55.1 million availability from our asset based revolver. There were no borrowings under our asset based revolver at December 31, 2019.
Electrical Systems Segment
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Global Seating Segment
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Management estimates that 2020 North American Class 8 truck production may decline by 35% to 42% (to 200,000 to 225,000 production units), North American Class 5-7 production may decline by 15% to 20%, and the construction markets the Company serves in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific may decline by 10 to 15%.
Additionally, while we experienced unplanned downtime during the first quarter in our China operation due to the COVID-19 virus, we have seen steady improvements in our ability to produce in that operation and are currently operating at approximately 70% of expected levels. Due to inventory levels built prior to the Chinese New Year, sales losses in the first quarter have been immaterial and early indications are that the customers intend to make up lost production throughout the year. In other regions, the situation is dynamic. We are implementing preventative measures where possible while monitoring conditions closely.
A conference call to discuss the contents of this press release is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. ET. To participate, dial (833) 235-5650 using conference code 1378049.
The call is being webcast. The webcast, as well as a supplemental earnings presentation, can be accessed through the "Investors" section of Commercial Vehicle Group's web site at www.cvgrp.com, where it will be archived for one year.
A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for a period of two weeks following the call. To access the replay, dial (800) 585-8367 using access code 1378049.
About Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.
Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (through its subsidiaries) is a leading supplier of electrical wire harnesses, seating systems, and a full range of other cab related products for the global commercial vehicle markets, including the medium- and heavy-duty truck, medium-and heavy-construction vehicle, military, bus, agriculture, specialty transportation, mining, industrial equipment and off-road recreational markets. Information about the Company and its products is available on the internet at www.cvgrp.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These statements often include words such as "believe", "anticipate", "plan", "expect", "intend", "will", "should", "could", "would", "project", "continue", "likely", and similar expressions. In particular, this press release may contain forward-looking statements about Company expectations for future periods with respect to its plans to improve financial results and enhance the Company, the future of the Company's end markets, including Class 8 and Class 5-7 North America truck build rates and performance of the global construction equipment business, expected cost savings, the Company's initiatives to address customer needs, organic growth, the Company's plans to focus on certain segments and markets and the Company's financial position or other financial information. These statements are based on certain assumptions that the Company has made in light of its experience as well as its perspective on historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results because of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: (i) a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting which could, if not remediated, result in material misstatements in our financial statements; (ii) future financial restatements affecting the company; (iii) general economic or business conditions affecting the markets in which the Company serves; (iv) the Company's ability to develop or successfully introduce new products; (v) risks associated with conducting business in foreign countries and currencies; (vi) increased competition in the medium- and heavy-duty truck markets, construction, agriculture, aftermarket, military, bus and other markets; (vii) the Company's failure to complete or successfully integrate strategic acquisitions and the impact of such acquisitions on business relationships; (viii) the Company's ability to recognize synergies from the reorganization of the segments; (ix) the Company's failure to successfully manage any divestitures; (x) the impact of changes in governmental regulations on the Company's customers or on its business; (xi) the loss of business from a major customer, a collection of smaller customers or the discontinuation of particular commercial vehicle platforms; (xii) the Company's ability to obtain future financing due to changes in the lending markets or its financial position; (xiii) the Company's ability to comply with the financial covenants in its debt facilities; (xiv) fluctuation in interest rates or change in the reference interest rate relating to the Company's debt facilities; (xv) the Company's ability to realize the benefits of its cost reduction and strategic initiatives and address rising labor and material costs; (xvi) volatility and cyclicality in the commercial vehicle market adversely affecting us; (xvii) the geographic profile of our taxable income and changes in valuation of our deferred tax assets and liabilities impacting our effective tax rate; (xviii) changes to domestic manufacturing initiatives; (xix) implementation of tax or other changes, by the United States or other international jurisdictions, related to products manufactured in one or more jurisdictions where the Company does business (xx) security breaches and other disruptions that could compromise our information systems; (xxi) the impact of disruptions in our supply chain or delivery chains; (xxii) litigation against us; (xxiii) the impact of health epidemics or widespread outbreak of contagious disease; and (xxiv) various other risks as outlined under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year ending December 31, 2019. There can be no assurance that statements made in this press release relating to future events will be achieved. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on behalf of the Company are expressly qualified in their entirety by such cautionary statements.
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