NEW ALBANY, Ohio, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CVGI) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.
In fiscal year 2014, the Company did not have any borrowings under its asset-based revolver and therefore was not subject to any financial maintenance covenants. At December 31, 2014, the Company had liquidity of $107.2 million; $70.1 million of cash and $37.1 millionavailability from its asset based revolver.
Rich Lavin, President and CEO of Commercial Vehicle Group, stated, “Our full-year 2014 revenues and operating income were favorably impacted by significant improvements in medium- and heavy-duty truck production volumes in North America when compared to full-year 2013. Additionally, full-year sales and operating income improved in our global construction and agriculture end markets compared to full-year 2013. As regards to pull through, we are pleased to have reported about $27 million more operating income in 2014 compared to 2013 on $92 million of increased sales year-over-year; operating income pull through of almost 30 percent. Before giving effect to charges associated with special items in 2014 and 2013, adjusted operating income pull through was 21 percent and within our expected range.”
Lavin added, “With the roll out of our long term strategic plan, CVG 2020, in September 2014, we are focused on near term margin enhancement; and, over the long term, product innovation and other initiatives to profitably grow our business. We were able to deliver the aforementioned results in part because of flat year-over-year SG&A spend, notwithstanding investments associated with the development of CVG 2020. We are confident in our ability to both grow the company in line with CVG 2020 targets and deliver profit improvement.”
Tim Trenary, Chief Financial Officer of Commercial Vehicle Group, stated, “We maintained cost discipline during the year in a rising sales environment, and delivered the operating income pull through expected on increased sales as compared to the prior year. As a result, net income for the year improved to almost $8 million compared to a loss of $12 million in the prior year. However, during the year we experienced foreign currency exchange rate headwinds generally as a consequence of the strength of the U.S. Dollar and because certain of our foreign affiliates conducted business in currencies other than local currencies. We have and will continue to take actions to mitigate this foreign currency risk.”
In the fourth quarter of 2014, two reportable segments were established: the Global Truck and Bus Segment (“GTB Segment”) and the Global Construction and Agriculture Segment (“GCA Segment”). Each of these segments consists of a number of manufacturing facilities. Generally, the facilities in the GTB Segment manufacture and sell seats and seating systems (“Seats”), trim systems and components, wipers, mirrors, structures and other products into the MD / HD Truck and bus markets. Generally, the facilities in the GCA Segment manufacture and sell wire harnesses, Seats and other products into the construction and agriculture markets. Both segments participate in the aftermarket. Certain of our manufacturing facilities manufacture and sell products through both of our segments. Each manufacturing facility that sells products through both segments is reflected in the financial results of the segment that has the greatest amount of sales from that manufacturing facility.
A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included as Appendix A to this release.
Management estimates that 2015 North American Class 8 truck production levels will be in the range of 290,000 – 310,000 units compared to 297,000 units in 2014. Although we believe there is a bias toward a modest decline in global construction and agriculture markets in 2015 versus 2014, the Company does not anticipate any meaningful change in 2015.
Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. is a Delaware (USA) corporation. We were formed as a privately-held company in August 2000. We became a publicly held company in 2004. The Company (and its subsidiaries) is a leading supplier of a full range of cab related products and systems for the global commercial vehicle market, including the medium- and heavy-duty truck market, the medium-and heavy-construction vehicle markets, the military, bus, agriculture, specialty transportation, mining, industrial equipment and off-road recreational (ATV/UTV) markets. Information about the Company and its products is available on the internet at www.cvgrp.com.
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