Akron-based Goodyear reporting record performance for the second quarter of 2013, led by operating income of $428 million and it was a record-setter in North America and Asia Pacific markets. Overall income is forecast to hit $1.5 billion for the year. CEO Richard Kramer says European markets are now "stabilizing." Company-wide sales for the quarter were down from a year ago, at $4.9 billion compared to $5.2 billion.
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(Goodyear Tire and Rubber) The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported record earnings for the second quarter of 2013.
“Our outstanding second quarter earnings demonstrate the disciplined execution of our strategies by Goodyear associates around the globe as our operations become more efficient, reliable and integrated,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are leveraging this increased integration along with our product innovation to deliver sustainable earnings improvement through the cycle.
“We achieved significantly higher earnings, with record operating income in North America and Asia Pacific,” he said. “Our objective remains to focus on profitable targeted market segments where we can capture the value of our brands and prepare ourselves to take advantage of the market recovery when it comes.”
All four of Goodyear’s regional businesses achieved higher operating income in the second quarter compared to the year-ago period. Three businesses posted higher tire unit volumes than last year.
Commenting on Goodyear’s performance in Europe, Kramer said the company is seeing signs of volumes stabilizing and is achieving success in the summer tire market with industry-leading label-graded tires that have won numerous magazine tests versus competitors.
“Our strong first-half performance gives us confidence in our full-year outlook for global segment operating income, which we now expect to be about $1.5 billion, at the high end of our previously announced range of $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion, and the highest ever achieved by the company,” Kramer said. “Additionally, we continue to target positive cash flow in 2013, excluding pension pre-funding.”
Goodyear’s second quarter 2013 sales were $4.9 billion, compared to $5.2 billion a year ago. Second quarter 2013 sales reflect $35 million in higher tire unit volumes, more than offset by $131 million in lower sales in other tire-related businesses, most notably third party chemical sales in North America; $75 million in lower price/mix, despite continued favorable mix; and $60 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation. Tire unit volumes totaled 39.5 million, up 1 percent from 2012.
The company reported record segment operating income of $428 million in the second quarter of 2013. This was up 27 percent from the year-ago quarter, reflecting favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $92 million, cost savings net of inflation of $38 million (including raw material cost savings of $53 million) and $11 million in higher tire unit volumes, partially offset by unabsorbed overhead of $47 million resulting from lower production and $12 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation. See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and a segment operating income reconciliation table.
Goodyear’s second quarter 2013 net income available to common shareholders was $181 million (67 cents per share), a second quarter record and up $96 million from $85 million (33 cents per share) in the 2012 quarter. All per share amounts are diluted.
The 2013 second quarter included total charges of $13 million (5 cents per share) due to rationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation; $7 million (3 cents per share) due to discrete tax charges; and $5 million (2 cents per share) in charges relating to labor claims with respect to a previously closed facility in Europe; and a gain of $4 million (1 cent per share) on asset sales. All amounts are after taxes and minority interest.