Goodyear Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

Goodyear Global Headquarters Akron Ohio
  • Goodyear net income of $166 million, segment operating income of $385 million
  • Strong earnings per share of $0.65, adjusted earnings per share of $0.74
  • Positive price/mix versus raw material costs
  • Americas segment earnings of $214 million, operating margin of 10.9%
  • Europe, Middle East and Africa segment earnings of $98 million, operating margin of 7.9%
  • Asia Pacific segment earnings of $73 million, operating margin of 14.5%
  • Company confirms 2017 segment operating income guidance, 2020 targets

“These results are a great outcome given an environment of rising raw material costs and weaker demand,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “This solid performance is a result of the disciplined execution of our strategy,” he added.

“While raw material inflation has moderated in recent weeks, we continue to expect a significant year-over-year headwind in 2017,” said Kramer. “We remain confident in our ability to offset raw material cost inflation over time.”

Goodyear’s first quarter 2017 sales were $3.7 billion, about even with a year ago, largely due to improved price/mix and higher pricing of third-party chemical sales partially offset by lower tire unit volume.

Tire unit volumes totaled 40.0 million, down 4 percent from 2016. Original equipment unit volume was down 8 percent, primarily driven by lower U.S. auto production in the first quarter of 2017 and very strong volumes in the U.S. and China during the first quarter of 2016. Replacement tire shipments were down 2 percent.

Goodyear’s first quarter 2017 net income was $166 million (65 cents per share), down from $184 million (68 cents per share) a year ago. First quarter 2017 adjusted net income was
 $189 million (74 cents per share), compared to $195 million (72 cents per share) in 2016. Per share amounts are diluted.

The company reported first quarter segment operating income of $385 million in 2017, down from $419 million a year ago. The decrease was driven by the impact of lower volume and unabsorbed overhead, which were partially offset by favorable price/mix net of raw material costs and net cost saving actions.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and reconciliation tables for Segment Operating Income and Margin; Adjusted Net Income; and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, reflecting the impact of certain significant items on the 2017 and 2016 periods.

Business Segment Results

Americas

(in millions)Q1  2017Q1 2016
Tire Units17.218.0
Sales$1,958$1,951
Segment Operating Income214260
Segment Operating Margin10.9%13.3%

Americas’ first quarter 2017 tire unit volume was down 5 percent. Sales of $2.0 billion were flat as higher chemical and tire pricing as well as favorable foreign currency translation were partially offset by lower tire unit volume. Replacement tire shipments were down 2 percent. Original equipment unit volume was down 12 percent.

First quarter 2017 segment operating income of $214 million was down 18 percent from the prior year. The decline was driven by the impact of unabsorbed overhead and lower volume, which were partially offset by favorable price/mix and lower raw material costs.


Europe, Middle East and Africa

(in millions)Q1 2017Q1 2016
Tire Units15.516.2
Sales$1,239$1,251
Segment Operating Income9880
Segment Operating Margin7.9%6.4%

Europe, Middle East and Africa’s first quarter 2017 sales decreased 1 percent from last year to $1.2 billion, which reflects a 4 percent decrease in tire unit volume and unfavorable foreign currency translation partially offset by improved price/mix. Replacement tire shipments were down 5 percent. Original equipment unit volume was down 1 percent.

First quarter 2017 segment operating income of $98 million was 23 percent above the prior year due to favorable price/mix net of raw material costs and lower selling, administrative and general expense partially offset by the impact of lower volume.


Asia Pacific

(in millions)Q1 2017Q1 2016
Tire Units7.37.3
Sales$502$489
Segment Operating Income7379
Segment Operating Margin14.5%16.2%

 Asia Pacific’s first quarter 2017 sales increased 3 percent from last year to $502 million primarily due to improved price/mix. Tire unit volumes were flat. Replacement tire shipments were up 7 percent. Original equipment unit volume was down 9 percent. 

First quarter 2017 segment operating income of $73 million was down 8 percent from last year as lower income in other tire-related businesses and unfavorable foreign currency translation offset favorable price/mix net of raw materials.

Financial Targets

The company confirmed its 2017 segment operating income guidance of approximately
 $2.0 billion and its 2020 financial targets and capital allocation plan.

Shareholder Returns

The company paid a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share of common stock on March 1, 2017. The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share payable June 1, 2017, to shareholders of record on May 1, 2017.

As a part of its previously announced $2.1 billion share repurchase program, the company repurchased 0.7 million shares of its common stock for $25 million during the first quarter. Since its inception, purchases under the program total 31.9 million shares for $938 million.


Certain information contained in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There are a variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control, that affect our operations, performance, business strategy and results and could cause our actual results and experience to differ materially from the assumptions, expectations and objectives expressed in any forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: our ability to implement successfully our strategic initiatives; actions and initiatives taken by both current and potential competitors; increases in the prices paid for raw materials and energy; a labor strike, work stoppage or other similar event; foreign currency translation and transaction risks; deteriorating economic conditions or an inability to access capital markets; work stoppages, financial difficulties or supply disruptions at our suppliers or customers; the adequacy of our capital expenditures; our failure to comply with a material covenant in our debt obligations; potential adverse consequences of litigation involving the company; as well as the effects of more general factors such as changes in general market, economic or political conditions or in legislation, regulation or public policy. Additional factors are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent our estimates only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our estimates as of any subsequent date. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change.