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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Reports Continued Strong Sales

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Reports Continued Strong Sales08:59 EDT Thursday, August 05, 2010FINDLAY, Ohio, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Net Sales of $804 million, an increase of 27 percentOperating profit of $34 million Net income (attributable to Cooper Tire) of $44 millionCash and cash equivalents of $379 millionCooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) today reported net income of $44 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a $57 million improvement from the same period in 2009.  Net sales were $804 million, an increase of $172 million, or 27 percent, from the prior year. Operating profit was $34 million for the quarter, a $7 million decrease compared with $41 million in 2009. The Company reported net income of 70 cents per share during the quarter on a diluted basis.  (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010404/COOPERLOGO )(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20010404/COOPERLOGO )Results during the quarter included restructuring charges of $7 million, primarily related to the closure of the Albany, Ga., facility, a decrease of $1 million from the second quarter of 2009.   During the quarter the Company recorded a $25 million benefit, net of income taxes, from discontinued operations. This benefit related to the final disposition of matters for Cooper Standard Automotive.  This compares to a $37 million charge to discontinued operations during the second quarter of 2009.  Excluding discontinued operations, restructuring charges, and adjusting for the non-recurrence of a $10 million pension curtailment benefit in 2009, net income attributable to the Company was approximately $3 million better than the prior year.When compared to the prior year improved volumes and increased utilization of manufacturing capacity contributed favorably to earnings.  The relationship of net price and mix to raw materials, and the non-recurrence of a benefit recorded during the prior year second quarter for the curtailment of pension-related costs were unfavorable.Through the first six months of 2010, Cooper generated $1.6 billion in net sales, compared with $1.2 billion during the same period in the prior year.  Net income attributable to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company was $56 million during the same period, compared to a net loss of $34 million in 2009.The Company ended the quarter with $379 million of cash and cash equivalents, an increase of $77 million from the prior year balance of $302 million.On July 27, 2010, the Company filed an 8-K regarding the necessity to file amended financial statements to correct the accounting treatment of Noncontrolling shareholder interest.  These changes did not impact operating profit, cash flows or cumulative earnings per share for the Company.  More information on this matter can be found in the filing with the SEC.North American Tire OperationsNorth American Tire Operations sales were $575 million during the second quarter, up from 2009 net sales of $427 million.  Total light vehicle tire shipments for Cooper's North America segment in the United States increased by 25 percent, outpacing the total industry shipment increase of 7 percent reported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association.  This improvement occurred across nearly all product segments as the Company was able to increase market share.  Sales also increased as the impact of price and mix was favorable on the top line.Operating profit was $20 million for the second quarter, a decrease of $8 million when compared with the same period in 2009.  Favorable pricing and mix of $43 million was more than offset by $83 million of increased raw material costs.  Higher volumes improved results by $19 million.  Manufacturing operations improved by a net $10 million, driven by increased capacity utilization.  Restructuring charges decreased by $2 million.  For the six months ended June 30, 2010, the segment had operating profit of $33 million, a $9 million improvement compared with the first six months of 2009.International Tire OperationsThe Company's International Tire Operations reported $312 million in net sales, an increase of $55 million, or 21 percent, compared with the prior year same quarter.  This result reflected both increased volumes and positive price and mix. Asian operations increased sales volumes by 24 percent, while European operations reported flat shipments compared to the prior year.The segment's operating profit increased to $21 million for the second quarter, an improvement of $2 million from the prior year.  Favorable price and mix of $36 million were more than offset by higher raw material costs of $48 million.  Increased volumes of $8 million, better production utilization and manufacturing costs of $3 million and other costs including currency impacts were favorable by $3 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2010, the segment had operating profit of $43 million, a $27 million improvement over the first six months of 2009.Management Commentary and OutlookRoy Armes, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "While we were pleased with the improved volumes and capacity utilization during the second quarter of 2010, we are still committed to making improvements to the operations.  We believe the second quarter included the greatest pressure during the year on margins from the relationship between prices and elevated raw material costs. Our price increase of up to 7.5 percent was effective June 1, 2010, and will take full effect in the third quarter.  We expect that raw material costs will continue to be elevated, but stable, during the remainder of the year.  We are pleased with the direction and benefits of the actions we have taken to position ourselves for growth. The recovery in demand for the global tire industry began in the second half of 2009 and will present more challenging comparables for growth during the second half of 2010. Demand for our products should continue to be strong. Our focus remains on profitable top line growth, improving our global cost structure and developing organizational capabilities while prudently managing our resources.  We are confident about our abilities and have a proven history of successful execution.  These factors and industry conditions leave us cautiously optimistic toward future results."Cooper's management team will discuss the financial and operating results for the quarter in a conference call today at 11 a.m. Eastern time.  Interested parties may access the audio portion of that conference call on the investor relations page of the Company's Web site at www.coopertire.com.About Cooper Tire & Rubber CompanyCooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car and light truck tires and has subsidiaries that specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. With headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tire has manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 10 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire, or twitter.com/coopertire.Forward-Looking StatementsThis report 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," "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 those projections or expectations due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to: changes in economic and business conditions in the world;the failure to achieve expected sales levels;consolidation among the Company's competitors and customers;technology advancements;the failure of the Company's suppliers to timely deliver products in accordance with contract specifications;changes in interest and foreign exchange rates;changes in the Company's customer relationships, including loss of particular business for competitive or other reasons;the impact of reductions in the insurance program covering the principal risks to the Company, and other unanticipated events and conditions;volatility in raw material and energy prices, including those of steel, petroleum based products and natural gas and the unavailability of such raw materials or energy sources;the inability to obtain and maintain price increases to offset higher production or material costs;increased competitive activity including actions by larger competitors or low-cost producers;the inability to recover the costs to develop and test new products or processes;the risks associated with doing business outside of the United States;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 initiatives;the impact of labor problems, including a strike brought against the Company or against one or more of its large customers or suppliers;litigation brought against the Company including products liability;an adverse change in the Company's credit ratings, which could increase its borrowing costs and/or hamper its access to the credit markets;changes to the credit markets and/or access to those markets;inaccurate assumptions used in developing the Company's strategic plan or the inability or failure to successfully implement the Company's strategic plan;inability to adequately protect the Company's intellectual property rights;failure to successfully integrate acquisitions into operations or their related financings may impact liquidity and capital resources; inability to use deferred tax assets;recent changes to tariffs on certain tires imported into the United States from the People's Republic of China;and changes in the Company's relationship with joint venture partners.It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors.  Any forward-looking statementsin this report are 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.(Statements of income and balance sheets follow?)Cooper Tire & Rubber CompanyConsolidated Statements of Income(Dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts) Quarter EndedJune 30Six Months EndedJune 302009201020092010Net sales$   631,729$   803,959$ 1,203,137$ 1,558,402Cost of products sold531,269708,5771,052,4081,377,848Gross profit100,46095,382150,729180,554Selling, general and administrative50,27854,27495,38498,879Restructuring charges8,7097,42623,06115,038Settlement of retiree medical case--7,050-Operating profit41,47333,68225,23466,637Interest expense12,0979,14924,75217,879Interest income(1,105)(771)(2,480)(1,984)Other income(1,249)(988)(2,072)(1,225)Income from continuing operations, before income taxes31,73026,2925,03451,967Income tax expense (benefits)9671,247(2,806)8,990Income from continuing operations30,76325,0457,84042,977Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes(37,085)25,126(37,449)24,366Net income (loss)(6,322)50,171(29,609)67,343Net income attributable to noncontrolling shareholders' interests6,6386,0944,61811,690Net income (loss) attributable to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company$   (12,960)$     44,077$    (34,227)$      55,653Basic earnings (loss) per share:  Income from continuing   operations available to    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company     common stockholders$         0.521$         0.31$          0.151$          0.51  Income (loss) from discontinued   operations(0.63)0.41(0.64)0.40     Net income (loss) available to         Cooper Tire & Rubber Company common stockholders$       (0.11)1$         0.72$        (0.49)1$          0.91Diluted earnings (loss) per share:  Income (loss) from continuing   operations attributable to Cooper   Tire & Rubber Company$         0.511$         0.30$          0.141$          0.50  Income (loss) from discontinued   operations(0.62)0.40(0.63)0.39     Net income (loss) available to         Cooper Tire & Rubber         Company common         stockholders$       (0.11)1$         0.70$        (0.48)1,2$          0.89Weighted average shares outstanding    Basic58,95861,29258,95061,104    Diluted59,80362,60959,61062,453Depreciation$30,795$29,132$61,346$58,991Amortization $547$496$1,113$997Capital expenditures$25,389$29,584$42,306$45,048Segment information  Net sales    North American Tire$427,333$574,968$866,650$1,106,685    International Tire257,182312,156423,394605,713    Eliminations(52,786)(83,165)(86,907)(153,996)  Segment profit (loss)    North American Tire27,95119,68024,33133,282    International Tire19,20420,52816,38343,078    Eliminations(786)42(1,059)(467)    Unallocated corporate charges(4,896)(6,568)(14,421)(9,256)******************************CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSJune 3020092010AssetsCurrent assets:  Cash and cash equivalents$302,459$379,082  Accounts receivable367,337459,177  Inventories377,080387,350  Other current assets65,00851,761      Total current assets1,111,8841,277,370Net property, plant and equipment886,549835,682Restricted cash2,3102,261Intangibles and other assets85,206111,189$2,085,949$2,226,502Liabilities and EquityCurrent liabilities:  Notes payable$161,083$155,891  Trade payables and accrued liabilities449,535527,898  Income taxes2,3424,725  Liabilities of discontinued operations35,568-  Current portion of long-term debt118,8415,019      Total current liabilities767,369693,533Long-term debt325,469326,853Postretirement benefits other than pensions246,170238,533Pension benefits263,940259,469Other long-term liabilities123,583177,913Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations9,905-Redeemable noncontrolling shareholders' interest62,720160,344Equity286,7931469,857$2,085,949$2,226,5021  Amounts have been restated2  Amounts do not add due to rounding.These interim statements are subject to year-end adjustments.SOURCE Cooper Tire & Rubber CompanyFor further information: Curtis Schneekloth of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, +1-419-427-4768