Faurecia posted a -23.7% yoy 9M 20 sales contraction driven by Clarion Electronics (-40.1% yoy in Q3 20) and Clean Mobility (-8.2% yoy in Q3 20). Geographically, South America and Europe led the contraction (-42.9% yoy and -7.9% yoy, respectively, in Q3 20), with China softening the fall (+15.4% yoy in Q3 20). Despite this contraction, Faurecia experienced some recovery in 9M 20 vs. H1 20 (-23.7% yoy and -31.2% yoy, respectively) encouraging the company to raise its guidance.
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Faurecia’s posted revenue that was down 31.2% yoy, with Europe and North America (largest geographical markets) shrinking the most (though showing recovery signs in June). Due to cost savings in R&D and staff, net income fell to “only” €-432.6m (-7% margin vs. 3.9% in H1 19). As for the H2 20 outlook, the company seeks to reach €7.6bn in sales and a 4.5% operating margin (based on a global automotive production of 64m vehicles).
Faurecia’s reported revenue was down 13.5% yoy, including a positive scope effect of €268m from the Clarion and SAS consolidation. Such revenue contraction happened in a quarter that saw worldwide automotive production down by 23.6% (according to IHS Markit). Furthermore, IHS Markit expects worldwide automotive production to be down 45% in Q2 and -34% in H1. Therefore, and taking into account Faurecia’s geographical sales composition, we expect a more severe revenue contraction yoy in Q2.
Faurecia’s organic revenue growth was -3.0% and its profit numbers were slightly down, whereas the dividend was raised from last year’s €1.25 to €1.30. We had expected this dividend increase although revenue and net earnings were slightly below our projections. Management sees organic 2020 revenue growth of -1% to -2% compared to a 3% fall of worldwide automotive production. However, the reported number will be up as the full consolidation of Clarion and the JV with Continental will both contribute.
After organic revenue growth of 10.6% and 5.5% in the last two years and an expected fall of 3% in 2019, management sees turnover increasing by an annual rate of more than 5% through to 2022. By then, management sees consolidated revenue surpassing €20.5bn and the EBIT margin to reach 8% compared to more than 7% projected for 2019.
Management has maintained its full-year guidance for both revenue and operating profits, although revenue of €4.19bn was slightly below consensus projections of €4.27bn and our projection of €4.33bn. It continues to see sales (ex currencies) outperforming car production by between 150bp and 350bp and the EBIT margin to reach at least 7%.
SAS is a 50/50 joint-venture between the two companies that produces full cockpit modules and both supply it with various components. The cockpit modules then go directly to the production lines of the car producers.
Faurecia’s revenue fell by an ‘organic’ number of 2.8%, whereas the reported number was down by 0.2% to just below €9.0bn. The discrepancy is explained by a positive 0.9pp contribution from currencies (primarily from Nafta) plus the first-time consolidation of Japanese Clarion from 1 April. These numbers have translated into a stable EBIT of €645m, but pre-tax earnings were down by more than 12% to €447m, whereas net earnings were up by 1% to €346m.
Faurecia’s reported revenue was up by 0.2% to €4.33bn in the last quarter, but it fell by 1.1% on a currency-adjusted basis. Excluding several new but small consolidations, organic growth was probably in the vicinity of -3.3%. The full-year reported growth rate will be much stronger as Japanese Clarion will be consolidated starting in Q2 and we expect it to contribute some €1.05bn alone.
The two announced that they will jointly control Symbio which had been acquired in full by Michelin earlier this year. The joint-venture will develop hydrogen fuel cells and eventually produce and market them. They are intended for all sorts of vehicles including electric vehicles to extend their ranges. Another partner in this joint-venture (but not a shareholder) is Engie, the French integrated utility. Faurecia will continue to produce high-pressure hydrogen tanks. This will not be part of the joint-venture but is believed to help in getting closer ties to the vehicle manufacturers.
Several vehicle manufacturers are currently testing hydrogen-powered cars. It remains to be seen whether this is an alternative to both combustion engines and electric vehicles. On one hand, emissions are about zero when driving the car and, simultaneously, the driving range is much longer than for current electric vehicles. However, to produce hydrogen a huge amount of power is necessary and only if this electricity is generated with green resources will it contribute positively to the environment.
Faurecia achieved revenue of €17.5bn in 2018, an increase of 3.3% (+7% in constant currencies). At the same time, EBIT increased by 9% to €1.27bn and net earnings by 15% to €701m. These numbers were about in-line with consensus expectations but higher than our projections. We had forecasted revenue of just below €17.0bn, EBIT of €1.17bn and net profit of €610m. The dividend proposal is €1.25 compared to €1.10 paid for 2017 while we had anticipated €1.30.
Faurecia had announced in late October (see our Latest dated 26 October 2018) that it intends to acquire Clarion, the Japanese producer of cockpit electronics. Hitachi (63.8% shareholder of Clarion) had already given its approval and now that the relevant anti-trust authorities have given their approval, the tender offer starts on 30 January and lasts until 28 February. Faurecia offers Y2,500 per share and it eventually intends to squeeze potentially remaining shares out.
The two companies have formed a partnership for the development of innovative interior lighting solutions. Whereas Faurecia is a supplier of complete vehicle interiors, Hella is specialised in lighting. The aim of the partnership is to develop surface-lighting and dynamic-lighting solutions for a more personalised cockpit environment.
Whether this cooperation will eventually lead to more than just this interior lighting partnership remains to be seen.
Management has agreed with Hitachi and Clarion to buy the latter. Hitachi currently controls 63.8% of Clarion, a Japanese supplier of in-vehicle-infotainment and digital audio systems. The purchase price is €1.1bn for revenue of €1.4bn. According to management, this translates into a Price/EBITDA of 5.7x. As Clarion did not show any sizeable amount of net debt at the end of March 2018 (c. €79m), the EV/EBITDA multiple is comparable.
Faurecia’s revenue was up by 5.9% to just above €4.0bn (+8.3% currency-adjusted) which brought the 9M number to €13.0bn (+5.4%). The quarterly number is almost in line with our projected €4.05bn and marginally ahead of the consensus number of just below €4.0bn. Unlike other companies, Faurecia is not revising its full-year guidance, i.e. EPS is expected to come in at just above €5.00 while we have a projection of €5.09.
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