• 29-OCT-2015

2015 Third Quarter Results

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CNH Industrial third quarter revenues of $5.9 billion, operating profit of Industrial Activities of $245 million at a margin of 4.4%, net loss of $128 million including the exceptional charge of $150 million from the re-measurement of Venezuelan operations

Financial results under U.S. GAAP(*) (**)

  • Third quarter revenues totaled $5.9 billion, down 13% compared to Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down 24% on a reported basis). Net sales of Industrial Activities were $5.5 billion, down 13% compared to Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down 25% on a reported basis).
  • Operating profit of Industrial Activities for the quarter was $245 million ($522 million in Q3 2014), with operating margin at 4.4% (7.1% in Q3 2014).
  • Costs for research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses were $772 million in Q3 2015, down $218 million reflecting primarily the results from the Efficiency Program.
  • Net income before restructuring and other exceptional items for the period was $38 million or $0.03 per share. Reported net loss was $128 million, or -$0.09 per share, after a $150 million exceptional charge due to the re-measurement of the Venezuelan operations to prevailing SIMADI exchangerates to the U.S. dollar.
  • Net industrial debt was $3.4 billion at September 30, 2015 ($3.0 billion at June 30, 2015) including the impact of the Venezuelan re-measurement of $133 million on cash and cash equivalents. Available liquidity totaled $7.4 billion ($7.8 billion at June 30, 2015).
  • Full year guidance updated as follows: net sales of Industrial Activities in the range of $25-26 billion, with operating margin of Industrial Activities between 5.6% and 6.0% and net industrial debt at the endof 2015 between $2.1 billion and $2.3 billion.

(*) CNH Industrial reports quarterly and annual consolidated financial results under U.S. GAAP and IFRS. The following tables and discussion related to the financial results of the Company and its segments are prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Financial results under IFRSare shown in specific tables at the end of this press release. 

(**) Refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Information section of this press release for information regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

London (UK) – (October 29, 2015) CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE:CNHI / MI:CNHI) today announced consolidated revenues of $5,850 million for the third quarter of 2015, down 12.9% compared to Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down 24.4% on a reported basis). Net sales of Industrial Activities were $5,549 million in Q3 2015, down 13.3% compared to Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down 25.0% on a reported basis). Excluding the negative impact of currency translation, net sales increased for Commercial Vehicles (up 4.6%) confirming a positive trend in EMEA for trucks and buses. This increase was more than offset by the forecasted decline in Agricultural Equipment, driven by lower industry volumes in the row crop sector, primarily in NAFTA and LATAM, slightly offset by favorable net pricing in all regions. Net sales also decreased in Construction Equipment, due to continued negative industry volumes primarily in LATAM, and in Powertrain, due to lower sales to captive customers.  

Operating profit of Industrial Activities was $245 million in Q3 2015, a $255 million decrease compared to  Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down $277 million on a reported basis) with an operating margin for the third quarter of 4.4%, down 2.7 p.p. from Q3 2014. Operating profit declined in Agricultural Equipment, driven by negative volume and product mix, primarily in the NAFTA row crop sector. These negative factors were partially offset by net price realization, lower material costs and structural cost reductions. Commercial Vehicles’ operating result improved due to favorable volume in EMEA, industrial efficiencies and a reduction in selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses as a result of the Company’s Efficiency Program. Construction Equipment’s operating profit was substantially flat, as a result of cost containment actions andnet price realization in NAFTA offset by the negative effect of lower volume in LATAM. Powertrain’s operating  rofit decreased mainly due to lower volumes, primarily due to the decline of agricultural equipment demand, partially offset by manufacturing efficiencies.

Restructuring expenses totaled $18 million for the quarter, $38 million lower than Q3 2014, and mainly related to actions in Commercial Vehicles and Agricultural Equipment as part of the Company’s Efficiency Program launched in 2014.

Interest expense, net totaled $118 million for the quarter, a decrease of $32 million or 21% compared to Q3 2014, primarily due to a more favorable cost of funding and a lower average indebtedness in the quarter.

Other, net was a charge of $235 million for the quarter, an increase of $138 million compared to Q3 2014 mainly as a result of the exceptional pre-tax charge of $150 million primarily due to the re-measurement of the net monetary assets of the Venezuelan subsidiary denominated in bolivar fuerte (“Bs.F”) adopting the Marginal Foreign Exchange System (“SIMADI”) rate of Bs.F 199.42 to the U.S. dollar, as opposed to the exchange rate Supplementary Foreign Currency Administration System (“SICAD”) rate of Bs.F 12.8 to the U.S. dollar which the Company used at June 30, 2015. The SIMADI rate is considered more reflective of the current economic environment in Venezuela and future transactions at the SICAD rate appear highly unlikely.

Income taxes totaled $56 million in the quarter ($107 million in Q3 2014). Excluding the impact of the exceptional pre-tax charge relating to the re-measurement of the Venezuelan operations, for which no corresponding tax benefit has been booked, and the impact deriving from the inability to record deferred tax assets on losses in certain jurisdictions, primarily Italy and Brazil, the effective tax rate for the third quarter 2015 was 30%. The Company’s effective tax rate for the full year is expected now to be in the range of 60% to 63%. The long-term effective tax rate target of between 34% to 36% range remains unchanged. 

Equity in income of unconsolidated subsidiaries and affiliates totaled $11 million for the quarter ($10 million for Q3 2014).

Net income of Financial Services was $94 million for the quarter compared to $75 million for Q3 2014, primarily due to lower provisions for credit losses and reduced income taxes, partially offset by the negative impact of currency translation.

Net income before restructuring and other exceptional items was $38 million for the quarter ($214 million in Q3 2014) or $0.03 per share ($0.16 for Q3 2014). Consolidated net loss was $128 million for the quarter (compared to net income of $162 million for Q3 2014), or -$0.09 per share ($0.13 for Q3 2014), after the $150 million exceptional charge due to the re-measurement of the Venezuelan operations. 

Net industrial debt was $3.4 billion at September 30, 2015 ($3.0 billion at June 30, 2015 and $2.7 billion at December 31, 2014). Excluding the impact from the Venezuelan re-measurement, net industrial cash flow was a net outflow of $0.5 billion in the third quarter, primarily attributable to an increase in working capital related to lower payables due to the production shutdown in the quarter. The impact on net industrial debt was partially offset by favorable foreign exchange translation impact on non U.S. dollar-denominated debt for $0.2 billion. 

Available liquidity at September 30, 2015 was $7.4 billion, inclusive of $2.9 billion in undrawn committed facilities ($2.8 billion at June 30, 2015), compared to $7.8 billion at June 30, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to a reduction in bank debt and unfavorable foreign exchange impact partially offset by lower financing needs of Financial Services due to lower portfolio receivables.

AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT

Agricultural Equipment’s net sales were $2,431 million for the quarter, down 25.1% compared to Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down 33.6% on a reported basis). The decrease was driven by the anticipated decline in industry volumes in the row crop sector, primarily in NAFTA and LATAM, slightly offset by favorable net pricing in all regions. The geographic distribution of net sales for the period was 39% NAFTA, 33% EMEA, 11% LATAM and 17% APAC.

The NAFTA row crop sector (primarily tractors over 140 horsepower (“hp”) and combines) was down 37% year-over-year. The under 40 hp tractor segment in NAFTA was up 8%, and the 40-140 hp tractor segment was down 2%. EMEA markets were down 8% for tractors and up 8% for combines. In LATAM, tractor and combine markets decreased 34% and 37%, respectively. APAC markets decreased 15% for tractors but were up 20% for combines.

Agricultural Equipment’s worldwide market share performance was flat for tractors in the quarter. Combine market share decreased in NAFTA and LATAM, was flat in EMEA and increased in APAC.

The Company was able to under-produce retail in the NAFTA row crop sector by 29% in Q3 2015 in the continued effort to balance channel inventory to prevailing demand conditions. Total worldwide unit production was down 24% year-over-year. The Company expects to significantly under-produce retail demand in the last quarter of the year.

Agricultural Equipment’s operating profit was $137 million for the quarter ($433 million in Q3 2014), with an operating margin of 5.6% (11.8% in Q3 2014). The decrease was mainly due to lower sales volumes, less favorable product mix primarily in the NAFTA row crop sector, and the negative effect of the significant reduction in industrial capacity utilization. These effects were partially offset by net price realization, lower material costs and structural cost reductions.  

CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT

Construction Equipment’s net sales were $591 million for the quarter, down 23.1% compared to Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down 29.7% on a reported basis), due to continued negative industry volumes, primarily in LATAM. The geographic distribution of net sales for the period was 55% NAFTA, 22% EMEA, 14% ATAM and 9% APAC.

In Q3 2015, Construction Equipment’s worldwide heavy and light industry sales were down 17% and 7%, respectively. Industry light equipment sales were roughly flat in NAFTA and EMEA, and down in LATAM and APAC. Industry heavy equipment sales decreased in all regions, but primarily in LATAM and APAC.

Construction Equipment’s worldwide market share was flat compared to the prior year period for both heavy and light construction equipment. Light equipment was down in NAFTA while flat to up in all other regions. Heavy equipment was flat in all regions except for LATAM, where municipality-driven demand declined asinfrastructure investments, in which the Company has a significant position, slowed. 

Construction Equipment’s worldwide production levels were 4% above retail sales in the quarter, in-line with production seasonality. In LATAM, underproduction vs. retail was at 9% and production level was down 48% from Q3 2014. A similar production curtailment is expected for Q4 2015 in the region, as a result of poor demand conditions in the construction sector and an uncertain environment with BNDES PSI programs.

Construction Equipment reported operating profit of $37 million for the third quarter compared to $39 million for Q3 2014, as a result of cost containment actions and net price realization in NAFTA, offset by the negative effect of lower volume in LATAM. Operating margin increased 1.7 p.p. to 6.3%.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

Commercial Vehicles’ net sales were $2,189 million for the quarter, up 4.6% compared to Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down 13.2% on a reported basis), primarily as a result of favorable volume and product mix in EMEA. Excluding the negative impact of currency translation, net sales increased in EMEA driven by higher volumes for trucks, primarily in the light and heavy segments, and buses. In LATAM, net sales decreased significantly, mainly due to the decline of the Brazilian market for trucks, partially offset by positive pricing. In APAC, net sales were slightly up. The geographic distribution of net sales for the period was 80% EMEA, 12% LATAM and 8% APAC.

The European truck market (GVW ≥3.5 tons) was up 16% compared to Q3 2014. The light vehicle market (GVW 3.5-6.0 tons) increased 15%, the medium vehicle market (GVW 6.1-15.9 tons) increased 7% and the heavy vehicle market (GVW ≥16 tons) increased 21%. In LATAM, new truck registrations (GVW ≥3.5 tons) declined 38% compared to Q3 2014, with a decrease of 47% in Brazil and 5% in Venezuela, while Argentina increased by 21%. In APAC, registrations declined 9%.

In Q3 2015, the Company’s market share in the European truck market (GVW ≥3.5 tons) was 11.4%, up 1.2 p.p. compared with Q3 2014. The Company’s market share in LATAM was 11.8%, up 2.0 p.p. compared to Q3 2014.

Commercial Vehicles delivered approximately 33,500 vehicles (including buses and specialty vehicles) in the quarter, representing a 16% increase compared to Q3 2014. Volumes were higher in the light segment and heavy segment, up 15% and 24%, respectively, while volumes were substantially flat in the medium segment. Commercial Vehicles’ deliveries increased 23% in EMEA, but decreased in APAC and LATAM by 6% and 5%, respectively.

Commercial Vehicles’ Q3 2015 ending book-to-bill ratio was 0.89, a decrease of 6% over Q3 2014. Third quarter 2015 truck order intake in Europe increased 18% compared to Q3 2014.

Commercial Vehicles closed the third quarter with an operating profit of $60 million, up $40 million compared to Q3 2014, with an operating margin of 2.7% (0.8% in Q3 2014). The increase was mainly due to higher volume in EMEA, industrial efficiencies and SG&A expense reductions as a result of the Company’s Efficiency Program. The increase in operating profit occurred primarily in EMEA, where European market strength and structural cost reductions were partially offset by the negative impact of currency translation. In LATAM, operating profit also improved, primarily as a result of improved demand in Argentina and structural cost reductions enacted in the Company’s Brazilian operations, while the profit contribution of operations in Venezuela was immaterial following the re-measurement. 

POWERTRAIN

Powertrain’s net sales were $800 million for the quarter, a decrease of 7.4% compared to Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down 22.0% on a reported basis), on lower volumes mainly in the captive portion of the business as a result of decreased agricultural equipment demand and the 2014 build-up of Tier 4 final transition engine inventory for the off-road segment. Sales to external customers accounted for 44% of total net sales (39% in Q3 2014).

During the quarter, Powertrain sold approximately 112,500 engines, a decrease of 16% compared to Q3 2014.

By major customer, 31% of engine units were supplied to Commercial Vehicles, 11% to Agricultural Equipment, 4% to Construction Equipment and the remaining 54% to external customers (units sold to third parties were up 1.4% compared to Q3 2014). Additionally, Powertrain delivered approximately 14,600 transmissions and 43,600 axles, an increase of 3% and 16%, respectively, compared to Q3 2014.

Powertrain’s operating profit was $35 million for the quarter, down $24 million compared to Q3 2014, with an operating margin of 4.4% (down 1.4 p.p. compared to Q3 2014), mainly due to lower sales volume and negative foreign exchange impacts, partially offset by manufacturing efficiencies.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Financial Services’ revenues were $390 million for the quarter, a decrease of 4.1% compared to Q3 2014 on a constant currency basis (down 14.3% on a reported basis) due to a reduction in interest yields, primarily driven by lower funding costs.

Financial Services’ net income was $94 million, up $19 million compared to Q3 2014, mainly due to lower provisions for credit losses and reduced income taxes, partially offset by the negative impact of currency translation.

Retail loan originations in the quarter were $2.2 billion, down $0.6 billion compared to Q3 2014, due to the decline in Agricultural Equipment sales and the negative impact of currency translation. The managed portfolio (including unconsolidated joint ventures) of $24.5 billion as of September 30, 2015 (of which retail was 66% and wholesale 34%) was down $0.9 billion compared to June 30, 2015. Excluding the impact of currencytranslation, the portfolio decreased $0.2 billion, primarily in NAFTA (wholesale).  

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In September, CNH Industrial was confirmed as Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World and Europe. The Company was also named as leader in the Capital Goods Industry Group. The 2015 assessment resulted in a score of 91/100 for CNH Industrial, compared to an average of 52/100 for theparticipating companies in the Machinery and Electrical Equipment industry. All companies chosen for consideration in the indices are evaluated on their economic, environmental and social performance by RobecoSAM, investment specialists focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing.  

2015 U.S. GAAP Guidance

The Company expects that continued demand weakness primarily in LATAM and ongoing strength of the U.S. dollar will have a negative impact on the revenue levels previously forecasted for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Full year guidance is therefore updated as follows:

  • Net sales of Industrial Activities in the range of $25-26 billion, the operating margin of Industrial Activities is unchanged at 5.6% and 6.0%;
  • Net industrial debt at the end of 2015 between $2.1 billion and $2.3 billion.