Goodyear Reports Fourth Quarter, Full Year Results for 2010

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: GT) today reported fourth quarter and full-year 2010 results with quarterly segment operating income of $224 million driving full-year segment operating income of more than $900 million.

"I'm very pleased with Goodyear's performance in the fourth quarter and the full year of 2010. Our operating results reflect significant recovery, with improvement across all of our businesses versus last year despite escalating raw material costs," said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer.  

"The percentage of new products in our overall lineup is the highest ever and is driving record revenue per tire increases and continued success in targeted markets," he added.

"Our selective approach to the business continues to present strong profit growth opportunities.  Goodyear's leading brands and technology offer customers in targeted segments with an outstanding value proposition," Kramer said.

"We also remain firmly committed to improving our competitiveness and, as a result, have announced plans to close our Union City, Tenn. plant."

Goodyear's fourth quarter 2010 sales were $5.1 billion, up 14 percent from the 2009 quarter.  Tire unit volumes totaled 45 million, up 4 percent from 2009.

Fourth quarter sales reflect the $130 million impact of the increase in volume.  Sales benefited from record price/mix improvements, which drove revenue per tire, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, up 12 percent over the 2009 quarter.  Sales were also impacted positively by a $159 million increase in sales in other tire-related businesses, primarily third-party chemical sales in North America.  Unfavorable foreign currency translation reduced sales by $111 million.  

The company had segment operating income of $224 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, down $25 million from the year-ago quarter.  Segment operating income reflected improved price/mix of $315 million and the benefits of higher volume, offset by $430 million in higher raw material costs ($397 million net of raw material cost reduction actions).  Unfavorable foreign currency translation reduced segment operating income by $17 million.  Actions to reduce costs provided a $119 million benefit.

The 2010 fourth quarter included total charges of $213 million (87 cents per share) due to rationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation, $20 million (8 cents per share) related to the elimination of the subsidized essential goods exchange rate in Venezuela, and a charge of $18 million (7 cents per share) related to a claim regarding the use of value-added tax credits in prior periods; and gains of $31 million (13 cents per share) on asset sales, primarily in Asia, and $22 million (9 cents per share) related to net tax benefits primarily due to tax law changes in the U.S. and other countries.  All amounts are after taxes and minority interest.

Goodyear's fourth quarter 2010 net loss was $177 million (73 cents per share), compared with net income of $107 million (44 cents per share) in the 2009 quarter.  All per share amounts are diluted.

See the table at the end of this release for a list of significant items impacting the 2010 and 2009 quarters.

Full-Year Results

Goodyear's annual sales for 2010 were $18.8 billion, up 16 percent from $16.3 billion in the 2009 period.  Sales reflect the $1 billion impact of an 8 percent improvement in tire unit volume as well as a $582 million increase in sales in other tire-related businesses, primarily third-party chemical sales by North American Tire.  Sales also reflect price/mix improvements and unfavorable currency translation.  Revenue per tire, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, increased 6 percent over 2009.

The company's 2010 segment operating income of $917 million is up from $372 million in 2009 reflecting improved profitability in all four of the company's business units.  Compared to the prior year, 2010 segment operating income reflects higher sales, actions that reduced costs by $467 million and a significant recovery in under-absorbed fixed costs.  These improvements more than offset higher marketing costs in support of the company's brands and emerging market growth, wage inflation and foreign currency translation.

Compared to 2009, improved price/mix of $689 million offset $685 million in higher raw material costs ($549 million net of raw material cost reduction actions).

Goodyear's 2010 net loss of $216 million (89 cents per share) compares to a net loss of $375 million ($1.55 per share) in 2009.  All per share amounts are diluted.

Business Segment Results

See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and a segment operating income reconciliation table.

North American Tire


Fourth Quarter


Twelve Months

(in millions)

2010


2009


2010

2009

Tire Units

16.9


16.9


66.7

62.7

Sales

$2,201


$ 1,884


$ 8,205

$ 6,977

Segment Operating Income (Loss)

11


(27)


18

(305)

Segment Operating Margin

0.5%


(1.4)%


0.2%

(4.4)%




North American Tire's fourth quarter 2010 sales increased 17 percent from last year to $2.2 billion.  Sales reflect improved price/mix, which drove a 12 percent increase in revenue per tire, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, compared to 2009's fourth quarter.  Original equipment unit volume decreased 4 percent.  Replacement tire shipments were up slightly. Sales were positively impacted by $167 million from higher sales in other tire-related businesses, primarily third-party chemical sales.  

Fourth quarter 2010 segment operating income of $11 million was a $38 million improvement over the prior year.  The 2010 quarter benefited from improved price/mix of $114 million, as well as increased production levels, decreased workers' compensation and pension expenses and actions to reduce costs.  These improvements were partially offset by $162 million of higher raw material costs.

Europe, Middle East and Africa Tire


Fourth Quarter


Twelve Months

(in millions)

2010


2009


2010

2009

Tire Units

17.7


16.2


72.0

66.0

Sales

$ 1,727


$  1,559


$   6,407

$ 5,801

Segment Operating Income  

60


125


319

166

Segment Operating Margin

3.5%


8.0%


5.0%

2.9%




Europe, Middle East and Africa Tire's fourth quarter sales increased 11 percent from last year to $1.7 billion.  Sales reflect a 9 percent increase in tire unit volume and strong price/mix performance.  Original equipment unit volume increased 11 percent.  Replacement tire shipments were up 9 percent.  Fourth quarter revenue per tire, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, increased 11 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. Unfavorable foreign currency translation reduced sales by $122 million.  

Fourth quarter 2010 segment operating income of $60 million was $65 million below the prior year.  The 2010 quarter was positively impacted by improved price/mix of $85 million, higher volume, increased production levels and actions to reduce costs.  Raw material costs increased $158 million over last year.  Unfavorable foreign currency translation reduced segment operating income by $11 million.

Latin American Tire


Fourth Quarter


Twelve Months

(in millions)

2010


2009


2010

2009

Tire Units

5.2


5.3


20.7

19.1

Sales

$   582


$     508


$   2,158

$ 1,814

Segment Operating Income

93


81


330

301

Segment Operating Margin

16.0%


15.9%


15.3%

16.6%




Latin American Tire's fourth quarter sales increased 15 percent from last year to $582 million and were the highest ever achieved in any quarter. Sales reflect a 1 percent decrease in tire unit volume and strong price/mix performance.  Original equipment unit volume increased 2 percent.  Replacement tire shipments were down 2 percent.  Unfavorable foreign currency translation reduced sales by $26 million, driven by the currency devaluation in Venezuela.

Fourth quarter segment operating income of $93 million was $12 million higher than in 2009 and a fourth quarter record.  Segment operating income reflects strong volume and price/mix in Brazil and other markets outside of Venezuela.  Price/mix improvements of $78 million more than offset $32 million in raw material cost increases.  Earnings in Venezuela were approximately equal to year-ago levels.

Asia Pacific Tire


Fourth Quarter


Twelve Months

(in millions)

2010


2009


2010

2009

Tire Units

5.5


5.2


21.4

19.2

Sales

$   562


$    486


$  2,062

$ 1,709

Segment Operating Income

60


70


250

210

Segment Operating Margin

10.7%


14.4%


12.1%

12.3%




Asia Pacific Tire's fourth quarter sales increased 16 percent from last year to $562 million, which were the highest ever achieved in any quarter.  Sales reflect a 5 percent increase in tire unit volume.  Original equipment unit volume increased 12 percent.  Replacement tire shipments were up 1 percent.  Fourth quarter revenue per tire, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, increased 6 percent in 2010 compared to 2009.  Favorable foreign currency translation increased sales by $32 million.

Fourth quarter segment operating income of $60 million was $10 million lower than last year. The 2010 quarter was positively impacted by improved price/mix of $38 million and higher volume. Raw material costs increased $45 million over last year.  Favorable foreign currency translation increased segment operating income by $5 million.  Costs related to the planned start up of a new factory in China negatively impacted segment operating income by $5 million.

Tennessee Plant Closure

Goodyear today announced plans to close its Union City, Tenn., tire manufacturing facility by the end of 2011 as part of its strategy to reduce high-cost manufacturing capacity globally and provide cost effective high-value-added products that the market is demanding while continuing to make high quality products for its customers.

"While we are committed to manufacturing in North America, all of our plants must be cost competitive and be able to demonstrate sustainable world-class productivity.  That is not the case with this plant, and as a result, the market has moved beyond what the factory is able to build," said Kramer.

This closure, when complete, will eliminate approximately 12 million units of available capacity and is the final action in plans announced in 2009 to eliminate 15 million to 25 million units of high-cost capacity globally.  This action is expected to provide annual cost savings of approximately $80 million.  The Union City plant currently employs approximately 1,900 associates.  

Goodyear's fourth quarter 2010 after-tax restructuring charge related to this action was approximately $160 million.  Total after-tax restructuring, accelerated depreciation and asset write-off charges for this action are estimated to be approximately $270 million, of which approximately $140 million will be cash charges.  

2011 Outlook

Goodyear expects the global tire industry to continue to grow in 2011, with volume expansion across all regions and major segments.  

In North America, the consumer replacement industry is expected to grow between 1 percent and 3 percent, consumer original equipment between 5 percent and 10 percent, commercial replacement between 3 percent and 8 percent and commercial original equipment between 20 percent and 30 percent.

In Europe, the consumer replacement industry is expected to grow between 1 percent and 3 percent, consumer original equipment 0 percent to 5 percent, commercial replacement between 5 percent and 10 percent and commercial original equipment between 30 percent and 40 percent.

Goodyear anticipates its raw material costs in the first quarter of 2011 will increase 25 percent to 30 percent compared with the prior-year quarter.  

"We carry significant momentum into 2011 and expect industry growth in our targeted segments will drive a 3 percent to 5 percent increase in Goodyear's unit volume," said Kramer.  "Additionally, we will maintain our focus on price/mix and expect continued benefits related to cost performance and unabsorbed fixed cost recovery."

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies.  It employs approximately 72,000 people and manufactures its products in 56 facilities in 22 countries around the world.  Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.  For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com.

Certain information contained in this press release may constitute 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 realize anticipated savings and operational benefits from our cost reduction initiatives or to implement successfully other strategic initiatives; increases in the prices paid for raw materials and energy; pension plan funding obligations; actions and initiatives taken by both current and potential competitors; 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; a labor strike, work stoppage or other similar event; 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.

(financial statements follow)

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statement of Operations


Three Months
Ended


Twelve Months
Ended


December 31,


December 31,

(In millions, except per share amounts)

2010

2009


2010

2009


(Unaudited)









NET SALES

$  5,072

$  4,437


$  18,832

$  16,301







Cost of Goods Sold

4,190

3,581


15,452

13,676

Selling, Administrative and General Expense

715

640


2,630

2,404

Rationalizations

224

20


240

227

Interest Expense

75

83


316

311

Other Expense

13

(26)


186

40







(Loss) Income before Income Taxes

(145)

139


8

(357)

United States and Foreign Taxes

21

4


172

7







Net (Loss) Income

(166)

135


(164)

(364)

    Less:  Minority Shareholders Net Income

11

28


52

11







Goodyear Net (Loss) Income

$    (177)

$    107


$    (216)

$ (375)







Goodyear Net (Loss) Income - Per Share












  Basic

$    (0.73)

$   0.44


$    (0.89)

$(1.55)







  Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

242

242


242

241







  Diluted

$  (0.73)

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