Stockholm, Sweden, October 22, 2021
(NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIV.sdb)
Q3 2021: Accelerating global supply chain disruptions
Financial highlights Q3 2021
$1,847m net sales
12% organic sales decline*
5.4% operating margin
5.6% adjusted operating margin*
$0.68 EPS - a decrease of $0.44
$0.73 adjusted EPS* - a decrease of $0.75
Full year 2021 indications
Around 11% net sales growthKey business developments in the third quarter of 2021
Around 8% organic sales growth
Around 8% adjusted operating margin
- Significant organic sales decline* as global LVP declined by 20% vs. Q3 last year (according to IHS Markit Oct 2021). Sales decreased organically by 12%, yet outperformed global LVP by almost 8pp, mainly due to product launches and positive vehicle mix effects and despite negative geographical mix effects. All regions outperformed LVP by 6-16pp.
- Profitability declined due to the lower sales and higher raw material costs. Adjusted operating margin* declined by 4.5pp to 5.6%. Return on capital employed declined to 10.5% and return on equity declined to 9.3%.
- Strong balance sheet and leverage ratio well within target range. Operating cash flow of $188 million and free cash flow* of $77 million support continued balance sheet improvement. A dividend of $0.62 per share was declared and paid in the quarter. Net debt* declined, resulting in a leverage ratio* of 1.1x.
*For non-U.S. GAAP measures see enclosed reconciliation tables. All change figures in this release compare to the same period of previous year except when stated otherwise.
(Dollars in millions, Q3 Q3 Change 9 M 9 M Change
except per share data) 2021 2020 2021 2020
Net sales $1,847 $2,037 (9.3)% $6,111 $4,931 23.9%
Operating income $99 $175 (43.2)% $500 $75 564%
Adjusted operating $103 $206 (49.7)% $506 $170 197%
Operating margin 5.4% 8.6% (3.2)pp 8.2% 1.5% 6.7pp
Adjusted operating 5.6% 10.1% (4.5)pp 8.3% 3.5% 4.8pp
Earnings (loss) per $0.68 $1.12 (39.4)% $3.65 $(0.02) n/a
share, diluted[2, 3)]
Adjusted earnings per $0.73 $1.48 (50.7)% $3.72 $0.95 291%
share, diluted[1, 2,
Operating cash flow $188 $352 (46.6)% $437 $380 15.0%
Return on capital 10.5% 18.7% (8.2)pp 18.1% 2.7% 15.4pp
Adjusted return on 10.9% 21.7% (10.8)pp 18.3% 6.1% 12.2pp
capital employed [1,5)]
1) Excluding costs for
capacity alignment and
in 2020 antitrust
related matters. 2)
Assuming dilution when
applicable and net of
treasury shares. 3)
awards with right to
equivalents are (under
the two-class method)
excluded from the EPS
income and income from
to average capital
employed. 5) Annualized
operating income and
income from equity
relative to average
capital employed. Non
-U.S. GAAP measure, see
Comments from Mikael Bratt, President & CEO
The adverse business trends from earlier in the year accelerated in the third quarter. Supply shortages of semiconductors and other components led to a third quarter global LVP decline of 20% vs. a year earlier, which was 17pp lower than what was expected at the beginning of the quarter (according to IHS Markit, October 2021). The decline in LVP, unpredictable changes in customer call-offs and higher raw material costs resulted in reduced profitability despite significant cost control measures, including headcount reductions.
I am pleased that we outperformed the global LVP by almost 8pp, significantly reducing the impact of the 20% drop in LVP. We had a record number of new launches in the quarter and expect a full year record as well. This includes products to a large number of electrified vehicles, a market that amounted to around 10% of our total sales last year. We expect an almost doubling of sales to this market in 2021.
I am also pleased with our order intake for the first nine months of the year and that we continue to implement the projects and actions needed to support our growth opportunities and our journey to reach the next level of profitability as expressed by our medium term targets.
Despite the challenging environment, our leverage ratio* remains well within our target range and we declared and paid a dividend of $0.62 per share in the quarter.
Through successful mitigation efforts, the raw materials headwind in the third quarter was slightly lower than expected. However, we see new raw material headwinds, including higher magnesium and resin costs, which means we still expect a full year operating margin headwind from raw materials of around 130 basis points. We expect supply disruptions to continue to impact LVP negatively in the fourth quarter, and although there are some indications of moderate improvement in semiconductor availability in Asia and North America, visibility remains poor.
We are planning and implementing stricter measures to mitigate the current adverse business headwinds, including capacity alignments in Europe and the US. However, as a result of the significantly reduced LVP outlook for the year, we are adjusting our full year indication. Based on an assumption of around 0% global LVP growth for the full year 2021, we expect an organic sales growth of around 8%, and an adjusted operating margin of around 8%.
With our relentless focus on quality and execution as well as mitigating near term headwinds, we continue to drive forward towards our medium term targets. This and more will be explored at our virtual CMD on November 16, 2021.
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