AUBURN HILLS — Chrysler Group LLC reported its preliminary second-quarter 2013 results, including net income of $507 million, an increase of 16 percent from $436 million in the same quarter a year earlier. The second quarter marks the company’s eighth consecutive quarter of positive net income.
Net revenue was $18.0 billion for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 7 percent from $16.8 billion for the same period last year, primarily driven by an increase in vehicle shipments, including the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickup trucks. Net revenue totaled $33.4 billion for the first half of 2013.
“Chrysler Group is poised for a very strong performance in the second half of the year, with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 pickup earning best-in-class recognition, and the all-new Jeep Cherokee now rolling off the line,” Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group LLC chairman and CEO, said. “As we have highlighted previously, the timing of product launches and capacity increases causes this year’s performance to be biased to the second half, and a continued aggressive drive for excellence and flawless execution will be essential to attain the targets we’ve set for ourselves.”
Modified Operating Profit was $808 million, or 4.5 percent of revenue, in the second quarter, versus $755 million reported in the prior year. The 7-percent increase was primarily due to higher shipment volumes and positive pricing, partially offset by higher industrial and launch-related costs, as well as a $151 million charge related to the voluntary safety recall for the 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty, and the customer satisfaction action for the 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Modified Operating Profit was $1.2 billion for the first half of the year.
Modified EBITDA was $1.5 billion in the second quarter, or 8.2 percent of revenue, compared with $1.4 billion in the prior year, or 8.5 percent of revenue. Modified EBITDA was $2.5 billion in the first half of 2013.
Adjusted Net Income was $530 million for the second quarter, after adjusting for a $23-million charge recognized in connection with the June 2013 re-pricing and amendment of the Company’s Tranche B Term Loan and undrawn revolving credit facility.
Cash as of June 30, 2013, was $11.9 billion, consistent with March 31, 2013, and slightly lower than the $12.1 billion as of June 30, 2012. Total available liquidity as of June 30, 2013, was $13.2 billion, including $1.3 billion available under a revolving credit facility. Free Cash Flow was $91 million for the second quarter of 2013, and $540 million for the first half of the year.
Financial liabilities at June 30, 2013, totaled $12.5 billion, consistent with March 31, 2013, and June 30, 2012. Net Industrial Debt was $656 million at the end of the quarter, versus $619 million at March 31, 2013, and $432 million at June 30, 2012. Interest expense for the second quarter of 2013 was $265 million, compared with $278 million a year ago. Interest expense for the first half of 2013 was $528 million.
During the second quarter of 2013, Chrysler Group amended its U.S. and Canadian salaried defined benefit pension plans. The United States plans were amended in order to comply with IRS regulations; consequently, the accrual of future benefits will cease effective Dec. 31, 2013, and the company decided to enhance the retirement factors. The Canada amendment also ceases the accrual of future benefits effective Dec. 31, 2014, and enhances the retirement factors. The changes to the plans resulted in a curtailment gain and plan amendments for which the company recognized a $218-million net reduction to the pension obligation with a corresponding increase in accumulated other comprehensive income during the second quarter of 2013.
Worldwide vehicle shipments for the quarter were 660,000, including 18,000 contract manufactured vehicles, an increase of 5 percent from the second quarter of 2012 when the Company shipped 630,000 vehicles, including 25,000 contract manufactured vehicles. Shipments in the first half of 2013 totaled 1,234,000 vehicles.
Worldwide vehicle sales were 643,000 for the second quarter, up 10 percent from 582,000 vehicles sold in the second quarter of 2012, driven largely by a 17 percent increase in the company’s U.S. retail sales. Chrysler Group’s June 2013 U.S. sales reflected the company’s 39th consecutive month of sales gains. The result continues to demonstrate the positive commercial momentum of Chrysler Group’s product portfolio, including the Dodge Dart, named Strategic Vision’s Best for Total Quality in the small car segment; the Ram Heavy Duty; and the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler. Worldwide sales in the first half of 2013 totaled 1,206,000 vehicles.
Chrysler Group’s U.S. market share increased to 11.4 percent for the quarter from 11.2 percent a year ago, and market share in Canada increased to 15.1 percent compared with 14.5 percent a year ago.
U.S. dealers’ days’ supply of inventory at the end of June 2013 was 68, consistent with 66 days at the end of March 2013, and 67 days at the end of June 2012.
International vehicle sales (outside North America) for the quarter increased 7 percent from the second quarter of 2012, to 75,000, including 15,000 vehicles manufactured by Chrysler Group and sold by Fiat S.p.A.
Full-Year 2013 Guidance Revised
The targets for full-year 2013 are revised as follows:
- Worldwide vehicle shipments of ~2.6 million (from 2.6-2.7 million)
- Net revenue of $72-$75 billion (no change)
- Modified Operating Profit of $3.3-$3.8 billion (from ~$3.8 billion)
- Net income of $1.7-$2.2 billion (from ~$2.2 billion)
- Free Cash Flow of > $1 billion (no change)
Significant Corporate Events in the Second Quarter of 2013 and Subsequent
June 21: Chrysler Group announced that it took advantage of market conditions and its improved credit profile to reduce the interest rate for its $3.0 billion Tranche B Term Loan and its undrawn $1.3 billion revolving credit facility. In addition, certain loan covenants were amended to be consistent with those in the Company’s bond agreement. The interest rate re-pricing is expected to reduce annual interest cost by approximately $50 million. In addition, a call premium of $29.5 million was paid in connection with the transaction.
June 18: Chrysler Group and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the resolution of differences with respect to a NHTSA recall request. Chrysler Group announced that it would initiate a voluntary safety recall for the 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty; additionally the Company will conduct a customer satisfaction action for the 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
June 14: Chrysler Group announced the appointment of Robert G. Liberatore to its Board of Directors.
May 16: Chrysler Group’s World Class Manufacturing Academy received top honors in the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards, being named a High Achiever in the New Workforce category.
April 26: Chrysler Group announced that it will invest approximately $20 million in its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, to increase torque converter capacity for the nine-speed transmission. The announcement raised the Company’s total investments in its U.S. operations since June 2009 to more than $5.2 billion.
- The Texas Auto Writers Association named the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country “2013 Minivan of Texas” and the Fiat 500 Turbo “2013 Sub-Compact Car of Texas”
- Strategic Vision’s Total Quality Index awarded the rank of “Best 2013 Total Quality” in their respective segments to the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country (Minivan), the 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible (Convertibles), the 2013 Dodge Durango (Mid-Size Traditional Utility) and the 2013 Dodge Dart (Small Car)
- The J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Initial Quality Study named the Chrysler Town & Country “Highest-Ranking Minivan”
- Kelley Blue Book ‘s kbb.com named the 2013 Dodge Dart and 2013 Fiat 500 among its “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000”
- The 2013 Ram 1500 was named a “2013 Automobile Magazine All-Star”
- USAA named the 2013 Chrysler 200, 2013 Dodge Dart and 2013 Dodge Avenger to its “2013 Top 10 for Teens” list; and awarded the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2013 Dodge Charger and 2013 Dodge Avenger its “Best Value” awards in the Minivan, Large Sedan and Mid-Size Sedan categories, respectively
- The Southern Automotive Media Association awarded the Chrysler 200 Convertible “Best Full-Size Convertible/Topless” and the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio “Best Small Convertible/Topless”
- New England Motor Press Association named the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee “Official Winter Vehicle of New England” and the 2013 Ram 1500 4×4 “Best All-Weather Pickup Truck”
- The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee won the Cars.com/USA TODAY “Midsize SUV Challenge”
The company will present its preliminary second-quarter 2013 financial results during an analyst webcast and conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 30, 2013, at www.chryslergroupllc.com. A recording of the call will be posted on the same Chrysler Group website about 90 minutes after the conclusion of the call.
The Company intends to publish financial statements for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, in August 2013, when it plans to file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Effective May 24, 2011, and in accordance with IFRS, Fiat S.p.A. was required to consolidate Chrysler Group’s IFRS financial results in its consolidated financial statements. Certain preliminary Chrysler Group financial results prepared in accordance with IFRS will be included in the Fiat S.p.A. earnings release, which will be available on the Investor Relations tab of the Fiat S.p.A. website on or after July 30, 2013, http://www.fiatspa.com/en-US/investor_relations/investors/Pages/investors.aspx.