Goodyear Reports Higher Fourth Quarter, Full-Year Results

          Goodyear Reports Higher Fourth Quarter, Full-Year Results  - Record fourth quarter segment operating income of $419 million, up 54%  - Record full-year segment operating income of $1.6 billion, up 27%  - North America sets earnings records for fourth quarter, full year  - Free cash flow from operations of $1 billion for 2013, up 43%  - Company achieves milestone, fully funds hourly U.S. pension plans  - Company reaffirms 2014-2016 financial targets  PR Newswire  AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 13, 2014  AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 13, 2014  /PRNewswire/ -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT)today reported results for the fourth quarter and full-year of 2013.  (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20050204/GTLOGO )  "Our outstanding fourth quarter and full-year earnings confirm that our strategy is working and demonstrate Goodyear's ability to deliver sustainable earnings growth and strong free cash flow," said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our North America business achieved record earnings in all four quarters of 2013."  Subsequent to the year-end, and consistent with its previously announced pension strategy, Goodyear has taken steps to fully fund its hourly U.S. pension plans with $1.15 billion of available cash balances and has begun the process to freeze and de-risk the plans.  "Our 2013 performance has given us the confidence to fully fund our hourly U.S. pension plans," Kramer said. "This is a major milestone in our history and will provide greater transparency to our underlying tire business while improving earnings and cash flow. Moving past these legacy obligations is a new beginning for our company."  Goodyear's fourth quarter 2013 sales were $4.8 billion, down 5 percent from the year ago quarter. Fourth quarter 2013 sales reflect $64 million in higher tire unit volumes; $178 million in lower sales in other tire related businesses, most notably third party chemical sales in North America; $36 million in lower price/mix, principally due to lower raw material costs; and $102 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation. Tire unit volumes totaled 40.7 million, up 2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012.  "As industry volumes recover, we continue to see mixed growth rates globally, but there is strong growth in the high-value-added segments we are targeting," Kramer said. "We remain disciplined in our approach, seeking growth where our brands and value proposition enhance our profitability."  The company reported record segment operating income of $419 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. This was up 54 percent from the 2012 quarter, reflecting favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $98 million (excluding raw material cost savings), lower unabsorbed overhead of $55 million due to higher production levels and $11 million in higher tire unit volumes, partially offset by $32 million in higher SAG expenses and $24 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation. See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and a segment operating income reconciliation table.  Goodyear's fourth quarter 2013 net income available to common shareholders was $228 million (84 cents per share), a fourth quarter record and up from breakeven in the 2012 quarter. All per share amounts are diluted.  The 2013 fourth quarter included total charges of $17 million (6 cents per share) due to rationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation; and gains of $41 million (15 cents per share) due to income and other discrete tax benefits and $2 million (1 cent per share) from asset sales. All amounts are after taxes and minority interest.  The 2012 fourth quarter included total charges of $85 million (34 cents per share) due to rationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation, primarily related to the announced closure of the Amiens North factory in France; $9 million (4 cents per share) due to discrete tax charges; $6 million (2 cents per share) resulting from a strike in South Africa; and $5 million (2 cents per share) due to charges relating to labor claims with respect to a previously closed facility in Europe; and gains of $6 million (2 cents per share) in insurance recoveries related to flooding in Thailand and $2 million (1 cent per share) from asset sales. All amounts are after taxes and minority interest.  See the table at the end of this release for a list of significant items impacting the 2013 and 2012 quarters.  Full-Year Results  Goodyear's 2013 annual sales were $19.5 billion, down 7 percent from 2012. Sales reflect $665 million in lower sales in other tire-related businesses, most notably third party chemical sales in North America; $354 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation; $166 million in lower tire unit volumes; and $206 million in lower price/mix. Tire unit volumes totaled 162.3 million, down 1 percent from 2012.  The company's segment operating income of $1.6 billion was up 27 percent from 2012. Compared to the prior year, 2013 segment operating income reflects favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $436 million (excluding raw material cost savings), which more than offset $52 million in higher unabsorbed overhead costs, $63 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation and $24 million in lower tire volume.  Goodyear's 2013 net income available to common shareholders of $600 million ($2.28 per share) is up from $183 million (74 cents per share) in 2012. All per share amounts are diluted.  The company generated more than $1 billion of free cash flow from operations, resulting from higher net income and a $415 million benefit from working capital. See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and a free cash flow from operations reconciliation table.  Business Segment Results  North America                             Fourth Quarter    Twelve Months (in millions)              2013     2012     2013      2012 Tire Units                 16.3     15.8     61.7      62.6 Sales                      $ 2,131  $ 2,314  $  8,684 $ 9,666 Segment Operating Income  199      116      691       514 Segment Operating Margin   9.3%     5.0%     8.0%      5.3%  North America's fourth quarter sales decreased 8 percent from 2012 to $2.1 billion. Sales reflect a $170 million decline in sales in other tire-related businesses, most notably third-party chemical sales, and lower price/mix. These were partially offset by the impact of a 3 percent increase in tire unit volumes. Original equipment unit volume was up 7 percent. Replacement tire shipments were up 1 percent.  Fourth quarter segment operating income of $199 million was up 72 percent from the prior year, and a fourth quarter record. Segment operating income was positively impacted by favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $45 million, lower conversion costs of $31 million and increased tire volume of $8 million.  Europe, Middle East and Africa                             Fourth Quarter    Twelve Months (in millions)              2013     2012     2013      2012 Tire Units                 14.4     14.2     60.8      62.7 Sales                      $ 1,631  $ 1,602  $  6,567 $ 6,884 Segment Operating Income  101      38       298       252 Segment Operating Margin   6.2%     2.4%     4.5%      3.7%  Europe, Middle East and Africa's fourth quarter sales increased 2 percent from 2012. Sales reflect a 1 percent increase in tire unit volume and favorable foreign currency translation of $27 million, which was partially offset by lower price/mix. Original equipment unit volume was up 4 percent. Replacement tire shipments were flat.  Fourth quarter 2013 segment operating income of $101 million was $63 million above the prior year. Favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $40 million, lower conversion costs of $27 million, higher tire unit volumes of $4 million and $3 million in favorable foreign currency translation positively impacted segment operating income.  The company has ceased production at its Amiens North plant in France, which produced consumer and farm tires. The facility will close during the first quarter of 2014. The timing of the company's exit from the Europe, Middle East and Africa farm tire business will be determined later in the year. These actions will result in about $75 million of annual profit improvement, with approximately $40 million expected in 2014.  Latin America                           Fourth Quarter      Twelve Months (in millions)            2013     2012       2013    2012 Tire Units               4.4      4.8        17.9    18.1 Sales                    $  492  $   541  $ 2,063 $2,085 Segment Operating Income 52       61         283     223 Segment Operating Margin 10.6%    11.3%      13.7%   10.7%  Latin America's fourth quarter sales decreased $49 million from the prior year to $492 million. Sales reflect $83 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation. Improved price/mix more than offset an 8 percent decrease in tire unit volume. Original equipment unit volume was down 16 percent, primarily due to reduced vehicle production in Brazil. Replacement tire shipments were down 4 percent, primarily in Venezuela.  Fourth quarter segment operating income of $52 million was down $9 million from 2012. Segment operating income was positively impacted by price/mix improvements of $48 million and lower raw material costs of $12 million. These were more than offset by $28 million in higher SAG expenses, primarily due to marketing activities in support of new product launches and the impact of inflation on wages and other costs; higher conversion costs of $22 million due to the impact of inflation on wages and other costs; $12 million in unfavorable currency translation; and $10 million in lower tire unit volume.  Asia Pacific                           Fourth Quarter    Twelve Months (in millions)            2013     2012     2013      2012 Tire Units               5.6      5.2      21.9      20.6 Sales                    $  537  $  588  $  2,226 $ 2,357 Segment Operating Income 67       57       308       259 Segment Operating Margin 12.5%    9.7%     13.8%     11.0%  Asia Pacific's fourth quarter sales decreased 9 percent from 2012 to $537 million. Sales reflect an 8 percent increase in tire unit volume, which was more than offset by reduced price/mix, $39 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation and $7 million in lower sales in other tire-related businesses. Original equipment unit volume was up 6 percent. Replacement tire shipments were up 9 percent.  Fourth quarter segment operating income of $67 million was up 18 percent from 2012. Segment operating income was positively impacted by favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $12 million, lower factory start-up costs of $14 million and $9 million in higher tire unit volumes, which more than offset $14 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation and $4 million in higher SAG expenses.  Outlook  The company reaffirmed its 2014-2016 financial targets, which include: - Annual segment operating income growth of between 10 percent and 15 percent, - Annual positive free cash flow from operations and, - An adjusted debt to EBITDAP ratio of 2.5x.  Additionally, the company continues to expect about a 2 percent to 3 percent increase in unit volumes for 2014 over 2013.  Common Stock Dividend  The company paid a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share of common stock on December 1, 2013. On January 13, 2014, the Board of Directors also declared a dividend of 5 cents per share payable March 3, 2014, to shareholders of record on January 31, 2014.  Conference Call  Goodyear will hold an investor conference call at 9 a.m. today. Approximately 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the call, the company will post the financial and other related information that will be presented on its investor relations Web site: http://investor.goodyear.com.  Participating in the conference call will be Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer, and Laura K. Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer.  Investors, members of the media and other interested persons can access the conference call on the Web site or via telephone by calling either (800) 895-1085 or (785) 424-1055 before 8:55 a.m. and providing the Conference ID "Goodyear." A taped replay will be available by calling (800) 753-4606 or (402) 220-2103. The replay will also remain available on the Web site.  Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 69,000 people and manufactures its products in 52 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/corporate. GT-FN  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 implement successfully strategic initiatives; actions and initiatives taken by both current and potential competitors; increases in the prices paid for raw materials and energy; a labor strike, work stoppage or other similar event; 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; 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 Statements of Operations                               (Unaudited)                               Three Months              Year                                Ended                     Ended                               December 31,              December 31, (In millions, except per      2013         2012         2013       2012 share amounts) NET SALES                     $ 4,791     $ 5,045     $ 19,540   $ 20,992 Cost of Goods Sold            3,690        4,100        15,422     17,163 Selling, Administrative and   736          707          2,758      2,718 General Expense Rationalizations              17           108          58         175 Interest Expense              105          87           392        357 Other (Income) Expense        (15)         11           97         139 Income before Income Taxes    258          32           813        440 United States and Foreign     2            39           138        203 Taxes Net Income (Loss)             256          (7)          675        237 Less: Minority Shareholders'  21           (14)         46         25 Net Income (Loss) Goodyear Net Income           235          7            629        212 Less: Preferred Stock        7            7            29         29 Dividends Goodyear Net Income Available                                    to  Common Shareholders        $   228    $    --  $   600 $   183 Goodyear Net Income Available to  Common Shareholders - Per Share of  Common Stock  Basic                      $   0.92   $    --  $       $   0.75                                                         2.44  Weighted Average Shares    247          245          246        245 Outstanding  Diluted                    $   0.84   $        $       $   0.74                                            --           2.28  Weighted Average Shares    280          247          277        247 Outstanding  Cash Dividends Declared    $     -- --           $       -- Per Common Share                                        0.05    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Subsidiaries  Consolidated Balance Sheets (In millions, except share data)                     December 31, December 31,                                                      2013         2012 Assets: Current Assets:  Cash and Cash Equivalents                          $   2,996  $   2,281  Accounts Receivable, less Allowance - $99 ($99 in  2,435        2,563 2012)  Inventories:  Raw Materials                                   592          743  Work in Process                                 164          169  Finished Products                               2,060        2,338                                                      2,816        3,250  Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets          397          404  Total Current Assets                            8,644        8,498 Goodwill                                             668          664 Intangible Assets                                    138          140 Deferred Income Taxes                                157          186 Other Assets                                         600          529 Property, Plant and Equipment                                                      7,320        6,956  less Accumulated Depreciation - $9,158 ($8,991 in 2012)  Total Assets                                     $  17,527   $  16,973 Liabilities: Current Liabilities:  Accounts Payable-Trade                             $   3,097  $   3,223  Compensation and Benefits                          758          719  Other Current Liabilities                          1,083        1,182  Notes Payable and Overdrafts                       14           102  Long Term Debt and Capital Leases due Within One   73           96 Year  Total Current Liabilities                        5,025        5,322 Long Term Debt and Capital Leases                    6,162        4,888 Compensation and Benefits                            2,673        4,340 Deferred and Other Noncurrent Income Taxes           256          264 Other Long Term Liabilities                          966          1,000  Total Liabilities                                15,082       15,814 Commitments and Contingent Liabilities Minority Shareholders' Equity                        577          534 Shareholders' Equity: Goodyear Shareholders' Equity: Preferred Stock, no par value: Authorized, 50 million shares, Outstanding shares – 10 million (10 million in 2012),                     500          500  liquidation preference $50 per share Common Stock, no par value: Authorized, 450 million shares, Outstanding shares – 248 million (245 million in 2012)                                                      248          245 after deducting 3 million treasury shares (6 million in 2012) Capital Surplus                                      2,847        2,815 Retained Earnings                                    1,958        1,370 Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss                 (3,947)      (4,560)  Goodyear Shareholders' Equity                     1,606        370 Minority Shareholders' Equity – Nonredeemable        262          255  Total Shareholders' Equity                        1,868        625  Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity        $  17,527   $  16,973    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Subsidiaries  Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (In millions)                                           Year Ended                                                         December 31,                                                         2013       2012 Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net Income                                              $   675 $ 237  Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash flows from operating activities:  Depreciation and amortization                      722        687  Amortization and write-off of debt issuance costs  18         67  Net rationalization charges                        58         175  Rationalization payments                           (72)       (106)  Net gains on asset sales                           (8)        (25)  Pension contributions and direct payments          (1,162)    (684)  Venezuela currency devaluation                     115        --  Customer prepayments and government grants         44         131  Insurance proceeds                                 17         50  Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of asset acquisitions and dispositions:  Accounts receivable                                79         291  Inventories                                        366        619  Accounts payable - trade                           (30)       (453)  Compensation and benefits                          243        260  Other current liabilities                          (28)       (24)  Other assets and liabilities                       (99)       (187)  Total Cash Flows from Operating Activities         938        1,038 Cash Flows from Investing Activities:  Capital expenditures                                  (1,168)    (1,127)  Asset dispositions                                    25         16  Government grants received                            9          2  Decrease in restricted cash                           14         11  Short term securities acquired                        (105)      (57)  Short term securities redeemed                        89         28  Other transactions                                    --         4  Total Cash Flows from Investing Activities         (1,136)    (1,123) Cash Flows from Financing Activities:  Short term debt and overdrafts incurred               31         77  Short term debt and overdrafts paid                   (120)      (156)  Long term debt incurred                               1,913      3,531  Long term debt paid                                   (681)      (3,717)  Common stock issued                                   22         3  Common stock dividends paid                           (12)       --  Preferred stock dividends paid                        (29)       (29)  Transactions with minority interests in subsidiaries  (26)       (71)  Debt related costs and other transactions             (16)       (64)  Total Cash Flows from Financing Activities         1,082      (426) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash        (169)      20 equivalents Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents                 715        (491) Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of the Period    2,281      2,772 Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of the Period          $  2,996  $   2,281    Non-GAAP Financial Measures  This earnings release presents total segment operating income and free cash flow from operations, on a historical basis, which are important financial measures for the company but are not financial measures defined by U.S. GAAP, and should not be construed as an alternative to corresponding financial measures presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Total segment operating income is the sum of the individual strategic business units' (SBUs) segment operating income as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Management believes that total segment operating income is useful because it represents the aggregate value of income created by the company's SBUs and excludes items not directly related to the SBUs for performance evaluation purposes.  Free cash flow from operations is the company's cash flow from operations as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP before pension contributions and direct payments and rationalization payments, less capital expenditures. Management believes that free cash flow from operations is useful because it represents the cash generating capability of the company's ongoing operations, after taking into consideration capital expenditures necessary to maintain its business and pursue growth opportunities.  This earnings release also contains our targeted total segment operating income growth rate for 2014-2016 and our targeted ratio of Adjusted Debt to EBITDAP for 2016. Forward-looking total segment operating income and the ratio of Adjusted Debt to EBITDAP are important financial measures for the company but are not financial measures defined by U.S. GAAP, and should not be construed as an alternative to corresponding financial measures presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Adjusted Debt is the sum of our total debt and our global pension liability, each as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and EBITDAP, as adjusted, represents net income (the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure) before interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization expense, net periodic pension cost, rationalization charges and other (income) and expense. We refer to the ratio of Adjusted Debt to EBITDAP because we believe it is widely used by investors as a means of evaluating a company's leverage. It should be noted that companies may calculate the components of this ratio differently; as a result, the ratio of Adjusted Debt to EBITDAP as presented herein may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures reported by other companies.  We are unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of our forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, because management cannot reliably predict all of the necessary components of those GAAP financial measures without unreasonable effort. These components could be significant to the calculation of those GAAP financial measures in the future.  See the tables below for reconciliations of historical total segment operating income and free cash flow from operations to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.  Total Segment Operating Income Reconciliation Table                                                  Three Months Twelve Months                                                  Ended        Ended                                                 December 31, December 31, (In millions)                                   2013   2012  2013   2012 Segment Operating Income                       $419   $272  $1,580 $1,248  Rationalizations                              17     108   58     175  Interest expense                              105    87    392    357  Other (income) expense                        (15)   11    97     139  Asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation 8      1     23     20  Corporate incentive compensation plans        29     22    108    69  Corporate pension curtailments/settlements    --     12    --     1  Intercompany profit elimination               (9)    (1)   (4)    (1)  Retained expenses of divested operations      (7)    2     24     14  Other                                         19     (2)   69     34 Income before Income Taxes                      $258   $32   $813   $440    Free Cash Flow from Operations Reconciliation Table                                               Year Ended     Year Ended (in millions)                                Dec. 31, 2013 Dec. 31, 2012 Net Income                                   $675          $237  Depreciation and Amortization             722           687  Working Capital (1)                       415           457  Pension Expense (2)                       285           307  Other (3)                                 75            140  Capital Expenditures                      (1,168)       (1,127) Free Cash Flow from Operations (non-GAAP)    1,004         701  Capital Expenditures                      1,168         1,127  Pension Contributions and Direct Payments (1,162)       (684)  Rationalization Payments                  (72)          (106) Cash Flow from Operating Activities (GAAP)   $938          $1,038    Amounts are calculated from the consolidated Statements of Cash Flows except for pension expense, which is as reported in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. (1) Working Capital represents total changes in accounts receivable, inventories and accounts payable – trade. (2) Pension expense is the net periodic cost (before curtailments, settlements and termination benefits) as reported in the pension-related note in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. (3) Other includes amortization and write-off of debt issuance costs, net rationalization charges, net losses (gains) on asset sales, Venezuela currency devaluation, customer prepayments and government grants, insurance proceeds, compensation and benefits less pension expense, other current liabilities, and other assets and liabilities.    Fourth Quarter Significant Items (after tax and minority interest)  2013    oRationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation, $17     million (6 cents per share)   oIncome and other discrete tax benefits, $41 million (15 cents per share)   oGains from asset sales, $2 million (1 cent per share)  2012    oRationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation, $85     million (34 cents per share)   oDiscrete tax charges, $9 million (4 cents per share)   oLoss resulting from a strike in South Africa, $6 million (2 cents per     share)   oCharges relating to labor claims with respect to a previously closed     facility in Europe, $5 million     (2 cents per share)   oInsurance recoveries related to flooding in Thailand, $6 million (2 cents     per share)   oGains from asset sales, $2 million (1 cent per share)    SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company  Website: http://www.goodyear.com Contact: MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Price, 330-796-1863 or ANALYST CONTACT: Tom Kaczynski, 330-796-6704