HALDEX YEAR-END REPORT 2012

Q4: Strong cash flow on lower volumes

Haldex Group, October – December 2012

  • Sales amounted to SEK 864 m compared to SEK 1,035 m in the corresponding period last year, primarily due to the continued destocking in Q4, especially in December. Adjusted for exchange rate fluctuations, sales decreased 14% compared with the same period (Q4) prior year.
  • Operating income and operating margin excluding restructuring costs amounted to SEK 34 m (49) and 3.9% (4.8), respectively. Operating income and operating margin including restructuring cost amounted to SEK 28 m and 3.2% respectively.
  • The cost reduction program of SEK 60 m initiated 2012 is finalized with annual savings expected in the region of SEK 35 – 40 m from Q2 2013. One-off expenses related to the cost reduction program amounted to SEK 6 m during the fourth quarter.
  • Earnings after tax amounted to SEK -4 m (24), negatively impacted by the revaluation of the Swedish tax assets of SEK 15 m due to a decrease of the Swedish corporate tax rate from 26,3 % to 22 % from January 1, 2013. Earnings per share amounted to SEK -0.09 (0.52).
  • Cash-flow from operating activities, excluding restructuring, was strong in the period amounting to SEK 108 m (178).
  • Despite the strong cash flow the Board of Directors has decided to propose a dividend of SEK 1:00 per share in order to manage future potential strategic options.
  • Two new members of the Haldex Group Management have been appointed; Ed Meador as Senior Vice President, North American Sales, and Per-Erik Kronqvist as Senior Vice President, Research and Development.

Key ratios, Haldex Group

Amounts in SEK m Jan-Dec,
2012
Jan-Dec,
2011
Oct-Dec,
2012
Oct-Dec,
2011
Net sales 3,933 4,030 864 1,035
Operating income1) 210 235 34 49
Operating income 150 235 28 49
Operating margin, % 1) 5.3 5.8 3.9 4.8
Operating margin, % 3.8 5.8 3.2 4.8
Earnings after tax 49 142 -4 24
Earnings per share, SEK 1.02 3.08 -0.09 0.52

1)Excluding restructuring costs

Comments from the President and CEO Bo Annvik;
In the fourth quarter we experienced a weaker development of our sales, particularly in December due to destocking by our major OE customers and lower vehicle demand which drove further extended factory shutdowns. In light of the lower volumes and impact on our earnings our focus turned to managing our capital base and we significantly reduced our inventories in the quarter and delivered a robust cash flow. For the full year our sales, currency adjusted, were down 3%, with flat sales in North America and Europe and a weakening development in Asia and South America. 2013 has started more positive, which make us cautiously optimistic about the market development.”

Haldex Group, January – December 2012

  • Sales for Haldex Group totaled SEK 3,933 m (4,030). Adjusted for exchange rate fluctuations, sales decreased 3% compared with the same period prior year.
  • Operating income and operating margin for Haldex Group excluding restructuring costs amounted to SEK 210 m (235) and 5.3% (5.8) respectively. Operating income and operating margin for Haldex Group including restructuring cost amounted to SEK 150 m and 3.8% respectively.
  • Earnings after tax for Haldex Group amounted to SEK 49 m (142). Earnings per share were SEK 1.02 (3.08).

Calendar 2013

Q1: Interim report, January – March, 2013, April 25, 2013   
Annual General Meeting
Time: 16.00, CET, Venue: IVAs Konferenscenter,
Wallenbergsalen, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm, April 25, 2013
Q2: Interim report January – June, 2013, July 19, 2013
Q3: Interim report, January – September, 2013, November 6, 2013                    


Invitation to telephone conference / webcast
Media and analysts are invited to a telephone conference at which the report will be presented with comments by Bo Annvik, President and CEO, and Pramod Mistry, CFO. The presentation will also be webcasted live.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 14, at 11:00 CET

To join the telephone conference:
You can participate with questions by telephone.

Dial-in numbers:
SE: + 46 8 505 598 53
UK: +44 203 043 2436
DK: +45 369 541 87
US: +1 866 458 40 87

Internet:
The presentation will be web casted live at:
http://storm.zoomvisionmamato.com/player/haldex/objects/9hxsqzcg/

The webcast will also be available afterwards and you can download the Interim Report and
the presentation from Haldex website:
http://www.haldex.com/en/GLOBAL/Investors/Report-archive/Interim-Reports/

Contact persons:
Pramod Mistry, CFO
phone: +46 (0) 418 47 60 00
                       
Kristina Brink, Corporate Communications Manager / Investor Relations        
phone: +46 (0) 418 47 61 88 or +46 (0) 705 90 91 40                   

Haldex AB (publ)
Corporate Registration Number 556010-1155
E-post: info@haldex.com

www.haldex.com

                                  
Haldex discloses the information in this Interim Report according to the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Trading Act. The information was provided for public release at 8:30 CET on Thursday February 14, 2013.

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Haldex develops, manufactures and distributes products for brake and suspension systems for commercialvehicles. Our customers include manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and trailers, and axle manufacturersfor these types of vehicles. Other applications as agriculture and special vehicles are also served. Theproduct portfolio comprises all of the main components and sub-systems included in a complete brake orsuspension system. Haldex, with headquarters in Landskrona, Sweden, has a global presence in terms of sales, research, development, technical serviceand production. Net sales amounted to approximately 3.9 billion SEK in 2013. Manufacturing takes place inSweden, Germany, Hungary, China, India, Brazil, Mexico and the USA. The company employs 2 135 people.

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