Strong end-market demand and
new-business backlog are driving an expected 6 percent sales growth in 2018. Continued strong demand for key light-truck programs is expected into 2018, as is higher
end-market demand for off-highway equipment and commercial vehicles. Increased sales from the new-business backlog are expected
to add approximately $300 million, and improved end-market demand is expected to accrete $100 million.
Adjusted EBITDA in 2018 is expected to improve by approximately $100 million, or 70 basis points of margin improvement. This improvement is driven
primarily by higher sales levels, ongoing efficiency improvements, and acquisition synergies.
The combination of our strong financial
performance in 2017 and outlook for the future provides increased confidence in our cash flows, allowing us to increase our quarterly dividends by 67 percent, said Jonathan Collins, executive vice president and chief financial officer of
Dana. Our new share repurchase authorization, which extends through the end of next year, will allow us to mitigate the ambient level of dilution.
Company Updates 2019 Targets
sales, adjusted EBITDA, and diluted adjusted EPS are expected to increase by $700 million, $90 million, and $0.40, respectively, compared with the prior 2019 target ranges, due to the impact of stronger than expected end-market demand, increased sales backlog, and continued cost discipline. Adjusted EBITDA margin and free cash flow as a percentage of sales are expected to remain in line with prior target ranges at
12.8 percent and 5.0 percent.
Share Repurchase Program
Dana announced today that its board of directors approved a new share repurchase program, authorizing the purchase of up to $100 million of common
shares over the next two years. The company expects any shares repurchased to be in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions and expects to have sufficient free cash flow and liquidity during this period to support this
initiative. Execution under this program is subject to prevailing market conditions, available growth opportunities, and other considerations.
Dana to Present at the 2018 Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference Today
Mr. Kamsickas and Mr. Collins will provide a brief overview of the company and answer questions for approximately 40 minutes, beginning at 1:30
Information on accessing the webcast will be posted to Danas Investor website, www.dana.com/investors, prior to the event.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
This release refers to adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure which we have defined as net income before
interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, equity grant expense, restructuring expense and other adjustments not related to our core operations (gain/loss on debt extinguishment, pension settlements, divestitures, impairment, etc.). Adjusted
EBITDA is a measure of our ability to maintain and continue to invest in our operations and provide shareholder returns. We use adjusted EBITDA in assessing the effectiveness of our business strategies, evaluating and pricing potential acquisitions
and as a factor in making incentive compensation decisions. In addition to its use by management, we also believe adjusted EBITDA is a measure widely used by securities analysts, investors and others to evaluate financial performance of our company
relative to other Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for income before income taxes, net income or other results reported in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly
titled measures reported by other companies.