AKRON (Feb. 8, 2017) — Buoyed by strong performances in its Americas and Asia Pacific consumer tire operations, Goodyear posted $479 million in fourth quarter segment operating earnings and $2 billion in operating income for the year ended Dec. 31.
Sales for the year declined 7.8 percent to $15.2 billion and fell 7.9 percent to $3.7 billion in the quarter, reflecting primarily the deconsolidation of the company's subsidiary in Venezuela as well as unfavorable currency translation, the Akron-based tire maker said.
"We delivered solid net income and record core segment operation income in 2016, driven by strong performance in our Americas and Asia Pacific consumer tire businesses," said Richard Kramer, chairman and CEO. "Our results demonstrate continued sustainable earnings growth and disciplined execution of our strategy."
Net income rose to $1.26 billion for the year and to $561 million for the quarter, reversing a fourth quarter 2015 loss.
For 2017 Mr. Kramer said Goodyear expects raw material inflation to be significant but that the company has demonstrated through its innovation, award-winning products and strong global brand the ability to offset raw material inflation over time.
In 2016 Goodyear's tire unit volumes totaled 166.1 million, essentially unchanged from 2015. Of these, replacement shipments grew 2 percent and original equipment unit volume declined 4 percent.
Excluding the impact of the deconsolidation of the operations in Venezuela, unit volumes increased 1 percent, the company said.
Goodyear said the nearly four-fold increase in full-year net income was driven by a charge in 2015 to deconsolidate the Venezuela unit and by a decrease in 2016 income tax expense due to the release of foreign tax valuation allowances. Full-year adjusted net income was $1.1 billion, up from $906 million in 2015, the company said.
For the fourth quarter, Goodyear said tire volumes fell 2 percent to 41.1 million units, with replacement shipments sliding 1 percent and OE shipments 7 percent, due in part due to weakness in the commercial truck market.
In the Americas, Goodyear said sales fell 11 percent in the quarter to $2.06 billion, reflecting a 5-percent decline in tire unit volume to 18.7 million units, also in part due to the deconsolidation in Venezuela. Replacement tire shipments fell 3 percent and OE shipments slid 11 percent.
Fourth quarter segment operating income in the Americas increased 3.9 percent to $295 million as sales declined 10.9 percent to $2.06 billion.
For the year, segment operating income declined 9 percent to $1.15 billion as sales slid 12.8 percent $8.2 billion.
For both the quarter and year, Americas segment operating margins improved — to 14.3 percent (from 12.3 percent) and 14.1 percent (from 13.5 percent), respectively.
In the Asia Pacific region, segment operating income improved 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter to $103 million, and nearly 17 percent for the year to $373 million.
Fourth quarter sales for the region declined 2 percent to $548 million, but increased 7.5 percent for the year to $2.1 billion.