Magna Announces Outlook and Other MattersBy Magna International Inc., PRNE
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG, NYSE: MGA) Today Announced its Financial Outlook for 2011. All Amounts are in U.S. Dollars.
AURORA, Canada, January 12, 2011 - Don Walker, Magna's Chief Executive Officer commented: "As 2011 begins,
vehicle production is poised for future growth in a number of important
markets for us, including North America. Accordingly, our outlook reflects
significant sales growth, including expansion in high-growth markets in the
next few years. We also have the balance sheet, cash flow generation,
engineering and manufacturing footprints, technologies and motivated
workforce to support our growth initiatives around the world. These factors
combined leave us confident about Magna's future."
For the full year 2011, we expect consolidated total sales to be between
$25.6 billion and $27.1 billion, and expect consolidated production sales to
be between $21.7 billion and $22.7 billion, based on full year 2011 light
vehicle production volumes of approximately 12.9 million units in North
America and approximately 13.3 million units in Western Europe. We expect
full year 2011 production sales to be between $12.7 billion and $13.2 billion
in North America, between $7.8 billion and $8.1 billion in Europe and between
$1.2 billion and $1.4 billion in Rest of World. We expect full year 2011
complete vehicle assembly sales to be between $2.4 billion and $2.7 billion.
We expect our 2011 effective income tax rate to be approximately 20%.
In addition, we expect that our full year 2011 spending for fixed assets
will be between $900 million and $1.0 billion. This amount reflects
continuing investment to support new and replacement business in our
traditional markets as well as investment to expand in a number of
Finally, in addition to our 2011 sales outlook above, we expect a net
increase in total production sales over the two-year period from 2011 to 2013
of approximately $3 billion, based on assumed full year 2013 light vehicle
production volumes of approximately 14.8 million units in North America and
approximately 14.1 million units in Western Europe. We expect the net
increase in total production sales to be split approximately equally among
our North America, Europe and Rest of World segments.
In this 2011 outlook, in addition to 2011 and 2013 light vehicle
production, we have assumed no material acquisitions or divestitures. In
addition, we have assumed that foreign exchange rates for the most common
currencies in which we conduct business relative to our U.S. dollar reporting
currency will approximate year end 2010 rates.
In connection with an ongoing review of our system of corporate
governance following the elimination of our dual class share structure
effective August 31, 2010, our Board today approved the adoption of a
majority voting policy which will take effect commencing in respect of our
2012 annual meeting.
We are the most diversified global automotive supplier. We design,
develop and manufacture technologically advanced systems, assemblies, modules
and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for
sale to original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") of cars and light trucks.
Our capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of
automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; body and
chassis systems; vision systems; electronic systems; exterior systems;
powertrain systems; roof systems; hybrid and electric vehicles/systems as
well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly.
We have over 92,000 employees in 248 manufacturing operations and 81
product development, engineering and sales centres in 25 countries.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This Press Release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation,
including, but not limited to, statements relating to Magna's: forecast of
light vehicle production in North America and Western Europe; expected
consolidated sales, based on such light vehicle production volumes;
production sales in its North America, Europe and Rest of World segments;
complete vehicle assembly sales; fixed asset expenditures; and average income
tax rate. The forward-looking information in this Press Release is presented
for the purpose of providing information about Magna's current expectations,
plans and 2011-2013 outlook, and such information may not be appropriate for
other purposes. Forward-looking statements may also include statements
regarding our future plans, objectives or economic performance, or the
assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, and other statements that are
not recitations of historical fact. We use words such as "may", "would",
"could", "should", "will", "likely", "expect", "anticipate", "believe",
"intend", "plan", "forecast", "outlook", "project", "estimate" and similar
expressions suggesting future outcomes or events to identify forward-looking
statements. Any such forward-looking statements are based on information
currently available to us, and are based on assumptions and analyses made by
us in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends,
current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors
we believe are appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual
results and developments will conform with our expectations and predictions
is subject to a number of risks, assumptions and uncertainties, many of which
are beyond our control, and the effects of which can be difficult to predict,
including, without limitation, risks, assumptions and uncertainties related
to: the potential for a slower than anticipated economic recovery or a
deterioration of economic conditions; production volumes and sales levels
which are below forecast levels; our dependence on outsourcing by our
customers; the termination or non renewal by our customers of any material
contracts; our ability to identify and successfully exploit shifts in
technology; our ability to successfully grow our sales to non-traditional
customers; unfavourable product or customer mix; risks of conducting business
in foreign countries, including China, India, Brazil, Russia and other
developing markets; our ability to quickly shift our manufacturing footprint
to take advantage of lower cost manufacturing opportunities; disruptions in
the capital and credit markets; fluctuations in relative currency values; our
ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate acquisitions; the
highly competitive nature of the automotive parts supply business; changes in
our mix of earnings between jurisdictions with lower tax rates and those with
higher tax rates, as well as our ability to fully benefit tax losses; other
potential tax exposures; changes in laws and governmental regulations; and
other factors set out in our Annual Information Form filed with securities
commissions in Canada and our Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the
United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and subsequent filings. In
evaluating any forward-looking statements in this Press Release, we caution
readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.
Readers should specifically consider the various factors which could cause
actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated by our
forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable
securities laws, we do not intend, nor do we undertake any obligation, to
update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this Press
Release to reflect subsequent information, events, results or circumstances
For further information: please contact Vince Galifi, Executive
Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at +1-905-726-7100 or Louis
Tonelli, Vice-President, Investor Relations at +1-905-726-7035.
For further information: please contact Vince Galifi, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial
Officer at +1-905-726-7100 or Louis Tonelli, Vice-President, Investor Relations at +1-905-726-7035.
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