CHINA - Media OutReach - 11 July 2018 - This news release is made by Johnson Electric Holdings Limited ("Johnson
Electric" or the "Company") for the business operations and selected unaudited
financial information of the Company and its subsidiaries (the "Group") for the
quarter ended 30 June 2018.
The Board of Directors of the Company considers the
publication of quarterly performance updates to be consistent with
international corporate disclosure best practice. The objective of this news
release is to provide transparency and to ensure that investors and potential
investors receive equal access to the same information at the same time.
Group's sales for the quarter ended 30 June 2018 were US$872 million compared
to US$753 million for the same quarter in 2017; an increase of 16%. Excluding
currency movements and the one month effect of the acquisition of Halla
Stackpole, which became an 80% owned subsidiary in May 2017, sales increased by
10% to US$826 million.
exchange rate movements had a positive effect of US$34 million on the Group's
sales during the quarter. This was due to the impact of the stronger Euro,
Chinese Renminbi and Canadian Dollar against the US Dollar, comparing average
exchange rates for the quarter ended 30 June 2018 to the same quarter last
year. The acquisition of Halla Stackpole increased sales by US$12 million. On a
pro-forma basis, excluding currency movements, Halla Stackpole grew by
approximately 12% compared to the same quarter last year.
Automotive Products Group ("APG")
sales, as reported grew by US$109 million or 19%. APG's sales excluding
currency effects and the one month acquisition effect of Halla Stackpole
increased by US$66 million or 12%, with the following sales changes by region:
- Asia increased 25%
- Europe increased 2%
- Americas increased 10%
organic sales growth was largely driven by an increase in demand for products
for thermal cooling, engine and transmission oil pumps, lighting and seat
adjust applications and powder metal components.
Industry Products Group ("IPG")
IPG's sales, excluding currency
effects, increased by US$7 million or 4% compared to the same quarter last
year. Sales changes by region were:
- Asia increased 7%
- Europe flat
- Americas increased 4%
sales growth was mainly driven by new business wins, increased share and the
ramp-up of programs in Asia. In Europe, sales were flat. In the Americas,
strong revenue growth was driven by volume growth in the white goods and ventilation
Comments on First Quarter's Sales Performance and Outlook
the first quarter's sales performance, the Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr.
Patrick Shui-Chung Wang, said, "Johnson
Electric is continuing to experience robust demand for its motion products and
technology solutions which is driving very healthy sales growth. At present, the main operational challenges
for the business are higher raw material and labour costs that are running at
levels well ahead of the prior year."
Dr. Wang further commented: "Looking
further ahead, we remain concerned about the risk that the trade dispute
between the US, China and European Union will ultimately have a negative impact
on global economic growth. Our current analysis of Section 301 tariffs on
goods imported into the USA from China, covering those already implemented and
those recently announced but not yet implemented, indicates that these tariffs
will apply to Johnson Electric product lines that amount to less than 5 per
cent of the Group's total annual sales. While this estimated direct sales exposure to
Section 301 tariffs is not large in the context of the Group's highly
diversified global sales base, it remains difficult to assess what impact a
further ratchetting up in tit-for-tat tariffs could have on customer demand,
buying behaviour and on Johnson Electric's component input costs over the
medium to longer term."
Shareholders and potential investors
in the Company are reminded that the information provided in this news release,
including information related to the expected outlook for the full year, is
based on the Group's unaudited internal records and management accounts. This
information has not been reviewed or audited by the Company's auditors.
Shareholders and potential investors
should exercise caution when dealing or investing in the shares of the Company.
About Johnson Electric
Johnson Electric Group is a global leader in electric motors, actuators, motion
subsystems and related electro-mechanical components. It serves a broad range
of industries including Automotive, Smart Metering, Medical Devices, Business
Equipment, Home Automation, Ventilation, White Goods, Power Tools, and Lawn
& Garden Equipment. The Group is headquartered in Hong Kong and employs
over 40,000 individuals in more than 20 countries worldwide. Johnson Electric Holdings Limited is listed
on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 179). For further
information, please visit: www.johnsonelectric.com.