AURORA, Ontario, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
- First quarter record sales, up 5% to $9.37 billion
- Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted EBIT percentage of sales increased in all reporting segments
- All-time record diluted earnings per share of $1.53, increased 25%
- Cash provided from operating activities of $443 million, up 46%
Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG; NYSE: MGA) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
THREE MONTHS ENDED March 31, 2017 March 31, 2016 Sales $9,372 $8,900 Income before income taxes $806 $675 Net income attributable to Magna International Inc. $586 $492 Adjusted EBIT $831 $698 Diluted earnings per share $1.53 $1.22
All results are reported in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share figures, which are in U.S. dollars  Adjusted EBIT is a Non-GAAP financial measure that has no standardized meaning under U.S. GAAP and as a result may not be comparable to the calculation of similar measures by other companies. Adjusted EBIT represents net income before income taxes; interest expense, net; and other expense (income), net. For a reconciliation of this Non-GAAP financial measure, see our Management's Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Position for the three months ended March 31, 2017 available in the Investor Relations section of our website at http://www.magna.com/investors.THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2017
We posted sales of $9.37 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, an increase of 5% over the first quarter of 2016. The strong year over year growth was achieved despite North American light vehicle production declining by 1% and European light vehicle production increasing only 2% compared to the first quarter of 2016. Our complete vehicle assembly sales decreased 31% in the first quarter of 2017 largely reflecting the end of production of the MINI Countryman and Paceman in 2016, partially offset by the start of production of the BMW 5-Series at our assembly facility in Graz Austria.
During the first quarter of 2017, income from operations before income taxes was $806 million, up 19% compared to the first quarter of 2016. Net income attributable to Magna International Inc. was $586 million, 19% higher than the first quarter of 2016. Diluted earnings per share increased 25% to $1.53 in the first quarter of 2017, which includes the favourable impact of a reduced share count.
During the first quarter of 2017, Adjusted EBIT increased 19% to $831 million, compared to $698 million for the first quarter of 2016. Our North America, Europe, Asia and Rest of World segments all posted higher Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted EBIT percentage of sales, compared to the first quarter of 2016.
During the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, cash provided from operating activities totaled $443 million, up 46% from the first quarter of 2016. This includes cash generated from operations of $870 million before changes in operating assets and liabilities, and $427 million invested in operating assets and liabilities. Total investment activities for the first quarter of 2017 were $392 million, including $309 million in fixed asset additions and $83 million in investments, other assets and intangible assets.
"We delivered another very strong quarter, with continued production sales growth above vehicle production, all segments posting higher margins, and all-time record earnings per share. Overall, the first quarter was a great start to the year for the company and our shareholders."
- Don Walker, Magna's Chief Executive Officer
RETURN OF CAPITAL TO SHAREHOLDERS
During the three months ended March 31, 2017, we repurchased 2.3 million shares for $100 million. In addition, we paid dividends of $105 million in the first quarter of 2017.
Today, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.275 with respect to our outstanding Common Shares for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. This dividend is payable on June 9, 2017 to shareholders of record on May 26, 2017.
UPDATED 2017 OUTLOOK
Light Vehicle Production (Units) North America 17.5 million Europe 21.9 million Production Sales North America $19.0 - $19.6 billion Europe $9.2 - $9.6 billion Asia $2.2 - $2.4 billion Rest of World $0.4 - $0.5 billion Total Production Sales $30.8 - $32.1 billion Complete Vehicle Assembly Sales $ 2.7- $3.0 billion Total Sales $36.6 - $38.3 billion Adjusted EBIT Margin 8.0% - 8.2% Interest Expense, net Approximately $85 million Income Tax Rate 25% - 26% Capital Spending Approximately $2.0 billion  Adjusted EBIT Margin is the ratio of Adjusted EBIT to Total Sales.  The Income Tax Rate has been calculated using adjusted EBIT and is based on current tax legislation.
In this 2017 outlook, we have assumed:
- 2017 light vehicle production volumes (as set out above);
- No material unannounced acquisitions or divestitures; and
- Foreign exchange rates for the most common currencies in which we conduct business relative to our U.S. dollar reporting currency will approximate current rates.
Certain of the forward-looking financial measures above are provided on a Non-GAAP basis. We do not provide a reconciliation of such forward-looking measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. To do so would be potentially misleading and not practical given the difficulty of projecting items that are not reflective of on-going operations in any future period. The magnitude of these items, however, may be significant.
This press release together with our Management's Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Position and our Interim Financial Statements are available in the Investor Relations section of our website at http://www.magna.com/investors and filed electronically through the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) which can be accessed at http://www.sedar.com as well as on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System (EDGAR), which can be accessed at http://www.sec.gov.
We will hold a conference call for interested analysts and shareholders to discuss our first quarter ended March 31, 2017 results on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. EST. The conference call will be chaired by Don Walker, Chief Executive Officer. The number to use for this call from North America is +1-800-905-9496. International callers should use +1-416-641-6700. Please call in at least 10 minutes prior to the call start time. We will also webcast the conference call at http://www.magna.com. The slide presentation accompanying the conference call will be available on our website Thursday prior to the call.
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OUR BUSINESS 
We are a leading global automotive supplier with 321 manufacturing operations and 102 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. We have over 159,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative products and processes, and world class manufacturing. We have complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing expertise, as well as product capabilities which include body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, active driver assistance, vision, closure and roof systems and have electronic and software capabilities across many of these areas. Our common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange (MGA).
For further information about Magna, visit our website at http://www.magna.com.
_________________________________  Manufacturing operations, product development, engineering and sales centres and employee figures include certain equity-accounted operations.FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" or "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, including, but not limited to, statements relating to: Magna's forecasts of light vehicle production in North America and Europe; expected consolidated sales, based on such light vehicle production volumes; production sales, including expected split by segment, in its North America, Europe, Asia and Rest of World segments for 2017; complete vehicle assembly sales; consolidated EBIT margin, net interest expense; effective income tax rate; fixed asset expenditures; and future returns of capital to our shareholders, including through dividends or share repurchases. The forward-looking statements or forward-looking information in this press release is presented for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. 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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: the potential for a deterioration of economic conditions or an extended period of economic uncertainty; a decline in consumer confidence, which would typically result in lower production volume levels; the growth of protectionism and the implementation of measures that impede the free movement of goods, services, people and capital; planning risks created by rapidly changing economic or political conditions; fluctuations in relative currency values; legal claims and/or regulatory actions against us, including without limitation any proceedings that may arise out of our global review focused on anti-trust risk; our ability to successfully launch material new or takeover business; underperformance of one or more of our operating divisions; ongoing pricing pressures, including our ability to offset price concessions demanded by our customers; warranty and recall costs; our ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate acquisitions or achieve anticipated synergies; our ability to conduct appropriate due diligence on acquisition targets; an increase in our risk profile as a result of completed acquisitions; shifts in market share away from our top customers; shifts in market shares among vehicles or vehicle segments, or shifts away from vehicles on which we have significant content; inability to sustain or grow our business; risks of conducting business in foreign markets, including China, India, Eastern Europe, Brazil and other non-traditional markets for us; our ability to successfully compete with other automotive suppliers, including disruptive technology innovators which are entering or expanding in the automotive industry; our ability to consistently develop innovative products or processes; our changing risk profile due to the increasing importance to us of product areas such as powertrain and electronics; restructuring, downsizing and/or other significant non-recurring costs; a reduction in outsourcing by our customers or the loss of a material production or assembly program; a prolonged disruption in the supply of components to us from our suppliers; shutdown of our or our customers' or sub-suppliers' production facilities due to a labour disruption; scheduled shutdowns of our customers' production facilities (typically in the third and fourth quarters of each calendar year); the termination or non-renewal by our customers of any material production purchase order; exposure to, and ability to offset, commodities price increases; restructuring actions by OEMs, including plant closures; work stoppages and labour relations disputes; risk of production disruptions due to natural disasters or catastrophic event; the security and reliability of our information technology systems; pension liabilities; 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; impairment charges related to goodwill, long-lived assets and deferred tax assets; other potential tax exposures; changes in credit ratings assigned to us; changes in laws and governmental regulations, including tax and transfer pricing laws; costs associated with compliance with environmental laws and regulations; liquidity risks; inability to achieve future investment returns that equal or exceed past returns; the unpredictability of, and fluctuation in, the trading price of our Common Shares; 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. 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