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Gentherm Reports 2021 First Quarter Results

April 29, 2021 at 6:00 AM EDT

Strong Automotive Revenue Significantly Outperformed Light Vehicle Production
Secured $400 Million in New Automotive Awards
Maintains 2021 Guidance

NORTHVILLE, Mich., April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gentherm (NASDAQ:THRM), a global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2021.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Product revenues of $288.5 million increased 26.2% from $228.6 million in the 2020 first quarter.
    • Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, product revenues increased 21.5% year over year
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.99 as compared with $0.36 for the prior-year period
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share (see table herein) was $1.04. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the prior-year period was $0.51
  • Secured automotive new business awards totaling $400 million in the quarter

Phil Eyler, the Company's President and CEO, said “I am pleased with the strong execution by the Gentherm team, especially in light of the headwinds in the global supply chain, allowing us to continue to outperform in Automotive versus the key markets we serve. In addition, we secured $400 million of new awards from auto makers around the world and continued to make progress on ClimateSenseTM development. While there is still uncertainty in the supply chain, I am proud of our global team for maintaining the momentum on the topline and delivering strong operating performance, while continuing to expand technology leadership.”

2021 First Quarter Financial Review

Product revenues for the first quarter of 2021 increased by $59.9 million, or 26.2%, as compared with the prior-year period. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, product revenues increased 21.5% year over year.

Automotive revenues increased 29.1% year over year, with revenue growth in all product categories. Adjusting for foreign currency translation, organic Automotive revenues increased 24.1% year over year, driven by increased volumes as a result of new launches and higher take rate, as well as the negative impact of COVID-19 in the prior-year period. According to IHS Markit’s mid-April report, actual light vehicle production increased by approximately 15.6% when compared with the first quarter of 2020 in the Company’s key markets of North America, Europe, China, Japan and Korea.

Gentherm Medical revenue declined 24.5% year over year, primarily as a result of the continued negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on elective surgeries and COVID-driven higher Blanketrol® sales in the prior-year period.

See the “Revenues by Product Category” table included below for additional detail.

Gross margin rate increased to 30.4% in the current-year period, as compared with 28.9% in the prior-year period. The 150-basis point improvement over the prior-year period resulted from favorable foreign currency translation, fixed cost leverage from higher unit volume and labor productivity. These were partially offset by annual customer price reductions, wage inflation and impact from industry-wide supply chain disruptions.

Net research and development expenses of $17.6 million in the 2021 first quarter decreased $0.2 million, or 0.9% over the prior-year period, primarily due to higher reimbursements for design and development costs, partially offset by increased project-related spending.

Selling, general and administrative expenses of $28.5 million in the 2021 first quarter increased $2.7 million, or 10.4%, versus the prior-year period. The year-over-year increase was primarily driven by increased stock-based compensation expenses as a result of exercises and mark-to-market adjustments in cash-settled stock appreciation rights.

Restructuring expenses of $0.8 million in the current-year period were $3.0 million lower than the prior-year period.

As described more fully in the “Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA” table included below, the Company recorded Adjusted EBITDA of $51.8 million in the 2021 first quarter compared with $32.7 million in the prior-year period, an increase of $19.1 million or 58.4%.

Income tax expense in the 2021 first quarter was $7.6 million, as compared with $5.4 million in the prior-year period. The effective tax rate was 18.7% in the 2021 first quarter.

GAAP diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2021 was $0.99 compared with $0.36 for the prior-year period. Adjusted diluted earnings per share, excluding non-cash purchase accounting impact, restructuring expenses, unrealized currency (gain) losses and other impacts (see table herein), was $1.04. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the prior-year period was $0.51.


The Company maintains its full-year 2021 guidance that was initially provided on its year-end 2020 earnings release on March 1, 2020:

  • Product revenues between $1.05 billion and $1.13 billion, assuming current foreign exchange rates and light vehicle production in the Company’s key markets growing at a low-teens rate in 2021 versus 2020
  • Adjusted EBITDA between 17% and 19% of product revenues
  • Full-year effective tax rate between 22% and 24%
  • Capital expenditures between $50 million and $60 million

Conference Call

As previously announced, Gentherm will conduct a conference call today at 8:00 am Eastern Time to review these results. The dial-in number for the call is 1-877-407-4018 (callers in the U.S.) or +1-201-689-8471 (callers outside this U.S.). The passcode for the live call is 13718646.

A live webcast and one-year archived replay of the call can be accessed on the Events page of the Investor section of Gentherm's website at

A telephonic replay will be available at approximately two hours after the call until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 13, 2021. The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (callers in the U.S.), or +1-412-317-6671 (callers outside the U.S.). The passcode for the replay is 13718646.

Investor Relations Contact
Yijing Brentano
(248) 308-1702

Media Contact
Melissa Fischer

About Gentherm

Gentherm (NASDAQ:THRM) is a global developer and marketer of innovative thermal management technologies for a broad range of heating and cooling and temperature control applications. Automotive products include variable temperature Climate Control Seats, heated automotive interior systems (including heated seats, steering wheels, armrests and other components), battery performance solutions, cable systems and other electronic devices. Medical products include patient temperature management systems. The Company is also developing a number of new technologies and products that will help enable improvements to existing products and to create new product applications for existing and new markets. Gentherm has more than 11,000 employees in facilities in the United States, Germany, Canada, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, North Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Vietnam. For more information, go to

Forward-Looking Statements 

Except for historical information contained herein, statements in this release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements represent Gentherm Incorporated's goals, beliefs, plans and expectations about its prospects for the future and other future events. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof or as of the date specified herein and are based on management's reasonable expectations and beliefs. Such statements are subject to a number of important assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or performance to differ materially from that described in or indicated by the forward-looking statements, including that:

  • the COVID-19 pandemic and its direct and indirect adverse impacts on the automobile and medical industries and global economy, which had, and may continue to have, an adverse effect on, among other things, the Company’s results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, liquidity, borrowing availability under the Company’s revolving credit facility, business operations, and stock price;
  • the loss of any key suppliers, or any material delays in the supply chain of the Company or the OEMs and Tier 1s supplied by the Company, including resulting from a shortage of key components (such as semiconductors);
  • the Company’s failure to be in compliance with covenants under its debt agreements, which could result in the amounts outstanding thereunder being accelerated and becoming immediately due and payable;
  • the Company’s ability to obtain additional financing by accessing the capital markets, which may not be available on acceptable terms or at all;
  • the macroeconomic environment, including its impact on the automotive industry, which is cyclical;
  • any significant declines or slower growth than anticipated in light vehicle production;
  • market acceptance of the Company’s existing or new products, and new or improved competing products developed by competitors with greater resources;
  • shifting customer preferences, including due to the evolving use of automobiles and technology;
  • the Company’s ability to project future sales volumes, based on which the Company manages its business;
  • reductions in new business awards, which were limited in 2020, and may continue to be limited, due to COVID-19 and related uncertainties;
  • the Company’s ability to convert new business awards into product revenues;
  • the loss or insolvency of any of the Company’s key customers;
  • the impact of price downs in the ordinary course, or additional increased pricing pressures from the Company’s customers;
  • the feasibility of Company’s development of new products on a timely, cost effective basis, or at all;
  • security breaches and other disruptions to the Company’s IT systems;
  • work stoppages impacting the Company, its suppliers or customers;
  • changes in free trade agreements or the implementation of additional tariffs, and the Company’s ability to pass-through tariff costs;
  • unfavorable changes to currency exchange rates;
  • the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property in certain jurisdictions;
  • the Company’s ability to effectively implement ongoing restructuring and other cost-savings measures or realize the full amount of estimated savings; and
  • compliance with, and increased costs related to, domestic and international regulations.

The foregoing risks should be read in conjunction with the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including “Risk Factors”, in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent SEC filings, for a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. In addition, the business outlook discussed in this release does not include the potential impact of any business combinations, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic investments and other significant transactions that may be completed after the date hereof, each of which may present material risks to the Company’s future business and financial results. 

Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. 


(In thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2021     2020  
Product revenues   $ 288,535     $ 228,613  
Cost of sales     200,866       162,546  
Gross margin     87,669       66,067  
Operating expenses:                
Net research and development expenses     17,603       17,760  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     28,526       25,840  
Restructuring expenses     791       3,766  
Total operating expenses     46,920       47,366  
Operating income     40,749       18,701  
Interest expense, net     (1,039 )     (748 )
Foreign currency gain (loss)     773       (938 )
Other (loss) income     (9 )     264  
Earnings before income tax     40,474       17,279  
Income tax expense     7,565       5,406  
Net income   $ 32,909     $ 11,873  
Basic earnings per share   $ 1.00     $ 0.36  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.99     $ 0.36  
Weighted average number of shares – basic     32,946       32,693  
Weighted average number of shares – diluted     33,390       32,869  


(In thousands)

    Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2021     2020   % Change  
Climate Control Seat   $ 109,173     $ 82,528     32.3 %
Seat Heaters     76,721       64,532     18.9 %
Steering Wheel Heaters     28,864       19,235     50.1 %
Automotive Cables     24,281       22,140     9.7 %
Battery Performance Solutions     17,760       11,209     58.4 %
Electronics     15,105       10,376     45.6 %
Other Automotive     7,466       6,452     15.7 %
Subtotal Automotive segment     279,370       216,472     29.1 %
Medical segment     9,165       12,141     (24.5 )%
Total Company   $ 288,535     $ 228,613      
Less: Foreign currency translation impact     10,879                
Total Company, excluding foreign currency translation impact   $ 277,656     $ 228,613     21.5 %

(In thousands)

    Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2021     2020  
Net income   $ 32,909     $ 11,873  
Add back:                
Depreciation and amortization     9,695       10,153  
Income tax expense     7,565       5,406  
Interest expense     1,039       748  
Restructuring expense     791       3,766  
Unrealized currency (gain) loss     (295 )     765  
Acquisition expenses     114        
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 51,818     $ 32,711  

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the results reported in accordance with GAAP throughout this release, the Company has provided here or elsewhere information regarding adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”), Adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share (“Adjusted earnings per share” or “Adjusted EPS”), free cash flow, Net Debt and Revenue excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, each a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, deferred financing cost amortization, and other gains and losses not reflective of the Company’s ongoing operations and related tax effects including transaction expenses, debt retirement expenses, impairment of assets held for sale, gain or loss on sale of business, restructuring expense, unrealized currency gain or loss and unrealized revaluation of derivatives. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by product revenues. The Company defines Adjusted EPS as earnings adjusted by gains and losses not reflective of the Company’s ongoing operations and related tax effects including transaction expenses, debt retirement expenses, impairment of assets held for sale, gain or loss on sale of business, restructuring expense, unrealized currency gain or loss and unrealized revaluation of derivatives. The Company defines Free Cash Flow as Net cash provided by operating activities less Purchases of property and equipment. The Company defines Net Debt as the principal amount of all Consolidated Funded Indebtedness (as defined in the Credit Agreement) less cash and cash equivalents. The Company defines Revenue excluding the impact of foreign currency translation as revenue, less the estimated effects of foreign currency exchange on revenue by translating actual revenue using the prior period foreign currency exchange rates.

The Company’s reconciliations are included in this release or can be found in the supplemental materials furnished as Exhibit 99.2 to the Company’s Form 8-K dated April 29, 2021.

In evaluating its business, the Company considers and uses Free Cash Flow and Net Debt as supplemental measures of its liquidity and the other non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental measures of its operating performance. Management provides such non-GAAP financial measures so that investors will have the same financial information that management uses with the belief that it will assist investors in properly assessing the Company's performance on a period-over-period basis by excluding matters not indicative of the Company’s ongoing operating or liquidity results. In evaluating our non-GAAP financial measures, you should be aware that in the future we may incur revenues, expenses, and cash and non-cash obligations that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures. Our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. There also can be no assurance that we will not modify the presentation of our non-GAAP financial measures in the future, and any such modification may be material. Other companies in our industry may define and calculate these non-GAAP financial measures differently than we do and those calculations may not be comparable to our metrics. These non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools, and when assessing the Company's operating performance or liquidity, investors should not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation, or as a substitute for net income, revenue or other consolidated income statement or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP measures referenced in this release and other public communications may include estimates of future Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin and Adjusted EPS. Such forward-looking non-GAAP measures may differ significantly from the corresponding GAAP measures, due to depreciation and amortization, tax expense, and/or interest expense, some or all of which management has not quantified for the future periods.

(In thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2021     2020  
Net income   $ 32,909     $ 11,873  
Non-cash purchase accounting impact     2,050       2,143  
Restructuring expenses     791       3,766  
Unrealized currency (gain) loss     (295 )     765  
Acquisition expenses     114        
Tax effect of above     (680 )     (1,710 )
Adjusted net income   $ 34,889     $ 16,837  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic     32,946       32,693  
Diluted     33,390       32,869  
Earnings per share, as reported:                
Basic   $ 1.00     $ 0.36  
Diluted   $ 0.99     $ 0.36  
Adjusted earnings per share:                
Basic   $ 1.06     $ 0.52  
Diluted   $ 1.04     $ 0.51  

(In thousands, except share data)

    March 31, 2021     December 31, 2020  
Current Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 170,955     $ 268,345  
Accounts receivable, net     222,385       211,672  
Raw materials     74,549       68,362  
Work in process     8,423       8,247  
Finished goods     49,085       45,792  
Inventory, net     132,057       122,401  
Other current assets     39,072       41,188  
Total current assets     564,469       643,606  
Property and equipment, net     151,440       152,581  
Goodwill     66,289       68,024  
Other intangible assets, net     42,859       46,421  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     27,200       30,642  
Deferred income tax assets     71,983       73,912  
Other non-current assets     8,214       7,653  
Total assets   $ 932,454     $ 1,022,839  
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 132,831     $ 116,043  
Current lease liabilities     6,168       6,032  
Current maturities of long-term debt     2,500       2,500  
Other current liabilities     81,251       81,409  
Total current liabilities     222,750       205,984  
Long-term debt, less current maturities     59,319       189,934  
Non-current lease liabilities     22,354       24,233  
Pension benefit obligation     7,612       8,163  
Other non-current liabilities     7,661       8,194  
Total liabilities   $ 319,696     $ 436,508  
Shareholders’ equity:                
Common Stock:                
No par value; 55,000,000 shares authorized 33,110,644 and 32,921,341 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively     129,600       121,073  
Paid-in capital     6,123       7,458  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (28,656 )     (14,982 )
Accumulated earnings     505,691       472,782  
Total shareholders’ equity     612,758       586,331  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 932,454     $ 1,022,839  

(In thousands)

    Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2021     2020  
Operating Activities:                
Net income   $ 32,909     $ 11,873  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     9,854       10,406  
Deferred income taxes     105       721  
Non-cash stock based compensation     2,740       1,942  
Change in defined benefit pension plans     (477 )     85  
Loss on sale of property and equipment     242       119  
Operating lease expense     2,575       1,651  
Changes in assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable, net     (13,931 )     (2,040 )
Inventory     (11,546 )     (404 )
Other assets     555       (4,805 )
Accounts payable     18,113       13,540  
Other liabilities     (1,472 )     (3,669 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     39,667       29,419  
Investing Activities:                
Purchases of property and equipment     (9,913 )     (3,231 )
Acquisition of intangible assets           (3,141 )
Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment     10       34  
Other     (200 )      
Net cash used in investing activities     (10,103 )     (6,338 )
Financing Activities:                
Borrowing of debt           169,546  
Repayments of debt     (130,000 )     (16,111 )
Cash paid for the repurchase of Common Stock           (9,092 )
Proceeds from the exercise of Common Stock options     5,984       5,902  
Cash paid for the cancellation of restricted stock     (1,532 )     (404 )
Acquisition contingent consideration payment     (68 )      
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     (125,616 )     149,841  
Foreign currency effect     (1,338 )     (426 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents     (97,390 )     172,496  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     268,345       52,948  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 170,955     $ 225,444  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:                
Cash paid for taxes   $ 2,555     $ 3,525  
Cash paid for interest   $ 844     $ 537  

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