Component manufacturer, Faurecia, will cancel its dividend for 2012 as the company looks to increase cash generation to drive its performance this year.

Unveiling its 2012 results, Faurecia posted consolidated net income (Group share) of EUR142m with total sales up 7.3% to EUR17.4bn, while second half sales rose 7% to EUR8.6bn.

"In 2012, Faurecia continued to show strong growth in particular in North America with an increase in sales of 41% and in Asia with an increase of 24%," said Faurecia chairman and CEO, Yann Delabriere.

"We accelerated the geographical re-balancing of sales as well as the diversification of the customer base.

"We continue to have a very strong commercial momentum as demonstrated by the record order intake of EUR17.8bn. The action plans we have underway to offset the ongoing drop in European vehicle production and focus on cash generation will enable us to see an improvement in our performance in 2013."

A snapshot of Europe's difficulties can be gauged by product sales totalling EUR7.41bn for the Continent, compared to EUR7.86bn in 2011, representing a decline of 6%, in line with the drop in automotive production.

During the second half, product sales fell 7%, to EUR3.42bn.

However, in North America, product sales reached EUR3.65bn, a 41% increase compared to the 2011 figure of EUR2.58bn, outpacing the 17% rise in automotive production.

This performance was buoyed by the acquisition of Saline and the development of Faurecia's commercial vehicles business with Cummins. Product sales in the second half of 2012 rose 44% to EUR1.95bn.

In Asia, product sales stood at EUR1.39bn, versus EUR1.12bn posted in 2011, representing an increase of 24%, with automotive production up 12%.

Product sales in China increased 25% to EUR1.1bn.

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Nanterre, February 12, 2013 

Faurecia: 2012 annual results 

Fiscal 2012 

Total sales are up 7.3% to €17.36 billion; 

Operating income is at €514 million (3.0% of sales); 

Net income is at €142 million, or €1.27 per share; 

Net financial debt is at €1.81 billion. 

Second half 2012 

Total sales up 7.0% to €8.60 billion; 

Operating income of €211 million (2.5% of sales); 

Net income of €22 million. 

Yann Delabrière, Chairman and CEO stated: “In 2012, Faurecia continued to show strong growth in particular in North America with an increase in sales of 41% and in Asia with an increase of 24%. We accelerated the geographical re-balancing of sales as well as the diversification of the customer base. We continue to have a very strong commercial momentum as demonstrated by the record order intake of 17.8 billion euros. The action plans we have underway to offset the ongoing drop in European vehicle production and focus on cash generation will enable us to see an improvement in our performance in 2013.” 

2012 ANNUAL RESULTS 

In € million  2012  2011  H2-2012  H2-2011 

Total sales 17,365  16,190 8,600 8,040 

Change +7.3% - +7.0% - 

Operating income 514  651 211 311 

as % of Total Sales 3.0 4.0 2.5 3.9 

Net income (Group share) 142  371 22 185 

Net financial debt (at December 31) 1,807  1,224 1,807 1,224 Capital expenditure 557  451 291 275 

SUSTAINED GROWTH IN SALES 

The growth in global automotive production from  2011 to 2012, estimated at 6% worldwide, masks some significant regional disparities. Although growth continued at a strong pace in North America and Asia (where automotive production rose by 17% and 12% respectively), it has seen a significant downturn in Europe, where production fell by an estimated 6% from 2011. Page 2/5 

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Product sales (parts and components delivered to automakers) totaled €13.30 billion, compared with €12.39 billion in 2011, reflecting a 7.3% increase (+1.4% at constant exchange rates and scope). They posted an 8.0% increase in the second half of 2012. The Saline plant in the USA, which was acquired from Ford and consolidated from June 2012, represents €281 million of the Group’s sales. 

Faurecia’s  total sales for 2012 stood at €17.36 billion (+2.0% at constant exchange rates and scope) compared to €16.19 billion in 2011, an increase of 7.3%. During the second half of 2012, total sales were up 7.0%. 

Another record year for new contracts  

2012 marked another record year for new contracts at €17.8 billion (including 53% outside Europe), taking the backlog to €38.8 billion (for the total term of contracts) or the equivalent of nearly three years of product sales. 

REBALANCING OF PRODUCT SALES BY REGION & DIVERSIFICATION OF THE CUSTOMER BASE 

Outside Europe, product sales grew by 30% and outpaced automotive production in all regions. This allowed the Group to accelerate the rebalancing of its product sales by region. For the year, North America accounted 

for 27% of product sales, with 10% in Asia and 5% in South America. Faurecia also continued to diversify its customer base: German automakers represent 39% of sales, followed by North American at 28%, French at 

21% and Asian at 7%. The share of product sales outside Europe stood at 48% in the second half of 2012, an 

increase of 8 percentage points over the same period in 2011. Ford has become Faurecia’s second-biggest customer, after Volkswagen. 

By geographic region, product sales in 2012 break down as follows: 

in Europe, product sales totaled €7.41 billion, compared to €7.86 billion in 2011. This represents a decline of 6%, in line with the drop in automotive production. During the second half, product sales fell 7%, to €3.42 billion; in North America, product sales reached €3.65 billion, a 41% increase (19% at constant exchange rates and scope) over the 2011 figure of €2.58 billion, outpacing the 17% rise in automotive production. This performance was buoyed by the acquisition of Saline and the development of Faurecia’s commercial vehicles business with Cummins. Product sales in the second half of 2012 rose 44% to € 1.95 billion. 

in Asia, product sales stood at €1.39 billion, versus €1.12 billion posted in 2011. This represents an increase of 24% (+14% at constant exchange rates and scope), with automotive production up 12%. 

Product sales in China increased 25% to €1.1 billion. In Asia, product sales in the second half rose 21%; in  South America, product sales came to €662 million, compared with €639 million in 2011. This represents an increase of 4% (+10% at constant exchange rates and scope), with automotive production declining by 1%. Product sales in the second half rose 16%. 

SALES BY BUSINESS GROUP 

Growth was strongest in Interior Systems, reflecting market share gains in North America, and Emissions 

Control Technologies, where growth was particularly strong in Asia and in the commercial vehicles activity which demonstrated its strong development potential. Growth in Automotive Seating and Automotive Exteriors was more adversely affected by the drop in automotive production in Europe, although Automotive Exteriors had a good development in North America.

 Following Russia's integration in 2012 into the Europe category (previously in "rest of the world") the published fiscal 2011 figures 

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Product sales for the Automotive Seating Business Group stood at €4.9 billion, compared to €4.8 billion 

in 2011, up 3%. Product sales rose by 1% in the second half. 

? Product sales for the Interior Systems Business Group totaled €3.6 billion, compared with €3.1 billion in 

2011, an increase of 17%. Product sales rose 25% in the last half of the year. 

Product sales excluding monoliths for the Emissions Control Technologies Business Group came to €3.2 billion, representing an increase of 10%. The increase in the second half was 6%. 

Product sales for the Automotive Exteriors Business Group totaled €1.6 billion. This was a 3% decline 

from 2011 levels. Product sales fell 1% in the second half. 

RESULTS 

Operating income for 2012 stood at €514 million, or 3.0% of total sales, compared with €651 million in 2011. 

Operating income in the second half of 2012 came to €211 million, equivalent to 2.5% of total sales.  

This drop was driven primarily by a rapid slowdown in European automotive production. In North America, 

strong growth in sales was not sufficiently translated into higher operating income as a result of exceptional 

items linked to the launch of new programs. Operating income remained high in Asia. 

Consolidated net income (Group share) reached €142 million, compared to a net profit of €371 million in 

2011. In the second half, it amounted to €22 million. Key factors in addition to operating income include: 

Restructuring costs, which totaled €84 million (versus €56 million in 2011) to adapt costs to the slowdown in automobile production in Europe; 

Net interest charges increased to €165 million (versus €99 million in 2011). In 2012, Faurecia continued its 

financing program to provide the medium and long term funding necessary for growth. 

FINANCIAL STRUCTURE AND DEBT 

Capital expenditure rose 23% to €557 million, compared with €451 million in 2011, reflecting strong sales growth. The geographic spread of capital expenditure will support further growth outside Europe. 

At end-December 2012, net financial debt stood at €1.8 billion, versus €1.5 billion at end-June 2012. The rise in net debt results principally from the rapid slowdown in automotive production in Europe, particularly during the last two months of the year, which led to an increase in inventories and lower sales of receivables. 

PRIORITIES AND OUTLOOK FOR 2013 

Based on Faurecia's performance in 2012 and the prospect of a continuing decline in the European market down 4-5% in 2013), Faurecia has set itself three priorities for 2013: Significant improvement in operating performance in North America; Ongoing adjustment in fixed costs in Europe; 

Implementation of a new commercial policy more oriented towards cash generation.

Taking into account the Group’s results in a difficult European context, and to mobilse all resources towards future development, the Board of Directors has decided to propose to the next shareholders’ meeting that no dividend be paid for 2012. 

On this basis, Faurecia expects to increase its sales in 2013 to between €17.5 and 17.9 billion (at 2012 exchange rates), to grow its operating income and to have a neutral net cash flow (before cash for restructuring estimated at between €120 and €140 million). 

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