Dana announces record sales in 2023

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Dana Incorporated Tuesday announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2023.

"With record sales reaching $10.6 billion for 2023, Dana continues its strong trajectory built on our balanced approach of supplying both conventional and clean-energy solutions to nearly every vehicle manufacturer around the globe. The Dana team successfully launched a company-record number of programs across all markets we serve, while delivering substantial profit conversion on our growth," says James Kamsickas, chairman and CEO.

"We are building on this strong momentum, as we expect to further expand sales and profit margin into 2024. Our record three-year new business backlog has grown to $950 million, marking the seventh consecutive year we have recorded an increase. This reflects our team's relentless commitment to being a leading supplier to the world's top vehicle manufacturers for internal combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles."

Dana states sales for 2023 were $10.6 billion, compared with $10.2 billion in 2022. The increase of $399 million resulted from improved overall market demand and conversion of the sales backlog, combined with pricing actions and cost recoveries partially offset by the UAW strike.

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Adjusted EBITDA for 2023 was $845 million, compared with $700 million in 2022 driven by refreshed and new programs, efficiency improvement actions, and more stable customer order patterns, the company says. The company also reported operating cash flow of $476 million in 2023.  Free cash flow was a use of $25 million, compared with free cash flow of $209 million in 2022. Cash flow use this year was driven by increased working capital requirements and higher capital spending partially offset by higher operating earnings, Dana says.

"Finishing 2023 with strong results has set the stage for continued profitable growth," adds Timothy Kraus, Dana senior vice president and chief financial officer.  "In 2024, we expect another record sales year, further improved margins, and higher free cash flow as we leverage the improved cross-company efficiencies and begin to benefit from the record number of new and refreshed vehicle programs."

As for Q4, Dana reports sales for the fourth quarter of 2023 totaled $2.5 billion, compared with $2.6 billion in the same period of 2022. Lower sales in 2023 were driven by the impact of the UAW strike on our Light Vehicle Driveline segment, which was partially offset by cost-recovery actions and conversion of the sales backlog. The company adds Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2023 was $156 million, compared with $176 million for the same period in 2022. Strong efficiency improvements partially offset the margin impact of the UAW strike and higher spending on development for electric-vehicle products, the company says.

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