Visteon shares fell after reporting a quarterly loss

Article by Christian A., on March 2, 2012

Amid reports of Visteon Corp. recently posting a quarterly loss, the Auto parts supplier said that it is studying the sale of "non-core" assets in order to reorganize its corporate structure and boost margins. Visteon has shown interest in owning 100 percent of South Korea's Halla Climate Control Corp. Presently, Visteon owns 70 percent.

Visteon Chief Executive Officer Don Stebbins said that for the Halla stake, it would be the perfect timing to achieve 100 percent. Visteon predicts that it would face pressure from several board members and shareholders. Halla Climate Control was created in 1986 as a result of the joint venture between the Ford Motor Co. and Mando Corp. Halla Climate Control is considered as one of the leading suppliers of climate control systems.

Visteon is actually looking for whoever wants to buy Grace Lake Corporate Center, a support center in Michigan that Stebbins claims to have a book value of $75 million to $80 million.

He said that it will continue to divest what appears to be non-core assets to really get down to just operating the business. For last quarter, Visteon posted a net loss of $26 million, or 51 cents per share. The previous year, it posted a net income of $1.13 billion, which includes $1.06 billion in reorganization gains. Its quarterly revenue fell to $1.86 billion from $1.9 billion.

The company's shares fell $1, or almost 2 percent, to $52.56 in morning trade on the New York Stock Exchange. The former affiliate of Ford Motor Co has four businesses: climate control, interiors, electronics and lighting.

Among its most valuable assets are its stakes in Halla and Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems, its joint venture in China with Huayu Automotive Systems. Last November, Visteon inked a non-binding pact for the sale of the majority of its interiors business to Yanfeng Visteon.

Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, Visteon Corp. is a leading global supplier of climate, interiors and electronics systems, modules and components to vehicle manufacturers. Visteon spun off from the Ford Motor Co. in 2000.

By late 2000s, the subprime mortgage crisis negatively affected the auto industry, and as an automotive supplier, Visteon experienced very little demand with its products. On May 28, 2009, Visteon and its US subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for reorganization relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware confirmed on August 31, 2010 the Debtors’ joint plan of reorganization for the company. This allowed Visteon to complete its reorganization and emerge from Chapter 11 proceedings on October 1, 2010.

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