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      Strong Results Helped Autoliv (ALV) Gain Traction

      By Fahim Awan

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      October 23, 2023

      1:06 PM UTC

      Strong Results Helped Autoliv (ALV) Gain Traction

      Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) experienced a remarkable surge in its stock value during the latest trading session, marking a 7.01% increase and closing at $96.49. This impressive gain was accompanied by higher than usual trading volume, with 2.7 million shares exchanged compared to the typical 0.82 million shares.

      The driving force behind this surge was Autoliv’s release of its third-quarter 2023 financial results, showcasing its robust performance. In the third quarter, Autoliv demonstrated a striking 11% organic sales growth, significantly outperforming the global Low Vehicle Production (LVP) growth rate of 3.8% as reported by S&P Global.

      This exceptional growth was consistent across all regions, thanks to new product launches and effective pricing strategies. The company also achieved a new third-quarter record for adjusted operating income since its spin-off in 2018. Autoliv’s profitability saw substantial improvement, primarily due to price increases, organic expansion, and cost reduction initiatives.

      ALV’s operating income reached $232 million, with an operating margin of 8.9%. Adjusted operating income increased from $173 million to $243 million, with an adjusted operating margin of 9.4%. This remarkable performance was achieved despite inflationary pressures and adverse foreign exchange rate effects. The return on capital employed reached an impressive 24%, with the adjusted return on capital employed at 25%.

      While operating cash flow decreased to $202 million, mainly due to temporary working capital effects, Autoliv maintained its financial strength. Free cash flow also declined to $50 million from $68 million. Notably, the gearing factor remained stable at 1.3X compared to the previous quarter. The company issued a payout of $0.66 per equity unit and repurchased 1.23 million shares during the quarter.

      Furthermore, Autoliv’s ongoing reorganization efforts in global functions and European operations are expected to result in a reduced normalized tax rate. ALV has additionally bolstered its footprint in the Chinese marketplace, especially with homegrown Original Equipment Makers (OEMs), attaining more than a 50% surge in year-to-year sales within this category.

      Autoliv’s remarkable Q3 2023 monetary outcomes, featuring remarkable revenue expansion, improved earnings, and efficient expenditure supervision, boosted the firm’s equities to a significant upswing, signifying a day of extraordinary impetus and confirming its formidable standing in the worldwide auto industry.

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