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Martinrea International Inc. Reports Record Quarterly and Annual Earnings and Declares Dividend

GlobeNewswire - Thu Feb 28, 4:34PM CST

Martinrea International Inc. (TSX:MRE.TO), a leader in the development and production of quality metal parts, assemblies and modules and fluid management systems and complex aluminum products focused primarily on the automotive sector, announced today the release of its financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 and that it has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share.

HIGHLIGHTS

Fourth Quarter 2018

-- Seventeenth consecutive quarter with record year-over-year adjusted earnings; best fourth quarter earnings to date

-- Total sales of $926.2 million; production sales of $841 million

-- Record fourth quarter net income of $37.8 million, or $0.44 per share (diluted)

-- Record fourth quarter adjusted net income of $43.8 million, or $0.51 per share (diluted)

-- Record fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA of $111.8 million

-- Quarterly adjusted operating income (7.1%) and adjusted EBITDA (12.1%) margins increase year-over-year

-- Balance sheet continues to be strong; year end net debt:adjusted EBITDA ratio at 1.45:1

-- New business awards of approximately $230 million in annualized sales at peak volumes

-- Quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 declared

-- $16.6 million in share repurchases in the quarter

Full Year 2018

-- Ninth consecutive year with year-over-year adjusted increased earnings; best annual earnings performance in history

-- Total sales of $3,662.9 million; production sales of $3,393.7 million

-- Record annual net income of $185.9 million, or $2.14 per share (diluted)

-- Record annual adjusted net income of $193.2 million, or $2.22 per share (diluted)

-- Record Adjusted EBITDA of $461.2 million

-- Adjusted operating income (7.8%) and adjusted EBITDA (12.6%) margins increase substantially year-over-year

-- Continued strong margin growth expected over the next two years

-- New business awards over the past four quarters of approximately $800 million in annualized sales at peak volumes

-- Multiple customer quality awards received

-- Improved safety performance

-- $25.5 million in share repurchases under normal course issuer bid in 2018; 2,150,400 shares repurchased

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The Company prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). However, the Company considers certain non-IFRS financial measures as useful additional information in measuring the financial performance and condition of the Company. These measures, which the Company believes are widely used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating the Company's performance, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, nor should they be construed as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS. Non-IFRS measures include "Adjusted Net Income", "Adjusted Net Earnings per Share (on a basic and diluted basis)", "Adjusted Operating Income" and "Adjusted EBITDA".

OVERVIEW

Pat D'Eramo, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "2018 was a terrific year for Martinrea and our people; we had a strong end to the year in the fourth quarter to finish another year of record earnings. The fourth quarter was our seventeenth consecutive quarter with record year-over-year adjusted earnings, and we expect the progress to continue in 2019. I am proud of the performance of our people as we continue to deliver on our commitments. We saw significant improvement not just in profitability, but in safety performance, where we are now an industry leader. Safety performance demonstrates that we are doing things right in our plants, and the quality and economic performance supports that. As we improve in all these areas, customers reward us with new work, and I am pleased to announce some significant new business wins in the past few months totalling $230 million in annualized sales at peak volumes, including $190 million in lightweight structures with FCA, BMW and Toyota starting in 2021 and 2022, and $40 million in propulsion systems, including fluid management and engine products, for Volvo, Ford, Geely, Scania and JLR starting mainly in 2020. These awards are from a variety of customers, and really demonstrate that we are in the right product space. Our lightweighting solutions in particular are attracting great interest. 2018 was our best year ever for winning new product mandates, with approximately $800 million in new organic business announcements in the past 12 months, giving us a solid pipeline of new business for the future."

Fred Di Tosto, Chief Financial Officer, stated: "Sales for the fourth quarter, excluding tooling sales of $85 million, were $841 million, in the mid range of our previously announced sales guidance. In the quarter, our adjusted net earnings per share, on a basic and diluted basis, was $0.51 per share, also in the mid range of our quarterly guidance and a record fourth quarter. Adjusted operating income and adjusted EBITDA margins for the full year 2018 increased significantly year-over-year, and our fourth quarter numbers improved as well. Adjusted operating income margin for the year hit 7.8%, well above the 2017 level of 6.4%, and our adjusted operating income margin for the fourth quarter was 7.1%, also ahead of last year's fourth quarter level of 7.0%. Our balance sheet remains strong, as we look to maintain a leverage ratio of about or under 1.5:1 net debt:adjusted EBITDA, even while paying increased dividends, repurchasing shares under our normal course issuer bid, making a strategic investment in NanoXplore, and investing in our operations to fund the growth we are starting to see based upon our product wins. The year 2019 is off to a solid start, and we expect first quarter sales, excluding tooling sales, to be in the range of $910 million to $950 million, and adjusted net earnings per share in the range of $0.65 to $0.69 per share."

Rob Wildeboer, Executive Chairman, stated: "In 2018, not only did we have a record year in terms of financial performance, but we did so in an automotive environment that was fairly flat in terms of production in our key markets while experiencing some real challenges in terms of trade negotiations and tariffs. The signing of the USMCA, and its ratification in some form, is positive for our industry and we believe for suppliers such as us. The impact of the steel and aluminum tariffs placed by the U.S. and Canada is not helpful to the industry but we believe the tariffs will be removed sometime this year. What was very special for us in the year was the progress we made in developing our culture. Our new vision: Making lives better by being the best we can be in the products we make and the services we provide, has been embraced by our people, as witnessed in day to day activity and employee feedback. Our culture of lean thinking, entrepreneurialism, and treating people the way they want to be treated is, we believe, helping to drive our financial performance and making us a go to employer and supplier. On this basis, we expect 2019 to be a record year for us in terms of financial performance, with adjusted operating income margins above 8%; and we anticipate continued operating income margin improvement to above 9% in 2020 and revenues next year to exceed $4 billion."

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

All amounts in this press release are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise stated; and all tabular amounts are in thousands of Canadian dollars, except earnings per share and number of shares.

Additional information about the Company, including the Company's Management Discussion and Analysis of Operating Results and Financial Position for the year ended December 31, 2018 ("MD&A"), the Company's consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 (the "consolidated financial statements") and the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2018, can be found at www.sedar.com.

Results of operations may include certain unusual and other items which have been separately disclosed, where appropriate, in order to provide a clear assessment of the underlying Company results. In addition to IFRS measures, management uses non-IFRS measures in the Company's disclosures that it believes provide the most appropriate basis on which to evaluate the Company's results.

OVERALL RESULTS

The following tables set out certain highlights of the Company's performance for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. Refer to the Company's audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 for a detailed account of the Company's performance for the periods presented in the tables below.

Year ended          Year ended        $ Change     % Change
                                                                    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
Sales                                                             $ 3,662,900         $ 3,690,499         (27,599 )    (0.7 %)
Gross Margin                                                        556,161             484,601           71,560       14.8 %
Operating Income                                                    276,472             246,624           29,848       12.1 %
Net Income for the period                                           185,883             159,266           26,617       16.7 %
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company          $ 185,883           $ 159,543           26,340       16.5 %
Net Earnings per Share - Basic                                    $ 2.15              $ 1.84              0.31         16.8 %
Net Earnings per Share - Diluted                                  $ 2.14              $ 1.84              0.30         16.3 %
Non-IFRS Measures*
Adjusted Operating Income                                         $ 283,981           $ 236,807           47,174       19.9 %
% of Sales                                                          7.8       %         6.4       %
Adjusted EBITDA                                                     461,223             401,493           59,730       14.9 %
% of Sales                                                          12.6      %         10.9      %
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company   193,166             165,519           27,647       16.7 %
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share - Basic                           $ 2.23              $ 1.91              0.32         16.8 %
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share - Diluted                         $ 2.22              $ 1.91              0.31         16.2 %

The following table sets out a detailed account of the Company's performance for the fourth quarters of 2018 and 2017 (unaudited).

Three months     Three months   $ Change     % Change
                                                                    ended December   ended December
                                                                    31, 2018         31, 2017
Sales                                                             $ 926,154        $ 878,642        47,512       5.4    %
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation)                              (751,605 )       (716,927 )     (34,678 )    4.8    %
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (production)          (39,982  )       (37,673  )     (2,309  )    6.1    %
Gross Margin                                                        134,567          124,042        10,525       8.5    %
Research and development costs                                      (7,189   )       (6,600   )     (589    )    8.9    %
Selling, general and administrative                                 (58,363  )       (52,531  )     (5,832  )    11.1   %
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (non-production)      (2,971   )       (2,596   )     (375    )    14.4   %
Amortization of customer contracts and relationships                (535     )       (530     )     (5      )    0.9    %
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment                   (93      )       (144     )     51           (35.4  %)
Impairment of assets                                                (5,436   )       (7,488   )     2,052        (27.4  %)
Restructuring costs                                                 (2,073   )       -              (2,073  )    (100.0 %)
Gain on disposal of land and building                               -                13,374         (13,374 )    (100.0 %)
Operating Income                                                  $ 57,907         $ 67,527         (9,620  )    (14.2  %)
Finance expense                                                     (7,013   )       (5,735   )     (1,278  )    22.3   %
Other finance income (expense)                                      (389     )       2,681          (3,070  )    (114.5 %)
Income before taxes                                               $ 50,505         $ 64,473         (13,968 )    (21.7  %)
Income tax expense                                                  (12,689  )       (32,107  )     19,418       (60.5  %)
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company          $ 37,816         $ 32,366         5,450        16.8   %
Net Earnings per Share - Basic and Diluted                        $ 0.44           $ 0.37           0.07         18.9   %
Non-IFRS Measures*
Adjusted Operating Income                                         $ 65,416         $ 61,641         3,775        6.1    %
% of Sales                                                          7.1      %       7.0      %
Adjusted EBITDA                                                     111,785          105,830        5,955        5.6    %
% of Sales                                                          12.1     %       12.0     %
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company   43,840           43,179         661          1.5    %
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share - Basic and Diluted               $ 0.51           $ 0.50           0.01         2.0    %

*Non-IFRS Measures

The Company prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). However, the Company considers certain non-IFRS financial measures as useful additional information in measuring the financial performance and condition of the Company. These measures, which the Company believes are widely used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating the Company's performance, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, nor should they be construed as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS. Non-IFRS measures include "Adjusted Net Income", "Adjusted Net Earnings per Share (on a basic and diluted basis)", "Adjusted Operating Income" and "Adjusted EBITDA".

The following tables provide a reconciliation of IFRS "Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company" to Non-IFRS "Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company", "Adjusted Operating Income" and "Adjusted EBITDA".

Three months ended     Three months ended
                                                                    December 31, 2018      December 31, 2017
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of  the Company         $ 37,816               $ 32,366
Unusual and Other Items (after-tax)*                                6,024                  10,813
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company $ 43,840               $ 43,179
                                                                    Year ended             Year ended
                                                                    December 31, 2018      December 31, 2017
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of  the Company         $ 185,883              $ 159,543
Unusual and Other Items (after-tax)*                                7,283                  5,976
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company $ 193,166              $ 165,519
*Unusual and other items are explained in the "Adjustments to Net Income" section of this Press Release
Three months ended   Three months ended
                                                            December 31, 2018    December 31, 2017
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of  the Company $ 37,816             $ 32,366
Income tax expense                                          12,689               32,107
Other finance income - excluding Unusual and Other Items*   (59       )          (359      )
Finance expense                                             7,013                5,735
Unusual and Other Items (before-tax)*                       7,957                (8,208    )
Adjusted Operating Income                                 $ 65,416             $ 61,641
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment               42,953               40,269
Amortization of intangible assets                           3,323                3,776
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment           93                   144
Adjusted EBITDA                                           $ 111,785            $ 105,830
Year ended          Year ended
                                                                      December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
Net Income Attributable to Equity Holders of  the Company           $ 185,883           $ 159,543
Non-controlling interest                                              -                   (277              )
Income tax expense                                                    60,943              69,970
Other finance expense (income) - excluding Unusual and Other Items*   401                 (1,442            )
Finance expense                                                       27,358              22,527
Unusual and Other Items (before-tax)*                                 9,396               (13,514           )
Adjusted Operating Income                                           $ 283,981           $ 236,807
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                         163,298             149,670
Amortization of intangible assets                                     13,482              15,399
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment              462                 (383              )
Adjusted EBITDA                                                     $ 461,223           $ 401,493
*Unusual and other items are explained in the "Adjustments to Net Income" section of this Press Release

The year-over-year changes in significant accounts and financial highlights are discussed in detail in the sections below.

SALES
Three months ended December 31, 2018 to three months ended December 31, 2017 comparison
                    Three months ended   Three months ended $ Change  % Change
                    December 31, 2018    December 31, 2017
North America     $ 735,876            $ 674,852            61,024    9.0     %
Europe              167,533              163,949            3,584     2.2     %
Rest of the World   27,571               41,904             (14,333 ) (34.2   %)
Eliminations        (4,826    )          (2,063    )        (2,763  ) (133.9  %)
Total Sales       $ 926,154            $ 878,642            47,512    5.4     %

The Company's consolidated sales for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by $47.6 million or 5.4% to $926.2 million as compared to $878.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. The total increase in sales was driven by year-over-year increases in the North America and Europe operating segments, partially offset by a decrease in the Rest of the World.

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2018 in the Company's North America operating segment increased by $61.0 million or 9.0% to $735.9 million from $674.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase was due to the launch of new programs during or subsequent to the fourth quarter of 2017, including the next generation GM Silverado/Sierra and RAM pick-up trucks, and the new Chevrolet Blazer; the impact of foreign exchange on the translation of U.S. denominated production sales, which had a positive impact on overall sales for the fourth quarter of 2018 of approximately $23.4 million as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017; and an increase in tooling sales of $18.0 million, which are typically dependant on the timing of tooling construction and final acceptance by the customer. These positive factors were partially offset by lower year-over-year production volumes on certain light-vehicle platforms including the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Escape and Chrysler 300/Challenger/Charger, and programs that ended production during or subsequent to the fourth quarter of 2017.

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2018 in the Company's Europe operating segment increased by $3.6 million or 2.2% to $167.5 million from $164.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase can be attributed to the launch of new programs during or subsequent to the fourth quarter of 2017, including a 2.0L aluminum engine block for Ford and the ramp up of new aluminum structural components work and the new V8 AMG engine block for Daimler; a $4.7 million increase in tooling sales; and a $2.1 million positive foreign exchange impact from the translation of Euro denominated production sales as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. These positive factors were partially offset by lower year-over-year production volumes on certain Jaguar Land Rover platforms.

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2018 in the Company's Rest of the World operating segment decreased by $14.3 million or 34.2% to $27.6 million from $41.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease was due to lower year-over-year production volumes on the Ford Mondeo vehicle platform in China; a $6.3 million decrease in tooling sales; and a $1.8 million negative foreign exchange impact from the translation of foreign denominated production sales as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. These negative factors were partially offset by the launch of new aluminum structural components work for Jaguar Land Rover in China, which began to ramp up in the first quarter of 2018.

Overall tooling sales increased by $16.4 million to $85.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 from $68.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Year ended December 31, 2018 to year ended December 31, 2017 comparison
                    Year ended          Year ended        $ Change  % Change
                    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
North America     $ 2,827,527         $ 2,913,786         (86,259 ) (3.0   %)
Europe              713,861             657,029           56,832    8.6    %
Rest of the World   135,322             132,067           3,255     2.5    %
Eliminations        (13,810   )         (12,383   )       (1,427  ) 11.5   %
Total Sales       $ 3,662,900         $ 3,690,499         (27,599 ) (0.7   %)

The Company's consolidated sales for the year ended December 31, 2018 decreased by $27.6 million or 0.7% to $3,662.9 million as compared to $3,690.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. The total decrease in sales was driven by a decrease in the North America operating segment, partially offset by year-over-year increases in sales in Europe and the Rest of the World.

Sales for the year ended December 31, 2018 in the Company's North America operating segment decreased by $86.3 million or 3.0% to $2,827.5 million from $2,913.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. The decrease was due to lower year-over-year production volumes on certain light-vehicle platforms including the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 300/Challenger/Charger, and programs that ended production during or subsequent to the year ended December 31, 2017 such as the previous version of the GM Equinox/Terrain; and the impact of foreign exchange on the translation of U.S. denominated production sales, which had a negative impact on overall sales for the year ended December 31, 2018 of approximately $21.1 million as compared to the corresponding period of 2017. These negative factors were partially offset by the launch of new programs during or subsequent to the year ended December 31, 2017, including the next generation GM Equinox/Terrain, GM Silverado/Sierra and RAM pick-up trucks, and the new Chevrolet Blazer; and an increase in tooling sales of $39.7 million, which are typically dependant on the timing of tooling construction and final acceptance by the customer.

Sales for the year ended December 31, 2018 in the Company's Europe operating segment increased by $56.9 million or 8.6% to $713.9 million from $657.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. The increase can be attributed to the launch of new programs during or subsequent to the year ended December 31, 2017, including a 2.0L aluminum engine block for Ford and the ramp up of new aluminum structural components work and the new V8 AMG engine block for Daimler; the impact of foreign exchange on the translation of Euro denominated production sales, which had a positive impact on overall sales for the year ended December 31, 2018 of approximately $30.1 million as compared to the corresponding period of 2017; and a $13.9 million increase in tooling sales. These factors were partially offset by lower year-over-year production volumes on certain Jaguar Land Rover platforms and the Ford Mondeo in Europe.

Sales for the year ended December 31, 2018 in the Company's Rest of the World operating segment increased by $3.2 million or 2.5% to $135.3 million from $132.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. The increase was due to the launch of new aluminum structural components work for Jaguar Land Rover in China, which began to ramp up in the first quarter of 2018; higher year-over-year production sales in the Company's operating facility in Brazil; and a $4.7 million increase in tooling sales. These negative factors were partially offset by lower year-over-year production volumes on the Ford Mondeo platform in China, and a $5.3 million negative foreign exchange impact from the translation of foreign denominated production sales as compared to corresponding period of 2017.

Overall tooling sales increased by $58.3 million to $269.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 from $210.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.

GROSS MARGIN
Three months ended December 31, 2018 to three months ended December 31, 2017 comparison
               Three months ended   Three months ended $ Change % Change
               December 31, 2018    December 31, 2017
Gross margin $ 134,567            $ 124,042            10,525   8.5      %
% of Sales     14.5      %          14.1      %

The gross margin percentage for the fourth quarter of 2018 of 14.5% increased as a percentage of sales by 0.4% as compared to the gross margin percentage for the fourth quarter of 2017 of 14.1%. The increase in gross margin as a percentage of sales was generally due to:

-- productivity and efficiency improvements at certain operating facilities; and

-- general sales mix including new and replacement programs that launched, and old programs that ended production, during or subsequent to the fourth quarter of 2017.

These positive factors were partially offset by operational inefficiencies and other costs at certain other facilities including upfront costs incurred in preparation of upcoming new programs and related new business in the process of being launched, higher tariffs on steel, and an increase in tooling sales which typically earn low margins for the Company.

Year ended December 31, 2018 to year ended December 31, 2017 comparison
               Year ended          Year ended        $ Change % Change
               December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
Gross margin $ 556,161           $ 484,601           71,560   14.8    %
% of Sales     15.2     %          13.1     %

The gross margin percentage for the year ended December 31, 2018 of 15.2% increased as a percentage of sales by 2.1% as compared to the gross margin percentage for the year ended December 31, 2017 of 13.1%. Consistent with the year-over-year increase in the fourth quarter of 2018 as explained above, the increase in gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2018, as a percentage of sales, was generally due to:

-- productivity and efficiency improvements at certain operating facilities; and

-- general sales mix including new and replacement programs that launched, and old programs that ended production, during or subsequent to the year ended December 31, 2017.

These positive factors were partially offset by operational inefficiencies and other costs at certain other facilities, including upfront costs incurred in preparation of upcoming new programs and related new business in the process of being launched, higher tariffs on steel, and an increase in tooling sales which typically earn low margins for the Company.

ADJUSTMENTS TO NET INCOME

(ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY)

Adjusted Net Income excludes certain unusual and other items, as set out in the following tables and described in the notes thereto. Management uses Adjusted Net Income as a measurement of operating performance of the Company and believes that, in conjunction with IFRS measures, it provides useful information about the financial performance and condition of the Company.

TABLE A
Three months ended December 31, 2018 to three months ended December 31, 2017 comparison
                                                     For the three months ended  For the three months ended
                                                     December 31, 2018           December 31, 2017          (a)-(b)
                                                     (a)                         (b)                        Change
NET INCOME (A)                                       $37,816                     $32,366                    $5,450
Add Back - Unusual and Other Items:
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments (1)            448                         (2,322     )        2,770
Impairment of assets (2)                                        5,436                       7,488               (2,052  )
Restructuring costs (3)                                         2,073                       -                   2,073
Gain on sale of land and building (4)                           -                           (13,374    )        13,374
TOTAL UNUSUAL AND OTHER ITEMS BEFORE TAX             $7,957                      ($8,208               )    $16,165
Tax impact of above items                                       (1,933     )                (292       )        (1,641  )
Impact of US tax reforms on deferred tax asset (6)              -                           19,313              (19,313 )
TOTAL UNUSUAL AND OTHER ITEMS - AFTER TAX (B)        $6,024                      $10,813                    ($4,789     )
ADJUSTED NET INCOME (A + B)                          $43,840                     $43,179                    $661
Number of Shares Outstanding - Basic ('000)                     85,829                      86,593
Adjusted Basic Net Earnings Per Share                $0.51                       $0.50
Number of Shares Outstanding - Diluted ('000)                   86,032                      87,101
Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share              $0.51                       $0.50
TABLE B
Year ended December 31, 2018 to year ended December 31, 2017 comparison
                                                     For the year ended                     For the year ended
                                                     December 31, 2018                      December 31, 2017
                                                                                                               (a)-(b)
                                                     (a)                                    (b)                Change
NET INCOME (A)                                       $185,883                               $159,543           $26,340
Add Back - Unusual and Other Items:
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments (1)                   1,887                       (3,697  )       5,584
Impairment of assets (2)                                               5,436                       7,488           (2,052  )
Restructuring costs (3)                                                2,073                       -               2,073
Gain on sale of land and building (4)                                  -                           (19,072 )       19,072
Executive separation agreement (5)                                     -                           1,767           (1,767  )
TOTAL UNUSUAL AND OTHER ITEMS BEFORE TAX             $9,396                                 ($13,514       )   $22,910
Tax impact of above items                                              (2,113            )         177             (2,290  )
Impact of US tax reforms on deferred tax asset (6)                     -                           19,313          (19,313 )
TOTAL UNUSUAL AND OTHER ITEMS - AFTER TAX (B)        $7,283                                 $5,976             $1,307
ADJUSTED NET INCOME (A + B)                          $193,166                               $165,519           $27,647
Number of Shares Outstanding - Basic ('000)                            86,549                      86,527
Adjusted Basic Net Earnings Per Share                $2.23                                  $1.91
Number of Shares Outstanding - Diluted ('000)                          86,988                      86,779
Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share              $2.22                                  $1.91

In the third quarter of 2017, the Company acquired 5,500,000 common shares in NanoXplore Inc. ("NanoXplore"), a publicly listed company on the TSX Venture Exchange trading under the ticker symbol GRA, for a total of $2.5 million through a private placement offering (the investment is further described in note 7 of the consolidated financial statements and later on in the MD&A under the section "Investments"). As part of the transaction to acquire the common shares, the Company also received warrants entitling the Company to acquire up to an additional 2,750,000 common shares in NanoXplore at a price of $0.70 per share for a period of up to two years after issuance.

During the first quarter of 2018, the Company acquired an additional 411,800 common shares in NanoXplore for a total of $0.7 million through another private placement offering. As part of the transaction to acquire the additional common shares, the Company also received warrants entitling the Company to acquire up to an additional 205,900 common shares in NanoXplore at a price of $2.30 per share for a period of up to two years after issuance.

The warrants in NanoXplore represent derivative instruments and are fair valued at the end of each reporting period with the change in fair value recorded through profit or loss.

As at December 31, 2018, the warrants had a fair value of $2.2 million. Based on the fair value of the warrants as at December 31, 2018, an unrealized loss of $1.9 million was recognized for the year ended December 31, 2018, of which $0.4 million was recognized in the fourth quarter in other finance income. This unrealized loss has been added back for Adjusted Net Income purposes.

As at December 31, 2017, the warrants had a fair value of $4.0 million. Based on the fair value of the warrants of December 31, 2017, an unrealized gain of $3.7 million was recognized for the year ended December 31, 2017, of which $2.3 million was recognized in the fourth quarter in other finance income. This unrealized gain has been added back for Adjusted Net Income purposes.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, in conjunction with General Motors' ("GM") announcement that it will be closing its vehicle assembly facility in Oshawa, Ontario, the Company recorded an impairment charge on property, plant, equipment totaling $5.4 million related to a facility in Ajax, Ontario (included in the North America operating segment) that the Company will be forced to close because the operation is entirely dependent on GM's facility in Oshawa. The impairment charge was recorded where the carrying amount of the assets exceeded their estimated recoverable amounts.

During the fourth quarter of 2017, in conjunction with the Company's annual business planning cycle, the Company recorded an impairment charge on PP&E of $7.5 million. The impairment charge related to specific equipment at an operating facility in Canada included in the North America operating segment.

Additions to the restructuring accrual during 2018 totaled $2.1 million and represent expected employee-related severance payouts and lease termination costs resulting from the planned closure of the facility in Ajax, Ontario, as described above.

During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company finalized and closed a sale-leaseback arrangement involving the land and building of two of its operating facilities in the Greater Toronto Area. The assets were sold for net proceeds of $31.0 million (net of closing costs of $0.5 million) resulting in a pre-tax gain of $13.4 million. The corresponding leaseback of the assets is for a term of ten years at market rates.

During the first quarter of 2017, in connection with the relocation of an existing operation to another manufacturing facility, a building owned by the Company in Mississauga, Ontario was sold on an "as-is, where-is" basis. The building was sold for proceeds of $9.9 million (net of closing costs of $0.4 million) resulting in a pre-tax gain of $5.7 million.

During the third quarter of 2017, David Rashid ceased to be an Executive Vice President of Operations of the Company. The costs added back for Adjusted Net Income purposes represents Mr. Rashid's termination benefits (included in SG&A expense) as set out in his employment contract payable over a twelve-month period.

Extensive changes to the US tax system were enacted on December 22, 2017, which, among other changes, substantially reduced the US federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% with effect from January 1, 2018. As a result of this change, the Company's deferred tax asset in the US decreased as at December 31, 2017 with a corresponding one-time, non-cash increase in income tax expense of $19.3 million.

NET INCOME
(ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY)
Three months ended December 31, 2018 to three months ended December 31, 2017 comparison
                                    Three months ended   Three months ended $ Change  % Change
                                    December 31, 2018    December 31, 2017
Net Income                        $ 37,816             $ 32,366             5,450     16.8      %
Adjusted Net Income               $ 43,840             $ 43,179             661       1.5       %
Net Earnings per Share
                Basic and Diluted $ 0.44               $ 0.37
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share
                Basic and Diluted $ 0.51               $ 0.50

Net income, before adjustments, for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by $5.4 million to $37.8 million from $32.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 largely as a result of the increase in the Company's gross margin, as previously discussed, and the impact of the unusual and other items incurred during the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 as explained in Table A under "Adjustments to Net Income". Excluding the unusual and other items recognized during the fourth quarter of 2018, as explained in Table A under "Adjustments to Net Income", net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased to $43.8 million or $0.51 per share, on a basic and diluted basis, from $43.2 million or $0.50 per share, on a basic and diluted basis, for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Adjusted Net Income for the fourth quarter of 2018, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, was positively impacted by the following:

-- higher gross profit on increased year-over-year sales as previously explained;

-- productivity and efficiency improvements at certain operating facilities; and

-- general sales mix including new and replacement programs that launched, and old programs that ended production, during or subsequent to the fourth quarter of 2017.

These positive factors were partially offset by the following:

-- operational inefficiencies and other costs at certain other facilities including higher tariffs on steel;

-- a year-over-year increase in SG&A expense as previously discussed;

-- a year-over-year increase in depreciation expense as previously discussed;

-- a year-over-year increase in finance expense on the Company's revolving bank debt as a result of increased debt levels and borrowing rates;

-- a net unrealized foreign exchange loss of $0.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to a net unrealized foreign exchange gain of $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2017; and

-- a higher effective tax rate on adjusted income due generally to the mix of earnings (25.0% for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 23.3% for the fourth quarter of 2017).

Year ended December 31, 2018 to year ended December 31, 2017 comparison
                                  Year ended          Year ended        $ Change % Change
                                  December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
Net Income                      $ 185,883           $ 159,543           26,340   16.5    %
Adjusted Net Income             $ 193,166           $ 165,519           27,647   16.7    %
Net Earnings per Share
                Basic           $ 2.15              $ 1.84
                Diluted         $ 2.14              $ 1.84
Adjusted Net Earnings per Share
                Basic           $ 2.23              $ 1.91
                Diluted         $ 2.22              $ 1.91

Net Income, before adjustments, for the year ended December 31, 2018 increased by $26.3 million to $185.8 million from $159.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 largely as a result of the increase in the Company's gross margin, as previously discussed, and the impact of the unusual and other items incurred during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 as explained in Table B under "Adjustments to Net Income". Excluding these unusual and other items, net income for the year ended December 31, 2018 increased to $193.2 million or $2.23 per share, on a basic basis, and $2.22 per share on a diluted basis, from $165.5 million or $1.91 per share, on a basic and diluted basis, for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Adjusted Net Income for the year ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2017, was positively impacted by the following:

-- higher gross profit despite an overall decrease in year-over-year sales as previously explained;

-- productivity and efficiency improvements at certain operating facilities; and

-- general sales mix including new and replacement programs that launched, and old programs that ended production, during or subsequent to the year ended December 31, 2017.

These positive factors were partially offset by the following:

-- operational inefficiencies and other costs at certain other facilities including higher tariffs on steel;

-- a year-over-year increase in SG&A as previously discussed;

-- a year-over-year increase in depreciation expense as previously discussed;

-- a year-over-year increase in finance expense on the Company's revolving bank debt as a result of increased debt levels and borrowing rates;

-- a net unrealized foreign exchange loss of $0.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to a net unrealized foreign exchange gain of $1.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2017; and

-- a higher effective tax rate on adjusted income due generally to the mix of earnings (24.6% for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to 23.4% for the year ended December 31, 2017).

ADDITIONS TO PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
Three months ended December 31, 2018 to three months ended December 31, 2017 comparison
                    Three months ended   Three months ended $ Change   % Change
                    December 31, 2018    December 31, 2017
Additions to PP&E $ 108,011            $ 83,815             24,196     28.9       %

Additions to PP&E increased by $24.2 million year-over-year to $108.0 million or 11.7% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 from $83.8 million or 9.5% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 due in large part to the timing of expenditures and new incremental investment in various sales and margin growth projects. The Company continues to make investments in the business including both new and replacement business, as the Company's global footprint expands and as it executes on its growing backlog of new business in all its various product offerings.

DIVIDEND

A cash dividend of $0.045 per share has been declared by the Board of Directors payable to shareholders of record on March 31, 2018, on or about April 15, 2019.

ABOUT MARTINREA

Martinrea currently employs approximately 15,000 skilled and motivated people in 45 operating divisions in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and China.

Martinrea's vision is to make lives better by being the best supplier we can be in the products we make and the services we provide. The Company's mission is to make people's lives better by: delivering outstanding quality products and services to our customers; providing meaningful opportunity, job satisfaction and job security to our people through competitiveness and prudent growth; being positive contributors to our communities; and providing superior long term investment returns to our stakeholders.

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

A conference call to discuss the financial results will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (Toronto time) which can be accessed by dialing 416-340-2218 or toll free 800-377-0758. Please call 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference call.

If you have any teleconferencing questions, please call Ganesh Iyer at 416-749-0314.

There will also be a rebroadcast of the call available by dialing 905-694-9451 or toll free 800-408-3053 (conference id - 7108120#). The rebroadcast will be available until March 19, 2019.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws including statements related to the growth or expectations of, improvements in, expansion of and/or guidance or outlook as to future revenue, sales, gross margin, earnings, and earnings per share (including as adjusted), or operating income margins, strength of the Company, the intention to maintain a strong balance sheet and pay down debt over time, program wins, expected volumes, the ramping up and launching of new programs and the financial impact of launches, pursuit of its strategies, the payment of dividends, statements regarding the USMCA and tariffs, as well as other forward-looking statements. The words "continue", "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "views", "intend", "believe", "plan", "outlook" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the Company believes are appropriate in the circumstances, such as expected sales and industry production estimates, current foreign exchange rates (FX), timing of product launches and operational improvements during the period and current Board approved budgets. Certain forward-looking financial assumptions are presented as non-IFRS information, and we do not provide reconciliation to IFRS for such assumptions. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors, some of which are discussed in detail in the Company's Annual Information Form and other public filings which can found at www.sedar.com:

-- North American and global economic and political conditions;

-- the highly cyclical nature of the automotive industry and the industry's dependence on consumer spending and general economic conditions;

-- the Company's dependence on a limited number of significant customers;

-- financial viability of suppliers;

-- the Company's reliance on critical suppliers and on suppliers for components and the risk that suppliers will not be able to supply components on a timely basis or in sufficient quantities;

-- Competition;

-- the increasing pressure on the Company to absorb costs related to product design and development, engineering, program management, prototypes, validation and tooling;

-- increased pricing of raw materials;

-- outsourcing and insourcing trends;

-- the risk of increased costs associated with product warranty and recalls together with the associated liability;

-- the Company's ability to enhance operations and manufacturing techniques;

-- dependence on key personnel;

-- limited financial resources;

-- risks associated with the integration of acquisitions;

-- costs associated with rationalization of production facilities;

-- launch costs;

-- changes in governmental regulations or laws including any changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement;

-- labour disputes;

-- litigation;

-- currency risk;

-- fluctuations in operating results;

-- internal controls over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures;

-- environmental regulation;

-- a shift away from technologies in which the Company is investing;

-- competition with low cost countries;

-- the Company's ability to shift its manufacturing footprint to take advantage of opportunities in emerging markets;

-- risks of conducting business in foreign countries, including China, Brazil and other growing markets;

-- potential tax exposure;

-- a change in the Company's mix of earnings between jurisdictions with lower tax rates and those with higher tax rates, as well as under-funding of pensions plans;

-- the cost of post-employment benefits;

-- impairment charges;

-- cybersecurity threats;

-- the potential volatility of the Company's share price; and

-- dividends.

These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. The Company has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

The common shares of Martinrea trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MRE".

For further information, please contact:

Fred Di Tosto

Chief Financial Officer

Martinrea International Inc.

3210 Langstaff Road

Vaughan, Ontario L4K 5B2

Tel: (416) 749-0314

Fax: (289) 982-3001

Martinrea International Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
                                           Note       December 31, 2018       December 31, 2017
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents                        $    70,162             $    71,193
Trade and other receivables                3          597,796                 556,049
Inventories                                4          492,759                 376,972
Prepaid expenses and deposits                         23,275                  15,504
Income taxes recoverable                              21,301                  12,979
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                                  1,205,293               1,032,697
Property, plant and equipment              5          1,481,452               1,282,624
Deferred income tax assets                 13         145,354                 142,173
Intangible assets                          6          70,931                  68,414
Other assets                               7          10,781                  15,265
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS                              1,708,518               1,508,476
TOTAL ASSETS                                     $    2,913,811          $    2,541,173
LIABILITIES
Trade and other payables                   9     $    862,699            $    741,549
Provisions                                 10         5,393                   5,048
Income taxes payable                                  7,816                   34,429
Current portion of long-term debt          11         16,804                  24,795
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                             892,712                 805,821
Long-term debt                             11         723,913                 629,222
Pension and other post-retirement benefits 12         61,267                  65,258
Deferred income tax liabilities            13         84,370                  82,373
TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES                         869,550                 776,853
TOTAL LIABILITIES                                     1,762,262               1,582,674
EQUITY
Capital stock                              14         680,157                 713,425
Contributed surplus                                   42,016                  41,981
Accumulated other comprehensive income                158,395                 94,268
Retained earnings                                     270,981                 108,825
TOTAL EQUITY                                          1,151,549               958,499
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                     $    2,913,811          $    2,541,173

Subsequent Event (note 7)

Commitments and Contingencies (note 21)

See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.

On behalf of the Board:

"Robert Wildeboer" Director

"Scott Balfour" Director

Martinrea International Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
                                                                                  Year ended             Year ended
                                                                        Note      December 31, 2018      December 31, 2017
SALES                                                                           $ 3,662,900            $ 3,690,499
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation of property, plant and equipment)           (2,954,142        )    (3,065,880        )
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (production)                        (152,597          )    (140,018          )
Total cost of sales                                                               (3,106,739        )    (3,205,898        )
GROSS MARGIN                                                                      556,161                484,601
Research and development costs                                          16        (26,564           )    (26,597           )
Selling, general and administrative                                               (232,313          )    (211,533          )
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (non-production)                    (10,701           )    (9,652            )
Amortization of customer contracts and relationships                              (2,140            )    (2,162            )
Gain (loss) on disposal of property, plant and equipment                          (462              )    383
Impairment of assets                                                    8         (5,436            )    (7,488            )
Restructuring costs                                                     10        (2,073            )    -
Gain on sale of land and building                                       5         -                      19,072
OPERATING INCOME                                                                  276,472                246,624
Finance expense                                                         18        (27,358           )    (22,527           )
Other finance income (expense)                                          18        (2,288            )    5,139
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES                                                        246,826                229,236
Income tax expense                                                      13        (60,943           )    (69,970           )
NET INCOME FOR THE PERIOD                                                       $ 185,883              $ 159,266
Non-controlling interest                                                          -                      277
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY                        $ 185,883              $ 159,543
Basic earnings per share                                                15      $ 2.15                 $ 1.84
Diluted earnings per share                                              15      $ 2.14                 $ 1.84
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.
Martinrea International Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
                                                                         Year ended             Year ended
                                                                         December 31, 2018      December 31, 2017
NET INCOME FOR THE PERIOD                                              $ 185,883              $ 159,266
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:
Items that may be reclassified to net income
Foreign currency translation differences for foreign operations          72,610                 (30,737           )
Change in fair value of investments                                      (2,867            )    7,957
Cash flow hedging derivative and non-derivative financial instruments:
Unrealized loss in fair value of financial instruments                   (6,036            )    -
Reclassification of losses to net income                                 420                    -
Items that will not be reclassified to net income
Remeasurement of defined benefit plans                                   4,079                  1,539
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax                            68,206                 (21,241           )
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD                              $ 254,089              $ 138,025
Attributable to:
Equity holders of the Company                                            254,089                138,302
Non-controlling interest                                                 -                      (277              )
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD                              $ 254,089              $ 138,025
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.
Martinrea International Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
                                                                                                                       Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company
                                                                                                                           Capital         Contributed         Accumulated           Retained             Total            Non-              Total
                                                                                                                           stock           surplus             other                 earnings/                             controlling       equity
                                                                                                                                                               comprehensive         (accumulated                          interest
                                                                                                                                                               income                deficit)
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2016                                                                                           $   710,510     $   42,660          $   117,048           $   (40,020      )   $   830,198       $  (522        )  $  829,676
Net income for the period                                                                                                  -               -                   -                     159,543              159,543          (277        )     159,266
Change in non-controlling interest                                                                                         -               -                   -                     (1,849       )       (1,849    )      799               (1,050    )
Compensation expense related to stock options                                                                              -               123                 -                     -                    123              -                 123
Dividends ($0.12 per share)                                                                                                -               -                   -                     (10,388      )       (10,388   )      -                 (10,388   )
Exercise of employee stock options                                                                                         2,915           (802        )       -                     -                    2,113            -                 2,113
Other comprehensive income (loss),
net of tax
Remeasurement of defined benefit plans                                                                                     -               -                   -                     1,539                1,539            -                 1,539
Foreign currency translation differences                                                                                   -               -                   (30,737       )       -                    (30,737   )      -                 (30,737   )
Change in fair value of investments                                                                                        -               -                   7,957                 -                    7,957            -                 7,957
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2017                                                                                               713,425         41,981              94,268                108,825              958,499          -                 958,499
Net income for the period                                                                                                  -               -                   -                     185,883              185,883          -                 185,883
Compensation expense related to stock options                                                                              -               651                 -                     -                    651              -                 651
Dividends ($0.165 per share)                                                                                               -               -                   -                     (14,213      )       (14,213   )      -                 (14,213   )
Exercise of employee stock options                                                                                         2,523           (616        )       -                     -                    1,907            -                 1,907
Repurchase of common shares                                                                                                (17,699 )       -                   -                     (7,814       )       (25,513   )      -                 (25,513   )
Estimated repurchase of common shares subsequent to year-end under an automatic share repurchase program with a broker     (18,092 )       -                   -                     (5,779       )       (23,871   )      -                 (23,871   )
Other comprehensive income (loss),
net of tax
Remeasurement of defined benefit plans                                                                                     -               -                   -                     4,079                4,079            -                 4,079
Foreign currency translation differences                                                                                   -               -                   72,610                -                    72,610           -                 72,610
Change in fair value of investments                                                                                        -               -                   (2,867        )       -                    (2,867    )      -                 (2,867    )
Cash flow hedging derivative and non-derivative
financial instruments:
Unrealized loss in fair value of financial
instruments                                                                                                                -               -                   (6,036        )       -                    (6,036    )      -                 (6,036    )
Reclassification of losses to net income                                                                                   -               -                   420                   -                    420              -                 420
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2018                                                                                           $   680,157     $   42,016          $   158,395           $   270,981          $   1,151,549     $  -              $  1,151,549
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.
Martinrea International Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
                                                                          Year ended                Year ended
                                                                          December 31, 2018         December 31, 2017
CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN):
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net Income for the period                                               $ 185,883                 $ 159,266
Adjustments for:
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                             163,298                   149,670
Amortization of customer contracts and relationships                      2,140                     2,162
Amortization of development costs                                         11,342                    13,237
Impairment of assets (note 8)                                             5,436                     7,488
Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign exchange forward contracts              (66                  )    146
Unrealized loss (gain) on warrants (note 7)                               1,887                     (3,697               )
Finance expense                                                           27,358                    22,527
Income tax expense                                                        60,943                    69,970
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment                  462                       (383                 )
Deferred and restricted share units expense                               2,454                     2,751
Stock options expense                                                     651                       123
Gain on sale of land and building (note 5)                                -                         (19,072              )
Pension and other post-retirement benefits expense                        4,066                     4,487
Contributions made to pension and other post-retirement benefits          (4,842               )    (2,468               )
                                                                          461,012                   406,207
Changes in non-cash working capital items:
Trade and other receivables                                               (7,550               )    (77                  )
Inventories                                                               (91,590              )    (80,483              )
Prepaid expenses and deposits                                             (6,964               )    (1,344               )
Trade, other payables and provisions                                      69,352                    55,028
                                                                          424,260                   379,331
Interest paid (excluding capitalized interest)                            (30,855              )    (20,304              )
Income taxes paid                                                         (96,703              )    (56,166              )
NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES                               $ 296,702                 $ 302,861
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Repurchase of common shares                                               (25,513              )    -
Increase in long-term debt (net of addition to deferred financing fees)   114,496                   40,000
Repayment of long-term debt                                               (57,710              )    (88,648              )
Dividends paid                                                            (12,999              )    (10,380              )
Exercise of employee stock options                                        1,907                     2,113
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES                     $ 20,181                  $ (56,915              )
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchase of property, plant and equipment*                                (309,049             )    (259,600             )
Capitalized development costs                                             (14,171              )    (14,211              )
Investment in NanoXplore Inc. (note 7)                                    (680                 )    (2,475               )
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment                     1,577                     3,586
Upfront recovery of development costs incurred                            2,566                     1,170
Proceeds on disposal of land and building (note 5)                        -                         40,910
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES                                   $ (319,757             )  $ (230,620             )
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents      1,843                     (3,298               )
INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS                          (1,031               )    12,028
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD                            71,193                    59,165
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD                                $ 70,162                  $ 71,193
*As at December 31, 2018, $45,341 (December 31, 2017 - $63,877) of purchases of property, plant and equipment remain unpaid and are recorded in trade and other payables and provisions.
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.

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