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Axalta Coating Systems
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Immediate Release

Axalta Releases Third Quarter 2018 Results

Third Quarter 2018 Highlights:
Net sales of $1,139.3 million increased 4.4% year-over-year and 6.9% ex-FX impact
Net loss attributable to Axalta of $13.1 million versus net income of $54.9 million in Q3 2017; Adjusted net income attributable to Axalta of $77.5 million increased 19.2% versus $65.0 million in Q3 2017
Adjusted EBITDA of $234.7 million increased 12.0% from $209.5 million in Q3 2017
Continued sequential price capture in Performance Coatings, coupled with robust Refinish volume growth compared with Q3 2017
PHILADELPHIA, PA, October 25, 2018 - Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (NYSE:AXTA) (“Axalta”), a leading global coatings company, announced its financial results for the
third quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Third Quarter 2018 Consolidated Financial Results
Third quarter net sales of $1,139.3 million increased 4.4% year-over-year including 2.5% negative foreign currency impacts. Constant currency net sales increased 6.9% in the period, driven by volume growth of 4.0% including 0.4% acquisition contribution and 2.9% higher average selling prices. Third quarter net sales growth was positive in nearly all regions, including higher average prices in all regions except Asia Pacific, which saw ongoing lower average prices resulting from Light Vehicle in China.  
Net loss attributable to Axalta was $13.1 million for the third quarter compared to net income of $54.9 million in Q3 2017. The decrease was primarily driven by the announced closure of our Mechelen, Belgium manufacturing facility and the associated accounting impacts coupled with ongoing Axalta Way productivity initiatives approved in Q3 2018. Third quarter Adjusted net income attributable to Axalta of $77.5 million increased 19.2% versus $65.0 million in Q3 2017.
Adjusted EBITDA of $234.7 million for the third quarter increased 12.0% versus $209.5 million in Q3 2017. This result was driven by strong contribution from volume growth and price and product mix benefits, which were partially offset by inflationary raw material costs and negative impacts from foreign currency as the U.S. dollar was relatively weaker compared to Q3 2017.
"Third quarter results were slightly above our expectations and previously provided guidance, and we are gratified by this result particularly given challenging elements of persistent input inflation, headwinds in certain emerging markets as well as renewed foreign exchange pressure," said Robert W. Bryant, Axalta’s interim Chief Executive Officer. "As expected, we saw a clear return to growth in Refinish, including double digit net sales growth in North America, which reflected fairly favorable year-over-year comparisons but also continued underlying share gains. We also witnessed strong pricing and product mix benefits in Performance Coatings overall from both end-markets. In Transportation Coatings, we saw volume growth in the quarter from our Light Vehicle end-market, including new product launches that started this year. While price and product mix does remain a headwind in Light Vehicle year to date, we continue to discuss with customers our need to cover the significant cost inflation we have absorbed this year and last. Our cost reduction efforts through our Axalta Way program are continuing and have been an important contributor to results so far in 2018 and helpful in offsetting cost inflation."

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The following information was filed by Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (AXTA) on Thursday, October 25, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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