Canadian Manufacturing

Martinrea reports $17.1M earnings loss for Q3 on supply chain issues, rising costs

The company says that it expects production volumes to improve next year, and remains confident in meeting its 2023 sales objectives.

November 5, 2021  The Canadian Press

Martinrea International Inc. says it swung to a loss of $17.1 million in the third quarter compared with earnings of $45.6 million last year as supply chain issues and inflating costs cut into revenue.

The autoparts manufacturer says the net loss worked out to 21 cents per share for the quarter ending Sept. 30, compared with earnings of 57 cents per share for the same quarter last year.

Sales for the quarter came in at $848.5 million, down 12.6 per cent from $971.1 million last year.

Company chief executive Pat D’Eramo says the quarter was a challenge as the combination of supply chain disruptions and inflating costs of labour, materials and energy are “wreaking havoc on the automotive supply base.”

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He says that the company has been hit by work stoppages at auto assemblers and that the low visibility on schedules means it’s been difficult to adjust labour costs, especially given the tight labour market.

The company says that it expects production volumes to improve next year, and remains confident in meeting its 2023 objective of reaching total sales of between $4.6 billion and $4.8 billion.