SUP Superior Industries International

Troy Ford Vice President, Treasury & Corporate Development
Majdi Abulaban President & Chief Executive Officer
Matti Masanovich Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Stephanie Vincent JPMorgan
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Good day, and welcome to the Superior Industries First Quarter 2020 Earnings Teleconference Call. Today's conference is being recorded.

At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Mr. Troy Ford. Please, go ahead, sir.

Troy Ford

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Majdi Abulaban

our Thanks, Troy, XXXX quarter first results. review joining and to good morning, today everyone, for and thank us you

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Matti Masanovich

Majdi. Thanks

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call the I'll to and want turn I open call answers. operator. to questions the back With to the the that


Thank from you. We'll first take [Operator Instructions] question Vincent our Stephanie with JPMorgan.

Stephanie Vincent

on Hi. my much questions. just leverage. for first you very taking My Thank is question the

So is obviously, position liquidity quite the good.

are you returning -- that either that? given liquidity of, some And repayment and with earlier consider What, that about realize to minimum space, what but the pay continued done multiples had just of be it do threshold back comfortable know to be through would proposition will sort through you helpful downs your QX supplier you this know bond trough. probably debt of buybacks level However made the QX, of I to have loan. I that term or quarter, liquidity you

question back then schedules QX capital about us is you QX, mid-May customers swing see months think early next working production level are on about coming sort just these summer my as erratic. what, when And talk difficult it's because are you your the for the May, to Can really absolute quite online working swing. in very analysts could capital of, of

I think that's quite helpful.

Matti Masanovich

Thank It's speaking. Matti, question. you the Stephanie. for So,

through the current continued B down debt we how the feel move the framed first pay bond perspective repayment how we're with do an either as from buybacks question we I So this in to I XX% you to as and how about what going And loan of environment. IHS going we're mentioned, what -- -- look kind year and up debt term or end -- then think, down I year. at

be think a I cash we'll perspective. breakeven cash flow from flow free

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downs that's So forward I number any debt with don't anticipate going one? further pay

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last X.X running we Europe in week so ago And week Europe. in started things and up getting a

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Stephanie Vincent

great. And slip That's I another can if in one there.

Some having a week visibility. suppliers about of have talked two not or even worth

today you how up the May? that's good stand you past about improved you like As how even the feel are week do Do not? feel ramping schedules or in over

Matti Masanovich

We our with are with the the customers in of communication OEM constant OEMS. schedulers

what so phone ordering. we they're very And that calls tell close reconfirming you I'll with of We're tracking them. have via

verbatim. their just So we're not taking broadcast

what think good And so very going I to have we order. visibility they're on

confirm good what they're weeks schedules XX a I'll going consumer weeks But they're Now moving of do those to ordering to visibility consumer as clearly really give that's you be from I -- to I sentiment take back. XX the and and it. it's back get the They kind that think tell I mentioned bounces we going we demand actually into demand choppy, to have over we're going that because and hopeful as economy the customers. mid-term we're and the months. think stronger here from visibility to But standpoint summer us

So we're -- we're pushing. that's where going to where

Majdi Abulaban

off restart phone the in I my I just going. how -- Majdi. is with about it's the And this well Stephanie, and morning President actually this Europe. And got just just talking

would than above and up X/XX. a We're expected in we stability from Three Germany up are running facilities visibility pleased. we our of actually we're and so we slightly where more seeing standpoint, be. And is Europe thought running. -- now back

relying our So, remains and very a customers to our from more flexible. Mid-term, a We're to on it seen, and be in So be better lot just not forecast. to to business right? yes, I very we're PBIs, getting we're the close we calling we're visibility stability. staying and very, revisions is manufacturing really need making the standpoint, think,

cautious being start just So that. operations. we plants can We're up being -- back entire with very the

Stephanie Vincent

queue. great. get in That's Thank so back I’ll much. you

Majdi Abulaban

Thanks, Stephanie.


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Majdi Abulaban

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