Soaring Superior Industries net profit in the second quarter; sales increase despite headwinds

Wheel supplier Superior Industries International Inc. reported a positive quarter on Thursday, with a dizzying rise in net profit and a more moderate rise in sales despite headwinds such as supply chain issues and raw material costs.

The Southfield, Michigan-based company’s net income rose 535% from the second quarter of 2021 to $10.8 million. It’s a continuation of a turnaround for the company, which posted a net loss of $43.2 million just two years ago in the second quarter of 2020.

Net sales increased approximately 24% to $431.5 million. Wheel sales fell about 4% quarter-over-quarter, with the company blaming lower light-vehicle production and inflation.

Chief Financial Officer Tim Trenary said the increase in revenue could be primarily attributed to higher aluminum costs being passed on to customers.

“This business environment is so extraordinary,” Trenary said. “We have made it clear that we expect our customers, who have demonstrated retail pricing power, to pay their fair share of the burden of cost inflation on our business.”

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization increased 15% to $51.3 million.

In addition to the results, the company announced in its earnings call on Thursday that it is partnering with Wheel Pros – the largest distributor of aftermarket wheels in the United States. CEO Majdi Abulaban did not give details.

Superior’s financial outlook remained essentially unchanged from the first quarter. The biggest change was unit volume, with the midpoint of the forecast range dropping 550,000 units from three months ago.

Superior Industries shares rose 1.7% to $4.79 by mid-morning.