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Cooper Tire & Rubber earnings fall below expectations as tariffs weigh, but sales beat

Tomi Kilgore

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. reported Monday first-quarter earnings that fell below expectations, hurt by tariffs, higher costs and a higher tax rate, while sales rose more than expected. The stock was still inactive in premarket trade. Net income fell to $7.0 million, or 14 cents a share, from $8.3 million, or 16 cents a share, in the same period a year ago, to miss the FactSet consensus of 17 cents. Sales rose 2.9% to $619.2 million, above the FactSet consensus of $608.1 million, as Americas tire sales grew 6.1% to $515 million to beat expectations of $498.1 million. The company said the tariffs for tires imported into the U.S. from China had a $10 million negative impact on profits, while it also had $3 million of unfavorable raw material costs and $3 million of higher other costs. The tax rate increased to 46.9% from 27.8%, give the impact of final regulations related to tax reform. For 2019, the company lowered the expected charges related to its restructuring in England to $8 million to $11 million from $10 million to $15 million. The stock has shed 5.8% year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 14%.