Automotive World  Sep 7  Comment 
A new company formed by Volvo Cars and Autoliv will soon bring autonomous driving technology to market. By Michael Nash The post Volvo Cars enters another partnership to ‘transform road safety’ appeared first on Automotive World.
Motley Fool  Sep 6  Comment 
The two Swedish companies announced that they are forming a joint venture to bring a self-driving solution to market by 2021. Here's why.
Automotive World  Aug 15  Comment 
The Board of Directors of the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIVsdb), today declared a quarterly dividend of 58 cents per share for the fourth quarter of 2016. The dividend will be payable on...
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Forbes  Aug 12  Comment 
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 8/16/16, Columbia Sportswear Co. (NASD: COLM), Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV), and Thomson Reuters Corp (NYSE: TRI) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends....
Motley Fool  Jul 22  Comment 
The auto safety product maker’s self-driving technologies are starting to take center stage.
Benzinga  Jul 22  Comment 
Autoliv AB (NYSE: ALV) announced 8.6 percent growth in profit for the second quarter helped by 12.5 percent sales uptick. Though adjusted earnings came in above the Street analysts' estimations, revenue fell short of their predictions. The company...
Automotive World  Jul 22  Comment 
For the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIV.Sdb) – the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems – reported consolidated sales of $2,579 million. Quarterly organic sales* grew by 7.7%. The...


Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) manufactures protection systems for automobiles, with a product portfolio consisting primarily of safety airbags, seat belts, and steering wheels.[1] Autoliv sells its products to automobile manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company (F), Nissan Motor (NSANY), General Motors (GM), and Volkswagen (VLKAY).[2]

Autoliv is the largest airbag and seat belt producer with 33% of the world market. Despite Autoliv's large size, it is heavily exposed to a few customers as sales to the company's five largest customers comprise nearly 60% of Autoliv's revenues.[3]

Business Overview

Business & Financial Metrics[4]

In 2009, ALV generated a net income of $10 million on revenues of $5.12 billion. This represents a 93.9% decrease in net income and a 20.9% decrease in revenues from 2008, when the company earned $165 million on $6.47 in revenues.

Business Segments

Autoliv's main products are airbags and seat belts, but the company also makes related automobile safety products, including night vision systems, steering wheels, and electronic control systems.[5] The company operates through a single reportable operating segment.[6]

Airbags and Associated Products

Airbags and Associated Products manufactures airbags and related products, such as airbag inflators and modules that control when the airbags deploy.[7] Autoliv's airbags include innovations such as the "Safety-Vent Airbag" which changes size and shape based on the weight and build of the driver or passenger it is protecting. Due to new federal laws in the U.S. requiring that all passenger vehicles in the United States have side curtain airbags by 2012, Autoliv said it expects side curtain airbags to be this segment's strongest growth driver.[8]

Seat Belts and Associated Products

In addition to seat belts, the Seat Belts and Associated Products segment makes related components like pretensioners, which tighten the seat belt right before a crash to help prevent injury, and load limiters, which loosen seat belt tension in a controlled way to decrease pressure on the occupants chest.[9]

Key Trends and Forces

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Exchange rates affect ALV's revenues

Because Autoliv reports its revenue in U.S. dollars but does 75% of its business outside of North America, its revenue is highly exposed to fluctuations in exchange rates. When foreign currencies depreciate, the dollar value of Autoliv's international revenues decreases. On the other hand, when the value of the dollar decreases (foreign currencies appreciate), the dollar value of Autoliv's international revenues increases.

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  1. ALV 2007 10-K Exhibit 13: Note 19 to Consolidated Financial Statements
  2. ALV 2007 10-K Exhibit 13: Note 19 to Consolidated Financial Statements
  3. ALV 10-K Risk Factors: Our business could be materially and adversely affected if we lost any of our largest customers
  4. ALV 2009 10-K Ex-13  
  5. ALV 2007 10-K Item 1 Business: Business
  6. ALV 2009 10-K  
  7. ALV 2007 10-K Item 1 Business: General
  8. ALV 2007 Annual Report: Technology, pg 18
  9. ALV 2007 Annual Report: Autoliv-Driven for Life, pg 3
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