Adient Feels the Sting of CEO Departure

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Adient PLC (NYSE: ADNT) was one of Monday morning’s worst performing stocks, after it was announced that its Chairman and CEO would be stepping down effective immediately. Also the company issued a revised outlook for the 2018 full year that was not up to par.

The firm’s Chairman and CEO Bruce McDonald will be stepping down from these roles effective immediately. However he will remain as an advisor to the CEO until September 30, 2018.

In his stead, the Board of Directors has appointed Frederick Henderson interim CEO and John M. Barth, Adient’s current Lead Director, interim Chairman of Adient’s Board.

Barth commented:

Bruce McDonald made significant contributions during the formation of Adient plc to ensure a successful spin-off. Bruce and the Board agree that now is the right time for a new leader with a fresh perspective to drive value in the next phase of Adient’s life as a public company. Fritz brings the right leadership skills and operational experience to step in and immediately accelerate our transformation, providing the time to conduct an expeditious and thoughtful search for a new CEO.

As for the 2018 full year guidance, the company expects to see adjusted EBITDA to now be $1.25 billion and revenues of approximately $17.5 billion. There are consensus estimates calling for $7.40 in EPS and $17.14 billion in revenue for the full year.

Shares of Adient were last seen down over 16% at $47.53, with a consensus analyst price target of $62.58 and a 52-week range of $47.03 to $86.42.