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Stoneridge Income Jumps On Tax Benefit

NOVI — Stoneridge Inc., the Novi-based manufacturer of electronics for the automotive and other transportation markets, reported net income of $48.4 million or $1.70 a share in the fourth quarter, up from $6.1 million or 22 cents a share in the same quarter of 2015.

Revenue was $172.6 million, up from $154.6 million a year earlier.

For the full year, net income was $77.5 million or $2.74 a share, up from $22.8 million or 82 cents a share a year earlier. Revenue was $696 million, up from $644.8 million a year earlier.

The company also issued an “adjusted earnings” figure removing the benefits of deferred tax assets in 2016. Without that benefit, net income for the fourth quarter was $9.6 million or 34 cents a share for the fourth quarter of 2016, and $40.2 million or $1.42 a share for the full year.

The company said it expected 2017 sales of between $705 milion and $730 million, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of 10 to 11.5 percent of sales. The earnings per share guidance for 2017 was $1 to $1.15 a share.

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Stoneridge was founded in 1965 in Warren, Ohio as a contract manufacturer for the auto industry. It went public in 1997 and moved its headquarters to Novi in 2016.

New auto wiring diagnostic from Clinton Twp. Firm

CLINTON TWP. — Tweddle Group has introduced a new automotive wiring diagnostic system, Tracer.

The company says today’s automotive wiring diagrams are incredibly complex. Consequently, automakers and dealerships lose significant revenue to the investigation of Diagnostic Trouble Codes. These issues also create costly repairs during end-of-line testing, when vehicles must be taken offline just before shipping and held in repair areas within the manufacturing plant. Current testing systems can spot an issue with a vehicle, but can’t isolate root cause and can’t help the technician find the issue in a visual, specific area of the vehicle. Vehicles are often unnecessarily dismantled. Days may be wasted and cumulative repair costs can be massive.

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