UPDATE 2-Canada's Magna expects total sales to rise 10-11 pct in 2016

Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:23pm EST
 
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(Recasts with focus on total sales; adds comments from CFO, analyst)

Jan 13 (Reuters) - Canada's Magna International Inc said Wednesday it expected total sales to rise an estimated 10 to 11 percent this year, helped by recent acquisitions including that of German transmission parts maker Getrag.

Magna said it expects total sales of between $34.6 billion and $36.3 billion in 2016, up from an estimated $31.3 billion to $32.6 billion in November 2015.

Magna Chief Financial Officer Vince Galifi said the company would be open to making future acquisitions, even as it expects Getrag to generate stronger sales for Magna through 2018, especially in Asia.

"We expect to continue to pursue M&A opportunities," he told analysts.

Galifi and Magna CEO Don Walker were speaking at the Deutsche Bank 2015 Global Auto Industry Conference in Detroit.

The Aurora, Ontario-based company, which also assembles vehicles under contract, said it expected capital spending of $1.8 billion to $2.0 billion in the year ahead, compared with an estimated $1.5 billion last year.

Magna said its operating margin was likely to be in the high 7-percent range.

The company had said in November it expected an operating margin of 7.7 percent in 2015.   Continued...