Wabtec Reports Record Quarterly Sales and Earnings; 2Q EPS of $1.04, Up 14 Percent; Affirms Full-Year EPS Guidance

WILMERDING, Pa., July 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wabtec Corporation (NYSE:WAB) today reported record results for the 2015 second quarter, including the following:

  • Second quarter sales were a record $847 million, 16 percent higher than the year-ago quarter, due to strong growth in the Freight segment.
  • Income from operations was a record $156 million, or 18.4 percent of sales, compared to 18.1 percent in the year-ago quarter.
  • Earnings per diluted share were a record $1.04, which was 14 percent higher than the year-ago quarter.
  • Cash flow from operations in the quarter was $67 million. At June 30, 2015, the company had cash of $265 million and debt of $400 million.

Based on Wabtec’s first half results and outlook for the rest of the year, the company affirmed its 2015 guidance for earnings per diluted share of about $4.10, with revenues expected to be up about
10 percent for the year.

Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec’s president and chief executive officer, said: “We had another strong operating quarter, with record sales, earnings and margins, driven by the performance of our Freight Group. We continue to execute our growth strategies and internal improvement initiatives, and we’re optimistic about our future growth prospects, thanks to the diversity of our business model, continued global investment in transportation projects, and the power of our Wabtec Performance System.”

Wabtec Corporation (www.wabtec.com) is a global provider of value-added, technology-based products and services for rail and other industrial markets.

This release contains forward-looking statements, such as statements regarding the company’s expectations about future earnings. Actual results could differ materially from the results suggested in any forward-looking statement. Factors that could cause or contribute to these material differences include, but are not limited to, an economic slowdown in the markets we serve; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; a decrease in freight or passenger rail traffic; an increase in manufacturing costs; and other factors contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company assumes no obligation to update these statements or advise of changes in the assumptions on which they are based.

Wabtec will host a call with analysts and investors at 10 a.m., eastern time, today. To listen, go to www.wabtec.com and click on the “Webcasts” tab in the “Investor Relations” section.


WABTEC CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2015 AND 2014
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
(UNAUDITED)
SecondSecond For theFor the
QuarterQuarter Six MonthsSix Months
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net sales $ 847,028 $ 731,068 $ 1,665,622 $ 1,426,317
Cost of sales (579,264) (506,410) (1,142,503) (992,090)
Gross profit 267,764 224,658 523,119 434,227
Gross profit as a % of Net Sales 31.6% 30.7% 31.4% 30.4%
Selling, general and administrative expenses (88,992) (72,982) (173,763) (143,063)
Engineering expenses (17,750) (14,221) (34,613) (27,167)
Amortization expense (5,162) (5,132) (10,463) (9,828)
Total operating expenses (111,904) (92,335) (218,839) (180,058)
Operating expenses as a % of Net Sales 13.2% 12.6% 13.1% 12.6%
Income from operations 155,860 132,323 304,280 254,169
Income from operations as a % of Net Sales 18.4% 18.1% 18.3% 17.8%
Interest expense, net (4,041) (4,525) (8,347) (8,975)
Other (expense) income, net (1,887) 243 (4,753) 226
Income from operations before income taxes 149,932 128,041 291,180 245,420
Income tax expense (48,428) (39,336) (93,512) (76,581)
Effective tax rate 32.3% 30.7% 32.1% 31.2%
Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders $ 101,504 $ 88,705 $ 197,668 $ 168,839
Earnings Per Common Share
Basic
Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders $ 1.05 $ 0.92 $ 2.05 $ 1.76
Diluted
Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders $ 1.04 $ 0.91 $ 2.03 $ 1.74
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 96,338 96,048 96,066 95,674
Diluted 97,435 97,058 97,112 96,827
Sales by Segment
Freight Group $ 534,674 $ 411,502 $ 1,046,561 $ 797,008
Transit Group 312,354 319,566 619,061 629,309
Total $ 847,028 $ 731,068 $ 1,665,622 $ 1,426,317



Tim Wesley Phone: 412.825.1543 E-mail: twesley@wabtec.com Website: www.wabtec.com Wabtec Corporation 1001 Air Brake Avenue Wilmerding, PA 15148

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