Wabtec Reports 3Q EPS of $1.02, Up 10 Percent, and Cash Flow From Operations of $144 Million; Affirms Full-Year Earnings Guidance

WILMERDING, Pa., Oct. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wabtec Corporation (NYSE:WAB) today reported results for the 2015 third quarter, including the following:

  • Third quarter sales were $810 million, 2 percent higher than the year-ago quarter, due to growth in the Freight Group. Changes in foreign exchange rates reduced sales by about $39 million compared to the year-ago quarter.
  • Income from operations was $152 million, or a record 18.8 percent of sales, compared to
    17.1 percent in the year-ago quarter.
  • Earnings per diluted share were $1.02, 10 percent higher than the year-ago quarter. Changes in foreign exchange rates reduced earnings per diluted share by about 5 cents compared to the year-ago quarter, and the company also had expenses of about 2 cents per diluted share related to the planned acquisition of Faiveley Transport.
  • Cash flow from operations was $144 million. At Sept. 30, 2015, Wabtec had cash of $208 million and debt of $451 million. During the quarter, the company repurchased 237,027 shares for $22 million, and it has about $151 million remaining under the current repurchase authorization.

Based on Wabtec’s year-to-date results and outlook for the rest of the year, the company affirmed its 2015 earnings guidance for earnings per diluted share of about $4.10, with revenue growth expected to be about 9 percent for the year.

Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec’s president and chief executive officer, said: “Driven by the performance of our Freight Group, we had another solid operating quarter. We expect to finish the year with a good fourth quarter, even though global economic conditions remain sluggish, due mainly to the effects of lower commodities prices. In this environment, we continue to execute our growth strategies and internal cost improvement initiatives through the Wabtec Performance System. As previously announced, we are also making progress toward completing the acquisition of Faiveley Transport, which we believe will strengthen our position in the global transit business and enhance our future growth opportunities.”

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.

ThirdThird For theFor the
QuarterQuarter Nine MonthsNine Months
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net sales$809,527 $797,271 $2,475,149 $2,223,588
Cost of sales (552,458) (549,813) (1,694,961) (1,541,903)
Gross profit 257,069 247,458 780,188 681,685
Gross profit as a % of Net Sales 31.8% 31.0% 31.5% 30.7%
Selling, general and administrative expenses (82,206) (88,359) (255,969) (231,422)
Engineering expenses (17,239) (16,391) (51,852) (43,558)
Amortization expense (5,546) (6,731) (16,009) (16,559)
Total operating expenses (104,991) (111,481) (323,830) (291,539)
Operating expenses as a % of Net Sales 13.0% 14.0% 13.1% 13.1%
Income from operations 152,078 135,977 456,358 390,146
Income from operations as a % of Net Sales 18.8% 17.1% 18.4% 17.5%
Interest expense, net (4,351) (4,594) (12,698) (13,569)
Other (expense) income, net (2,937) (154) (7,690) 72
Income from operations before income taxes 144,790 131,229 435,970 376,649
Income tax expense (45,609) (41,074) (139,121) (117,655)
Effective tax rate 31.5% 31.3% 31.9% 31.2%
Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders$99,181 $90,155 $296,849 $258,994
Earnings Per Common Share
Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders$1.03 $0.94 $3.08 $2.69
Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders$1.02 $0.93 $3.05 $2.67
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 96,369 95,935 96,135 95,745
Diluted 97,368 97,004 97,162 96,834
Sales by Segment
Freight Group$507,173 $453,329 $1,553,734 $1,250,337
Transit Group 302,354 343,942 921,415 973,251
Total$809,527 $797,271 $2,475,149 $2,223,588

Tim Wesley Phone: 412.825.1543 E-mail: twesley@wabtec.com Website: www.wabtec.com

Source:Wabtec Corporation