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Wabtec Reports Results For 3Q, Updates Guidance

WILMERDING, Pa., Oct. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wabtec Corporation (NYSE:WAB) today reported results for the third quarter and updated its financial guidance for 2017.

2017 Third Quarter Consolidated Results

  • Sales were $958 million, a 42 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter, as sales from acquisitions, mainly in the Transit Group, more than offset slightly lower organic sales. Changes in foreign exchange rates increased sales by $7 million compared to the year-ago quarter.
  • Income from operations was $102 million including expenses of $20 million for contract adjustments and $6 million for restructuring and integration actions. Excluding these expenses, the company’s operating margin was 13.4 percent, slightly better than its adjusted operating margin in the first half of the year.
  • Net interest expense was $18 million, reflecting a higher debt balance due mainly to the Faiveley Transport acquisition in late 2016.
  • Other expense was $2.9 million, mainly due to a non-cash foreign exchange loss.
  • Income tax expense was $13 million including a benefit of $10 million related to adjustments of foreign deferred tax liabilities. Excluding the tax benefit, the effective tax rate was 28 percent.
  • Earnings per diluted share were 70 cents including expenses of 18 cents per diluted share for the contract adjustments and restructuring and integration actions. Excluding these items, adjusted earnings per diluted share were 88 cents.

2017 Third Quarter Segment Results

  • In the Transit segment, sales increased 97 percent and income from operations decreased 7 percent compared to the year-ago third quarter. Transit sales increased by $304 million, primarily due to sales from acquisitions of $290 million. Changes in foreign exchange rates increased sales by $5 million. Income from operations included expenses for contract adjustments and restructuring and integration of $18 million. Excluding these expenses, adjusted income from operations increased 29 percent, with an operating margin of 10.7 percent.
  • In the Freight segment, sales decreased 6 percent and income from operations decreased 21 percent. Freight sales decreased by $22 million, primarily due to lower sales from original equipment rail products. Acquisitions increased sales by $41 million and changes in foreign exchange rates increased sales by $2 million. Income from operations included expenses for contract adjustments and restructuring and integration of $7 million. Excluding these expenses, adjusted income from operations decreased 12 percent, with an operating margin of 20.2 percent.

Cash Flow Summary

  • Cash from operations was $40 million for the third quarter. For the first nine months of 2017, cash from operations decreased compared to the same period of 2016 mainly due to an increase in working capital.
  • At Sept. 30, the company had cash of $228 million and debt of $1.9 billion. Total debt was 6 percent lower than at the end of the second quarter.

Backlog and Other Information

  • During the quarter, the company’s total, multi-year backlog increased 2 percent compared to the second quarter, to a record $4.5 billion. The company’s 12-month backlog, a subset of the total, increased 5 percent to a record $2.2 billion. Recent new orders include projects in all major markets around the world and in all major product categories, including contracts worth more $100 million to supply a variety of components and systems for the new generation of double deck trains for Paris.
  • Following the end of the quarter, Wabtec acquired AM General Contractor, a manufacturer of fire protection and extinguishing systems, mainly for transit rail cars. Based in Europe, AM has annual sales of about $25 million.

2017 Guidance Update
Based on its year-to-date results and fourth quarter forecast, Wabtec expects revenues for the year to be about $3.8 billion and earnings per diluted share to be between $3.45-$3.50 excluding expenses for restructuring, integration and contract adjustments. The company’s adjusted operating margin target in the fourth quarter is about 15 percent.

Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec’s president and chief executive officer, said: “Excluding the contract adjustments and restructuring and integration expenses, our third quarter results were in line with our expectations. Although we have faced challenging market conditions this year, we have also seen many positive developments, too. During the third quarter our transit business once again grew its record backlog, winning orders throughout our major geographic markets and product categories. Our freight revenues and backlog have remained mostly flat for the past four quarters, indicating a level of stability, and we are seeing a slight pick-up in the aftermarket. We expect a strong finish to the year based on our existing backlog and increasing synergies.

“In addition, we have continued to make meaningful progress in the Faiveley integration, combining the best technologies, processes and practices from each company, less than one year after completing the acquisition. Last week, we presented to our Board of Directors our first strategic plan with Faiveley as part of Wabtec, and it was received enthusiastically. Based on this plan, we’re excited about our worldwide growth opportunities and our ability to drive margin improvement through the application of lean principles and the Wabtec Excellence Program.”

Wabtec Corporation (www.wabtec.com) is a leading global provider of equipment, systems and value-added services for transit and freight rail. Through its subsidiaries, the company manufactures a range of products for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles. The company also builds new switcher and commuter locomotives, and provides aftermarket services. The company has facilities located throughout the world.

This release contains forward-looking statements, such as statements regarding the company’s expectations about future sales and 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 the expected timing of projects; 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 via webcast, go to www.wabtec.com and click on “Webcasts” in the “Investor Relations” section.

WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 AND 2016
(AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
(UNAUDITED)
Third Third For the For the
Quarter Quarter Nine Months Nine Months
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net sales $957,931 $675,574 $2,806,218 $2,171,206
Cost of sales (704,728) (463,093) (2,009,345) (1,466,156)
Gross profit 253,203 212,481 796,873 705,050
Gross profit as a % of Net Sales 26.4% 31.5% 28.4% 32.5%
Selling, general and administrative expenses (117,838) (70,757) (367,753) (241,118)
Engineering expenses (24,709) (16,289) (71,511) (52,271)
Amortization expense (8,645) (5,339) (27,039) (16,100)
Total operating expenses (151,192) (92,385) (466,303) (309,489)
Operating expenses as a % of Net Sales 15.8% 13.7% 16.6% 14.3%
Income from operations 102,011 120,096 330,570 395,561
Income from operations as a % of Net Sales 10.6% 17.8% 11.8% 18.2%
Interest expense, net (17,893) (6,057) (51,025) (15,897)
Other (expense) income, net (2,933) 1,188 (2,166) 113
Income from operations before income taxes 81,185 115,227 277,379 379,777
Income tax expense (12,746) (32,799) (64,776) (112,701)
Effective tax rate 15.7% 28.5% 23.4% 29.7%
Net Income 68,439 82,428 212,603 267,076
Less: Net (Gain) Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (1,040) - 710 -
Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders $67,399 $82,428 $213,313 $267,076
Earnings Per Common Share
Basic
Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders $0.70 $0.92 $2.23 $2.94
Diluted
Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders $0.70 $0.91 $2.22 $2.92
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 95,709 89,589 95,163 90,546
Diluted 96,316 90,293 95,807 91,316
Segment Information
Freight Net Sales $ 340,185 $ 361,998 $ 1,032,959 $ 1,201,734
Freight Income from Operations $ 61,596 $ 77,999 $ 196,328 $ 276,990
Freight Operating Margin 18.1% 21.5% 19.0% 23.0%
Transit Net Sales $ 617,746 $ 313,576 $ 1,773,259 $ 969,472
Transit Income from Operations $ 47,531 $ 51,164 $ 155,901 $ 148,321
Transit Operating Margin 7.7% 16.3% 8.8% 15.3%
Backlog Information (Note: 12-month is a sub-set of total) September 30, 2017 June 30, 2017
Freight Total $ 610,686 $ 611,174
Transit Total $ 3,920,280 $ 3,843,046
Wabtec Total $ 4,530,966 $ 4,454,220
Freight 12-Month $ 419,659 $ 413,231
Transit 12-Month $ 1,822,208 $ 1,729,153
Wabtec 12-Month $ 2,241,867 $ 2,142,384


WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Unaudited
September 30, 2017 December 31, 2016
In thousands
Cash and cash equivalents $228,080 $398,484
Receivables, net 1,144,339 942,508
Inventories 764,781 658,510
Current assets - other 139,925 868,129
Total current assets 2,277,125 2,867,631
Property, plant and equipment, net 550,367 518,376
Goodwill 2,384,758 2,078,765
Other intangibles, net 1,140,387 1,053,860
Other long term assets 97,013 62,386
Total assets $6,449,650 $6,581,018
Current liabilities $1,465,440 $1,446,639
Long-term debt 1,824,156 1,762,967
Long-term liabilities - other 423,685 394,587
Total liabilities 3,713,281 3,604,193
Shareholders' equity 2,717,702 2,205,977
Non-controlling interest 18,667 770,848
Total shareholders' equity $2,736,369 $2,976,825
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $6,449,650 $6,581,018


WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Unaudited
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2017 2016
In thousands
Net cash provided by operating activities $26,511 $246,893
Net cash used in investing activities (149,824) (115,891)
Net cash used in financing activities (70,049) (112,336)
Effect of changes in currency exchange rates 22,958 5,525
(Decrease) increase in cash (170,404) 24,191
Cash, beginning of period 398,484 226,191
Cash, end of period $228,080 $250,382


Set forth below is the calculation of the non-GAAP performance measures included in this press release. We believe that these measures provide useful
supplemental information to assess our operating performance and to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Non-GAAP financial measures should be
viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, Wabtec's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Reconciliation of Reported Results to Adjusted Results
(in millions)Third Quarter 2017
Gross Operating Income from Interest & Minority Wabtec
Profit Expenses Operations Other Exp Tax Interest Net Income EPS
Reported Results $ 253.2 $ (151.2) $ 102.0 $ (20.8) $ (12.7) $ (1.0) $ 67.5 $ 0.70
Integration & Restructuring costs - 5.9 5.9 - (1.6) - 4.3 $ 0.04
Contract Adjustments 20.4 - 20.4 - (7.1) - 13.3 $ 0.14
Tax on Opening Balance Sheet Adjustments - - - - 0.5 - 0.5 $ 0.01
Adjusted Results $ 273.6 $ (145.3) $ 128.3 $ (20.8) $ (20.9) $ (1.0) $ 85.6 $ 0.88
Reconciliation of Reported Results to Adjusted Results
(in millions)Year-to-Date 2017
Gross Operating Income from Interest & Minority Wabtec
Profit Expenses Operations Other Exp Tax Interest Net Income EPS
Reported Results $ 796.9 $ (466.3) $ 330.6 $ (53.2) $ (64.8) $ 0.7 $ 213.3 $ 2.22
One-Time Costs Related to Inventory Step-up 3.4 - 3.4 - (0.9) - 2.5 $ 0.03
Integration & Restructuring costs - 20.4 20.4 (2.2) (4.9) - 13.2 $ 0.14
Tax on Opening Balance Sheet Adjustments - - - - 3.0 - 3.0 $ 0.03
Contract Adjustments 20.4 - 20.4 - (7.1) - 13.3 $ 0.14
Minority Interest Adjustment - - - - (1.9) (1.9) $ (0.02)
Adjusted Results $ 820.7 $ (445.9) $ 374.8 $ (55.4) $ (74.7) $ (1.2) $ 243.3 $ 2.52


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

Source:Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation