Wabtec Reports Results For 2Q, Updates Guidance

WILMERDING, PA, July 25, 2017 – Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) today reported results for the second quarter and updated its financial guidance for 2017. 
 
2017 Second Quarter

  • Sales were $932 million, a 29 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter, as higher sales in the Transit Group more than offset lower sales in the Freight Group.  Transit sales increased due to the Faiveley Transport acquisition.  Freight sales were affected mainly by lower revenues from freight car and locomotive components, and a slower-than-expected ramp-up of certain projects.  Changes in foreign exchange rates reduced sales by $15 million compared to the year-ago quarter.
  • Income from operations was $114 million, or 12.2 percent of sales, including restructuring and transaction expenses of $9 million related to the Faiveley integration and ongoing cost-reduction activities.  Excluding these expenses, the company’s operating margin was 13.2 percent, similar to its adjusted operating margin in the first quarter of this year.
  • Net interest and other expense was $17 million, reflecting a higher debt balance due mainly to the Faiveley acquisition and a non-cash foreign exchange loss.  Net interest expense included a $2 million benefit related to the prepayment of debt assumed in the Faiveley acquisition.
  • Income tax expense was $25 million, with an effective tax rate of 25.4 percent. 
  • Earnings per diluted share were 75 cents.  The net effect of the restructuring and transaction expenses and the interest expense benefit reduced earnings per diluted share by 5 cents.
  • At June 30, the company had cash of $329 million and debt of $2 billion.  
  • During the quarter, the company’s total, multi-year backlog increased 10 percent compared to the first quarter, to a record $4.5 billion.  New orders included more than $350 million for Transit projects in Europe and Australia, and more than $60 million for train control and signaling projects with the Belt Railway Co. in Chicago and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.
  • Also during the quarter, Wabtec acquired Thermal Transfer, a manufacturer of heat exchangers for industrial markets, with sales of about $25 million; and Semvac, a manufacturer of sanitation systems for locomotives and transit vehicles, with sales of about $15 million.

 
2017 Full Year
Compared to the first two quarters of the year, Wabtec expects modest improvement in its third quarter results and a stronger fourth quarter with an adjusted operating margin target in the fourth quarter of about 15 percent.  For the full year, based on the revised timing of sales and projects already in backlog, market conditions rebounding slower than expected, and the expected ramp-up of synergies from the Faiveley integration, Wabtec updated its guidance as follows:  Sales are now expected to be about $3.85 billion and adjusted earnings per diluted share is expected to be between $3.55 and $3.70 excluding expected restructuring and transaction expenses, and non-controlling interest related to the Faiveley acquisition. 
 
Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec’s president and chief executive officer, said:  “We remain confident in our future growth opportunities, even as we manage aggressively through our short-term challenges.  In transit, we have a record and growing backlog, with significant projects in all major markets around the world, and we are making meaningful progress in the Faiveley integration, with margins improving during the year.  In freight, our backlog has now increased for three consecutive quarters, and demand appears to be stable in our key markets.  Finally, we continue to invest in our balanced growth strategies, including new products and acquisitions, around the world.”
 
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.