Wabtec Reports Record Quarterly Sales and Earnings; 2Q EPS of 91 Cents, Up 18 Percent; Increases Full-Year EPS Guidance

WILMERDING, Pa., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) today reported record results for the 2014 second quarter, including the following:

  • Second quarter sales were a record $731 million, 15 percent higher than the year-ago quarter, due to strong growth in both the Freight and Transit segments.
  • Income from operations was a record $132 million, or 18.1 percent of sales, compared to
    17.6 percent in the year-ago quarter.
  • Earnings per diluted share were a record 91 cents, which was 18 percent higher than the
    year-ago quarter.
  • Cash flow from operations in the quarter was $111 million, or 15 percent of sales.  At
    June 30, 2014, the company had cash of $226 million and debt of $501 million.  During the quarter, the company repurchased 194,700 shares of company stock for $14 million.

Based on Wabtec's first half results and outlook for the rest of the year, the company increased its 2014 guidance for earnings per diluted share to about $3.52, with revenues expected to be up about
15 percent for the year.

Albert J. Neupaver, Wabtec's executive chairman, said:  "The company had a strong operating quarter, with record sales, earnings and margins, as we continued to execute our growth strategies and internal improvement initiatives.  We are optimistic about our future growth prospects, given the diversity of our business model, strong global investment in transportation and infrastructure projects, and the power of our Wabtec Performance System to drive efficiency and cost reductions."

Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec's president and chief executive officer, said:  "During the quarter we also completed the acquisition of Fandstan Electric Group, a leading manufacturer of pantographs and other products for rail and tram transportation, and industrial and energy markets.  Fandstan Electric fits all of our strategic growth initiatives, and our integration efforts are already well underway."

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; 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, 2014 AND 2013

(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

(UNAUDITED)














Second

Second


For the

For the


Quarter

Quarter


Six Months

Six Months


2014

2013


2014

2013







Net sales

$     731,068

$     638,002


$   1,426,317

$   1,253,512

Cost of sales

(506,410)

(445,121)


(992,090)

(877,743)

  Gross profit

224,658

192,881


434,227

375,769

   Gross profit as a % of Net Sales

30.7%

30.2%


30.4%

30.0%







Selling, general and administrative expenses

(72,982)

(63,874)


(143,063)

(128,174)

Engineering expenses

(14,221)

(11,280)


(27,167)

(22,614)

Amortization expense

(5,132)

(5,173)


(9,828)

(8,760)

  Total operating expenses

(92,335)

(80,327)


(180,058)

(159,548)

   Operating expenses as a % of Net Sales

12.6%

12.6%


12.6%

12.7%







     Income from operations

132,323

112,554


254,169

216,221

      Income from operations as a % of Net Sales

18.1%

17.6%


17.8%

17.2%







Interest (expense) income, net

(4,525)

(3,271)


(8,975)

(6,885)

Other income (expense), net

243

406


226

(175)

     Income from operations before income taxes 

128,041

109,689


245,420

209,161







Income tax expense

(39,336)

(35,051)


(76,581)

(64,910)

      Effective tax rate

30.7%

32.0%


31.2%

31.0%







     Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders

$       88,705

$       74,638


$     168,839

$     144,251







Earnings Per Common Share






Basic






     Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders

$           0.92

$           0.78


$           1.76

$           1.51







Diluted






     Net income attributable to Wabtec shareholders

$           0.91

$           0.77


$           1.74

$           1.49







Weighted average shares outstanding






       Basic

96,048

95,762


95,674

95,243

       Diluted

97,058

97,102


96,827

96,606







Sales by Segment






Freight Group

$     411,502

$     354,857


$     797,008

$     668,536

Transit Group

319,566

283,145


$     629,309

$     584,976

          Total

$     731,068

$     638,002


$   1,426,317

$   1,253,512

 

 

SOURCE Wabtec Corporation



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