FreightCar America swung to Q3 earnings of US$4.8M from loss of US$2.4M a year ago as revenue rose 23% to US$160.6M; CEO calls results 'solid' despite challenging economic conditions, poor coal demand

CHICAGO , November 1, 2012 (press release) – Highlights

  • Revenues of $160.6 million, net income of $4.8 million and earnings per share of $0.40 exceeding prior year results but down on a sequential basis
  • Facility enhancements to manufacture diversified railcar offerings near completion
  • Coal car demand remained under pressure as a result of low natural gas prices, high coal inventories and reduced industrial activity
  • Company maintains strong financial position with $144.2 million in cash and no debt
FreightCar America, Inc. (RAIL) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, with revenues of $160.6 million and net income of $4.8 million, or $0.40 per diluted share. For the same quarter in 2011, the Company reported revenues of $130.1 million and net loss of $2.4 million, or $(0.20) per diluted share. Revenues were $181.2 million and net income was $5.6 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the second quarter of this year.

“I am pleased to report solid results for the third quarter despite challenging macroeconomic conditions and lackluster coal car demand,” said Ed Whalen, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While an uncertain economic outlook persists, we remain focused on maintaining efficient operations while undertaking investments to further diversify our railcar product and service offerings. Coal car replacement needs remain, but continued softness in coal demand will likely depress new coal car orders in the near term.”

The Company delivered 1,618 railcars to customers in the third quarter of 2012, of which 998 were new cars and 620 were rebuilt cars, in line with our previously stated reduced expectations for the second half of 2012. This compares to 1,515 railcars delivered in the third quarter of 2011 and 2,786 railcars delivered in the second quarter of 2012. In addition, the Company sold 240 leased railcars in the third quarter of 2012 with proceeds from those sales included in revenues. There were 225 units ordered in the third quarter of 2012. This compares to 2,840 units ordered in the third quarter of 2011 and 961 units ordered in the second quarter of 2012. Total manufacturing backlog was 3,716 units at September 30, 2012 compared to 6,311 units at September 30, 2011 and 5,109 units at June 30, 2012.

The Manufacturing segment had revenues of $152.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $122.2 million for the third quarter of 2011 and $171.8 million in the second quarter of 2012. Operating income for the Manufacturing segment was $13.9 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $6.9 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $15.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Revenues for the Services segment were $8.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $7.9 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $9.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. Services segment operating income was $0.6 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2012. Results for the Services segment reflect a less favorable mix versus the prior quarter and same quarter last year.

Corporate costs were $6.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 compared to $6.2 million in the same quarter of 2011 and flat with the second quarter of 2012.

The Company’s effective tax rate was 39.2% in the first nine months ended September 30, 2012. The effective tax rate was 12.3% in the first nine months of 2011.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of September 30, 2012 were $144.2 million, compared to $124.4 million as of June 30, 2012. The increase in cash is primarily due to reduction in inventories partially offset by an increase in receivables and decrease in payables. The Company’s $30.0 million revolving credit facility remains undrawn.

Railcars under lease totaled $51.0 million at the end of the third quarter of 2012 compared to $67.1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2012.

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) to discuss the Company’s third quarter 2012 financial results. To participate in the conference call, please dial (800) 288-8967, Confirmation Number 268906. Interested parties are asked to dial in approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call. The live audio-only webcast can be accessed at:

Event URL: https://im.csgsystems.com/cgi-bin/confCast
Conference ID#: 268906

If you need technical assistance, call the toll-free AT&T Conference Casting Support Help Line at 1-888-793-6118. Please note that the webcast is listen-only and webcast participants will not be able to participate in the question and answer portion of the conference call. An audio replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on November 1, 2012 until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on December 1, 2012. To access the replay, please dial (800) 475-6701. The replay pass code is 268906. An audio replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website within two days following the earnings call.

FreightCar America, Inc. manufactures railroad freight cars, supplies railcar parts, leases freight cars through its JAIX Leasing Company subsidiary, and provides railcar maintenance, repairs and management through its FreightCar Rail Services, LLC subsidiary. FreightCar America designs and builds coal cars, bulk commodity cars, flat cars, mill gondola cars, intermodal cars, coil steel cars and motor vehicle carriers. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has facilities in the following locations: Clinton, Indiana, Danville, Illinois, Lakewood, Colorado, Grand Island, Nebraska, Hastings, Nebraska, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Roanoke, Virginia. More information about FreightCar America is available on its website at www.freightcaramerica.com.

This press release may contain statements relating to our expected financial performance and/or future business prospects, events and plans that are “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Our actual results may differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by our forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties. These potential risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the cyclical nature of our business; adverse economic and market conditions; fluctuating costs of raw materials, including steel and aluminum, and delays in the delivery of raw materials; our ability to maintain relationships with our suppliers of railcar components; our reliance upon a small number of customers that represent a large percentage of our sales; the variable purchase patterns of our customers and the timing of completion, delivery and customer acceptance of orders; the highly competitive nature of our industry; the risk of lack of acceptance of our new railcar offerings by our customers; and the additional risk factors described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We expressly disclaim any duty to provide updates to any forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
         
    September 30,   December 31,
    2012   2011
    (In thousands)
Assets        
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 128,672     $ 101,870  
Restricted cash     15,530       1,815  
Accounts receivable, net     14,385       10,125  
Inventories, net     56,546       72,877  
Inventory on lease     7,248        
Other current assets     4,553       2,618  
Deferred income taxes, net     10,982       10,982  
Total current assets     237,916       200,287  
         
Property, plant and equipment, net     38,710       35,984  
Railcars available for lease, net     43,739       54,746  
Goodwill     22,128       22,128  
Deferred income taxes, net     17,031       28,150  
Other long-term assets     3,832       4,168  
Total assets   $ 363,356     $ 345,463  
         
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
       
Current liabilities        
Account and contractual payables   $ 29,350     $ 28,110  
Accrued payroll and employee benefits     5,986       5,611  
Accrued postretirement benefits     5,174       5,174  
Accrued warranty     7,710       7,795  
Customer deposits     15,791       17,964  
Other current liabilities     7,690       5,044  
Total current liabilities     71,701       69,698  
Accrued pension costs     11,721       14,202  
Accrued postretirement benefits, less current portion     58,483       59,887  
Accrued taxes and other long-term liabilities     4,340       4,342  
Total liabilities     146,245       148,129  
         
Stockholders’ equity        
Preferred stock            
Common stock     127       127  
Additional paid in capital     100,167       100,204  
Treasury stock, at cost     (34,506 )     (35,904 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (21,785 )     (22,302 )
Retained earnings     173,108       155,209  
Total stockholders’ equity     217,111       197,334  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 363,356     $ 345,463  
                 
FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
         
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2012   2011   2012   2011
    (In thousands, except share and per share data)
                 
Revenues   $ 160,598     $ 130,103     $ 560,870     $ 299,926  
Cost of sales     144,506       120,986       504,004       284,602  
Gross profit     16,092       9,117       56,866       15,324  
Selling, general and administrative expense     8,230       7,306       24,565       20,173  
Gain on sale of railcars available for lease     (14 )           (976 )     (975 )
Operating income (loss)     7,876       1,811       33,277       (3,874 )
                 
Interest expense, net     (99 )     (49 )     (285 )     (166 )
Income (loss) before income taxes     7,777       1,762       32,992       (4,040 )
Income tax provision (benefit)     3,020       4,211       12,938       (497 )
Net income (loss)     4,757       (2,449 )     20,054       (3,543 )
Less: Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interest in JV           (8 )           4  
Net income (loss) attributable to FreightCar America   $ 4,757     $ (2,441 )   $ 20,054     $ (3,547 )
                 
Net income (loss) per common share attributable to FreightCar America – basic   $ 0.40     $ (0.20 )   $ 1.68     $ (0.30 )
                 
Net income (loss) per common share attributable to FreightCar America – diluted   $ 0.40     $ (0.20 )   $ 1.67     $ (0.30 )
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic
    11,936,780       11,919,803       11,930,943       11,914,278  
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Diluted
    11,943,558       11,919,803       11,976,272       11,914,278  
                 
Dividends declared per common share   $ 0.06     $     $ 0.18     $  
                                 
FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Segment Data
(Unaudited)
         
 
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2012   2011   2012   2011
    (In thousands)
Revenues:                
Manufacturing   $ 152,486     $ 122,183     $ 534,706     $ 273,643  
Services     8,112       7,920       26,164       26,283  
Consolidated Total   $ 160,598     $ 130,103     $ 560,870     $ 299,926  
                 
Operating Income (Loss):                
Manufacturing   $ 13,880     $ 6,876     $ 51,746     $ 9,199  
Services     595       1,138       2,050       3,394  
Corporate     (6,599 )     (6,203 )     (20,519 )     (16,467 )
Consolidated Total   $ 7,876     $ 1,811     $ 33,277     $ (3,874 )
                                 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
     
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2012   2011
    (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net income (loss)   $ 20,054     $ (3,543 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash
flows provided by (used in) operating activities:
       
Depreciation and amortization     6,170       6,700  
Gain on sale of railcars available for lease     (976 )     (975 )
Other non-cash items     770       393  
Change in deferred income taxes     11,176       (664 )
Stock-based compensation expense recognized     1,409       1,652  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable     (4,260 )     (4,758 )
Inventories     16,199       (27,245 )
Inventory on lease     (7,248 )      
Other assets     (2,507 )     2,753  
Accounts and contractual payables     663       25,476  
Other changes in working capital     446       1,238  
Accrued pension costs and accrued postretirement benefits     (3,368 )     (5,065 )
Net cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities     38,528       (4,038 )
         
Cash flows from investing activities        
Restricted cash deposits     (15,525 )      
Restricted cash withdrawals     1,810       1,412  
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment and railcars available for lease     10,526      
7,761
 
Purchase price adjustment for business acquired           (166 )
Purchases of property, plant and equipment     (6,334 )     (801 )
Net cash flows (used in) provided by investing activities     (9,523 )     8,206  
         
Cash flows from financing activities        
Employee restricted stock settlement     (48 )     (73 )
Cash dividends paid to stockholders     (2,155 )      
Net cash flows used in financing activities     (2,203 )     (73 )
         
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     26,802       4,095  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     101,870       61,780  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 128,672     $ 65,875  

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