Press Release

FreightCar America, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

Company Release - 8/2/2017 5:00 PM ET


  • Second quarter revenue of $118.7 million on deliveries of 1,096 units
  • Second quarter net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share
  • Orders for 1,520 railcars received during the quarter, increasing backlog to 3,226 railcars valued at a total of approximately $293 million
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash of $138.3 million at June 30, 2017
  • Full year 2017 delivery range increased to between 4,300 and 4,500 railcars

CHICAGO, Aug. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAIL) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017, with a net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $0.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the same period last year.

“Although the second quarter was in line with the Company’s outlook, we are not satisfied with these results. Continued manufacturing inefficiencies, unfavorable operating leverage and the current competitive environment more than offset the cost savings achieved to date. We will accelerate our cost reduction efforts with a particular focus on reducing material costs and achieving manufacturing excellence as we move forward,” said Jim Meyer, the Company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Meyer concluded, “Based upon our current backlog and production schedule, we increased our full year 2017 delivery range to be between 4,300 and 4,500 railcars.”

Consolidated revenues were $118.7 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $126.2 million in the same quarter of 2016. The Company delivered 1,096 railcars in the second quarter of 2017, all of which were new railcars. In addition, 100 railcars previously on lease were sold to a third party in the second quarter of 2017. This compares to 1,372 railcars delivered in the second quarter of 2016, all of which were new railcars. Orders in the second quarter of 2017 totaled 1,520 new railcars. The Company had a diversified backlog totaling 3,226 railcars at June 30, 2017, valued at approximately $293 million.

Consolidated operating loss for the second quarter of 2017 was $0.9 million compared to an operating loss of $0.6 million for the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted operating loss, which excludes pre-tax restructuring and impairment charges consisting primarily of a non-cash write-down of certain manufacturing assets at our idled Danville manufacturing facility totaling $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2017, was $0.6 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared to $0.6 million for the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted operating income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of adjusted operating income (loss) to operating income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is provided in the attached supplemental disclosure.

Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities, restricted cash and restricted certificates of deposit increased $39.6 million since December 31, 2016 to $138.3 million as of June 30, 2017. The increase is attributable to the receipt of an $11.9 million income tax refund and reductions in working capital.

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) to discuss the Company’s second quarter 2017 financial results. To participate in the conference call, please dial (800) 230-1096, Confirmation Number 427475.  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:

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Conference ID#: 427475

If you need technical assistance, call the toll-free AT&T Conference Casting Support Help Line at (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 August 3, 2017 until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on September 3, 2017.  To access the replay, please dial (800) 475-6701.  The replay pass code is 427475.  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 a wide range of railroad freight cars, supplies railcar parts and leases freight cars through its JAIX Leasing Company subsidiary. FreightCar America designs and builds high-quality railcars, including coal cars, bulk commodity cars, covered hopper cars, intermodal and non-intermodal flat cars, mill gondola cars, coil steel cars and boxcars. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has facilities in the following locations: Cherokee, Alabama; Danville, Illinois; Grand Island, Nebraska; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Roanoke, Virginia; and Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. More information about FreightCar America is available on its website at

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 
 June 30,
 December 31, 
 2017 2016
 (In thousands)
Current assets  
Cash and cash equivalents$101,293 $92,750 
Restricted cash and restricted certificates of deposit 6,080  5,970 
Marketable securities 30,932   
Accounts receivable, net 15,433  25,207 
Inventories, net 74,092  97,904 
Income taxes receivable 603  13,283 
Other current assets 5,915  6,056 
Total current assets 234,348  241,170 
Property, plant and equipment, net 42,025  46,347 
Railcars available for lease, net 23,786  24,018 
Goodwill 21,521  21,521 
Deferred income taxes, net 5,052  4,221 
Other long-term assets 1,959  1,978 
Total assets$328,691 $339,255 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity  
Current liabilities  
Accounts and contractual payables$28,678 $34,536 
Accrued payroll and other employee costs 1,862  3,117 
Reserve for workers’ compensation 3,941  4,444 
Accrued warranty 7,973  8,324 
Customer deposits and deferred revenue 216  371 
Other current liabilities 3,421  3,343 
Total current liabilities 46,091  54,135 
Accrued pension costs 6,699  6,821 
Accrued postretirement benefits, less current portion 5,775  5,769 
Deferred income state and local incentives, long-term 10,271  11,380 
Accrued taxes and other long-term liabilities 4,574  4,236 
Total liabilities 73,410  82,341 
Stockholders’ equity  
Preferred stock    
Common stock 127  127 
Additional paid in capital 90,044  92,025 
Treasury stock, at cost (12,030) (14,583)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (8,108) (8,163)
Retained earnings 185,248  187,508 
Total stockholders’ equity 255,281  256,914 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$328,691 $339,255 

FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
 Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2017  2016   2017  2016 
 (In thousands, except for share and per share data)
Revenues$118,672 $126,157  $258,208 $274,747 
Cost of sales 113,344  118,080   242,990  250,783 
Gross profit 5,328  8,077   15,218  23,964 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,903  8,678   12,914  19,276 
Gain on settlement of postretirement benefit plan obligation, net of plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees        (14,306)
Restructuring and impairment charges 369     2,146   
Operating (loss) income (944) (601)  158  18,994 
Interest expense and deferred financing costs (30) (41)  (72) (86)
Other income 81  1   99  82 
Income before income taxes (893) (641)  185  18,990 
Income tax (benefit) provision (445) (173)  (5) 6,791 
Net income$(448)$(468)  190 $12,199 
Net (loss) income per common share – basic$(0.04)$(0.04) $0.02 $0.99 
Net (loss) income per common share – diluted$(0.04)$(0.04) $0.02 $0.99 
Weighted average common shares outstanding -     
basic 12,283,746  12,261,308   12,276,689  12,256,720 
Weighted average common shares outstanding -     
diluted 12,283,746  12,261,308   12,276,689  12,256,720 
Dividends declared per common share$0.09 $0.09  $0.18 $0.18 

FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Segment Data
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2017  2016   2017  2016
 (In thousands)
Manufacturing$116,067 $124,224  $253,807 $270,295
Corporate and Other 2,605  1,933   4,401  4,452
Consolidated revenues$118,672 $126,157  $258,208 $274,747
Operating income (loss):     
Manufacturing$2,328 $5,430  $9,577 $18,212
Corporate and Other (1) (3,272) (6,031)  (9,419) 782
Consolidated operating (loss) income$(944)$(601) $158 $18,994

(1) Results for the six months ended June 30, 2016 included a $14,306 gain on settlement of a postretirement benefit plan obligation, net of plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees.

FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 Six Months Ended
 June 30,
  2017  2016 
 (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities  
Net income$190 $12,199 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
flows provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 4,672  5,117 
Recognition of deferred income from state and local incentives (1,109) (1,064)
Gain on settlement of postretirement benefit plan obligation   (15,606)
Deferred income taxes (862) 16,904 
Stock-based compensation recognized 371  674 
Other non-cash items, net 548  731 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:  
Accounts receivable 8,364  23,178 
Inventories 23,388  (21,445)
Other assets 141  (6,659)
Accounts and contractual payables (5,772) 4,486 
Accrued payroll and employee benefits (1,255) (4,727)
Income taxes receivable/payable 12,712  (7,682)
Accrued warranty (351) (275)
Customer deposits and other liabilities (243) 10,014 
Payment for settlement of postretirement benefit plan obligation   (31,616)
Accrued pension costs and accrued postretirement benefits (61) (6,404)
Net cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities 40,733  (22,175)
Cash flows from investing activities  
Increase in restricted cash (360)  
Purchase of restricted certificates of deposit (5,194) (1,182)
Maturity of restricted certificates of deposit 5,444  2,910 
Purchase of securities held to maturity (33,915)  
Proceeds from maturity of securities 3,000  12,001 
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (445) (8,781)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 119   
State and local incentives received 1,410   
Net cash flows (used in) provided by investing activities (29,941) 4,948 
Cash flows from financing activities  
Employee stock settlement (14) (71)
Deferred financing costs   (81)
Cash dividends paid to stockholders (2,235) (2,226)
Net cash flows used in financing activities (2,249) (2,378)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 8,543  (19,605)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 92,750  83,068 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$101,293 $63,463 

FreightCar America, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted operating income (loss) represents the Company’s operating income (loss) adjusted to exclude the effects of $1.8 million and $0.4 million of pre-tax restructuring and impairment charges related to the Company’s cost reduction plan in the first and second quarters of 2017, respectively. The Company believes that adjusted operating income (loss) is useful to investors because it allows investors to more effectively compare the Company’s financial results prior to and after the impact of the items described above. Adjusted operating income (loss) is not a financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP.

In addition, the presentation of this non-GAAP measure is intended to enhance the usefulness of the financial information by providing a measure that the Company’s management uses internally to evaluate the Company’s baseline performance. Accordingly, when analyzing our operating performance, investors should not consider adjusted operating income (loss) in isolation or as a substitute for operating income (loss) in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of this non-GAAP measure is not necessarily comparable to that of other similarly titled measures reported by other companies. A reconciliation of adjusted operating income (loss) to operating income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure, follows:

 Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2017  2016  2017
 (In thousands)
Operating income (loss), as reported$(944)$(601) $1,102
Add: Restructuring and impairment charges 369  -   1,777
Adjusted operating income (loss)$(575)$(601) $2,879

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