SOURCE: Wabash National Corporation

Wabash National Corporation

May 03, 2011 16:37 ET

Wabash National Corporation Announces First Quarter Results

Q1 2011 Net Income of $3.2 Million, or $0.05 per Share

LAFAYETTE, IN--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) reported year-over-year improvement across most financial and operating metrics. The Company reported net income of $3.2 million and $0.05 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2011 on net sales of $222 million. For the same quarter last year, the Company reported net loss of $139.1 million, or $4.64 per diluted share, on net sales of $78 million. Results for the three months ended March 31, 2010 included a non-cash charge of $126.8 million, or an impact of $4.17 per diluted share, related to the increase in the fair value of the Company's warrant which was issued in 2009 to a private investor and fully exercised in the third quarter of 2010. The Company reported operating income of $4.0 million for the first quarter of 2011 compared to an operating loss of $11.2 million for the first quarter of 2010. The improvement in operating income of $15.2 million for the three month period resulted primarily from higher new trailer shipments of 8,900 units, an increase of 242 percent from the prior year period.

The following is a summary of select operating and financial results for the past five quarters:

                                 Three Months Ended
              ------------------------------------------------------------
(Dollars in   March 31,     June 30,  September 30, December 31,  March 31,
 thousands)     2010          2010         2010         2010        2011
              ---------     --------     --------     --------    --------
New Trailer
 Units Sold       2,600        5,400        6,800       10,100       8,900
Net Sales     $  78,274     $149,699     $170,848     $241,550    $221,984
Gross Profit
 Margin            -1.2%         3.5%         3.8%         7.2%        7.4%
Income (Loss)
 from
 Operations   $ (11,232)    $ (5,715)    $ (4,206)    $  5,736    $  4,009
Net Income
 (Loss)       $(139,079)(1) $ (5,602)(1) $ (1,938)(1) $  4,859    $  3,197
Operating
 EBITDA
 (Non-GAAP)   $  (5,975)    $   (493)    $    643     $ 10,752    $  8,802


Notes: (1) Quarterly Net Income (Loss) includes a non-cash benefit (charge)
           of approximately ($126.8) million, $1.9 million and $3.3 million
           for the first, second and third quarters of 2010, respectively,
           related to the change in the fair value of the Company's warrant
           which was issued to a private investor in 2009 and fully
           exercised in the third quarter of 2010.

Dick Giromini, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our operating results continued to improve both year-over-year and sequentially. In fact, first quarter gross profit margin of 7.4% reflects our best performance since 2007. These results were driven by continued improvement in our production efficiencies and reflect the leverage achieved from our cost optimization efforts implemented during the recent downturn. Our efforts to further diversify our business continued to gain traction as sales of our DuraPlate® Products had its best quarter on record with revenue of approximately $11 million. In addition, we also announced an agreement this quarter to further diversify through increased sales of our Allied Products to manufacture Frac tanks for the environmental services and oil and gas industries."

Mr. Giromini continued, "New trailer shipments of 8,900 for the first quarter were at the high-end of our guidance and backlog increased over $250 million to approximately $731 million as of March 31, 2011, reaching the highest level in more than a decade. The strength of our backlog coupled with very low cancellation rates reflects the accelerating recovery in our industry and the strength of our market position. In addition, ACT has recently increased its forecast for 2011 industry trailer volumes to approximately 200,000 units. As a result of these factors and our improved outlook for demand, we are also increasing our new trailer shipment expectations for 2011 to an estimated 45,000 to 47,000 units. With volumes now reaching pre-recession levels, we are focusing our attention to the shorter-term challenges associated with additional ramp-up in production capacity and the continuing impacts of rising commodity and component costs."

On a non-GAAP basis, the Company's Operating EBITDA of $8.8 million was better than the first quarter of 2010 by approximately $14.8 million on approximately 6,300 additional new trailer shipments. A discussion of the Company's use of Operating EBITDA as a non-GAAP measure is included below, and a reconciliation of Operating EBITDA to net income (loss) is provided in the supplemental schedules included in this release.

First Quarter 2011 Conference Call

Wabash National Corporation will conduct a conference call to review and discuss its first quarter results on May 4, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The phone number to access the conference call is 877-407-8035. The call can also be accessed live on the Company's website at www.wabashnational.com. For those unable to participate in the live webcast, the call will be archived at www.wabashnational.com within three hours of the conclusion of the live call and will remain available through July 27, 2011.

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the financial information included in this release contains the non-GAAP financial measure Operating EBITDA.

Operating EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures and results calculated in accordance with GAAP, including net income (loss), and reconciliations to GAAP financial statements should be carefully evaluated.

Operating EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, preferred stock dividends, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and other non-operating income and expense, as well as non-cash charges associated with the Company's warrant issued in 2009 and fully exercised in 2010. Management believes Operating EBITDA provides useful information to investors regarding our results of operations. We provide this measure because we believe it is useful for investors to understand our performance period to period with the exclusion of the recurring and non-recurring items identified above. Management believes the presentation of Operating EBITDA, when combined with the primary GAAP presentation of operating income, is beneficial to an investor's complete understanding of our operating performance. A reconciliation of Operating EBITDA to net income (loss) is included in the tables following this release.

About Wabash National Corporation

Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, Wabash National® Corporation (NYSE: WNC) is one of the leading manufacturers of semi trailers in North America. Established in 1985, the Company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, flatbed trailers, drop deck trailers, dump trailers, truck bodies and intermodal equipment. Its innovative core products are sold under the DuraPlate®, ArcticLite®, FreightProTM, Eagle® and BensonTM brand names. The Company operates two wholly owned subsidiaries: Transcraft® Corporation, a manufacturer of flatbed, drop deck and dump trailers as well as truck bodies; and Wabash National Trailer Centers, trailer service centers and retail distributors of new and used trailers and aftermarket parts throughout the U.S.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements convey the Company's current expectations or forecasts of future events. All statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding our outlook for new trailer shipments and Operating EBITDA, backlog, expectations regarding increases in trailer demand levels, the sufficiency of the Company's capital structure, the needs of the Company in the future, whether profitability can be sustained, the Company's diversification strategy and encouraging signs in the macroeconomic landscape. These and the Company's other forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. Without limitation, these risks and uncertainties include the uncertain economic conditions including the possibility that demand expectations may not result in order increases for us, increased competition, reliance on certain customers and corporate partnerships, risks of customer pick-up delays, shortages and costs of raw materials, risks in implementing and sustaining improvements in our manufacturing capacity and cost containment, and dependence on industry trends. Readers should review and consider the various disclosures made by the Company in this press release and in the Company's reports to its stockholders and periodic reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.





                        WABASH NATIONAL CORPORATION
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
             (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                                (Unaudited)


                                           Three Months Ended March 31,
                                       -----------------------------------
                                           2011                    2010
                                       ------------              ---------

Net sales                              $    221,984              $  78,274
Cost of sales                               205,483                 79,250
                                       ------------              ---------
  Gross profit                               16,501                   (976)
General and administrative
 expenses                                     9,513                  7,715
Selling expenses                              2,979                  2,541
                                       ------------              ---------
  Income (Loss) from
   operations                                 4,009                (11,232)
Other income (expense)
  Increase in fair value
   of warrant                                     -               (126,765)
  Interest expense                             (926)                (1,027)
  Other, net                                    156                     32
                                       ------------              ---------

  Income (Loss) before
   income taxes                               3,239               (138,992)
Income tax expense                               42                     87
                                       ------------              ---------
Net income (loss)                             3,197               (139,079)
Preferred stock dividends                         -                  1,999
                                       ------------              ---------
Net income (loss)
 applicable to common
 stockholders                          $      3,197              $(141,078)
                                       ============              =========
Basic and diluted net
 income (loss) per share               $       0.05              $   (4.64)
                                       ============              =========




Three months ended                       Retail &
 March 31,               Manufacturing Distribution Eliminations   Total
    2011                   ----------  ------------  ----------  ---------

Net sales                  $  207,967  $     29,008  $  (14,991) $ 221,984
Income (Loss) from
 operations                $    3,793  $        299  $      (83) $   4,009
New trailers shipped            9,000           600        (700)     8,900

    2010
Net sales                  $   62,748  $     20,940  $   (5,414) $  78,274
(Loss) Income from
 operations                $  (10,615) $       (619) $        2  $ (11,232)
New trailers shipped            2,500           300        (200)     2,600





                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                  ------------------------
                                                      2011         2010
                                                  -----------  -----------
Basic net income (loss) per share:
  Net income (loss) applicable to common
   stockholders                                   $     3,197  $  (141,078)
  Undistributed earnings allocated to
   participating securities                               (19)           -
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Net income (loss) applicable to common
   stockholders excluding amounts applicable to
   participating securities                       $     3,178  $  (141,078)
                                                  ===========  ===========
  Weighted average common shares outstanding           68,007       30,432
                                                  ===========  ===========
  Basic net income (loss) per share               $      0.05  $     (4.64)
                                                  ===========  ===========

Diluted net income (loss) per share:
  Net income (loss) applicable to common
   stockholders                                   $     3,197  $  (141,078)
  Undistributed earnings allocated to
   participating securities                               (19)           -
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Net income (loss) applicable to common
   stockholders excluding amounts applicable to
   participating securities                       $     3,178  $  (141,078)
                                                  ===========  ===========

  Weighted average common shares outstanding           68,007       30,432
  Dilutive stock options and restricted stock             502            -
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Diluted weighted average common shares
   outstanding                                         68,509       30,432
                                                  ===========  ===========
  Diluted net income (loss) per share             $      0.05  $     (4.64)
                                                  ===========  ===========


  Average diluted shares outstanding for the three month periods ending
  March 31, 2011 and 2010 exclude the antidilutive effects of the
  following potential common shares (in thousands):


                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                  ------------------------

                                                  ------------------------
                                                     2011         2010
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Stock options and restricted stock                        -          151
  Redeemable warrants                                       -       24,701
  Options to purchase common shares                       762        1,706





                        WABASH NATIONAL CORPORATION
                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                          (Dollars in thousands)


                                                   March 31,   December 31,
                                                      2011         2010
                                                  ------------ ------------
                                                  (Unaudited)
                         ASSETS
Current assets
  Cash                                            $     10,235 $     21,200
  Accounts receivable, net                              55,188       37,853
  Inventories                                          145,849      110,850
  Prepaid expenses and other                             4,100        2,155
                                                  ------------ ------------
    Total current assets                               215,372      172,058

Property, plant and equipment, net                      96,687       98,834

Intangible assets                                       22,098       22,863

Other assets                                             8,484        9,079
                                                  ------------ ------------
                                                  $    342,641 $    302,834
                                                  ============ ============

           LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
  Current portion of capital lease obligations    $      4,014 $        590
  Accounts payable                                     109,710       71,145
  Other accrued liabilities                             43,758       38,896
                                                  ------------ ------------
    Total current liabilities                          157,482      110,631

Long-term debt                                          47,500       55,000

Capital lease obligations                                  563        3,964

Other noncurrent liabilities and contingencies           4,640        4,214

Stockholders' equity                                   132,456      129,025
                                                  ------------ ------------
                                                  $    342,641 $    302,834
                                                  ============ ============





                        WABASH NATIONAL CORPORATION
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                          (Dollars in thousands)
                                (Unaudited)


                                                  Three Month Ended March
                                                            31,
                                                  ------------------------
                                                      2011         2010
                                                  -----------  -----------
Cash flows from operating activities
  Net income (loss)                               $     3,197  $  (139,079)
  Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to
   net cash used in operating activities
    Depreciation and amortization                       3,945        4,428
    Increase in fair value of warrant                       -      126,765
    Stock-based compensation                              848          829
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities
      Accounts receivable                             (17,335)      (6,741)
      Inventories                                     (34,999)     (22,235)
      Prepaid expenses and other                       (1,945)        (886)
      Accounts payable and accrued liabilities         43,427       23,020
      Other, net                                         (453)         106
                                                  -----------  -----------
        Net cash used in operating activities     $    (3,315) $   (13,793)

Cash flows from investing activities
  Capital expenditures                                   (293)        (280)
  Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and
   equipment                                                -          493
                                                  -----------  -----------
        Net cash (used in) provided by
         investing activities                     $      (293) $       213

Cash flows from financing activities
  Proceeds from exercise of stock options                 285           16
  Borrowings under revolving credit facilities        222,741       89,661
  Payments under revolving credit facilities         (230,241)     (75,663)
  Principal payments under capital lease
   obligations                                           (133)         (85)
  Debt and preferred stock issuance costs paid             (9)         (79)
                                                  -----------  -----------
        Net cash (used in) provided by
         financing activities                     $    (7,357) $    13,850
                                                  -----------  -----------

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash
 equivalents                                      $   (10,965) $       270
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period       21,200        1,108
                                                  -----------  -----------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period        $    10,235  $     1,378
                                                  ===========  ===========





                        WABASH NATIONAL CORPORATION
               RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO
                        NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
                          (Dollars in thousands)
                                (Unaudited)


                                 Three Months Ended
                                      March 31,
                                --------------------
                                  2011       2010
                                ---------  ---------
Net income (loss)               $   3,197  $(139,079)
Income tax expense                     42         87
Increase in fair value of
 warrant                                -    126,765
Interest expense                      926      1,027
Depreciation and amortization       3,945      4,428
Stock-based compensation              848        829
Other non-operating income           (156)       (32)
                                ---------  ---------
Operating EBITDA                $   8,802  $  (5,975)
                                =========  =========


                                            Three Months Ended
                                ------------------------------------------
                                 March 31, June 30,   September  December
                                   2010      2010     30, 2010   31, 2010
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net (loss) income               $(139,079) $  (5,602) $  (1,938) $   4,859
Income tax expense (benefit)           87          -         12       (150)
Increase (Decrease) in fair
 value of warrant                 126,765     (1,913)    (3,265)         -
Interest expense                    1,027        998      1,023      1,092
Depreciation and amortization       4,428      4,295      4,139      3,993
Stock-based compensation              829        927        710      1,023
Other non-operating (income)
 expense                              (32)       802        (38)       (65)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Operating EBITDA                $  (5,975) $    (493) $     643  $  10,752
                                =========  =========  =========  =========


Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Allison Henk
    Marketing Communications Manager
    (765) 771-5674

    Investor Relations:
    (765) 771-5310