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FreightCar America, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

<p> <b>Highlights</b> </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Fourth consecutive quarter of improved railcar deliveries, revenue, operating income, and gross margin </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Achieved positive operating income for the first time since the third quarter of 2009 </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Improving railcar market environment as evidenced by increasing orders, deliveries and backlog </li> </ul>

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

FreightCar America, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results08:15 EDT Tuesday, November 01, 2011 CHICAGO (Business Wire) -- FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) today reported results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2011, with revenues of $130.1 million and a net loss of $2.4 million, or $(0.20) per diluted share. For the second quarter of 2011, the Company reported revenues of $97.6 million with net income of $0.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. For the third quarter of 2010, the Company reported revenues of $41.3 million and a net loss of $4.7 million, or $(0.39) per diluted share. The Company delivered 1,515 railcars to customers in the third quarter of 2011, all of which were new railcars. This compares to 1,309 new and leased railcars delivered in the second quarter of 2011 and 600 new railcars delivered in the third quarter of 2010. There were 2,840 units ordered in the third quarter of 2011, compared to 1,089 units ordered in the second quarter of 2011 and 17 units ordered in the third quarter of 2010. Total manufacturing backlog was 6,311 units at September 30, 2011 compared to 4,986 units at June 30, 2011 and 2,417 units at September 30, 2010. “The third quarter's positive operating results reflect improved demand for our railcars, improved margins, and higher operating leverage due to the cost containment efforts implemented in prior quarters,” said Ed Whalen, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Third quarter 2011 Manufacturing segment revenues, gross profit and operating income improvement from the prior quarter, reflects the coal car replacement cycle that began earlier this year and improvement in the overall railcar market. The demand for coal remains mixed. While export coal loadings continued their strong showing and coal stockpiles have decreased, third quarter 2011 total coal loadings were 2.2% below third quarter 2010 levels due to flooding in the Midwest and Canada. In addition, electricity demand was flat as compared to the same period last year due to low industrial demand.” “Our Services segment continues to contribute to operating results, and its backlog of work remains solid. However, the Services segment was impacted by fewer trains shopped for repairs in the third quarter as railroads and utilities kept trains in service to make up for flood-related coal delivery delays. We believe that this segment will continue to enhance our overall operating results moving forward and we remain committed to our strategy of expanding our presence in the railcar services sector.” Whalen concluded, “As the coal car market recovery is progressing, we continue to manage the business to maximize overall income, execute our strategic priorities and prudently grow each of our business segments, while maintaining our financial strength and flexibility. We believe this will create long-term value for our shareholders.” The Manufacturing segment, which includes new railcar manufacturing, used railcar sales, leasing and major rebuilds, had revenues of $122.2 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $39.3 million for the third quarter of 2010. The increase in revenues reflects an increase in railcars delivered, higher average revenue per railcar, and improvement in margins on certain railcar types. Manufacturing segment revenues were $88.3 million in the second quarter of 2011. Operating income for the Manufacturing segment was $6.9 million, compared to a loss of $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2010 and operating income of $2.1 million in the second quarter of 2011. Revenues for the Services segment, which includes railcar repair and maintenance, railcar inspection, parts sales and railcar fleet management services, were $7.9 million in the third quarter of 2011, or $5.8 million higher than the third quarter of 2010, but $1.4 million lower than the second quarter of 2011. The revenue increase from 2010 reflects the contribution from the FreightCar Rail Services business, acquired on November 1, 2010, and a higher volume of parts sales. Services segment operating income was $1.1 million for the third quarter of 2011, which was $0.6 million higher than the third quarter of 2010, but essentially in line with the second quarter of 2011. Corporate costs were $6.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, which were $0.2 million higher than the same quarter last year and $1.0 million higher than the second quarter of this year. The Company's year-to-date effective tax rate of 12.3%, versus 81.1% as of June 30, 2011, reflects the benefit of tax deductible goodwill, the impact of changes in statutory state tax rates on deferred tax balances and other items on the full year forecasted taxable results. Tax deductible goodwill and other tax deductions increase the effective tax rate above statutory rates in periods of loss and reduces the effective tax rate below statutory rates during periods of profitability. This impact is magnified at low levels of consolidated loss or income. Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash as of September 30, 2011 were $66.8 million, compared to $53.3 million as of June 30, 2011 and $64.1 million as of December 31, 2010. The increase in cash reflects the proceeds from the sale of railcars on lease, partially offset by the use of cash to fund working capital as railcar production increased. The Company's $30.0 million revolving credit facility remains undrawn. Railcars under lease totaled $57.2 million at the end of the third quarter of 2011 compared to $65.8 million at the end of the second quarter of 2011 and $65.4 million at the end of 2010. The decrease in railcars under lease reflects sales of leased railcars. The Company will host a conference call on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) to discuss the Company's third quarter financial results. To participate in the conference call, please dial (800) 288-8961, confirmation #221441. 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: https://im.csgsystems.com/cgi-bin/confCast Conference ID#: 221441 If you need technical assistance, call the toll-free AT&T ConferenceCasting 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 call. An audio replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on November 1, 2011 until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on December 1, 2011. To access the replay, please dial (800) 475-6701. The replay pass code is 221441. 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, with particular expertise in coal-carrying railcars, 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. In addition to coal cars, FreightCar America designs and builds 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; Grand Island, Nebraska; Hastings, Nebraska; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Lakewood, Colorado; 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 31,2011   2010(In thousands)Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 65,875 $ 61,780 Restricted cash 910 2,322 Accounts receivable, net 9,042 4,106 Inventories 92,354 57,713 Inventory on lease — 6,686 Other current assets 4,193 7,065 Deferred income taxes, net   10,804       10,804   Total current assets 183,178 150,476   Long-term inventory — 7,793 Property, plant and equipment, net 36,832 40,503 Railcars available for lease, net 57,222 58,725 Goodwill 22,128 22,052 Deferred income taxes, net 26,613 26,203 Other long-term assets   4,380       4,891   Total assets $ 330,353     $ 310,643     Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities Account and contractual payables $ 38,476 $ 12,882 Accrued payroll and employee benefits 4,722 4,129 Accrued postretirement benefits 5,347 5,347 Accrued warranty 7,274 7,932 Customer deposits 4,364 3,894 Other current liabilities   4,635       4,497   Total current liabilities 64,818 38,681 Accrued pension costs 11,222 15,689 Accrued postretirement benefits 58,894 59,909 Other long-term liabilities   4,401       3,784   Total liabilities   139,335       118,063     Stockholders' equity Preferred stock — — Common stock 127 127 Additional paid in capital 99,604 98,722 Treasury stock, at cost (35,842 ) (36,539 ) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (19,598 ) (20,000 ) Retained earnings   146,727       150,274   Total FreightCar America stockholders' equity 191,018 192,584 Noncontrolling interest in JV   —       (4 ) Total stockholders' equity   191,018       192,580   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 330,353     $ 310,643     FreightCar America, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(Unaudited)   Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,2011   2010   2011   2010(In thousands, except share and per share data)     Revenues $ 130,103 $ 41,330 $ 299,926 $ 91,859 Cost of sales   120,986       42,148     284,602       89,108   Gross profit (loss) 9,117 (818 ) 15,324 2,751 Selling, general and administrative expense 7,306 6,503 20,173 18,048 Gain on sale of railcars available for lease   —       —     (975 )     —   Operating income (loss) 1,811 (7,321 ) (3,874 ) (15,297 )   Interest expense, net   49       562     166       827   Operating income (loss) before income taxes 1,762 (7,883 ) (4,040 ) (16,124 ) Income tax provision (benefit)   4,211       (3,178 )   (497 )     (6,798 ) Net loss (2,449 ) (4,705 ) (3,543 ) (9,326 ) Less: Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interest in JV   (8 )     (9 )   4       (31 ) Net loss attributable to FreightCar America $ (2,441 )   $ (4,696 ) $ (3,547 )   $ (9,295 )   Net loss per common share attributable to FreightCar America– basic $ (0.20 )   $ (0.39 ) $ (0.30 )   $ (0.78 )   Net loss per common share attributable to FreightCar America– diluted $ (0.20 )   $ (0.39 ) $ (0.30 )   $ (0.78 )   Weighted average common shares outstanding - Basic   11,919,803       11,906,193     11,914,278       11,892,724     Weighted average common shares outstanding - Diluted   11,919,803       11,906,193     11,914,278       11,892,724     Dividends declared per common share $ —     $ —   $ —     $ 0.06   FreightCar America, Inc.Condensed Segment Data(Unaudited)         Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,20112010   20112010(In thousands)Revenues: Manufacturing $ 122,183 $ 39,256 $ 273,643 $ 80,978 Services   7,920     2,074       26,283     10,881   Consolidated Total $ 130,103   $ 41,330     $ 299,926   $ 91,859     Operating Income (Loss): Manufacturing $ 6,876 $ (1,780 ) $ 9,199 $ (3,763 ) Services 1,138 508 3,394 5,382 Corporate   (6,203 )   (6,049 )     (16,467 )   (16,916 ) Consolidated Total $ 1,811   $ (7,321 )   $ (3,874 ) $ (15,297 )   Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(Unaudited)   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,2011   2010(In thousands)Cash flows from operating activities   Net loss $ (3,543 ) $ (9,326 ) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows used in operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 6,700 4,964 Other non-cash items (582 ) (1,518 ) Deferred income taxes (664 ) (6,122 ) Compensation expense under stock option and restricted share award agreements 1,652 1,238 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (4,758 ) (3,375 ) Inventories (27,245 ) (12,289 ) Inventory on lease — (6,686 ) Other current assets 2,753 (4,058 ) Account and contractual payables 25,476 1,664 Accrued payroll and employee benefits 593 (4,109 ) Income taxes receivable 548 220 Accrued warranty (658 ) (1,174 ) Customer deposits and other current liabilities 405 8,692 Deferred revenue, non-current 350 (349 ) Accrued pension costs and accrued postretirement benefits   (5,065 )     (345 ) Net cash flows used in operating activities   (4,038 )     (32,573 )   Cash flows from investing activities Restricted cash deposits — (3,622 ) Restricted cash withdrawals 1,412 3,932 Purchase of securities available for sale — (29,982 ) Maturity of securities available for sale — 59,996 Proceeds from sale of railcars available for lease 7,761 169 Purchase price adjustment for business acquired (166 ) — Cash payments received on deposit for sale of property, plant and equipment — 1,800 Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (801 )     (965 ) Net cash flows provided by investing activities   8,206       31,328     Cash flows from financing activities Deferred financing costs paid — (103 ) Employee restricted stock settlement (73 ) (240 ) Cash dividends paid to stockholders   —       (716 ) Net cash flows used in financing activities   (73 )     (1,059 )   Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 4,095 (2,304 ) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   61,780       98,015   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 65,875     $ 95,711   FreightCar America, Inc.INVESTOR AND MEDIA CONTACT TELEPHONEJoe McNeely, 800-458-2235