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American Railcar Industries, Inc. Reports Shipments of 2,200 Railcars and Record Quarterly Earnings From Operations

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

American Railcar Industries, Inc. Reports Shipments of 2,200 Railcars and Record Quarterly Earnings From Operations15:21 EDT Wednesday, July 25, 2012Second Quarter 2012 HighlightsRailcar shipments of 2,200 railcars, including 910 railcars to leasing customers Revenues of $154.2 million reflect strong railcar sales and increasing railcar lease revenues Adjusted EBITDA of $34.4 million set a new quarterly record Net earnings of $13.4 million, or $0.63 per share Backlog increased to 6,800 railcars ST. CHARLES, Mo., July 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI or the Company) (Nasdaq:ARII) today reported its second quarter 2012 financial results. "We are pleased with our strong financial performance, operating results and significant growth of our fleet of leased railcars," said James Cowan, President and CEO of ARI. "Our railcar production volumes were at high levels, which provided operational leverage and efficiencies that contributed to our outstanding results. In addition, our earnings have benefited from vertical integration projects that were implemented over the past several years. The market for certain railcar types remains very strong. During the quarter, we received orders for 2,810 railcars." ARI's backlog as of June 30, 2012 was approximately 6,800 railcars, including approximately 1,620 railcars for lease customers.Second Quarter Results Consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2012 were $154.2 million, up significantly when compared to the $111.9 million for the second quarter of 2011. The increase in revenues was primarily due to an increase in manufacturing segment revenues. The Company shipped approximately 2,200 railcars during the second quarter of 2012, including approximately 910 railcars to leasing customers, compared to the approximately 1,040 railcars shipped during the second quarter of 2011. Manufacturing segment revenues were $219.3 million for the second quarter of 2012 and more than double the $94.7 million for the second quarter of 2011. The primary reasons for the increase were an increase in railcar shipments driven by strong customer demand, improved pricing and a shift in the sales mix to more tank railcars. Manufacturing segment revenues for the second quarter of 2012 included estimated revenues of $84.1 million relating to railcars built for the lease fleet, compared to zero in the second quarter of 2011. Such revenues are based on an estimated fair market value of the leased railcars as if they had been sold to a third party, and are eliminated in consolidation. Railcars built for the lease fleet represented over 40% of ARI's railcar shipments in the second quarter of 2012. Revenues for railcars built for the Company's lease fleet are not recognized in consolidated revenues as a railcar sale, but are recognized over the term of the lease in accordance with the monthly lease revenues. Consolidated earnings from operations for the second quarter of 2012 set a new quarterly record of $26.0 million, more than triple the $8.2 million for the second quarter of 2011. Consolidated earnings from operations for the second quarter of 2012 excluded $14.3 million of profit on railcars built for the lease fleet that is eliminated in consolidation and is based on an estimated fair market value of revenues as if the railcars had been sold to a third party, less the cost to manufacture. Operating margins were 16.8% for the second quarter of 2012 compared to 7.3% for the comparable quarter of 2011. Earnings from operations increased due to strong shipments, improved sales mix and pricing, and operating leverage and efficiencies as a result of higher production volumes. The Company continues to benefit from cost savings achieved by the vertical integration projects put in place during the past several years. The Company recorded earnings from joint ventures of $0.5 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to a loss of ($2.8) million for the second quarter of 2011. The improvements reflect the impact of increased sales volumes of railcar castings and axles, which have both followed industry demand for new railcars. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes stock based compensation, was a quarterly record of $34.4 million for the second quarter of 2012, more than triple the $10.9 million for the second quarter of 2011. Stock based compensation expense was $2.1 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to income of $0.2 million for the second quarter of 2011. Stock based compensation fluctuates with changes in the Company's stock price. Net interest expense was $4.3 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $4.4 million for the second quarter of 2011. Interest expense primarily relates to the Company's Unsecured Senior Fixed Rate Notes due in 2014. Net earnings for the second quarter of 2012 were $13.4 million, or $0.63 per share; compared to $0.6 million, or $0.03 per share, for the second quarter of 2011.Year-to-Date Results Consolidated revenues for the first half of 2012 were $335.8 million compared to $196.8 million for the comparable first half of 2011. The Company shipped approximately 4,410 railcars, including approximately 1,380 railcars to leasing customers during the first half of 2012, which was more than double the approximately 1,720 railcars shipped during the first half of last year. Manufacturing segment revenues were $431.2 million for the first half of 2012 compared to $163.4 million for the comparable first half of 2011. Manufacturing segment revenues for the first half of 2012 included estimated revenues of $131.7 million relating to railcars built for the lease fleet, compared to zero in the comparable first half of 2011. Such revenues are based on an estimated fair market value of the leased railcars as if they had been sold to a third party, and are eliminated in consolidation. Railcars built for the lease fleet represented over 30% of ARI's railcar shipments in the first half of 2012. Revenues for railcars built for the Company's lease fleet are not recognized in consolidated revenues as a railcar sale, but are recognized over the term of the lease in accordance with the monthly lease revenues. Consolidated earnings from operations for the first half of 2012 were $49.8 million, up substantially from $6.3 million for the first half of 2011. Consolidated earnings from operations for the first half of 2012 excluded $23.2 million of profit on railcars built for the lease fleet that is eliminated in consolidation and is based on an estimated fair market value of revenues as if the railcars had been sold to a third party, less the cost to manufacture. Operating margins were 14.8% for the first half of 2012 compared to 3.2% for the first half of 2011. The Company recorded earnings from joint ventures of $0.9 million for the first half of 2012 compared to a loss of ($5.1) million for the first half of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA was $64.8 million for the first half of 2012, up by over $50.0 million from $14.6 million for the first half of 2011.  Net earnings for the first half of 2012 were $25.4 million, or $1.19 per share, compared to a loss of ($4.8) million, or ($0.22) per share, for the first half of 2011. A reconciliation of the Company's segment revenues and earnings (loss) from operations, used for corporate management purposes, to the consolidated revenues and earnings (loss) from operations is set forth in the supplemental disclosure attached to this press release. A reconciliation of the Company's net earnings (loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (both non-GAAP financial measures) is set forth in the supplemental disclosure attached to this press release. ARI will host a webcast and conference call on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time) to discuss the Company's second quarter 2012 financial results. To participate in the webcast, please log-on to ARI's investor relations page through the ARI website at www.americanrailcar.com. To participate in the conference call, please dial 877-745-9389. Participants are asked to log-on to the ARI website or dial in to the conference call approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time. An audio replay of the call will also be available on the Company's website promptly following the earnings call.About ARI ARI is a leading North American designer and manufacturer of hopper and tank railcars. ARI leases railcars manufactured by the Company to certain markets. In addition, ARI repairs and refurbishes railcars, provides fleet management services and designs and manufactures certain railcar and industrial components. ARI provides its railcar customers with integrated solutions through a comprehensive set of high quality products and related services.Forward Looking Statement Disclaimer This press release contains statements relating to expected financial performance and/or future business prospects, events and plans that are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements represent the Company's estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Such statements include, without limitation, statements regarding customer demand for the Company's products, the Company's strategic objectives and long-term strategies, potential improvements in ARI's business and the overall railcar industry, the potential for increased order activity, the growth of the Company's lease fleet, improved pricing, anticipated future production rates, the Company's joint ventures, the Company's backlog and any implication that the Company's backlog may be indicative of future sales. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by the Company's forward-looking statements. Other potential risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the impact of an economic downturn, adverse market conditions and restricted credit markets, and the impact of the continuation of these conditions; ARI's reliance upon a small number of customers that represent a large percentage of revenues and backlog; the health of and prospects for the overall railcar industry; prospects in light of the cyclical nature of the railcar manufacturing business and the current economic environment; anticipated trends relating to shipments, leasing, railcar services, revenues, financial condition or results of operations; the Company's ability to manage overhead and variations in production rates; the highly competitive nature of the railcar manufacturing industry; fluctuating costs of raw materials, including steel and railcar components and delays in the delivery of such raw materials and components; fluctuations in the supply of components and raw materials that ARI uses in railcar manufacturing; anticipated production schedules for products and the anticipated financing needs, construction and production schedules of ARI's joint ventures; the risks associated with potential joint ventures, potential acquisitions or new business endeavors; the implementation, integration with other systems or ongoing management of the Company's new enterprise resource planning system; the international economic and political risks related to ARI's joint ventures' current and potential international operations; the risk of the lack of acceptance of new railcar offerings by ARI's customers and the risk of initial production costs for the Company's new railcar offerings being significantly higher than expected; the sufficiency of the Company's liquidity and capital resources; the conversion of ARI's railcar backlog into revenues; compliance with covenants contained in the Company's unsecured senior notes; the impact and anticipated benefits of any acquisitions ARI may complete; the impact and costs and expenses of any litigation ARI may be subject to now or in the future; the ongoing benefits and risks related to the Company's relationship with Mr. Carl Icahn (the chairman of the Company's board of directors and, through his holdings of Icahn Enterprises L.P., the Company's principal beneficial stockholder) and certain of his affiliates; and the additional risk factors described in ARI's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims 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.AMERICAN RAILCAR INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS      (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)As of  June 30, 2012December 31, 2011   (unaudited)  Assets     Current assets:     Cash and cash equivalents  $ 249,651  $ 307,172 Accounts receivable, net  19,987  33,626 Accounts receivable, due from related parties  13,329  6,106 Income taxes receivable  5,124  4,074 Inventories, net  110,174  95,827 Deferred tax assets  3,368  3,203 Prepaid expenses and other current assets  5,611  4,539 Total current assets  407,244  454,547       Property, plant and equipment, net  301,700  194,242 Deferred debt issuance costs  1,027  1,335 Interest receivable, due from related parties  --  292 Goodwill  7,169  7,169 Investments in and loans to joint ventures  46,161  45,122 Other assets  1,444  1,063 Total assets  $ 764,745  $ 703,770      Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     Current liabilities:     Accounts payable  $ 75,634  $ 62,318 Accounts payable, due to related parties  1,000  800 Accrued expenses and taxes  8,818  5,879 Accrued compensation  18,753  14,446 Accrued interest expense  6,875  6,875 Total current liabilities  111,080  90,318       Senior unsecured notes  275,000  275,000 Deferred tax liability  31,244  14,923 Pension and post-retirement liabilities  8,838  9,280 Other liabilities  3,203  4,080 Total liabilities  429,365  393,601       Commitments and contingencies           Stockholders' equity:     Common stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 21,352,297 shares issued and outstanding as of both June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011  213  213 Additional paid-in capital  239,609  239,609 Retained earnings  96,910  71,545 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (1,352)  (1,198) Total stockholders' equity  335,380  310,169 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 764,745  $ 703,770      AMERICAN RAILCAR INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS     (In thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)          For the Three Months Ended June 30,  20122011     Revenues:     Manufacturing (including revenues from affiliates of $10,897 and $0 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively)  $ 134,748  $ 94,402 Railcar leasing  2,668  195 Railcar services (including revenues from affiliates of $5,832 and $6,596 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively)  16,798  17,316 Total revenues  154,214  111,913       Cost of revenues:     Manufacturing   (106,449)  (86,003) Railcar leasing  (1,601)  (97) Railcar services  (12,740)  (12,557) Total cost of revenues  (120,790)  (98,657) Gross profit  33,424  13,256       Selling, general and administrative (including costs to a related party of $149 and $145 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively)  (7,464)  (5,062) Earnings from operations  25,960  8,194       Interest income (including income from related parties of $729 and $705 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively)  769  944 Interest expense  (5,090)  (5,330) Other income (including income from a related party of $3 for both the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011)  16  15 Earnings (loss) from joint ventures  466  (2,829) Earnings before income taxes  22,121  994 Income tax expense  (8,760)  (425)Net earnings  $ 13,361  $ 569       Net earnings per common share - basic and diluted  $ 0.63  $ 0.03 Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted  21,352  21,352      AMERICAN RAILCAR INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS     (In thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)      For the Six Months Ended June 30,  20122011     Revenues:     Manufacturing (including revenues from affiliates of $10,897 and $1,221 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively)  $ 299,061  $ 162,904 Railcar leasing  4,048  389 Railcar services (including revenues from affiliates of $11,003 and $12,133 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively)  32,704  33,463 Total revenues  335,813  196,756       Cost of revenues:     Manufacturing   (244,010)  (152,477) Railcar leasing  (2,342)  (204) Railcar services  (25,668)  (25,875) Total cost of revenues  (272,020)  (178,556) Gross profit  63,793  18,200       Selling, general and administrative (including costs to a related party of $295 and $291 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively)  (14,028)  (11,944) Earnings from operations  49,765  6,256       Interest income (including income from related parties of $1,474 and $1,384 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively)  1,547  1,860 Interest expense  (10,216)  (10,665) Other income (including income from a related party of $6 and $7 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively)  19  19 Earnings (loss) from joint ventures  880  (5,071) Earnings (loss) before income taxes  41,995  (7,601) Income tax (expense) benefit  (16,630)  2,841Net earnings (loss)  $ 25,365  $ (4,760)       Net earnings (loss) per common share - basic and diluted  $ 1.19  $ (0.22) Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted  21,352  21,351        AMERICAN RAILCAR INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES      CONDENSED SEGMENT DATA           (In thousands, unaudited)            RevenuesEarnings (Loss) from Operations  External Intersegment TotalExternal Intersegment TotalFor the Three Months Ended June 30, 2012       Manufacturing   $ 134,748  $ 84,540  $ 219,288  $ 26,334  $ 14,346  $ 40,680 Railcar Leasing  2,668  --   2,668  1,021  7  1,028 Railcar Services  16,798  191  16,989  3,396  (44)  3,352 Corporate  --   --   --   (4,791)  --   (4,791) Eliminations  --   (84,731)  (84,731)  --   (14,309)  (14,309) Total Consolidated  $ 154,214  $ --   $ 154,214  $ 25,960  $ --   $ 25,960For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2011       Manufacturing   $ 94,402  $ 276  $ 94,678  $ 7,055  $ (24)  $ 7,031 Railcar Leasing  195  --   195  69  --   69 Railcar Services  17,316  48  17,364  4,261  3  4,264 Corporate  --   --   --   (3,191)  --   (3,191) Eliminations  --   (324)  (324)  --   21  21 Total Consolidated  $ 111,913  $ --   $ 111,913  $ 8,194  $ --   $ 8,194For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012       Manufacturing   $ 299,061  $ 132,089  $ 431,150  $ 51,486  $ 23,268  $ 74,754 Railcar Leasing  4,048  --   4,048  1,617  13  1,630 Railcar Services  32,704  220  32,924  5,739  (50)  5,689 Corporate  --   --   --   (9,077)  --   (9,077) Eliminations  --   (132,309)  (132,309)  --   (23,231)  (23,231) Total Consolidated  $ 335,813  $ --   $ 335,813  $ 49,765  $ --   $ 49,765For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2011       Manufacturing   $ 162,904  $ 499  $ 163,403  $ 7,694  $ 53  $ 7,747 Railcar Leasing  389  --   389  126  --   126 Railcar Services  33,463  167  33,630  6,614  (1)  6,613 Corporate  --   --   --   (8,178)  --   (8,178) Eliminations  --   (666)  (666)  --   (52)  (52) Total Consolidated  $ 196,756  $ --   $ 196,756  $ 6,256  $ --   $ 6,256    AMERICAN RAILCAR INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS   (In thousands, unaudited)      For the Six Months Ended June 30,  20122011     Operating activities:     Net earnings (loss)  $ 25,365  $ (4,760) Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:     Depreciation  11,286  11,454 Amortization of deferred costs  349  349 (Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment  (51)  66 Stock-based compensation  2,813  1,959 Change in interest receivable, due from related parties  292  (87) (Earnings) loss from joint ventures  (880)  5,071 Provision (benefit) for deferred income taxes  15,948  (2,831) Adjustment to provision for losses on accounts receivable  279  (22) Changes in operating assets and liabilities:     Accounts receivable, net  13,355  (19,722) Accounts receivable, due from related parties  (7,216)  2,348 Income taxes receivable  (966)  (12) Inventories, net  (14,351)  (20,098) Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (1,072)  (781) Accounts payable  13,319  10,690 Accounts payable, due to related parties  200  (183) Accrued expenses and taxes  2,920  3,073 Other  (189)  (1,249) Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  61,401  (14,735) Investing activities:     Purchases of property, plant and equipment  (5,343)  (1,561) Capital expenditures - leased railcars  (113,513)  -- Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment  148  117 Investments in and loans to joint ventures  (202)  (2,296) Net cash used in investing activities  (118,910)  (3,740) Financing activities:     Proceeds from stock option exercises  --  756 Net cash provided by financing activities  --  756 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (12)  12 Decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (57,521)  (17,707) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  307,172  318,758 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 249,651  $ 301,051        AMERICAN RAILCAR INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES      RECONCILIATION OF NET EARNINGS (LOSS) TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA  (In thousands, unaudited)       For the Three Months Ended June 30,For the Six Months Ended June 30,  2012201120122011                     Net earnings (loss)  $ 13,361  $ 569  $ 25,365  $ (4,760) Income tax expense (benefit)  8,760  425  16,630  (2,841) Interest expense  5,090  5,330  10,216  10,665 Interest income  (769)  (944)  (1,547)  (1,860) Depreciation  5,884  5,688  11,286  11,454 EBITDA   $ 32,326  $ 11,068  $ 61,950  $ 12,658 Expense (income) related to stock appreciation rights compensation  2,117  (189)  2,813  1,959 Adjusted EBITDA  $ 34,443  $ 10,879  $ 64,763  $ 14,617 EBITDA represents net earnings (loss) before income tax expense (benefit), interest expense (income) and depreciation of property, plant and equipment. The Company believes EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating ARI's operating performance compared to that of other companies in the same industry. In addition, ARI's management uses EBITDA to evaluate operating performance. The calculation of EBITDA eliminates the effects of financing, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital spending. These items may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to the overall operating performance of a company's business. EBITDA is not a financial measure presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP). Accordingly, when analyzing the Company's operating performance, investors should not consider EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings (loss), cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities or other statements of operations or statements of cash flow data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The calculation of EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to that of other similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before stock based compensation related to stock appreciation rights (SARs). Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating the Company's operating performance, and therefore uses Adjusted EBITDA for that purpose. The Company's SARs, which settle in cash, are revalued each period based primarily upon changes in ARI's stock price. Management believes that eliminating the expense (income) associated with stock-based compensation allows management and ARI's investors to understand better the operating results independent of financial changes caused by the fluctuating price and value of the Company's common stock.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Accordingly, when analyzing operating performance, investors should not consider Adjusted EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings (loss), cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities or other statements of operations or statements of cash flow data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company's calculation of Adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to that of other similarly titled measures reported by other companies.CONTACT: Dale C. Davies Michael Obertop 636.940.6000