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Wescast Reports Second Quarter Results

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Wescast Reports Second Quarter Results16:48 EDT Thursday, August 02, 2012BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2012) - Wescast Industries Inc. (TSX:WCS.A) today reported 2012 second quarter sales of $74.4 million and a net loss of $1.2 million. (In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)Three Months EndedSix Months Ended July 1, 2012 July 3, 2011 July 1, 2012 July 3, 2011 Sales74,36171,411151,536143,017Gross profit4,7325,34511,54615,037Net (loss) earnings(1,240)(1,126)(922)280Diluted net (loss) earnings per share(0.09)(0.09)(0.07)0.02Cash derived from (applied to) operations8,8602,88312,038(4,143)HighlightsThe Company reported consolidated sales of $74.4 million, an increase of 4.2% compared to the $71.4 million reported in the second quarter of 2011, reflecting higher sales generated in North America and lower sales in Europe and Asia. The expansion of the Company's stainless steel facility in Stratford, Ontario is progressing on time and on budget. The facility generated sales of $6.1 million in the second quarter of 2012, compared to $1.6 million generated in the same period last year. The Company reported gross profit of $4.7 million for the second quarter compared to gross profit of $5.3 million in 2011. The decline in the European automotive market, where vehicle production volumes were down approximately 10% compared to the second quarter of 2011, had a negative impact on the Company's gross profit in Europe and Asia with respect to certain shipments from China to Europe. At the end of the quarter, the Company had 95 parts in launch phase and continues to ramp up its new machining facility in Michigan. The launch phase impacts gross margin negatively, however, management expects that this activity level is indicative of significant sales and gross profit growth in the future. The Company reported a second quarter net loss of $1.2 million. The net loss per share on a diluted basis was $0.09. Included in the net loss for the quarter was share-based payments expense of $0.5 million (2011 - $1.2 million) and expenses of $0.7 million (2011 - $0.6 million) related to the review of strategic alternatives with the objective of enhancing shareholder value. The combined negative impact on the diluted net loss per share for the quarter was $0.09. The Company generated cash from operations of $8.9 million during the quarter, significantly higher than the $2.9 million generated during the second quarter of 2011. The level of cash generated in the second quarter was positively impacted by a $4.4 million reduction in working capital investment. The Company's entire quarterly financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis will be available at www.sedar.com by the start of business on August 3, 2012.About WescastWescast Industries Inc. is a global automotive parts supplier that primarily designs, engineers, casts, machines and assembles high quality engineered exhaust system components, including exhaust manifolds, turbocharger housings and integrated turbomanifolds, as well as various other components for the car and light truck markets. The Company supplies to a diversified group of global original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") and Tier 1 customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. The Company employs approximately 2,100 people in its regionally-based operations and sales and design centres in Canada, the United States, Hungary, China, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and France. Learn more at www.wescast.com.Forward Looking StatementsThe contents of this news release contain statements which, to the extent that they are not recitations of historical fact, may constitute forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Persons reading this news release are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Such forward-looking statements may include financial and other projections as well as statements regarding Wescast's future plans, objectives or performance for the current period and subsequent periods and regarding the markets for our products. The words "may", "would", "could", "will", "likely", "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "forecast", "project" and "believe" or other similar words and phrases (including negative variations) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Persons reading this news release are cautioned that such statements are only predictions, and that Wescast's actual future results or performance may be materially different.This information is based upon certain material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection as reflected in the forward-looking statements, including our perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors we believe are appropriate in the circumstances. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties principally relate to the risks associated with the automotive industry and include, but are not limited to: the result of Wescast's strategic alternative review and consummation of any transaction, our operating and/or financial performance, including the effect of new accounting standards on our reported financial results, fluctuations in interest rates, changes in consumer and business confidence levels, consumers' personal debt levels, vehicle prices, the extent and nature of purchasing or leasing incentive campaigns offered by automotive manufacturers, environmental emission regulations, fuel prices and availability, the continuation and extent of outsourcing by automotive manufacturers, changes in raw material and other input costs, our ability to continue to meet customer specifications relating to product performance, cost, quality, delivery and service, industry cyclicality or seasonality, trade and/or labour issues or disruptions, customer pricing pressures, pricing concessions and cost absorptions, actual levels of program production volumes by our customers compared to original expectations, including program cancellations or delays, dependence on certain engine programs and the market success and consumer acceptance of the vehicles into which such powertrain products are installed, our relationship with and dependence on certain customers, currency exposure, failures in implementing Wescast's strategy, technological developments by Wescast's competitors and customers, government and regulatory policies and changes in the competitive environment in which Wescast operates. Wescast does not undertake any obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Teresa FortneyWescast Industries Inc.Chief Financial Officer(519) 750-0000www.wescast.com