Wabtec Delivers Strong Second Quarter 2023 Results; Raises Full-Year Guidance

  • Sales Growth of 17.5% to $2.41 Billion; Freight Segment Sales Growth of 14.6% and Transit Segment Sales Growth of 25.3%
  • Second Quarter Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share of $1.06, Up 16.5%; Adjusted Earnings Per Share of $1.41, Up 14.6%
  • Raised Mid-Point of Full-Year Adjusted EPS to Up 16% Year-Over-Year from Up 10%
  • Expanded Mining Portfolio With Strategic Acquisition of L&M Radiator

PITTSBURGH, July 27, 2023 – Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) today reported second quarter 2023 GAAP earnings per diluted share of $1.06, up 16.5% versus the second quarter of 2022. Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $1.41, up 14.6% versus the same quarter a year ago. Second quarter sales were $2.41 billion, up 17.5% versus the second quarter a year ago, driven by strong sales across the Freight and Transit segments. The Company generated $115 million in operating cash flow during the second quarter 2023.

“The Wabtec team delivered another strong quarter and continues to drive increased momentum across the portfolio while delivering double-digit earnings per share growth,” said Rafael Santana, Wabtec’s President and CEO. “Our underlying business fundamentals are robust, and coupled with our relentless focus on execution, we were able to deliver for our customers and shareholders. We also leveraged our strong balance sheet by completing the strategic bolt-on acquisition of L&M Radiator, while returning over $100 million to shareholders via share buybacks and dividends.

“Looking ahead, we’re building momentum, and the pace of our commercial activity across segments and regions is growing. Meanwhile, our orders pipeline is expected to strengthen as we look out to the second half of 2023 and beyond. These factors, among others, gives us confidence to raise our full-year 2023 guidance. Our differentiated portfolio of offerings, expansive global installed base, and multi-year backlog bolsters our resiliency while driving long-term profitable growth for our shareholders.”

2023 Second Quarter Consolidated Results

  • Sales increased 17.5% compared to the year-ago quarter driven by increased sales across the Freight and Transit segments.
  • GAAP operating margin was flat with prior year at 12.9% and adjusted operating margin was slightly lower than prior year at 16.4%. Both GAAP and adjusted operating margins benefited from lower SG&A expense as a percentage of sales and improved fixed cost absorption driven by higher sales, offset by unfavorable mix between and within segments.
  • GAAP EPS and adjusted EPS increased from the year-ago quarter primarily due to higher sales, partially offset by higher interest expense.

2023 Second Quarter Freight Segment Results

  • Freight segment sales for the second quarter were up across all major product lines, with very strong growth in Components, Digital Intelligence and Services.
  • GAAP operating margin and adjusted operating margin benefited from lower SG&A expense as a percentage of sales and improved fixed cost absorption, offset by unfavorable mix.

2023 Second Quarter Transit Segment Results

  • Transit segment sales for the second quarter were up 25.3% due to strong OE and aftermarket sales.
  • GAAP and adjusted operating margins were up as a result of lower SG&A expense as a percentage of sales and Integration 2.0 savings.


The Company’s multi-year backlog continues to provide strong visibility.  At June 30, 2023, the 12-month backlog was $654 million higher than June 30, 2022.  At June 30, 2023, the multi-year backlog was $796 million lower than June 30, 2022 and excluding foreign currency exchange, the multi-year backlog decreased $965 million, down 4.2%.

Cash Flow and Liquidity Summary

  • During the second quarter, cash provided by operations was $115 million versus $263 million in the year ago period due primarily to higher working capital.
  • At the end of the quarter, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $371 million and total debt of $4.39 billion. At June 30, 2023, the Company’s total available liquidity was $1.75 billion, which includes cash and cash equivalents plus $1.38 billion available under current credit facilities.
  • During the second quarter, the Company completed the acquisition of L&M Radiator for $223 million, repurchased $75 million of shares and paid $31 million in dividends.

2023 Financial Guidance

  • Wabtec updated its 2023 financial guidance with sales expected to be in a range of $9.25 billion to $9.50 billion and adjusted earnings per diluted share to be in a range of $5.50 to $5.80.
  • For full year 2023, Wabtec expects cash flow generation with operating cash flow conversion of greater than 90 percent.

Conference Call Information

Wabtec will host a call with analysts and investors at 8:30 a.m. ET, today.  To listen via webcast, go to Wabtec’s new website at www.WabtecCorp.com and click on “Events & Presentations” in the “Investor Relations” section.  Also, an audio replay of the call will be available by calling 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088 (access code: 7103421).

About Wabtec

Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) is revolutionizing the way the world moves for future generations. The company is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for the freight and transit rail industries, as well as the mining, marine and industrial markets. Wabtec has been a leader in the rail industry for over 150 years and has a vision to achieve a zero-emission rail system in the U.S. and worldwide. Visit Wabtec’s website at www.wabteccorp.com.

Information about non-GAAP Financial Information and Forward-Looking Statements

Wabtec’s earnings release and 2023 financial guidance mentions certain non-GAAP financial performance measures, including adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted operating margin, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted income from operations, adjusted interest and other expense, adjusted earnings per diluted share and operating cash flow conversion. Wabtec is not presenting a quantitative reconciliation of our forecasted GAAP earnings per diluted share to forecasted adjusted earnings per diluted share as we are unable to predict with reasonable certainty and without unreasonable effort the impact and timing of restructuring-related and other charges, including acquisition-related expenses and the outcome of certain regulatory, legal and tax matters. The financial impact of these items is uncertain and is dependent on various factors, including timing, and could be material to our Consolidated Statements of Earnings. Wabtec defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA  is further adjusted by restructuring costs. Wabtec defines operating cash flow conversion as net cash provided by operating activities divided by net income plus depreciation and amortization including deferred debt cost amortization. While Wabtec believes these are useful supplemental measures for investors, they are not presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors should not consider non-GAAP measures in isolation or as a substitute for net income, cash flows from operations, or any other items calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures included in this release have inherent material limitations as performance measures because they add back certain expenses incurred by the Company to GAAP financial measures, resulting in those expenses not being taken into account in the applicable non-GAAP financial measure. Because not all companies use identical calculations, Wabtec’s presentation of non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.  Included in this release are reconciliation tables that provide details about how adjusted results relate to GAAP results.

This communication contains “forward-looking” statements as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the impact of acquisitions by Wabtec, statements regarding Wabtec’s expectations about future sales and earnings, statements regarding order pipeline expectations, statements regarding anticipated cash flow generation with operating cash flow conversion, and statements about the impact of evolving global conditions on Wabtec’s business. All statements, other than historical facts, including statements regarding synergies and other expected benefits from acquisitions; statements regarding Wabtec’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions; and statements regarding macro-economic conditions and evolving production and demand conditions; and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements concern future circumstances and results and other statements that are not historical facts and are sometimes identified by the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “potential,” “intend,” “expect,” “endeavor,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “overestimate,” “underestimate,” “believe,” “could,” “project,” “predict,” “continue,” “target” or other similar words or expressions. Forward-looking statements are based upon current plans, estimates and expectations that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. The inclusion of such statements should not be regarded as a representation that such plans, estimates or expectations will be achieved. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such plans, estimates or expectations include, among others, (1) changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions, including the impacts of tax and tariff programs, inflation, supply chain disruptions, foreign currency exchange, and industry consolidation; (2) changes in the financial condition or operating strategies of Wabtec’s customers; (3) unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from acquisitions and potential failure to realize synergies and other anticipated benefits of acquisitions, including as a result of integrating acquired targets into Wabtec; (4) inability to retain and hire key personnel; (5) evolving legal, regulatory and tax regimes; (6) changes in the expected timing of projects; (7) a decrease in freight or passenger rail traffic; (8) an increase in manufacturing costs; (9) actions by third parties, including government agencies; (10) the severity and duration of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting impact on the global economy and, in particular, our customers, suppliers and end-markets, (11) potential disruptions, instability, and volatility in global markets from the imposition of economic sanctions on Russia resulting from the invasion of Ukraine; (12) cybersecurity and data protection risks and (13) other risk factors as detailed from time to time in Wabtec’s reports filed with the SEC, including Wabtec’s annual report on Form 10-K, periodic quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed with the SEC. The foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication. Wabtec does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or development, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements.

Media Contacts:


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