Wabtec Reports Strong 2nd Quarter 2022 Results

  • Total Backlog of $23.23 Billion, Up $1.70 Billion and Up $2.27 Billion on Constant Currency Basis; Provides Strong Multi-Year Momentum
  • Second Quarter Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share of $0.91; Adjusted Earnings Per Share of $1.23, Up 16.0%
  • Sales Growth of 1.8% to $2.05 Billion; GAAP Operating Margin of 12.9%; Adjusted Operating Margin of 16.7%, Up 1.5 pts
  • Closed Two Strategic Bolt-on Acquisitions and Repurchased $103 Million Shares During the Second Quarter

PITTSBURGH, August 5, 2022 – Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) today reported second quarter 2022 GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.91, up 37.9% versus the second quarter of 2021. Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $1.23, up 16.0% versus the same quarter a year ago. Second quarter sales were $2.05 billion and cash from operations was $263 million.

“The Wabtec team executed a strong quarter by delivering profitable growth, continued margin expansion and significant increase in backlog” said Rafael Santana, Wabtec’s President and CEO. “The strength of the business and our team’s relentless focus on disciplined execution was evident in the quarterly financial results despite rising costs, continued supply chain challenges and significant unfavorable foreign currency exchange.

“We continued to progress against our long-term strategy as is evidenced by the 8% year-over-year growth in our backlog driven by strategic multi-year orders for modernizations, new locomotives and digital solutions.  Looking forward, the Wabtec team is focused on delivering for our customers, executing against our value creation framework and is well-positioned to drive profitable growth. The breadth and unique capability of the Wabtec products and technologies, combined with our installed base and multi-year backlog, provides us with increasing momentum in 2022 and beyond.”

2022 Second Quarter Consolidated Results

  • Sales increased compared to the year-ago quarter driven by higher Freight segment sales, partially offset by lower Transit segment sales. On a constant currency basis sales were up 5.6%
  • Both GAAP and adjusted operating margin increased from last year as a result of higher sales, increased pricing, improved mix and strong productivity, partially offset by escalating costs associated with metals, transportation and labor.
  • GAAP and adjusted EPS increased from the year-ago quarter primarily due to higher sales and increased operating margins. GAAP EPS further benefited from lower restructuring and transaction costs.  

2022 Second Quarter Freight Segment Results

  • Freight Segment sales for the second quarter were up across all product lines, with very strong growth in Equipment and Services.
  • Both GAAP and adjusted operating margin benefited from higher sales, favorable mix/price and operational efficiencies, partially offset by higher costs. GAAP operating margin also improved year-over-year as a result of lower restructuring and transaction costs.

2022 Second Quarter Transit Segment Results

  • Transit segment sales for the second quarter were down versus last year primarily due to unfavorable foreign currency exchange and supply chain disruptions.
  • GAAP operating margin was up significantly as a result of lower restructuring and transaction costs, while adjusted operating margin was down modestly as a result of increased input costs and lower fixed cost absorption.      


At June 30, 2022 the multi-year backlog was $1.70 billion higher than June 30, 2021 due primarily to increased orders for the Freight segment. Unfavorable foreign exchange adversely impacted the total backlog by $568 million.

Cash Flow and Liquidity Summary

  • During the second quarter, the Company generated cash from operations of $263 million versus $223 million in the year ago period behind increased net income.
  • At the end of the quarter, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $501 million and total debt of $4.21 billion. At June 30, 2022 the Company’s total available liquidity was $1.48 billion, which includes cash and cash equivalents plus $0.98 billion available under current credit facilities.
  • During the second quarter, the Company completed the acquisitions of Beena Vision and ARINC for $69 million, as well as repurchased $103 million of Wabtec shares.    

2022 Financial Guidance

  • Wabtec updated its 2022 financial guidance with sales to be in a range of $8.30 billion to $8.60 billion and adjusted earnings per diluted share to be in a range of $4.70 to $5.00 versus previous guidance of $4.65 to $5.05.
  • For full year 2022, Wabtec expects strong 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: 3578102).

About Wabtec Corporation

Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) is focused on creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. 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 2022 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. 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, 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.


Wabtec Investor Contact:

Kristine Kubacki, CFA
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