Wabtec Reports Strong 4th Quarter 2021 Results Issues 2022 Financial Guidance
Fourth Quarter Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share of $1.02; Adjusted Earnings Per Share Up 20.4% to $1.18
Sales Growth of 2.4% to $2.07 Billion; GAAP Operating Margin of 12.7%; Adjusted Operating Margin Up 210 bps to 16.1%
Full-Year Cash Flow from Operations up 36.9% to $1.07 Billion; 102% Full-Year Operating Cash Flow Conversion
Repurchased 1.05 Million Shares During the Fourth Quarter for $100 Million; Total Full-Year Repurchased of $300 Million
Announced $750 Million Share Buyback Reauthorization and 25% Increase in Quarterly Dividend
PITTSBURGH, February 16, 2022 – Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) today reported fourth quarter 2021 GAAP earnings per diluted share of $1.02, up 121.7% versus the fourth quarter of 2020. Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $1.18, up 20.4% versus the same quarter a year ago. Fourth quarter sales were $2.07 billion and cash from operations was $314 million. Full year 2021 earnings per diluted share was $2.96, up 36.4% versus full year 2020. Full year adjusted earnings per diluted share were $4.26, up 12.4% versus full year 2020. Total 2021 sales were $7.82 billion and cash from operations was a record high of $1.07 billion.
“The Wabtec team delivered strong execution to close out the year, providing us with momentum into 2022,” said Rafael Santana, Wabtec’s President and CEO. “Our productivity initiatives, realization of synergies and positive mix drove improvement in segment margins for both the fourth quarter and full year despite growing supply chain disruptions and higher costs. Our strong performance in 2021 was complemented by disciplined capital allocation including $300 million in share repurchases, $92 million in dividends and two strategic bolt-on acquisitions that enhance our business with attractive end-market opportunities.
"Wabtec delivered significant progress against our strategic initiatives that will create value for our customers and shareholders. Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery electric locomotive is gaining traction with our customers as they seek solutions that reduce emissions and improve efficiencies.
“Looking forward, we see mixed market conditions improving throughout the year. The breadth of our product portfolio combined with our multi-year backlog provides us with a solid foundation for growth in 2022. Our announced $750 million share buyback reauthorization and 25% increase in the dividend underscore our confidence on continued strong earnings and cash flow generation. We believe we are well-positioned to deliver top-line growth, margin expansion and increased earnings in 2022."
2021 Fourth Quarter Consolidated Results
- Sales increased compared to the year-ago quarter driven by higher Freight segment sales, partially offset by lower Transit segment sales. During the quarter, we estimate that sales results were adversely impacted by 3 to 4 percent due to supply chain disruptions.
- Both GAAP and adjusted operating margin increased from last year as a result of improved mix and strong productivity, partially offset by $20 to $25 million in 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 income from operations. GAAP EPS further benefited from a favorable effective tax rate, along with lower restructuring and transaction costs.
2021 Fourth Quarter Freight Segment Results
- Freight segment sales for the fourth quarter were driven by demand for Services and Components, along with the acquisition of Nordco. This growth was partially offset by lower deliveries of locomotives and increased supply chain disruptions.
- Both GAAP and adjusted operating margin benefited from higher sales, favorable mix and operational efficiencies, partially offset by higher costs. GAAP operating margin also improved year-over-year as a result of lower restructuring and transactions costs
2021 Fourth Quarter Transit Segment Results
- Transit segment sales for the fourth quarter were down versus last year due to supply chain issues, COVID-related disruptions and unfavorable foreign currency exchange.
- Both GAAP and adjusted segment operating margin improved versus last year primarily driven by mix and productivity gains, partially offset by higher costs. GAAP operating margin further benefited from lower year-over-year restructuring and transaction costs.
At December 31, 2021 the multi-year backlog was $578 million higher than December 31, 2020 due in most part from increased orders for Freight Equipment and Freight Services.
Cash Flow and Liquidity Summary
- During the fourth quarter, the company generated cash from operations of $314 million versus $326 million in the year ago period. For the full year, the company generated strong cash from operations of $1.07 billion resulting in an operating cash flow conversion of 102%.
- At the end of the quarter, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $473 million and total debt of $4.06 billion. At December 31, 2021 the company’s total available liquidity was $1.67 billion, which includes cash and cash equivalents plus $1.20 billion available under current credit facilities.
- During the fourth quarter, the company repurchased $100 million of shares, bringing the full year total to $300 million.
- Wabtec Board of Directors reauthorized a share buyback program up to $750 million and declared a 25 percent increase in the regular quarterly common dividend to $0.15 payable on February 28, 2022 to holders of record on February 25, 2022.
2022 Financial Guidance
- Wabtec initiated its 2022 financial guidance with sales expected 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 $4.65 to $5.05.
- For full year 2022, Wabtec expects strong cash flow generation with operating cash flow conversion of greater than 90 percent.
- The company 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.
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: 8527520).
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 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.
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Wabtec Investor Contact
Kristine Kubacki, CFA
Kristine [dot] Kubacki [at] wabtec [dot] com
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