BRUSSELS, Belgium, Feb 07, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) today reported record quarterly sales in the fourth-quarter of $679 million, up 31% from the fourth-quarter of 2006. Excluding favorable foreign exchange effects, sales for the quarter were up 17% versus prior year. The increase demonstrates the Company's continued ability to outperform the global commercial vehicle market.
The Company reported fourth-quarter net income of $54.4 million on a U.S. GAAP basis, or 79 cents per diluted share, versus $24.6 million in the fourth- quarter of 2006, or 35 cents per diluted share. On a performance basis, which excludes separation costs, operational streamlining expenses and one-time and discrete tax items, net income increased 97% to $69.6 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, compared with $35.4 or 51 cents per diluted share a year ago. Separation costs, operational streamlining expenses, and one-time and discrete tax items amounted to $15.2 million net of tax for the quarter.
"This was an outstanding finish to a very important year for WABCO during which we transitioned to an independent company," said Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited about our strong sales performance for the quarter as it demonstrates our ability to continue to outperform the market for commercial vehicles in all regions of the world. Our earnings performance also clearly indicates our progress in addressing and resolving many of the operational inefficiencies we faced in the previous quarter driven by capacity constraints throughout the commercial vehicle supply chain. This rapid improvement was enabled by our continued focus on the WABCO Operating System, an advanced management system that allows us to accelerate operational improvement across our value chain."
"During the quarter, we were also successful in returning our Aftermarket growth rate to double-digit levels," Esculier said. Aftermarket sales for the Company grew 10% in the quarter versus prior year.
The Company generated $76.5 million in net cash from operating activities and $45.8 million of free cash flow for the quarter. The Company continued its share buy-back program in the fourth quarter and repurchased approximately 1.8 million shares of stock for $87 million in open market transactions.
FOURTH-QUARTER 2007 BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS
During the quarter, WABCO continued to grow its business globally with the nomination by Daimler AG to become its future exclusive supplier of ABS and EBS wheel speed sensors for Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe, Daimler Trucks North America LLC (formerly Freightliner) in North America, and Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Brazil, in South America. This award complements a second global award by Daimler during the quarter for WABCO to supply solenoid valves for all Daimler truck platforms globally, including Fuso in Japan. WABCO also signed a contract extension with Volvo Group for deliveries of compressors to its heavy vehicle platforms up to and including 2012.
In Korea, SsangYong Motor selected WABCO as its supplier of vacuum pumps for its Euro 5 diesel engines. Trailer OEM Schmitz Cargobull AG and axle and suspension supplier Gigant Holding AG, both chose WABCO as a supplier of air disc brakes. Volkswagen Brazil nominated WABCO to provide air dryers for its Constellation platform.
Demonstrating success in expanding its business globally to serve customers in emerging countries such as China and India, the Company won several distinguished awards from customers in Asia. Yutong Group awarded WABCO an "Excellent Supplier Award", the highest level of recognition by Yutong for its suppliers. China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co. (CNHTC) recognized WABCO with two awards: "Best Supplier Award" from its engine division and the "Quality Trust Award" from its special vehicle division.
The company reported full year 2007 net income of $125.4 million, or $1.81 per diluted share, on a U.S. GAAP basis, versus $137.8 million, or $1.98 per diluted share in 2006. On a performance basis, which excludes separation costs, operational streamlining expenses, and one-time and discrete tax items, net income increased 45% to $208.5 million, or $3.01 per diluted share, compared with $144.1 million or $2.07 per diluted share a year ago.
Full year 2007 sales were $2.4 billion, up 20% versus prior year. Excluding favorable foreign exchange effects, sales were up 11% versus prior year.
FULL-YEAR PERFORMANCE ESTIMATES 2008
"2008 looks like another record-setting year for WABCO fueled by continued growth globally. While there is some concern about an economic slowdown in the latter half of 2008, we believe WABCO will see sales growth between 8% and 11%, in local currencies, for the year. We anticipate full-year earnings per diluted share to increase 20 to 25%, at constant exchange rates, on a performance basis due to improved operational efficiency, increased volume and continued share repurchases during 2008," Esculier said. Earnings per share on a performance basis excludes separation costs, one-time and discrete tax items, and operational streamlining expenses.
WABCO CEO Jacques Esculier and CFO Ulrich Michel will discuss the Company's performance and outlook on a two-way conference call for financial analysts at 8 a.m. EST today. The call will be webcast on the WABCO website at www.wabco-auto.com. The earnings release and additional financial and statistical information will be posted to the site under the heading "WABCO Fourth-Quarter and Full Year 2007 Results." The call is also accessible by telephone. The dial-in number is 719-325-4882. Listeners are advised to call five-to-10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The number of telephone connections is limited.
A replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. EST on Thursday February 7, until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday February 15. The replay dial-in number is 719-457-0820. The passcode is 3989340.
WABCO is a leading provider of electronic braking, stability, suspension and transmission control systems for heavy duty commercial vehicles. Customers include the world's leading commercial truck, trailer and bus manufacturers. Founded in the U.S. in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake Company, WABCO was acquired by American Standard in 1968 and spun off in 2007. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, WABCO employs more than 7,000 people in 34 offices and production facilities worldwide. In 2007, WABCO's total sales were $2.4 billion. WABCO is a publicly traded company and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock symbol WBC. Web site: www.wabco-auto.com.
Comments in this document contain certain forward-looking statements, which are based on management's good faith expectations and beliefs concerning future developments. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations as a result of many factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties described in the "Risk Factors" section and the "Forward Looking Statements" section of WABCO's Information Statement included in the Form 10 filing made in connection with WABCO's spinoff from American Standard Companies Inc., as well as in the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-Information Concerning Forward Looking Statements" section of WABCO's Form 10-Q Quarterly Report for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2007. WABCO does not undertake any obligation to update such forward-looking statements. All market and industry data are based on Company estimates.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To facilitate understanding of fourth-quarter and full year results, several tables follow this news release. Sales excluding the effects of foreign exchange are a non-GAAP financial measure. Additionally, net income and net income per diluted share on a "performance basis" are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude separation costs, operational streamlining expenses, and one-time and discrete tax items. Lastly, "free cash flow" presents our cash provided by operating activities less net cash used in investing activities. These measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, GAAP measures. Management believes that presenting these non-GAAP measures is useful to shareholders because it enhances their understanding of how management assesses the operating performance of the Company's business. Certain non-GAAP measures may be used, in part, to determine incentive compensation for current employees.
Attachment 1: Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income - fourth-quarter and full year Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows Attachment 2: Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings Measures - fourth-quarter and full year Reconciliation of GAAP Sales to Non-GAAP Sales Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow Reconciliation of GAAP EPS Growth to Performance EPS Growth for 2008 Guidance (at constant exchange rates) For more information, reporters may contact: Fred Spar, +1 212 521 4813, firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, investors and financial analysts may contact: Mike Thompson, +32 (2) 663 9854, email@example.com WABCO HOLDINGS INC. Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income Three Months Ended Year Ended Dec. 31, Dec. 31, (Amounts in millions, 2007 2006 2007 2006 except share data) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Sales $679.2 $519.5 $2,415.9 $2,015.2 Cost and expenses: Cost of sales 490.0 376.9 1,764.2 1,463.5 Selling and administrative expenses 82.8 62.5 299.8 255.0 Product engineering expenses 19.8 16.1 84.2 72.2 Equity (income) of unconsolidated joint ventures (2.1) (3.2) (9.1) (23.3) Other expense, net 13.3 4.7 35.6 10.8 Interest expense, net - related party - 2.1 1.5 6.2 Interest expense, net - 4.9 3.0 5.1 603.8 464.0 2,179.2 1,789.5 Income before income taxes 75.4 55.5 236.7 225.7 Income taxes 21.0 30.9 111.3 87.9 Net income $54.4 $24.6 $125.4 $137.8 Net income per common share Basic $0.81 $1.85 Diluted $0.79 $1.81 Pro-forma net income per common share Basic $0.36 $2.03 Diluted $0.35 $1.98 Common shares outstanding Basic 67,231,877 67,887,919 Diluted 68,434,257 69,270,661 Pro-forma common shares outstanding Basic 67,867,159 67,867,159 Diluted 69,696,428 69,696,428 WABCO HOLDINGS INC. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet December 31, December 31, (Amounts in millions) 2007 2006 ASSETS (Unaudited) Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $183.2 $34.8 Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts: $6.4 in 2007; $6.5 in 2006 464.6 186.5 Inventories 177.4 138.0 Future income tax benefits 8.0 14.5 Retained interest in securitization program - 17.4 Other current assets 54.2 35.6 Total current assets 887.4 426.8 Facilities, less accumulated depreciation 336.2 299.7 Goodwill 376.8 343.8 Capitalized software costs, net of accumulated amortization: $129.1 in 2007; $71.5 in 2006 35.1 37.4 Long-term future income tax benefits 40.2 42.0 Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures 83.0 84.9 Other assets 35.0 42.3 Total Assets $1,793.7 $1,276.9 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY/ OWNER'S NET INVESTMENT Current liabilities: Loans payable to banks $126.2 $17.9 Accounts payable 193.5 147.3 Accrued payroll 103.0 74.2 Current portion of warranties 49.7 35.1 Taxes on income 12.8 65.5 Cash collected on behalf of banks - securitization - 68.7 Taxes other than income taxes 3.9 0.8 Indemnification liabilities 26.4 - Other accrued liabilities 87.8 66.8 Total current liabilities 603.3 476.3 Long-term debt - 57.3 Post-retirement benefits 326.5 366.4 Warranties 4.3 5.4 Deferred tax liabilities 26.6 18.5 Minority interest 13.5 11.4 Long-term indemnification liabilities 55.6 - Long-term income tax liabilities 95.6 0.8 Other 57.6 25.6 Total Liabilities 1,183.0 961.7 Total Shareholders' Equity/Owner's Net Investment 610.7 315.2 Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Equity/ Owner's Net Investment $1,793.7 $1,276.9 WABCO HOLDINGS INC. Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited) Three Months Ended December 31, (Amounts in millions) 2007 2006 Operating activities: Net income $54.4 $24.6 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation 16.9 13.4 Amortization of capitalized software and other intangibles 6.5 7.5 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures, net of dividends received 0.5 1.8 Non-cash stock compensation 1.4 0.8 Deferred income taxes 0.4 (15.7) Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 0.3 0.5 Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (15.6) 16.9 Inventories 12.6 14.2 Accounts payable (4.3) (9.0) Other accrued liabilities and taxes (13.5) (2.4) Post-retirement benefits (1.3) (10.8) Other current and long-term assets 10.4 (18.2) Other long-term liabilities 7.8 12.0 Net cash provided by operating activities 76.5 35.6 Investing activities: Purchases of property, plant and equipment (31.7) (29.4) Investments in capitalized software (0.9) (1.5) Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment 1.9 - Net cash used in investing activities (30.7) (30.9) Financing activities: Repayments of long-term debt - (37.6) Net borrowing/(payments) of short-term debt 51.6 (31.4) Purchases of treasury stock (93.6) - Dividend payments (4.7) - Proceeds from exercise of stock options 13.7 - Net change in balance due from/ to American Standard or American Standard affiliated entities - 56.5 Net cash used in financing activities: (33.0) (12.5) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 5.3 1.2 Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 18.1 (6.6) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 165.1 41.4 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $183.2 $34.8 WABCO HOLDINGS INC. Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings Measures (Unaudited) (Amounts in millions, except per Three Months Twelve Months share data) Ended Dec. 31, Ended Dec. 31, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net Income $54.4 $24.6 $125.4 $137.8 Adjustments: Streamlining cost, net of tax - 1.2 8.4 4.9 Tax items (0.8) 9.6 1.2 1.4 Separation costs, net of tax and separation related taxes 16.0 - 73.5 - Performance Net Income $69.6 $35.4 $208.5 $144.1 Performance Net Income per Diluted Common Share $1.02 $0.51 $3.01 $2.07 Common shares outstanding - diluted 68.4 69.3 Pro-forma common shares outstanding - diluted 69.7 69.7 Note: The presentation of performance net income and performance net income per diluted common share is not in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These measures may not be comparable to similar measures of other companies as not all companies calculate these measures in the same manner. WABCO HOLDINGS INC. Reconciliation of GAAP Sales to Non-GAAP Sales (Unaudited) % Chg Three Months Ended Dec. 31, vs. (Amounts in millions) 2007 2006 2006 Sales Reported Sales $679.2 $519.5 30.7% Foreign exchange translational effects (69.4) - Adjusted Sales $609.8 $519.5 17.4% Twelve Months Ended Dec 31, 2007 2006 Sales Reported Sales $2,415.9 $2,015.2 19.9% Foreign exchange translational effects (189.0) - Adjusted Sales $2,226.9 $2,015.2 10.5% Presenting sales excluding the translation effects of foreign exchange amounts is not in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similar measures of other companies as not all companies calculate these measures in the same manner. WABCO HOLDINGS INC. Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow (Unaudited) (Amounts in millions) Three Months Ended Dec. 31, 2007 2006 Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $76.5 $35.6 Deductions or Additions to Reconcile to Free Cash Flow: Purchases of property, plant, equipment and computer software (32.6) (30.9) Proceeds from disposals of property 1.9 - Free Cash Flow $45.8 $4.7 Note: This statement reconciles net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow. Management uses free cash flow, which is not defined by US GAAP, to measure the Company's operating performance. Free cash flow is also one of several measures used to determine incentive compensation for certain employees. WABCO HOLDINGS INC. Reconciliation of GAAP EPS Growth to Performance EPS Growth for 2008 Guidance (at constant exchange rates) (Unaudited) (Amounts in millions, except per Twelve Months share data) Ended Dec. 31, Year Over 2008 Projected 2007 Year Growth Net Income Reported Net Income $223.7 - $232.7 $125.4 Streamlining costs, net of tax 6.3 8.4 Tax items 3.2 1.2 Separation costs, net of tax and separation related taxes 7.8 73.5 Performance Net Income $241 - $250 $208.5 15% - 20% Reported Net Income per Diluted Common Share $3.35-$3.49 $1.81 85% - 93% Performance Net Income per Diluted Common Share $3.62-$3.75 $3.01 20% - 25% Diluted common shares outstanding 66.6 69.3 Note: The presentation of performance net income and performance net income per diluted common share is not in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These measures may not be comparable to similar measures of other companies as not all companies calculate these measures in the same manner.
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