Q4 2013 sales of $720.5 million, up 19.1 percent in local currencies and up 20.8 percent in U.S. dollars from a year ago
Full year 2013 sales of $2,720.5 million, up 9.3 percent in local currencies and up 9.8 percent in U.S. dollars from a year ago
Q4 2013 operating margin of 12.0 percent on a performance basis versus 12.6 percent a year ago; operating margin of 10.7 percent on a U.S. GAAP basis versus 11.6 percent a year ago
Full year 2013 operating margin of 13.1 percent on a performance basis versus 13.5 percent a year ago; operating margin of 12.2 percent on a U.S. GAAP basis versus 13.1 percent a year ago
Q4 2013 diluted EPS of $1.29 on a performance basis, up from $1.08 a year ago; diluted EPS of $6.65 on a U.S. GAAP basis, up from $0.93 a year ago
Full year 2013 diluted EPS of $5.01 on a performance basis, up from $4.46 a year ago; diluted EPS of $10.31 on a U.S. GAAP basis, up from $4.62 a year ago
Full year 2013, WABCO generated $665.8 million in net cash from operating activities, which included a one-time gain of $283.7 million for reimbursement by the European Commission in Q4 2013 due to WABCO’s successful appeal of a previously disclosed fine on former entities of American Standard Companies. Excluding the Commission’s reimbursement as well as excluding payments of $20.1 million for streamlining and separation activities, WABCO generated $280.7 million of free cash flow, resulting in a conversion rate of 88 percent of performance net income attributable to the company
Provides guidance for full year 2014, including today’s separately disclosed acquisition of Transics International. WABCO’s full year 2014 sales growth to range from 6 to 11 percent in local currencies, full year 2014 diluted EPS on a performance basis to range from $5.30 to $5.80 and full year 2014 diluted EPS on a U.S. GAAP basis to range from $4.78 to $5.28
BRUSSELS, Belgium, February 13, 2014 – WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today reported Q4 and full year 2013 results.
WABCO reported Q4 2013 sales of $720.5 million, up 19.1 percent in local currencies from a year ago and up 20.8 percent in U.S. dollars.
WABCO reported Q4 2013 performance operating income of $86.5 million, up from $75.0 million a year ago, and operating income was $76.8 million on a U.S. GAAP basis, up from $69.0 million a year ago.
WABCO’s performance operating margin for Q4 2013 was 12.0 percent versus 12.6 percent a year ago, and operating margin was 10.7 percent on a U.S. GAAP basis versus 11.6 percent a year ago.
For Q4 2013, WABCO reported performance net income attributable to the company of $80.6 million or $1.29 per diluted share, up from $69.6 million or $1.08 per diluted share a year ago, and Q4 2013 U.S. GAAP net income attributable to the company of $416.3 million or $6.65 per diluted share, up from $59.7 million or $0.93 per diluted share a year ago.
During Q4 2013, WABCO generated $417.7 million in net cash from operating activities, resulting in free cash flow of $83.1 million, excluding payments of $2.9 million for streamlining and separation activities, as well as excluding a one-time gain of $283.7 million for reimbursement by the European Commission due to WABCO’s successful appeal of a previously disclosed fine on former entities of American Standard Companies.
Full Year 2013
For full year 2013, WABCO reported sales of $2,720.5 million, up 9.3 percent in local currencies from a year ago and up 9.8 percent in U.S. dollars.
“Q4 2013 sales contributed significantly to WABCO’s revenues growth for the full year, in a still volatile global market,” said Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “For full year 2013, global truck and bus production ticked up slightly around 3 percent year on year, however, we continued for yet another year to outperform the overall market by increasing the levels of WABCO content per vehicle and by expanding our share of market,” said Esculier.
“For full year 2013, we are also particularly proud that WABCO increased its global aftermarket sales by 7.1 percent, setting a new record for annual aftermarket revenues on a currency adjusted basis,” said Esculier. “Moving forward, WABCO’s aftermarket revenues will be further strengthened through our strategic acquisition of Transics International, as announced separately earlier today.”
WABCO reported full year 2013 performance operating income of $355.4 million, up from $335.6 million a year ago, and operating income was $331.9 million on a U.S. GAAP basis, up from $324.5 million a year ago.
WABCO’s full year 2013 performance operating margin was 13.1 percent versus 13.5 percent a year ago, and operating margin was 12.2 percent on a U.S. GAAP basis versus 13.1 percent a year ago.
“Throughout 2013, we continued to demonstrate our ability to transform strong top-line growth into robust bottom-line performance, despite our operating margin experiencing significant headwinds from transactional foreign exchange impacts,” said Esculier. “Excluding such headwinds, WABCO delivered a superior incremental operating margin at 25 percent,” added Esculier, referring to the ratio of increase in performance operating income in 2013 and WABCO’s growth in sales.
WABCO reported full year 2013 performance net income attributable to the company of $317.4 million or $5.01 per diluted share, up from $291.6 million or $4.46 per diluted share a year ago, and full year 2013 U.S. GAAP net income attributable to the company of $653.2 million or $10.31 per diluted share, up from $302.0 million or $4.62 per diluted share a year ago.
“WABCO’s Operating System, our globally standardized manufacturing and management environment, propelled us toward new productivity records in 2013 while enabling our fast and flexible responses to volatile market changes quarter after quarter,” said Esculier. “It delivered $84.2 million of materials and conversion productivity, an all-time annual record. It generated gross materials productivity of 5.3 percent, and it achieved yet another new annual record in delivering conversion productivity of 6.3 percent.”
WABCO generated $665.8 million in net cash from operating activities during full year 2013, resulting in free cash flow of $280.7 million, excluding payments of $20.1 million for streamlining and separation activities, as well as excluding a one-time gain of $283.7 million for reimbursement by the European Commission in Q4 2013 due to WABCO’s successful appeal of a previously disclosed fine on former entities of American Standard Companies. This results in a conversion rate of 88 percent of performance net income attributable to the company during full year 2013.
Since June 2011, WABCO has repurchased 10,155,343 shares for $420.3 million in open market transactions as of December 31, 2013. WABCO is authorized to repurchase up to $379.7 million of additional shares through December 31, 2014.
“Throughout 2013, we continued to invest in WABCO’s global capabilities and infrastructure to support further growth while also achieving a free cash flow conversion rate of 88 percent, yet another superb result,” said Esculier. “For full year 2013, WABCO also delivered earnings of $5.01 per share on a performance basis, marking a new annual record and another successful milestone in delivering outstanding value for our shareowners.”
In Q4 2013, WABCO announced that it had begun to supply IVECO with WABCO’s newest generation of pneumatic anti-lock braking system (ABS version E8) integrated with breakthrough electronic stability control ESCsmart™ to equip IVECO’s new Eurocargo Euro 6 medium-duty on-road trucks. IVECO is a global manufacturer of commercial vehicles headquartered in Turin, Italy, and part of CNH Industrial Group. It marks the first time in the commercial vehicle industry that these advanced WABCO safety technologies are being adopted together in series production. WABCO’s newest generation of pneumatic ABS technology integrated with ESCsmart improves the vehicle’s directional stability and helps to protect against roll-over, skidding and spin-out during critical driving situations.
Also in Q4 2013, our Meritor WABCO joint venture in North America announced that OnLane™, an innovative lane departure warning system, is available for immediate orders as an option on Freightliner Cascadia® and Freightliner CascadiaEvolution models made by Daimler Trucks North America. OnLane also provides a unique feature called driver alertness warning (DAW), which detects erratic or degraded driving based on lane weaving and provides a warning to the driver. WABCO is the market leader in collision mitigation systems in North America.
WABCO announced in Q4 2013 that its OptiDrive™ system, a breakthrough in automated manual transmission technology, is now available in South America as it continues to gain acceptance among global major manufacturers of transmissions, trucks and buses. WABCO’s industry award-winning OptiDrive system improves vehicle control and increases fuel economy up to 5 percent through optimized gear shifting, which also reduces emissions, resulting in an environmentally cleaner footprint.
During Q4 2013, WABCO’s newly constructed factory in Lucknow, India, started shipping products in volume production. WABCO India now has 5 world-class manufacturing sites as of 2013. WABCO India serves as a major hub in the company’s global manufacturing and sourcing network as it supplies customers in India, Japan, Europe, and the United States, among other markets internationally.
WABCO disclosed in January 2014 that WABCO China has been recertified as a new and high technology enterprise by the government authorities. In 2010, WABCO became one of the first global suppliers in the automotive and commercial vehicle industry to obtain such certification in China, and today WABCO remains one of the few in its field with this official status. It reaffirms WABCO’s position in China as the supplier of choice for control systems for trucks, buses and trailers. It also confirms how WABCO has continued to expand its local capabilities while also continuing to invest in research, development and manufacturing resources in China.
In Q4 2013, WABCO won 6 “top supplier awards” from 3 major customers in China. These original equipment manufacturers include China National Heavy Truck Corporation (CNHTC), Dongfeng and Foton. WABCO China was honored for supplier excellence, technology innovation, and outstanding contribution to research and development.
Recently, WABCO announced that its Reman Solutions business has been named “Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year” by the Heavy Duty Remanufacturers Group of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association. The award recognizes the remanufacturer that has demonstrated the highest level of leadership and vision in the industry. WABCO Reman Solutions was also honored for its dedication to quality and innovation, outstanding customer service, technical excellence, diverse product portfolio of parts, and global capabilities, with facilities in Rochester Hills, Michigan; Stanowice, Poland; Jinan, China; and a joint operation in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
As disclosed on December 2, 2013, WABCO confirmed that the period for appeal had expired – and no appeal had been filed by the European Commission – regarding the EU General Court’s recent ruling to significantly reduce a civil fine of EUR 326.1 million imposed by the European Commission in June 2010 (approximately $400 million at the date of assessment). The original fine was imposed on entities representing the former American Standard Companies Inc. and certain of its former operations in Europe involving a bathroom fittings and fixtures cartel. In September 2013, the General Court reduced the fine by EUR 205.8 million to EUR 120.3 million based on WABCO’s initial appeal against the European Commission’s fine. As previously reported, WABCO itself was never the subject of the European Commission’s investigation. However, when spun-off from American Standard Companies Inc. in 2007, WABCO was obliged to indemnify American Standard Companies Inc., now known as Trane Inc., and certain of its former entities involved in this matter. Per its indemnification agreement with Trane, WABCO paid the fine’s full amount in September 2010 and WABCO will keep the full amount of the reimbursement, which was paid in October 2013 by the European Commission.
Full Year 2014 Guidance
Based on our current estimates of future market conditions, WABCO provides guidance for full year 2014, including today’s separately disclosed acquisition of Transics International. WABCO expects full year 2014 sales growth to range from 6 to 11 percent in local currencies; performance operating margin to range from 12.8 to 13.6 percent; and operating margin on a U.S. GAAP basis to range from 12.4 to 13.2 percent, resulting in diluted EPS on a performance basis to range from $5.30 to $5.80 and diluted EPS on a U.S. GAAP basis to range from $4.78 to $5.28.
WABCO expects in 2014 to convert between 80 and 90 percent of its net income attributable to the company into free cash flow, excluding payments associated with streamlining and separation activities.
“During 2013, WABCO’s differentiation continued to yield outstanding results as we maintained our leadership position as preferred supplier in the global commercial vehicle industry through our three-pillar strategy of technology leadership, globalization and excellence in execution,” said Esculier.
“Entering 2014, we remain committed to further demonstrate our ability to anticipate market conditions, respond more efficiently to sudden changes and proactively satisfy customer demand,” said Esculier. “Indeed, we are globalizing faster than ever to bring customers cost-effective, value-based solutions, and we remain confident in our ability to continue to deliver outstanding value for WABCO’s shareowners.”
Jacques Esculier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Jason Campbell, Controller and interim Chief Financial Officer, will discuss WABCO’s results and outlook on a conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern Time today. It will be webcast at www.wabco-auto.com where the press release and financial information will be available under "WABCO Q4 and Full Year 2013 Results."
The call is also accessible by telephone in listen only mode. Dial-in number is +1 408 940 3818 and U.S. toll-free dial-in number is 877 844 0834.
A replay of the call will be available from 12:00 Noon Eastern Time on February 13 until midnight February 19, 2014. Replay dial-in number is +1 404 537 3406 and U.S. toll-free dial-in number is 855 859 2056. Conference ID is 31041311.
WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability and transmission automation systems supplied to the world’s leading commercial truck, bus and trailer manufacturers. With sales of $2.7 billion in 2013, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com
This document contains certain “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on management's good faith expectations and beliefs concerning future developments. Statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “strategies,” “prospects,” “intends,” “projects,” “estimates,” “plans,” “may increase,” “may fluctuate,” and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “should,” “would,” “may” and “could” are generally forward looking in nature and not historical facts. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations as a result of many factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the actual level of commercial vehicle production in our end markets, adverse developments in the business of our key customers, pricing changes to our supplies or products, and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section and the “Information Concerning Forward Looking Statements” section of WABCO's Form 10-K, 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 Reports. 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 the understanding of Q4 and full year 2013 results, several tables follow this news release. Sales excluding the effects of foreign exchange, incremental operating margin and EBIT are non-GAAP financial measures. Additionally, operating income, EBIT, net income attributable to the company and net income attributable to the company per diluted share on a “performance basis” are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude separation and streamlining items, the one-time impact from an adjustment to the UK pension plan, the European Commission fine indemnification, and discrete and other one-time tax items, as applicable. Free cash flow presents our net cash provided by operating activities less net cash used for purchases of property, plant, equipment, and computer software. 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.