Media & Resources Press Releases Greenbrier Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2011 Results

Greenbrier Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2011 Results

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE: GBX) today reported results for its fiscal first quarter ended November 30, 2010.

First Quarter Highlights

Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $201.4 million, up from $171.7 million in the prior year's first quarter.
  • EBITDA for the quarter was $16.7 million, or 8.3% of revenue, compared to $14.8 million, or 8.6% of revenue in the first quarter of 2010.
  • The Company's net loss for the quarter was $2.3 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3.2 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the prior year's first quarter. (1)
  • Results for the 2011 first quarter include a gain of $1.1 million, net of taxes, or approximately $0.05 per diluted share, from insurance proceeds received by the Company associated with a fire in January 2009 at one of the Company's wheel services facilities.
 

Liquidity Summary:

  • The Company ended the quarter with $49 million of cash and $108 million of committed additional borrowing capacity.
  • Subsequent to the quarter end, the Company enhanced its balance sheet and liquidity through the sale of 3,000,000 shares of common stock, which generated approximately $63 million in net proceeds.
 

Segment Highlights:

  • New railcar deliveries in the first quarter of 2011 were 1,050 units, compared to 350 units in the first quarter of 2010.
  • Greenbrier's new railcar manufacturing backlog as of November 30, 2010 was 8,100 units with an estimated value of $580 million.  During the first quarter, the Company received orders for 4,100 new railcars.  Subsequent to quarter end, orders were received for 1,900 additional units.  The combined value of these new railcar orders is approximately $400 million.
  • Marine backlog was $10 million as of November 30, 2010.  Subsequent to quarter end, the Company received a new barge order valued at less than $5 million.
 

Discussion of Quarterly Results and Outlook

William A. Furman, president and chief executive officer, said, "Our quarterly results are in line with previously disclosed expectations.  We continue to benefit from a recovery in the demand for new railcars.  Since August 31, we have received orders for 6,000 new railcars, with an aggregate value of approximately $400 million, demonstrating our ability to capture business as the new cycle begins.  This new demand is driven in part by an ongoing improvement in new rail traffic.  According to the Association of American Railroads, calendar 2010 North American general freight car loadings were up 9.4% and intermodal loadings were up 14.7% compared to 2009. To address new orders and our growing backlog, we will ramp up production rates beginning this month and plan to open an additional production line in June of 2011.  Currently, we anticipate delivering about 9,000 – 10,000 new railcars in fiscal 2011."

Furman concluded, "In fiscal 2011, we will continue to focus on improving gross margins, executing on operational efficiencies, managing for cash flow and liquidity, leveraging our integrated business model and returning to sustained profitability.  Our recent successful stock offering further strengthens our balance sheet and liquidity and positions us to participate in the market upturn while continuing to de-leverage the Company."

Segment Details

The Wheel Services, Refurbishment & Parts segment, through a network of 38 locations, repairs and refurbishes railcars, and provides wheel services and railcar parts across North America. Revenue for this segment in the current quarter was $97.1 million, compared to $93.0 million in the first quarter of 2010. The revenue increase was primarily due to higher sales volumes from an increase in maintenance and repair work and a pre-tax gain of $1.9 million on insurance proceeds related to the January 2009 fire at one of the Company's facilities. Gross margin for the Wheel Services, Refurbishment & Parts segment was 11.0% of revenue, compared to 10.4% of revenue in the prior comparable period. This increase was primarily a result of improved efficiencies and cost structure at the repair facilities due to the higher volumes of workflow, the gain from the insurance proceeds and favorable scrap metal pricing, slightly offset by lower wheelset volumes and a change in product mix.

The Manufacturing segment consists of marine and new railcar production in Europe and North America. Manufacturing segment revenue for the first quarter was $85.4 million, compared to $60.1 million in the first quarter of 2010. The revenue increase was primarily due to higher railcar deliveries, somewhat offset by a decline in marine barge production and a change in new railcar product mix with lower per unit sales prices. Current quarter new railcar deliveries of 1,050 units were up from 350 units in the prior comparable period. Manufacturing gross margin for the third quarter was 6.7% of revenue, compared to 7.0% in the first quarter of 2010. The slight decrease was primarily due to a reduction in marine production and inefficiencies associated with the ramping up of production at certain facilities that were idled in the previous year.

The Leasing & Services segment includes results from the Company-owned lease fleet of approximately 9,000 railcars and from fleet management services provided for approximately 224,000 railcars. Revenue for this segment was $18.9 million, compared to $18.6 million in the same quarter last year. This increase is attributable to increased management services revenues and rents earned on assets held for sale. Gains on sales of assets from the lease fleet in the current quarter were $.6 million compared to $.9 million in the first quarter of 2010. Leasing & Services' gross margin for the quarter was 51.6% of revenue, compared to 41.4% of revenue in the same quarter last year. The increase from the prior year's first quarter is due to increased rents earned on assets held for sale which have no associated cost of revenue, maintenance reserve adjustments and improved lease fleet margins as a result of lower operating costs. Lease fleet utilization as of the end of the quarter was up sequentially to 96.7%, the highest level in 10 quarters.  This compares to 94.4% at August 31, 2010, and 91.3% at November 30, 2009.

Selling and administrative costs were $17.9 million for the quarter, or 8.9% of revenue, versus $16.2 million, or 9.4% of revenue, for the same quarter last year. The increase from the prior comparable period is primarily due to employee related costs, consulting activities and revenue-based fees paid to our joint venture partner in Mexico.

Interest and foreign exchange expense was $10.3 million for the quarter, compared to $11.1 million for the same period in 2010. This decrease was due to lower debt levels and favorable interest rates on the Company's variable debt.

Business Outlook

Based on current business trends, management continues to anticipate that both revenue and EBITDA will be higher in fiscal 2011, compared to fiscal 2010, with the second half of the year being stronger than the first half of the year.  

Management continues to anticipate the Company will achieve around break-even results in the second quarter and be profitable in the second half of the year.

Conference Call

The Greenbrier Companies will host a teleconference to discuss first quarter results.  Teleconference details are as follows:

  • Friday, January 7, 2011
  • 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time
  • Phone : 1-630-395-0143, Password: "Greenbrier"
  • Real-time Audio Access:  ("Newsroom" at http://www.gbrx.com)
 

Please access the site 10 minutes prior to the start time.  Following the call, a replay will be available on the same website for 30 days.  Telephone replay will be available through January 22 at 203-369-3049.

About Greenbrier Companies

Greenbrier (www.gbrx.com), headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad industry. The Company builds new railroad freight cars in its three manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and marine barges at its U.S. facility. It also repairs and refurbishes freight cars and provides wheels and railcar parts at 38 locations across North America. Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars and refurbishes freight cars for the European market through both its operations in Poland and various subcontractor facilities throughout Europe. Greenbrier owns approximately 9,000 railcars, and performs management services for approximately 224,000 railcars.

"SAFE HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Greenbrier uses words such as "anticipates," "believes," "forecast," "potential," "contemplates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "estimates," "could," "would," "will," "may," "can," and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, turmoil in the credit markets and financial services industry; high levels of indebtedness and compliance with the terms of our indebtedness; write-downs of goodwill in future periods; sufficient availability of borrowing capacity; fluctuations in demand for newly manufactured railcars or failure to obtain orders as anticipated in developing forecasts; loss of one or more significant customers; customer payment defaults or related issues; actual future costs and the availability of materials and a trained workforce; failure to design or manufacture new products or technologies or to achieve certification or market acceptance of new products or technologies; steel price fluctuations and scrap surcharges; changes in product mix and the mix between segments; labor disputes, energy shortages or operating difficulties that might disrupt manufacturing operations or the flow of cargo; production difficulties and product delivery delays as a result of, among other matters, changing technologies or non-performance of subcontractors or suppliers; ability to obtain suitable contracts for the sale of leased equipment and risks related to car hire and residual values; difficulties associated with governmental regulation, including environmental liabilities; integration of current or future acquisitions; succession planning; as well as the other factors as may be discussed under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Forward Looking Statements" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2010, and in our other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date hereof. Except as otherwise required by law, we do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

EBITDA is not a financial measure under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). We define EBITDA as earnings (loss) attributable to Greenbrier before interest and foreign exchange, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA is a liquidity measurement tool commonly used by rail supply companies and Greenbrier.  You should not consider EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute for other financial statement data determined in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, because EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and is susceptible to varying calculations, the EBITDA measure presented may differ from and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

(1) Net earnings (loss) is now referred to in the Consolidated Statements of Operations, in accordance with GAAP, as "Net earnings (loss) attributable to Greenbrier".

 

THE GREENBRIER COMPANIES, INC.

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

   

(In thousands, unaudited)

   
   

 
   
     

Assets

 

November 30,

2010

 

August 31,

2010

   

  Cash and cash equivalents

 

$         49,247

 

$       98,864

   

  Restricted cash

 

2,637

 

2,525

   

  Accounts receivable  

 

95,051

 

89,252

   

  Inventories

 

225,203

 

185,604

   

  Assets held for sale

 

75,690

 

31,826

   

  Equipment on operating leases, net

 

298,803

 

302,663

   

  Investment in direct finance leases

 

139

 

1,795

   

  Property, plant and equipment, net

 

138,650

 

132,614

   

  Goodwill

 

137,066

 

137,066

   

  Intangibles and other assets

 

86,790

 

90,679

   
   

$    1,109,276

 

$  1,072,888

   
             

Liabilities and Equity

           

  Revolving notes

 

$           9,902

 

$         2,630

   

  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

210,341

 

181,638

   

  Deferred income taxes

 

80,723

 

81,136

   

  Deferred revenue

 

12,480

 

11,377

   

  Notes payable

 

499,264

 

498,700

   
             

  Total equity Greenbrier

 

284,845

 

285,938

   

  Noncontrolling interest

 

11,721

 

11,469

   

  Total equity

 

296,566

 

297,407

   
   

$    1,109,276

 

$  1,072,888

   
   
             

 
 

THE GREENBRIER COMPANIES, INC.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

   

(In thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

   
   

 
   
       

Three Months Ended

November 30,

     
       

2010

   

2009

     

Revenue

                   

  Manufacturing

     

$      85,440

   

$      60,078

     

  Wheel Services, Refurbishment & Parts

     

97,145

   

92,983

     

  Leasing & Services

     

18,859

   

18,632

     
       

201,444

   

171,693

     
                     

Cost of revenue

                   

  Manufacturing

     

79,747

   

55,847

     

  Wheel Services, Refurbishment & Parts

     

86,411

   

83,286

     

  Leasing & Services

     

9,120

   

10,918

     
       

175,278

   

150,051

     
                     

Margin

     

26,166

   

21,642

     
                     

Other costs

                   

  Selling and administrative

     

17,938

   

16,208

     

  Interest and foreign exchange

     

10,304

   

11,112

     
       

28,242

   

27,320

     

Loss before income tax and loss from  unconsolidated

  affiliates

       

(2,076)

 
 
 

(5,678)

     

Income tax benefit

     

611

   

2,500

     
 

Loss before loss from unconsolidated  affiliates

       

(1,465)

     

(3,178)

     

Loss from unconsolidated affiliates

     

(587)

   

(183)

     
                     

Net loss

     

(2,052)

   

(3,361)

     

Net (earnings) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

     

(252)

   

117

     
                     

Net loss attributable to Greenbrier

     

$       (2,304)

   

$      (3,244)

     
                     

Basic loss per common share:

     

$         (0.11)

   

$        (0.19)

     
                     

Diluted loss per common share:

     

$         (0.11)

   

$        (0.19)

     
                     

Weighted average common shares:

                   

Basic

     

21,879

   

17,087

     

Diluted

     

21,879

   

17,087

     
                     
   
                         

 
 

THE GREENBRIER COMPANIES, INC.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

   

(In thousands, unaudited)

   
   

 
   
     

Three Months Ended

November 30,

   
     

2010

 

2009

   

Cash flows from operating activities:

             

Net loss

   

$   (2,052)

 

$    (3,361)

   

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash  provided by

 (used in) operating activities:

             

    Deferred income taxes

   

(413)

 

(1,227)

   

    Depreciation and amortization

   

9,319

 

9,392

   

    Gain on sales of equipment

   

(633)

 

(851)

   

    Accretion of debt discount

   

1,798

 

2,116

   

    Stock based compensation expense

   

1,281

 

1,368

   

    Other

   

64

 

(1,111)

   

Decrease (increase) in assets:

             

     Accounts receivable

   

(5,462)

 

16,088

   

     Inventories

   

(39,492)

 

(11,565)

   

     Assets held for sale

   

(44,530)

 

(3,218

   

     Other

   

2,965

 

2,451

   

Increase (decrease) in liabilities:

             

     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

   

28,508

 

(3,156)

   

     Deferred revenue

   

1,201

 

(1,829)

   

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

   

(47,446)

 

5,097

   

Cash flows from investing activities:

             

    Principal payments received under direct finance leases

   

36

 

115

   

    Proceeds from sales of equipment

   

4,054

 

2,667

   

    Investment in unconsolidated affiliates

   

(279)

 

(450)

   

    Increase in restricted cash

   

(112)

 

(2,317)

   

    Capital expenditures

   

(11,536)

 

(11,939)

   

Net cash used in investing activities

   

(7,837)

 

(11,924)

   

Cash flows from financing activities:

             

    Net change in revolving notes with maturities of 90 days or less

   

1,055

 

(3,896)

   

    Proceeds from revolving notes with maturities longer than 90 days

   

6,194

 

-

   

    Net proceeds from issuance of notes payable

   

-

 

1,712

   

    Repayments of notes payable

   

(1,234)

 

(1,247)

   

    Other

   

26

 

-

   

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

   

6,041

 

(3,431)

   

Effect of exchange rate changes

   

(375)

 

(536)

   

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

   

(49,617)

 

(10,794)

   

Cash and cash equivalents

             

Beginning of period

   

98,864

 

76,187

   

End of period

   

$     49,247

 

$   65,393

   
   
             

 
 

THE GREENBRIER COMPANIES, INC.

 

Supplemental Disclosure

   

Reconciliation of Net loss attributable to Greenbrier to EBITDA  

   

(In thousands, unaudited)

   
   

 
   
       
   

Three Months Ended

November 30,

   
   

2010

 

2009

   

Net loss attributable to Greenbrier

 

$     (2,304)

 

$     (3,244)

   

Interest and foreign exchange

 

10,304

 

11,112

   

Income tax benefit

 

(611)

 

(2,500)

   

Depreciation and amortization

 

9,319

 

9,392

   

EBITDA

 

$     16,708

 

$     14,760

   
   
             

 

(1) EBITDA is not a financial measure under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). We define EBITDA as earnings (loss) attributable to Greenbrier before interest and foreign exchange, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA is a liquidity measurement tool commonly used by rail supply companies and Greenbrier.  You should not consider EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute for other financial statement data determined in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, because EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and is susceptible to varying calculations, the EBITDA measure presented may differ from and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

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