Navistar International Corporation has announced a second quarter 2015 net loss of $64 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to a second quarter 2014 net loss of $297 million, or $3.65 per diluted share. Revenues in the quarter were $2.7 billion. Chargeouts in the company's core markets (Class 6 to 8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada) were up 38% over last quarter.
Second quarter 2015 EBITDA was $85 million versus an EBITDA loss of $119 million in the same period one year ago. The $204 million year-over-year improvement was driven by an increase in truck segment sales, favorable product mix and the continuation of lower warranty expense and cost reductions. Prior year results included $149 million in asset impairment charges related to the company's South American engine operations.
Second quarter 2015 adjusted EBITDA was $102 million compared to $82 million in the second quarter of 2014. The second quarter included one-time net charges of $17 million, compared to one-time charges of $201 million in the second quarter of 2014.
The company was cash flow positive in the second quarter 2015 and finished the quarter with $784 million in manufacturing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities.
"Our results reflect continued progress in improving enterprise-wide business operations and positive momentum in the North American industry," says Troy A. Clarke, Navistar President and Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to make solid improvements in our North American truck and parts businesses and are especially encouraged by the progress in our bus business as well as increased market share in our medium-duty business, where we saw significant improvement in sales to major rental and leasing fleets and strong results in dealer-led sales."
Highlights from the quarter include a 10% year-over-year increase in chargeouts in the company's core markets (Class 6 to 8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada). This included a 24% increase in Class 6 and 7 medium trucks and a 9% increase in combined Class 8 trucks.
During the quarter, the company continued its best-in-class technology integration strategy with its first-to-market announcement of Bendix Wingman Fusion—the industry's most advanced safety system—available on the company's International brand Class 8 on-highway tractors.
In addition, the company continued its mission to be the 'Uptime' leader in the industry with the purchase of a test track and proving grounds in New Carlisle, IN. The Navistar Proving Grounds is a key strategic addition to the company's product development operations, allowing for comprehensive testing and validation of new vehicles and innovative technologies. The site will also be used as a customer center to showcase new products and give customers an opportunity to experience new products firsthand.
The company continued to take actions to reduce fixed costs and improve its manufacturing capacity utilization with the sale of its foundry operations in Waukesha, WI. Navistar will complete its exit from the foundry business as operations in Indianapolis wind down by the end of the summer. As a result, the company anticipates more than $13 million in annual savings.
The company provided the following guidance for the third quarter:
- Q3-2015 EBITDA of $125 million to $175 million, excluding pre-existing warranty and one-time items.
- Q3-2015 manufacturing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities between $750 million and $850 million.
Additionally, the company projects a continued strong North American industry for FY2016 with retail deliveries of Class 6 to 8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada to be in the same range as FY2015—350,000 to 380,000 units—with a stronger mix of school buses and medium-duty trucks.
"We continue to take the right actions to improve the business and expect to achieve in excess of an 8% EBITDA margin run rate as we exit the year," Clarke adds. "We think 2016 will be another strong year for the North American industry and we believe we're well positioned to take advantage of favorable market conditions for our core businesses."
Truck Segment — For the second quarter 2015, the Truck segment recorded a loss of $51 million, compared with a year-ago second quarter loss of $129 million. The Truck segment's year-over-year improvement was driven by increased chargeouts, improved product costs and lower charges for adjustments to pre-existing warranties—reflecting quality improvements in recent model years and continued efforts to reduce overall cost per repair.
Parts Segment — For the second quarter 2015, the Parts segment recorded a profit of $133 million, flat compared to second quarter 2014. Sales and margin improvements in North American commercial markets were offset by a decrease in export and Blue Diamond Parts sales.
Global Operations Segment — For the second quarter 2015, the Global Operations segment recorded a profit of $1 million compared to a year-ago second quarter loss of $162 million. The year-over-year improvement was primarily due to one-time non-cash asset impairment charges that occurred in the second quarter of 2014. The remaining improvements in segment loss were primarily due to lower manufacturing and structural costs as a result of restructuring and cost-reduction efforts.
Financial Services Segment — For the second quarter 2015, the Financial Services segment recorded a profit of $22 million compared to second quarter 2014 profit of $24 million, reflecting an increase in revenue that was more than offset by a higher provision for loan losses in Mexico and lower income from intercompany loans.