EVANSVILLE, Ind. – November 3, 2014 – Accuride Corporation (NYSE: ACW) – a leading supplier of components to the North American commercial vehicle industry – today reported strong financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014, as its continued margin and profitability improvements demonstrate the return on the Company’s “Fix and Grow” strategic investments at its business units.
Third quarter 2014 net sales from continuing operations were $184.0 million, compared with $155.3 million in the same period in 2013, an increase of 18.5 percent. The Company achieved operating income of $10.0 million for the quarter, compared to an operating loss of $0.7 million in the third quarter of 2013. The Company reported net income from continuing operations of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per share, for the quarter, compared to a 2013 third quarter net loss of $8.4 million, or $0.18 per share. Net income in the third quarter of 2014 included a tax benefit adjustment of $1.0 million. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA improved year-over-year to $21.2 million, or 11.5 percent of net sales, compared to $11.2 million, or 7.2 percent of net sales, in last year’s third quarter. As of September 30, 2014, Accuride had $21.5 million of cash plus $48.1 million in availability under its ABL Credit Facility, for total liquidity of $69.6 million.
Commenting on Accuride’s third quarter results and business conditions, President and CEO Rick Dauch said, “Accuride delivered strong results for yet another quarter in 2014, as each of our business units achieved sustained organic growth and year-over-year improvements in operating income, net income and Adjusted EBITDA. Our results were supported by continued strength in all sectors of the North American commercial vehicle industry, as the solid pace of U.S. economic and industrial growth fueled a healthy freight market that is boosting fleet equipment orders. Achieving consecutive quarters of positive net income further demonstrates our ability to generate higher profitability as we grow sales across our leaner, more cost-efficient North American production assets.”
The North American commercial vehicle industry remained strong in the third quarter, reaching its 20th consecutive month of year-over-year Class 8 order improvement in September. The pace of demand drove backlogs up, as fleets ordered to lock in OEM build slots to ensure that their future equipment needs are met. As a result, Class 8, Class 5-7 and trailer production posted year-over-year increases of 25 percent, 13 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Class 8 net orders were up 43 percent year-over-year, as solid fleet profitability and residual values for used Class 8 equipment spurred replacement of aging equipment. Class 8 net orders should remain strong for the next two quarters as the industry begins its year-end equipment buying season and moves into 2015. Year to date, trailer segment net orders are up 50 percent over 2013, and trailer OEMs expect the strong demand to continue for the next several quarters. Trailer production is projected to increase by 29 percent year-over-year in Q4 2014 and 21 percent in Q1 2015. Class 5-7 net orders also continue at a steady pace and are booking at an annualized rate of 212,200 units.
Current expectations for Class 5-7 are for year-over-year growth of 2 percent in fourth quarter 2014 production and 4 percent in the first quarter of 2015. Freight tonnage is forecasted to steadily increase throughout the next several years, which will continue to drive increased demand for trucks and trailers going forward. Some of Brillion’s core industrial end markets – particularly rail and oil and gas – have improved somewhat in 2014, but its other core markets are not expected to achieve a sustained recovery until 2015-16.
Accuride Wheels segment net sales were $106.7 million, up $18.7 million, or 21.3 percent, from the same period in 2013, primarily due to stronger OEM truck and trailer demand and stronger aluminum wheel aftermarket revenue, partially offset by lower OEM military demand. Wheels’ Adjusted EBITDA was $21.0 million, an increase of $4.0 million, or 23.2 percent, from the third quarter of 2013. The Company’s progress implementing LEAN manufacturing systems was validated in September when its Henderson, Ky., plant received the prestigious 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. It was one of only four plants in North America to be so honored.
Gunite segment net sales were $42.4 million, up $1.6 million, or 3.9 percent, from the third quarter of 2013, primarily due to stronger aftermarket demand for brake drums. Gunite’s Adjusted EBITDA was $5.4 million, or 12.7 percent of net sales, up from $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2013. Gunite’s continued margin expansion reflects a higher mix of aftermarket business and reduced breakeven point.
Brillion Iron Works’ third quarter net sales were $35.0 million, up $8.4 million, or 31.8 percent, from the third quarter of 2013, as the result of incremental new rail business and some market recovery for its oil and gas equipment customers. Brillion’s Adjusted EBITDA was $2.8 million, an increase of $1.3 million from the third quarter of 2013. Brillion’s results were dampened by higher-than-expected equipment downtime and maintenance costs.
As of September 30, 2014, total debt was $331.0 million, consisting of $306.0 million of our outstanding 9.5% senior secured notes, net of discount, and a $25.0 million draw on our ABL Credit Facility, which is a reduction of $10 million from the previous quarter. Accuride had $21.5 million of cash plus $48.1 million in availability under its ABL Credit Facility, for total liquidity of $69.6 million.
“Our sustained improvement over the past four quarters demonstrates that our ‘Fix & Grow’ strategy has repositioned Accuride as a more disciplined supplier, with a lean cost structure capable of generating higher levels of profitability,” Rick Dauch said. “Growing customer confidence in our ability to deliver high-quality products on time – due to our world class operational performance – is enabling us to steadily generate organic growth. For example, we recently received a favorable aluminum wheel databook position from a global OEM that should help us pull through additional sales. As we enter the commercial vehicle industry’s strongest order period, we are supporting fleets’ specification of Accuride wheels and wheel-end components in their new equipment. We are focused on finishing the year strong, sustaining working capital management discipline and controlling costs as we prepare for yet another robust year in 2015 for Accuride and the core markets we serve.”
Accuride Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Greg Risch stated, “We are narrowing our guidance to the high end of our previous range due to continued positive momentum in our end markets. We now expect our 2014 net sales to be in the range of $690 million to $700 million, and our full-year Adjusted EBITDA range to be $75 million to $80 million.”
This revised 2014 guidance is based on projected North American Class 8 production levels in the range of 290,000 to 295,000 units for the year, North American Class 5-7 production levels in the range of 210,000 to 215,000 units and North American Trailer production in the range of 255,000 to 265,000 units. Accuride expects net sales for its Brillion business unit to be approximately 15 percent higher than 2013 due primarily to incremental new business and slightly higher demand from oil and gas customers.
Accuride will host a conference call to discuss the financial and operational results of its Third Quarter 2014 on Monday, November 3, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. CST. Analysts and investors may participate on the conference call by dialing (800) 708-4539 in the United States, or (847) 619-6396 internationally, and using participant code 38313599. A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed via the Investors section of the company’s website – www.AccurideCorp.com/investors. Digital playback of the call will be available from November 3, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. CST until 11:59 p.m. CST, November 10, 2014, by calling (888) 843-7419 in the United States, or (630) 652-3042 internationally, using access code 38313599.
With headquarters in Evansville, Ind., USA, Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of components to the North American commercial vehicle industry. The company’s products include commercial vehicle wheels; wheel-end components and assemblies; and specialty cast-iron components for a range of agricultural, construction and mining, and oil and gas equipment applications. The company’s products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride®, Accuride Wheel End SolutionsTM, Gunite®, and BrillionTM. Accuride’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ACW. For more information, visit the Company’s website at https://www.accuridecorp.com.
Statements contained in this news release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding Accuride’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, and intentions with respect to future results. Such statements are subject to the impact on Accuride’s business and prospects generally of, among other factors, market demand in the commercial vehicle industry, general economic, business and financing conditions, labor relations, governmental action, competitor pricing activity, expense volatility and other risks detailed from time to time in Accuride’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those described in Item 1A of Accuride’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013. Any forward-looking statement reflects only Accuride’s belief at the time the statement is made. Although Accuride believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee its future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Except as required by law, Accuride undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or developments after the date of this news release.
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