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FreightCar America, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Freightcar America, Inc.
·13 min read

Company remains focused on completing final steps to reposition business

Castaños, Mexico manufacturing operation received industry certifications and is now shipping railcars

Second half delivery guidance narrowed to range between 750 and 850 railcars

CHICAGO, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Business Highlights

  • Third quarter revenue of $25.2 million on deliveries of 163 railcars

  • Third quarter net loss attributed to Freight Car America. Inc. (“FCA”) of $40.3 million, or $3.03 per share, including $30.1 million, or $2.26 per share, of restructuring and impairment charges, $26.6 million of which is non-cash

  • Total cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted certificates of deposit of $32.9 million as of September 30, 2020

  • Backlog on September 30, 2020 totaled 1,776 railcars, including 100 railcars ordered during the quarter, with an aggregate value of approximately $195 million

  • Finalized early termination of the lease at Cherokee, Alabama (“Shoals”) manufacturing facility effective February 28, 2021

  • Now owns 100% of its new Castaños, Mexico manufacturing operation (“Castaños”), where all future railcar manufacturing is expected to be based by February 2021

  • Obtained new asset-backed credit facility to support the business and repositioning

  • Entered into new $40 million secured term loan agreement with a global investment management firm (“Lender”), with funding subject to stockholder approval, to strengthen balance sheet and drive future growth strategy

  • Began shipping cars from Castaños, Mexico facility in early November and received several small orders for the new facility post quarter-end

  • Second half 2020 delivery outlook narrowed to range between 750 and 850 railcars

“During the third quarter, FreightCar America made substantial progress towards the final steps of its business transformation. We completed the acquisition of the remaining portion of the Castaños joint venture, successfully started production, achieved our Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) plant certifications, and are starting to ship to customers this week. By moving all production to Mexico by early 2021, we have reset our cost-base and are multiple steps closer to reaching our goal to become the highest quality and lowest cost producer in the industry,” said Jim Meyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of FreightCar America. “Our former joint venture partners are among the best in the industry and we have solidified them as part of the team including an operational leadership role and as stockholders with board representation.”

Meyer continued, “Our industry remains in a cyclical downturn, which was intensified by the pandemic. Accelerating our repositioning effort to the finish line now greatly improves our ability to outlast the pandemic and then re-emerge in a position of strength. Our new breakeven is less than 2,000 railcars per year, and the Castaños factory is quickly scalable once we see positive industry trends. To support the accelerated finish and new business structure, we have obtained a new asset-backed credit facility, and we will have a new $40 million secured term loan following successful completion of the related stockholder vote. This term loan is vital to backstop the business during the elongated industry downcycle, support the final few steps of the transformation, and fund future working capital and growth investment needs.”

Meyer concluded, “Our team at the Shoals factory remains focused on completing our customer commitments at that facility before we close the plant in February 2021. Given our progress to date, we are narrowing our previous forecast for second half deliveries to range between 750 and 850 railcars. Finally, our business repositioning and transition to Castaños are being extremely well received by our customers and we anticipate no lost time as we complete the move. We look forward completing our repositioning and believe it will allow us to drive both higher levels growth and profitability as our industry enters its next upcycle.”

Third Quarter Results

  • Consolidated revenues were $25.2 million in the third quarter of 2020, compared to $17.5 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $40.7 million in the third quarter of 2019. The Company delivered 163 railcars in the third quarter of 2020, compared to 100 in the second quarter of 2020 and 467 railcars in the third quarter of 2019.

  • The Company had a backlog totaling 1,776 railcars at September 30, 2020, valued at approximately $195 million.

  • Consolidated operating loss for the third quarter of 2020 was $41.3 million, compared to an operating loss of $36.3 million for the third quarter of 2019. Net loss attributable to FreightCar America, Inc. (“FCA”) in the third quarter of 2020 was $40.3 million, or $3.03 per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to FCA of $35.7 million, or $2.83 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2019. Both consolidated operating loss and net loss attributable to FCA included restructuring and impairment charges of $30.1 million in the third quarter of 2020 and $23.0 million in the third quarter of 2019.

  • Inventories increased to $60.2 million, from $25.1 million as of December 31, 2019, to support expected deliveries in the second half of 2020.

  • Total cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted certificates of deposit were $32.9 million at the end of the third quarter, compared to $70.0 million as of December 31, 2019.

Third Quarter 2020 Conference Call & Webcast Information

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) to discuss its third quarter 2020 financial results. Investors, analysts, and members of the media interested in listening to the live presentation are encouraged to join a webcast of the call, available on the Company’s website at:

Event URL: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=142262

Interested parties may also participate in the call by dialing 877-407-0789 or 201-689-8562 and should use confirmation number 13712647. Please dial in approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call to ensure your participation. An audio replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 10, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 24, 2020. To access the replay, please dial 844-512-2921 or 412-317-6671. The replay pass code is 13712647. An audio replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website within two days following the earnings call.

About FreightCar America

FreightCar America, Inc. is a diversified manufacturer of railroad freight cars, that also supplies railcar parts and leases freight cars through its FreightCar America Leasing Company subsidiaries. FreightCar America designs and builds high-quality railcars, including open top hopper cars, covered hopper cars, intermodal and non-intermodal flat cars, mill gondola cars, coil steel cars, boxcars, coal cars, and also specializes in the conversion of railcars for repurposed use. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has facilities in the following locations: Cherokee, Alabama; Castaños, Mexico; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. More information about FreightCar America is available on its website at www.freightcaramerica.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain statements relating to our expected financial performance and/or future business prospects, events and plans that are “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Our actual results may differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by our forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties. These potential risks and uncertainties include, among other things: risks relating to the potential financial and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; the risk that our stockholders may not approve the issuance of the common stock underlying the warrant or that the term loan might not be funded; the Shoals facility, including the facility not meeting internal assumptions or expectations and unforeseen liabilities from Navistar; the cyclical nature of our business; adverse economic and market conditions; fluctuating costs of raw materials, including steel and aluminum, and delays in the delivery of raw materials; our ability to maintain relationships with our suppliers of railcar components; our reliance upon a small number of customers that represent a large percentage of our sales; the variable purchase patterns of our customers and the timing of completion, delivery and customer acceptance of orders; the highly competitive nature of our industry; the risk of lack of acceptance of our new railcar offerings by our customers; and other competitive factors. We expressly disclaim any duty to provide updates to any forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Important Information

This material may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the special meeting to be held on November 24, 2020. In connection with the special meeting, the Company has filed a definitive proxy statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISIONS, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETING. The definitive proxy statement has been mailed to stockholders who are entitled to vote at the special meeting. Stockholders will also be able to obtain a copy of the definitive proxy statement free of charge by directing a request to the Company’s Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. In addition, the definitive proxy statement is available free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov.

INVESTOR & MEDIA CONTACT

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TELEPHONE

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FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

September 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

Assets

(in thousands, except for share and per share data)

Current assets

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents

$

32,757

$

66,257

Restricted certificates of deposit

182

3,769

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,063 and $91, respectively

10,293

6,991

Inventories, net

60,186

25,092

Assets held for sale

10,383

-

Income tax receivable

109

535

Other current assets

4,737

7,035

Total current assets

118,647

109,679

Property, plant and equipment, net

19,443

38,564

Railcars available for lease, net

38,139

38,900

Right of use asset

34,059

56,507

Other long-term assets

817

1,552

Total assets

$

211,105

$

245,202

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Current liabilities

Accounts and contractual payables

$

20,606

$

11,713

Accrued payroll and other employee costs

4,258

1,389

Reserve for workers' compensation

3,475

3,210

Accrued warranty

7,508

8,388

Customer deposits

29,775

5,123

Deferred income state and local incentives, current

2,219

2,219

Lease liability, current

15,102

14,960

Current portion of long-term debt

15,825

-

Other current liabilities

4,750

2,428

Total current liabilities

103,518

49,430

Long-term debt, net of current portion

4,375

10,200

Accrued pension costs

5,754

6,510

Deferred income state and local incentives, long-term

3,058

4,722

Lease liability, long-term

44,548

53,766

Other long-term liabilities

3,446

3,420

Total liabilities

164,699

128,048

Stockholders’ equity

Preferred stock

-

-

Common stock

136

127

Additional paid in capital

83,657

83,027

Treasury stock, at cost

(1,341

)

(989

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(10,359

)

(10,780

)

(Accumulated Deficit) Retained earnings

(24,236

)

45,824

Total FreightCar America stockholders' equity

47,857

117,209

Noncontrolling interest in JV

(1,451

)

(55

)

Total stockholders' equity

46,406

117,154

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

211,105

$

245,202


FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

(In thousands, except for share and per share data)

Revenues

$

25,202

$

40,651

$

47,857

$

185,020

Cost of sales

29,281

46,061

66,883

191,255

Gross loss

(4,079

)

(5,410

)

(19,026

)

(6,235

)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

7,158

7,772

21,105

30,791

Loss on sale of railcars available for lease

-

42

-

5,238

Restructuring and impairment charges

30,103

23,032

31,250

24,351

Operating loss

(41,340

)

(36,256

)

(71,381

)

(66,615

)

Interest expense and deferred financing costs

(208

)

(223

)

(671

)

(374

)

Other income

160

363

518

765

Loss before income taxes

(41,388

)

(36,116

)

(71,534

)

(66,224

)

Income tax benefit

(75

)

(387

)

(78

)

(576

)

Net loss

(41,313

)

(35,729

)

(71,456

)

(65,648

)

Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in JV

(991

)

-

(1,396

)

-

Net loss attributable to FreightCar America

$

(40,322

)

$

(35,729

)

$

(70,060

)

$

(65,648

)

Net loss per common share attributable to FreightCar America- basic and diluted

$

(3.03

)

$

(2.83

)

$

(5.30

)

$

(5.20

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted

12,426,872

12,359,478

12,399,687

12,349,670


FreightCar America, Inc.
Segment Data
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenues:

Manufacturing

$

22,589

$

37,868

$

40,658

$

176,280

Corporate and Other

2,613

2,783

7,199

8,740

Consolidated revenues

$

25,202

$

40,651

$

47,857

$

185,020

Operating (loss) income:

Manufacturing

$

(36,786

)

$

(30,788

)

$

(56,934

)

$

(43,444

)

Corporate and Other

(4,554

)

(5,468

)

(14,447

)

(23,171

)

Consolidated operating loss

(41,340

)

(36,256

)

(71,381

)

(66,615

)


FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities

(in thousands)

Net loss

$

(71,456

)

$

(65,648

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows used in operating activities:

Non-cash restructuring and impairment charges

26,868

24,351

Depreciation and amortization

7,954

9,487

Change in inventory reserve

6,206

(1,501

)

Amortization expense - right-of-use leased assets

4,910

8,168

Recognition of deferred income from state and local incentives

(1,665

)

(1,665

)

Loss on sale of railcars available for lease

-

5,131

Stock-based compensation recognized

296

754

Other non-cash items, net

277

(209

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:

Accounts receivable

(3,302

)

9,483

Inventories

(41,300

)

10,407

Other assets

2,340

(1,706

)

Accounts and contractual payables

9,062

(11,206

)

Accrued payroll and employee benefits

3,011

1,254

Income taxes receivable/payable

909

(289

)

Accrued warranty

(880

)

(1,643

)

Lease liability

(9,110

)

(13,210

)

Customer deposits

24,652

(1,719

)

Other liabilities

2,489

4,625

Accrued pension costs and accrued postretirement benefits

(242

)

(417

)

Net cash flows used in operating activities

(38,981

)

(25,553

)

Cash flows from investing activities

Purchase of restricted certificates of deposit

(4,037

)

(1,416

)

Maturity of restricted certificates of deposit

7,624

5,862

Purchase of securities held to maturity

-

(1,986

)

Proceeds from maturity of securities

-

20,025

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(8,267

)

(3,292

)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment and railcars available for lease

170

11,519

Net cash flows (used in) provided by investing activities

(4,510

)

30,712

Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

10,000

10,200

Employee stock settlement

(9

)

(59

)

Deferred financing costs

-

(929

)

Net cash flows provided by financing activities

9,991

9,212

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(33,500

)

14,371

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at beginning of period

66,257

45,070

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at end of period

$

32,757

$

59,441