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WABCO (WBC) Q1 Earnings & Revenues Hurt by Lower Production

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Plunge in global production of trucks, buses and passenger cars lowers WABCO's (WBC) earnings in first-quarter 2019.

WABCO Holdings Inc. WBC canceled the first-quarter 2019 earnings call scheduled for Apr 26, 2019, due to the agreement and plan of merger with ZF Friedrichshafen AG. However, the company issued the earnings report in Form 10-Q quarterly. Its earnings were $1.64 per share in the reported quarter, marking a decline from $1.87 recorded in the prior-year quarter. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings was pegged at $1.85.

Reportedly, quarterly sales of WABCO declined 7% to $933 million. This decline was due to a challenging environment that led to a slump in the global production of new trucks, buses and trailers as well as passenger cars. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales was pegged at $972.3 million.

During the reported quarter, gross profit decreased 11.7% year over year to $273 million. Operating expenses rose 3.5% year over year to $167.7 million.

Financial Details

At the end of first-quarter 2019, WABCO had cash and cash equivalents of $603.3 million compared with $503.8 million as of Dec 31, 2018. The company’s long-term debt was $829 million as of Mar 31, 2019, marking a decline from $845 million as of Dec 31, 2018.

At the end of first-quarter 2019, WABCO witnessed net cash inflow of $58.8 million compared with $89 million a year ago.

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