Navistar International Corp. Tuesday announced a first quarter 2016 net loss of $33 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, an improvement of 21 percent and 23 percent, respectively, compared to a first quarter 2015 net loss of $42 million, or $0.52 per diluted share.
Revenues in the quarter were $1.8 billion, a decline of 27 percent compared to $2.4 billion in the first quarter last year. The decline reflects lower volumes in its Core U.S. and Canadian markets, due to softer industry conditions; lower volumes in Mexico and export markets, reflecting a stronger U.S. dollar; and, lower engine volumes in Brazil, due to ongoing weak economic conditions in that country. Additionally, one-quarter of the year-over-year decline was due to the discontinuation of the company’s Blue Diamond Truck joint venture in mid-2015.
First quarter 2016 EBITDA was $82 million, compared to first quarter 2015 EBITDA of $101 million. This year’s results included a $5 million charge for pre-existing warranties and a net $10 million benefit related to a one-time fee received, partly offset by asset impairment and restructuring costs. As a result, first quarter adjusted EBITDA was $77 million, up 43 percent, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $54 million in the comparable period last year.
“Despite a lower revenue base, we continued to unlock value by significantly improving adjusted EBITDA through managing and optimizing our costs,” said Troy A. Clarke, Navistar president and chief executive officer. “We are encouraged by our Q1 performance and remain on track to achieve our goals of returning to profitability and generating manufacturing free cash flow in 2016.”
“This was a solid quarter in which we made real progress toward our 2016 targets,” said Walter G. Borst, Navistar executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We operated within our indicated cash range in what is seasonally our weakest revenue and most cash-intensive quarter, ending the first quarter 2016 with $673 million in manufacturing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities. We also continued to manage costs out of our business, putting us on track to achieve our annual $200 million cost reduction target.”
Significant first quarter items include:
- Achieved $57 million in structural cost reductions.
- Delivered record Q1 Parts segment profit of $150 million.
- Used truck inventory increased $50 million to $440 million.
- Warranty expense, excluding pre-existing adjustments, declined to 2.6 percent of manufacturing revenue, approaching best-in-class quality levels.
“We expect the industry’s oversupply of used trucks will continue in the near term,” Borst said. “While our inventory is higher than we planned, I am confident in our abilities to address this issue and bring these inventories down over time.”
On Feb. 1, the company unveiled its new HX Series of premium severe service trucks, returning Navistar to a segment from which it had been largely absent since 2010. One week after the launch, the company had received more than 300 orders for the HX, and customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Navistar is bringing to market trucks that customers want to buy and solutions that deliver uptime, support our Parts business, and position our dealer network for success,” Clarke said.
Over the next few years, the company expects to announce a new product on average every six months, completely refreshing the product line by the end of 2018.