Wabash National Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results
Wabash National Corporation, the innovation leader of engineered solutions for the transportation, logistics and distribution industries, reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.
Net sales for the third quarter 2021 of $482.6 million increased 37.3% versus the prior year quarter as the company continued to scale its ability to serve strong customer demand. Consolidated gross profit was $51.0 million, or 10.6% of sales. Operating income was $18.3 million, or 3.8% of sales during the quarter. Earnings per share was $0.22 on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.
Total company backlog as of September 30, 2021 was approximately $1.9 billion – an increase of $600 million sequentially from Q2 2021. Wabash National’s backlog of $1.9 billion represents an increase of 87% compared to September of 2020 and is an all-time record for the Company.
“Wabash continues to execute well in the midst of an uneven business and manufacturing environment,” explained Brent Yeagy, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Generating earnings per share exceeding our prior outlook speaks to our employees’ agile performance and this management team’s ability to provide credible guidance. We continue to monitor changes in the supply chain and offer our best look at future financial performance.”
For the full year ending December 31, 2021, the company modified its EPS outlook to $0.60 to $0.65.
“As we fine-tune our guidance for the remainder of 2021 to reflect increased supply chain and material cost headwinds, we are excited by the record strength in our order book and the opportunity for strong financial performance in 2022,” said Yeagy. “Assuming little change in labor and supply chain conditions, the combination of a stronger jumping off point in build rates and a hard reset on pricing within our 2022 order book allows us to offer an initial EPS outlook of $1.70 for 2022.”
Business Segment Highlights
Effective in the third quarter of 2021, Wabash has updated its segment reporting structure to align with how the business is operated and how the company goes to market.
“Following our One Wabash organizational changes, we are excited to present a refreshed segment view that is consistent with how we are now managing our business,” said Mike Pettit, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Our new segmentation structure reflects our enhanced focus on new growth opportunities and also aligns how we discuss the business with how we operate the business. This will create enhanced transparency and a more simplified discussion of how and where value is created at Wabash for our employees, our customers, and our shareholders.”
Transportation Solutions’ net sales for the third quarter were $442.6 million, an increase of 44.0% as compared to the prior year quarter, as operations scaled to meet improved customer demand. Operating income was $26.0 million or 5.9% of sales during the quarter.
Parts & Service’s net sales for the third quarter were $41.9 million, a decrease of 11.3% as compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to the divestiture of Extract Technology on June 30, 2021. Operating income was $4.1 million, or 9.9% of sales during the quarter.
In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the financial information included in this release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including operating EBITDA, free cash flow, adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted net income (loss), adjusted earnings per share, adjusted segment EBITDA, and adjusted segment EBITDA margin. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures and results calculated in accordance with GAAP, including net income (loss), and reconciliations to GAAP financial statements should be carefully evaluated.
Operating EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, impairment and other, net, and other non-operating income and expense. Management believes providing operating EBITDA is useful for investors to understand the Company’s performance and results of operations period to period with the exclusion of the items identified above. Management believes the presentation of operating EBITDA, when combined with the GAAP presentations of operating income (loss) and net income (loss), is beneficial to an investor’s understanding of the Company’s operating performance. A reconciliation of operating EBITDA to net income (loss) is included in the tables following this release.
Free cash flow is defined as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures. Management believes providing free cash flow is useful for investors to understand the Company’s performance and results of cash generation period to period with the exclusion of the item identified above. Management believes the presentation of free cash flow, when combined with the GAAP presentations of cash provided by operating activities, is beneficial to an investor’s understanding of the Company’s operating performance. A reconciliation of free cash flow to cash (used in) provided by operating activities is included in the tables following this release.
Adjusted operating income (loss) and margin, non-GAAP financial measures, exclude certain costs, expenses, other charges, gains or income that are included in the determination of operating income (loss) under U.S. GAAP, but that management would not consider important in evaluating the quality of the Company’s operating results as they are not indicative of the Company’s core operating results or may obscure trends useful in evaluating the Company’s continuing activities. Accordingly, the Company presents adjusted operating income (loss) and margin excluding these special items to help investors evaluate our operating performance and trends in our business consistent with how management evaluates such performance and trends. Further, the Company presents adjusted operating income (loss) and margin to provide investors with a better understanding of the Company’s view of our results as compared to prior periods. A reconciliation of adjusted operating income (loss) to operating income (loss), the most comparable GAAP financial measure, is included in the tables following this release.
Adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted earnings per diluted share reflect adjustments for the impact of sales and divestitures, debt transactions, and non-cash impairment, and the related tax effects of these adjustments. Management believes providing adjusted measures and excluding certain items facilitates comparisons to the Company’s prior year periods and, when combined with the GAAP presentation of net income (loss) and diluted net income (loss) per share, is beneficial to an investor’s understanding of the Company’s performance.
Adjusted segment EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is calculated by adding back segment depreciation and amortization expense to segment operating income (loss), and excludes certain costs, expenses, other charges, gains or income that are included in the determination of operating income (loss) under GAAP, but that management would not consider important in evaluating the quality of the Company’s segment operating results as they are not indicative of each segment’s core operating results or may obscure trends useful in evaluating the segment’s continuing activities. Adjusted segment EBITDA Margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted segment EBITDA by segment total net sales. A reconciliation of adjusted segment EBITDA to income (loss) from operations is included in the tables following this release.
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About Wabash National Corporation
As the innovation leader of engineered solutions for the transportation, logistics and distribution industries, Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) is Changing How the World Reaches You™. Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, the company’s mission is to enable customers to succeed with breakthrough ideas and solutions that help them move everything from first to final mile. Wabash National designs and manufactures a diverse range of products, including: dry freight and refrigerated trailers, platform trailers, liquid tank trailers, dry and refrigerated truck bodies, structural composite panels and products, trailer aerodynamic solutions and specialty food grade equipment. Its innovative products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National®, Benson®, Brenner® Tank, Bulk Tank International, DuraPlate®, Supreme®, Transcraft®, Walker Engineered Products, and Walker Transport. Learn more at www.wabashnational.com.
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