VANCOUVER, BC - Westport Fuel Systems Inc. ("Westport Fuel Systems") (TSX/NASDAQ:WPRT) reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 and provided an update on operations. All figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.
"We have delivered our second consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA in Q3 2018," said Nancy Gougarty, Chief Executive Officer of Westport Fuel Systems. "This is a result of our full suite of ready-now products that are taking advantage of the shift away from traditional fuels, providing OEMs and consumers with solutions while continuing our focus on operational excellence. In addition, during the quarter we achieved another milestone of securing an HPDI customer in China, by signing development and supply agreements with Weichai Westport Inc. With their volume commitment, this presents an opportunity for economies of scale, which we expect to lever. Stronger regulations for reduced CO2 emissions continue to be a key driver for heavy-duty OEM engagement in Europe and China."
Westport Fuel Systems is updating its expected consolidated revenue from continuing operations to be in the range of $260 million to $275 million for the full year 2018. This is a change from its previous guidance of a range of $235 million to $255 million.
|($ in millions, except gross margin % & per share amounts)||Three Months Ended Sep 30,||Change|
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|Nine Months Ended Sep 30,||Change|
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|Consolidated Gross Margin||15.6||13.7||14%||52.0||46.3||12%|
|Consolidated Gross Margin %||24%||24%||—||25%||27%||—|
|Consolidated Operating Expenses||30.6||34.2||11%||89.7||94.8||5%|
|Research & Development Expenses||7.8||12.8||39%||23.8||38.5||38%|
|Income from Unconsolidated Joint Ventures||7.7||5.8||33%||17.0||12.8||33%|
|Net Loss from Continuing Operations||$(12.1)||$(16.2)||25%||$(30.4)||$(42.1)||28%|
|Net Loss per Share from Continuing Operations||$(0.09)||$(0.15)||40%||$(0.23)||$(0.38)||39%|
|($ in millions, except gross margin % and unit amounts)||Three Months Ended Sep 30,||Change|
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|Nine Months Ended Sep 30,||Change|
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|Gross Margin %||32%||37%||—||31%||35%||—|
|Segment Operating Income||$20.5||$14.9||38%||$43.7||$36.1||21%|
|Westport Fuel Systems 50% Interest||$7.7||$5.8||33%||$17.0||$12.8||33%|
Management reviews the operational progress of its business units and investment programs over successive periods through the analysis of net income, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. The company defines EBITDA as net loss from continuing operations before income taxes adjusted for interest expense (net), depreciation and amortization. Westport Fuel Systems defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA from continuing operations excluding expenses for stock-based compensation, unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses, and non-cash and other adjustments that the company deems to be non-recurring in nature. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a long-term indicator of operational performance since it ties closely to the business units’ ability to generate sustained cash flow and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Adjusted EBITDA includes the company's share of income from joint ventures.
The terms EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not defined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP") and are not a measure of operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA have limitations as an analytical tool, and when assessing the company's operating performance, investors should not consider EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA in isolation, or as a substitute for net loss or other consolidated statement of operations data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Among other things, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the company's actual cash expenditures. Other companies may calculate similar measures differently than Westport Fuel Systems, limiting their usefulness as comparative tools. The company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its U.S. GAAP results and using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental information.
|($ in millions) 3 months ended||30-Sep-17||31-Dec-17||31-Mar-18||30-Jun-18||30-Sep-18|
|Net Loss from Continuing Operations||$(16.2)||$(20.8)||$(12.6)||$(5.7)||$(12.1)|
|Income tax expense||0.4||0.1||0.9||0.1||2.6|
|Interest expense, net||0.9||2.5||2.1||1.7||2.3|
|Depreciation and amortization||3.8||3.9||4.2||4.1||4.2|
|Stock based compensation||2.1||0.7||0.3||1.4||0.6|
|Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss||2.5||(1.3)||—||5.2||2.2|
|Restructuring, termination and other exit costs||(0.1)||1.8||0.6||0.2||—|
|CWI US tax adjustment||—||6.7||—||—||—|
|Legal costs associated with SEC investigation||0.9||0.9||0.9||2.5||3.5|
The above information is qualified in its entirety by reference to Westport Fuel Systems full financial statements and related management's discussion and analysis. To view Westport Fuel Systems full financials for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, please visit www.wfsinc.com/investors/financials.
The company is providing a conference call presentation as a guide to its financial information in a quick reference format and it should be read in conjunction with Westport Fuel Systems full financials for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Westport Fuel Systems has scheduled a conference call for today, Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm Pacific Time (4:30 pm Eastern Time) to discuss these results. The public is invited to listen to the conference call in real time by telephone or webcast. To access the conference call by telephone, please dial: 1-800-319-4610 (Canada & USA toll-free) or 604-638-5340. The live webcast of the conference call can be accessed through the Westport Fuel Systems website at www.wfsinc.com/investors/financials.
To access the conference call replay, please dial 1-800-319-6413 (Canada & USA toll-free) or 604-638-9010 using the pass code 2650. The replay will be available until November 15, 2018. Shortly after the conference call, the webcast will be archived on the Westport Fuel Systems website and replay will be available in streaming audio and a downloadable MP3 file.
At Westport Fuel Systems, we are driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. We are a leading supplier of advanced fuel delivery components and systems for clean, low-carbon fuels such as natural gas, renewable natural gas, propane, and hydrogen to the global automotive industry. Our technology delivers the performance and fuel efficiency required by transportation applications and the environmental benefits that address climate change and urban air quality challenges. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with operations in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, we serve our customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. At Westport Fuel Systems, we think ahead. For more information, visit www.wfsinc.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding revenue and adjusted EBITDA expectations, volume growth and future production costs, the timing for launch and characteristics of Westport Fuel Systems' new natural gas engine with WWI, the demand for our products, the future success of our business and technology strategies, cash and capital requirements as well as Westport Fuel Systems management's response to any of the aforementioned factors. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on both the views of management and assumptions that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activities, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by these forward looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include those related to our revenue growth, operating results, industry and products, the general economy, conditions of and access to the capital and debt markets, governmental policies and regulation, technology innovations, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, operating expenses, continued reduction in research and development expenses, CWI performance, the availability and price of natural gas, global government stimulus packages, the acceptance of and shift to natural gas vehicles, the inability of fleets to access capital or government funding to purchase natural gas vehicles, the development of competing technologies, our ability to adequately develop and deploy our technology and manufacture products and components, the actions and determinations of our joint venture and development partners, as well as other risk factors and assumptions that may affect our actual results, performance or achievements or financial position discussed in our most recent Annual Information Form and other filings with securities regulators. Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. We disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise such statements to reflect any change in our expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those set forth in these forward looking statements except as required by National Instrument 51-102. The contents of any website, RSS feed or twitter account referenced in this press release are not incorporated by reference herein.
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