VANCOUVER, BC - Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (“Westport Fuel Systems”) (TSX:WPRT / Nasdaq:WPRT) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 and provided an update on operations. All figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.
"Our Q1 2019 results are another validation of our strategy and reflect improved performance across all of our businesses," said David M. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Westport Fuel Systems. “Strong revenue gains versus both Q4 2018 and Q1 a year ago drove a positive adjusted EBITDA of $7.3 million compared to $0.2 million in Q4 2018 and negative $3.4 million a year ago. Our diversity of commercially available products applicable to the full range of transportation applications and available in markets around the world are the key to our improving results. Favourable macro-economic factors and stricter emissions regulations are driving OEM and consumer demand for our market-ready alternative fuel technologies."
With the launch of Westport HPDI 2.0™ in Q4 2017 and the continued focus on expense management and project prioritization, the company reported the following:
|($ in millions, except per share amounts)||3 Months
Better / (Worse)
|Consolidated Revenues||$ 73.2||$ 63.8||15%|
|Consolidated Gross Margin||17.2||14.6||18%|
|Consolidated Gross Margin %||23%||23%||—|
|Consolidated Operating Expenses||25.9||25.7||(1)%|
|Research & Development Expenses||6.8||8.6||21%|
|Income from Unconsolidated Joint Ventures
|Net Loss from Continuing Operations||(3.0)||(12.6)||76%|
|Net Loss Per Share from Continuing Operations||(0.02)||(0.10)||80%|
|($ in millions, except unit amounts)||3 Months
Ended MAR 31
Better / (Worse)
|Gross Margin Percentage||30%||25%||—|
|Segment Operating Income||19.7||3.0||557%|
|Westport Fuel Systems 50% Interest||8.6||1.5||473%|
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 income or 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 gain or loss, and non-cash and other adjustments. 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 term Adjusted EBITDA is not defined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP") and is not a measure of operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and when assessing the company's operating performance, investors should not consider 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, Adjusted EBITDA does 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 Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental information.
|($ in millions) 3 months ended||31-Mar-18||30-Jun-18
|Net Loss from Continuing Operations||$(12.6)||$(5.7)||$(12.1)||$(10.4)||$(3.0)|
|Interest Tax Expense||0.9||0.1||2.6||(1.5)||1.1|
|Interest Expense, Net||2.1||1.7||2.3||2.6||1.8|
|Depreciation and Amortization||4.2||4.1||4.2||4.0||4.3|
|Stock Based Compensation||0.3||1.4||0.6||0.7||0.4|
|Unrealized Foreign Exchange (Gain) Loss||—||5.2||2.2||1.6||0.1|
|Restructuring, Termination and other Exit Costs||0.6||0.2||—||—||0.8|
|Legal Costs Associated with SEC Investigation||0.9||2.5||3.5||3.1||1.8|
|Total Adjusted EBITDA||$(3.4)||$8.6||$4.3||$0.2||$7.3|
Our key strategic priorities for 2019 are:
To view Westport Fuel Systems full financials for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, please visit 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Westport Fuel Systems has scheduled a conference call for today, May 9, 2019 at 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 3212. The replay will be available until May 16, 2019. 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 the future growth of Westport Fuel System's business, commercial launch of Westport HPDI 2.0TM in China, future volume growth and cost reductions and additions of new OEM customers along with statements regarding revenue, adjusted EBITDA and cash usage expectations, continued research and development investment, the demand for our products, 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, solvency, governmental policies and regulation, technology innovations, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, operating expenses, continued reduction in research and development expenses, CWI performance, our ability to secure new customers, 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, 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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