Navistar International Corporation announced a fourth quarter 2014 net loss of $72 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, compared to a fourth quarter 2013 net loss of $154 million, or $1.91 per diluted share. Revenues in the quarter were $3.0 billion, up $257 million or 9.3 percent, versus the fourth quarter of 2013.
"Our fourth quarter results—and the results for the entire fiscal year—reflect our continued progress improving business operations across the enterprise and positive trends in the North American industry," said Troy A. Clarke, Navistar president and CEO. "In 2014, we increased our production, chargeouts and order backlog; continued to reduce warranty spend; and achieved structural cost savings that further lowered our breakeven point."
Fourth quarter 2014 EBITDA was $66 million versus an EBITDA loss of $227 million in the same period one year ago. This year's fourth quarter included $60 million of restructuring, impairments and other charges partially offset by a $10 million favorable adjustment in pre-existing warranty. As a result, adjusted fourth quarter 2014 EBITDA was $116 million, which was within the company's fourth quarter guidance.
Navistar finished the fourth quarter 2014 with $1 billion in manufacturing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, which included a $91 million increase in an intercompany loan from Navistar Financial Corporation, Navistar's captive finance company, to support used-truck activities.
The company reduced its year-over-year structural costs in the fourth quarter by an additional $66 million, including $48 million in savings from selling, general, and administrative expense and $18 million in reduced engineering costs. Navistar reduced structural costs by $311 million for the year, which exceeded the company's full year target of $300 million.
Navistar's warranty spend improved in the fourth quarter, down 22 percent year-over-year. These results were driven by quality performance improvements, lower repair costs and a reduced population of legacy engines still in the warranty periods.
Other fourth quarter highlights included a 23 percent year-over-year increase in chargeouts for Class 6-8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada. Chargeouts for Class 6-8 trucks were up 12 percent for fiscal year 2014, which included a 21 percent increase in Class 8 heavy trucks compared to 2013. In addition, end-of-year order backlog for Class 6-8 trucks was up 24 percent year-over-year.
The net loss for fiscal year 2014 was $619 million, or $7.60 per diluted share, versus a net loss of $898 million, or $11.17 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2013. Fiscal year 2014 adjusted EBITDA was $294 million versus $89 millionadjusted EBITDA for 2013. Revenue for fiscal year 2014 was flat at $10.8 billion compared to fiscal year 2013.
"We continue to make the necessary changes to improve the company and we're entering 2015 in a much stronger position than we were one year ago," Clarke added. "We've restructured our core North American business, have the right products in place, and established the right leadership team. We are well-positioned to meet our 8-10 percent EBITDA margin run rate target exiting 2015."
The company provided the following guidance:
- Forecasts retail deliveries of Class 6-8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada will be in the range of 350,000 units to 380,000 units for fiscal year 2015.
- Q1-2015 adjusted EBITDA of $0 to $50 million, excluding pre-existing warranty and one-time items.
- Q1-2015 manufacturing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities between $700 million – $800 million.