Navistar today announced strong fourth quarter and full-year earnings performance. Drivers of its performance included higher revenues and improved margins in its core North America truck business; sustained military sales; and an engine business that returned to profitability in the second half of the year.
The company also saw revenues from outside of North America grow to more than $3 billion, as well as ongoing benefits from its engineering integration.
"We are pleased that we have finished the year strong and delivered solid fourth quarter results across all segments," said Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Not only did we deliver on 2011 commitments, we continued to invest in our strategy and set the foundation for a strong 2012."
Reported net income for the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2011, of $255 million, equal to $3.48 diluted earnings per share, versus a year-ago net income of $44 million, equal to $0.61 diluted earnings per share. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter 2011 was $247 million, or $3.37 diluted earnings per share.
Net income for fiscal year 2011 was $1.7 billion, equal to $22.64 diluted earnings per share, versus net income for fiscal 2010 of $223 million, equal to $3.05 diluted earnings per share. Adjusted net income was $402 million, or $5.28 diluted earnings per share. Adjustments impacting both the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 include the net impact of an income tax valuation allowance release, costs associated with the restructuring of North American manufacturing operations, engineering integration and the impact of the Medicare Part D court ruling.
In the fourth quarter, the company saw increases in worldwide unit chargeouts in both its traditional North American and global businesses while maintaining a strong market share position. The company purchased 2.7 million shares of its stock in the fourth quarter and ended the year with a manufacturing cash balance of $1.2 billion. Navistar is on track to complete the full $175 million stock repurchase program in early 2012.
"We expect the industry to continue its steady recovery," said Ustian. "We will continue to leverage our market leading North American businesses, invest in new products and expand further into global markets, while effectively controlling our costs."