Navistar International Corp. released its first quarter 2015 net loss of $42 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared to a first quarter 2014 net loss of $248 million, or $3.05 per diluted share. Revenues in the quarter were $2.4 billion, up $213 million or 10 percent, versus the first quarter of 2014.
First quarter 2015 EBITDA was $101 million versus an EBITDA loss of $110 million in the same period one year ago. The $211 million year-over-year improvement reflects the increase in sales and favorable product mix in core markets as well as the continuation of lower warranty expense and reduced operational and structural costs.
First quarter 2015 adjusted EBITDA was $54 million. The first quarter included $7 million of asset impairment charges and $3 million in restructuring charges, which were more than offset by a $57 million favorable adjustment in pre-existing warranties. The first quarter of 2014 included $52 million in unfavorable pre-existing warranty charges.
The company finished the first quarter 2015 with $733 million in manufacturing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities.
The higher revenues in the quarter were driven by a 17 percent year-over-year increase in chargeouts for Class 6-8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada.
In the first quarter of 2015, structural costs continued to decrease with cost-reduction initiatives and productivity improvements helping to further lower the breakeven point.
The company provided the following guidance for the second quarter:
- Q2-2015 adjusted EBITDA of $100 million - $150 million, excluding pre-existing warranty and one-time items.
- Q2-2015 manufacturing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities between $700 million - $800 million.
The company reiterated its forecast for retail deliveries of Class 6-8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada to be in the range of 350,000 to 380,000 units for fiscal year 2015. It also announced that it remains on track to achieve its goal of an eight to ten percent adjusted EBITDA margin run rate exiting fiscal year 2015.