Navistar’s 4Q In Line With Expectations

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) reported profitable results for the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, propelled by the improved performance of its core business and military sales.

Results included costs related to the ratification of the new UAW contract, which provides the company the ability to ensure a competitive cost structure across its production platforms and clears the way for future bottom-line improvements.

“The North American truck market has been depressed for three years now and the company has been able to provide good profits while investing in the future growth,” said Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The company is well positioned to take advantage of the growing North American market as well as expanding globally.

“Going forward, we anticipate investments in our global operations will deliver profits by fiscal 2011 and provide solid returns to our bottom line in 2012 and 2013.”

The company has invested more than $55 million in global expansion in 2010.

Net income attributable to Navistar International Corporation for the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, 2010, totaled $39 million, equal to $0.54 of diluted earnings per share, which includes $10 million, equal to $0.14 diluted earnings per share from separation and layoff costs related to the new, four-year contract agreement with the UAW. Net income for the fourth quarter a year ago was $86 million, equal to $1.19 of diluted net income per share. Revenues for the fourth quarter totaled $3.37 billion, compared with $3.29 billion in the year-ago fourth quarter.

Fourth-quarter results were in line with the company’s earlier projection that it would deliver more than 17,000 2010-emission compliant vehicles in the United States and Canada. In addition, in the past month, the company also won new delivery orders for 250 International MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Recovery vehicles and an additional 175 International MaxxPro Dash vehicles DXM independent suspension. Also the company submitted its 15-liter, 2010 MaxxForce 15 engine for regulatory certification.

The company anticipates that total truck industry retail sales volume for Class 6-8 trucks and school buses in the United States and Canada for the year ending Oct. 31, 2011, will be in the range of 230,000 to 250,000 units.

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