Navistar’s Net Income $137 Million for 3Q

Driven by continued advances in its core business, increased military sales and improvements in its cost structure, Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) reported net income of $137 million, equal to $1.83 of diluted earnings per share, for the third quarter ended July 31, 2010.

“Third-quarter results showed a continuation of the company’s ability to be profitable in difficult economic conditions. Beyond strong military sales, we saw improved performance from our core businesses in truck, engine and particularly service parts,” said Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Revenues for the third quarter totaled $3.2 billion. Net loss for the third quarter a year ago was $12 million, equal to $0.16 of diluted net loss per share.

“All of our businesses continue to perform well,” said Ustian. “We are encouraged by the results of the third quarter and expect to deliver full year results toward the upper end of our earnings guidance. In addition, we are experiencing several successful product launches and are actively delivering 2010-compliant products to our customers.”

While the company is reducing revenue guidance, primarily as a result of deferring military revenue to fiscal 2011, the company has found other measures to stay within previously anticipated earnings guidance. The company is reaffirming its guidance of $2.75 to $3.25 per diluted share on lower full-year revenue of $12 billion. The North American traditional industry demand is expected between 190,000 to 195,000 units for Navistar’s fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2010, an increase of between 9 percent and 12 percent from fiscal 2009.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2010, net income was $184 million, equal to $2.51 of diluted earnings per share, compared with year-ago nine months net income of $234 million, equal to $3.27 of diluted earnings per share, including the favorable effects from the settlement with Ford of $176 million.

Segment results:

Truck — For the 2010 third quarter, the truck segment realized a profit of $227 million, compared with a year-ago third quarter loss of $28 million. The increase was aided by substantial military sales as part of the company’s International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle and the military commercial off-the-shelf truck programs, improved commercial performance and continued material and manufacturing cost improvements. Commercial units sold in the company’s traditional United States and Canada Class 6-8 truck and school bus business increased by 7 percent for the third quarter and 12 percent for the nine-month period, compared with the respective prior year periods.

Engine — The engine segment nearly broke even for the third quarter in the face of the ongoing expenses associated with the launch of three families of the company’s 2010-compliant engines. In addition, the results were augmented by the 29 percent increase in its South American engine shipments over the year-ago third quarter and the increased ownership of the company’s Blue Diamond Parts operations while offset by decreased volumes in North America due to the expiration of the company’s contract with Ford. This is compared with a year-ago third quarter profit of $45 million, which was impacted by the Ford settlement and other related charges as the company began to transition from its business with Ford.

Parts — The parts segment reported a 2010 third-quarter profit of $52 million, compared with a year-ago profit of $93 million, which was positively impacted by strong MRAP parts volumes. The parts segment continues to deliver profits due to increased volumes in business in North America, partially offsetting the impact of declines in U.S. military sales.

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