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FreightCar America, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

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FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAIL) today reported results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014, with revenues of $212.5 million and net income of $4.8 million, or $0.39 per diluted share. For the same quarter in 2013, the Company reported revenues of $79.7 million and a net loss of $12.3 million, or $(1.03) per diluted share. Revenues were $190.3 million with net income of $6.4 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014.

“Overall railcar market conditions continued to be favorable,” said Joe McNeely, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our backlog increased to over 14,700 railcars, valued at $1.3 billion, on fourth quarter orders of 3,637 railcars. Due to continued progress on our diversification strategy, our backlog consists of over 11,300 new non-coal cars across a broad range of car types. Looking ahead to 2015, operational execution will be key as we start an additional production line at our Shoals facility and anticipate full year deliveries of 9,000 to 10,000 railcars.”

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

The Company delivered 2,360 railcars in the fourth quarter of 2014, which included 1,260 new and 1,100 rebuilt railcars. This compares to 1,101 railcars delivered in the fourth quarter of 2013, which included 190 new, 99 used and 812 rebuilt cars. There were 2,354 railcars delivered in the third quarter of 2014, of which 1,554 were new and 800 were rebuilds. Total manufacturing backlog was 14,791 units at December 31, 2014, compared to 6,826 units at December 31, 2013 and 13,514 units at September 30, 2014.

The Manufacturing segment had revenues of $204.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $72.1 million for the same period of 2013 and $181.5 million in the third quarter of 2014. The Manufacturing segment operating income was $13.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. This compared to an operating loss of $8.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, which included a non-cash impairment charge of $7.6 million related to the Danville facility and $5.3 million related to Shoals start-up, Danville carrying costs and a charge for projected costs in excess of the selling price for an order delivered in 2014. Manufacturing segment operating income was $16.2 million for the third quarter of 2014.

Revenues for the Services segment were $8.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $7.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $8.8 million in the third quarter of 2014. The Services segment operating income was $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to an operating loss of $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, which included a $1.9 million restructuring and impairment charge related to the closure of the Clinton, Indiana facility. Services segment operating income was $1.6 million for the third quarter of 2014, including a $1.1 million gain on the sale of the previously closed Clinton, Indiana, repair shop.

Corporate costs were $7.4 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2014, which included a non-cash pension settlement expense of $1.0 million that was recorded primarily in cost of sales. This compared to $7.0 million in the same quarter of 2013, which included $1.3 million of severance expenses. Corporate costs in the third quarter of 2014 were $6.5 million.

The effective tax rate was 32.5% for the quarter, reflecting a research and development tax credit of $0.8 million.

FULL YEAR RESULTS

Revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 were $598.5 million compared to $290.4 million in 2013. Net income in 2014 was $5.9 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $19.3 million, or $(1.61) per diluted share in 2013.

The Manufacturing segment revenues were $562.7 million in 2014 compared to $253.8 million in 2013. Operating income in 2014 for the Manufacturing segment was $32.2 million, compared to an operating loss of $3.4 million in 2013. The 2013 operating loss was primarily driven by $9.5 million related to the start-up of the Shoals facility and the carrying costs associated with our idled Danville facility and the $7.6 million non-cash impairment charge related to the Danville facility. Railcar deliveries totaled 7,102 units (4,012 new and 3,090 rebuilt) for 2014 compared to 3,821 units (992 new, 99 used, 200 leased and 2,530 rebuilt) for 2013.

The Services segment had revenues of $35.8 million in 2014, down slightly from $36.6 million in 2013. Operating income in 2014 for the Services segment was $3.5 million including the $1.1 million gain on the sale of the previously closed Clinton, Indiana repair shop, compared to operating income of $1.2 million in 2013, which included the $1.9 million restructuring and impairment charge related to the closure of the Clinton, Indiana facility.

Corporate costs were $26.2 million for 2014, compared to $21.9 million for 2013. Corporate costs included a non-cash pension settlement expense of $1.0 million in 2014, and the prior year included a benefit from a litigation settlement of $3.9 million, partially offset by $1.3 million of severance charges.

The Company’s effective tax rate was 30.3% for the year ended 2014, compared to 22.3% for the year ended 2013. The income tax provision for 2014 was reduced by a research and development tax credit of $0.8 million. The income tax benefit for 2013 included the recognition of a valuation allowance of $2.3 million against deferred tax assets related to net operating loss carryforwards in certain states and a provision of $2.2 million resulting from changes in effective state tax rates on deferred tax balances.

Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash of $167.5 million as of December 31, 2014 includes a $43 million customer deposit received in the fourth quarter of 2014. The Company’s $50 million revolving credit facility remains undrawn.

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The Company will host a conference call and live webcast on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter 2014 financial results. To participate in the conference call, please dial (800) 398-9389, Confirmation Number 352882. Interested parties are asked to dial in approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call. The live audio-only webcast can be accessed at:

Event URL: https://im.csgsystems.com/cgi-bin/confCast

Conference ID#: 352882

If you need technical assistance, call the toll-free AT&T Conference Casting Support Help Line at 1-888-793-6118. Please note that the webcast is listen-only and webcast participants will not be able to participate in the question and answer portion of the conference call. An audio replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on February 18, 2015 until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on March 18, 2015. To access the replay, please dial (800) 475-6701. The replay pass code is 352882. An audio replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website within two days following the earnings call.

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FreightCar America, Inc. manufactures a wide range of railroad freight cars, supplies railcar parts, leases freight cars through its JAIX Leasing Company subsidiary and provides railcar maintenance and repairs through its FreightCar Rail Services, LLC subsidiary. FreightCar America designs and builds high-quality railcars, including coal cars, bulk commodity cars, covered hopper cars, intermodal and non-intermodal flat cars, mill gondola cars, coil steel cars and boxcars. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has facilities in the following locations: Cherokee, Alabama; Danville, Illinois; Grand Island, Nebraska; Hastings, Nebraska; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and Roanoke, Virginia. More information about FreightCar America is available on its website at www.freightcaramerica.com.

This press release may contain statements relating to our expected financial performance and/or future business prospects, events and plans that are “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Our actual results may differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by our forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties. These potential risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the cyclical nature of our business; adverse economic and market conditions; fluctuating costs of raw materials, including steel and aluminum, and delays in the delivery of raw materials; our ability to maintain relationships with our suppliers of railcar components; our reliance upon a small number of customers that represent a large percentage of our sales; the variable purchase patterns of our customers and the timing of completion, delivery and customer acceptance of orders; the highly competitive nature of our industry; the risk of lack of acceptance of our new railcar offerings by our customers; and the additional risk factors described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We expressly disclaim any duty to provide updates to any forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013
(In thousands)
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 113,532 $ 145,506
Restricted cash and restricted certificates of deposit 6,015 7,780
Marketable securities 47,961 38,988
Accounts receivable, net 4,086 4,034
Inventories, net 82,259 66,340
Inventory on lease 116 16,955
Other current assets 7,057 6,768
Deferred income taxes, net 12,139 11,017
Total current assets 273,165 297,388
Property, plant and equipment, net 43,239 39,396
Railcars available for lease, net 22,897 36,110
Goodwill 22,128 22,128
Deferred income taxes, net 21,553 19,758
Other long-term assets 2,270 2,939
Total assets $ 385,252 $ 417,719

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Current liabilities
Accounts and contractual payables $ 34,010 $ 16,016
Accrued payroll and employee benefits 6,462 3,981
Accrued postretirement benefits 409 413
Accrued warranty 8,742 6,957
Customer deposits 43,977 91,771
Customer advance 19,037
Other current liabilities 4,725 9,053
Total current liabilities 98,325 147,228
Accrued pension costs 7,210 845
Accrued postretirement benefits, less current portion 73,474 62,899
Accrued taxes and other long-term liabilities 7,548 4,212
Total liabilities 186,557 215,184
Stockholders’ equity
Preferred stock
Common stock 127 127
Additional paid in capital 100,303 99,265
Treasury stock, at cost (29,971 ) (30,970 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (24,017 ) (15,132 )
Retained earnings 152,253 149,245
Total stockholders’ equity 198,695 202,535
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 385,252 $ 417,719
FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
Revenues $ 212,464 $ 79,723 $ 598,518 $ 290,393
Cost of sales 196,842 79,926 556,175 277,168
Gross profit 15,622 (203 ) 42,343 13,225
Selling, general and administrative expenses 9,021 7,493 35,317 27,464
Gain on sale of railcars available for lease (750 ) (14 ) (1,403 ) (604 )
Restructuring and impairment charges 10,452 10,452
Gain on sale of assets held for sale (1,078 )
Operating income (loss) 7,351 (18,134 ) 9,507 (24,087 )
Interest expense and deferred financing costs (223 ) (328 ) (1,077 ) (809 )
Other (expense) income (6 ) 5 42 64
Income (loss) before income taxes 7,122 (18,457 ) 8,472 (24,832 )
Income tax provision (benefit) 2,316 (6,170 ) 2,568 (5,537 )
Net income (loss) $ 4,806 $ (12,287 ) $ 5,904 $ (19,295 )
Net income (loss) per common share – basic $ 0.40 $ (1.03 ) $ 0.49 $ (1.61 )
Net income (loss) per common share – diluted $ 0.39 $ (1.03 ) $ 0.49 $ (1.61 )

Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic

12,008,819 11,965,056 12,001,587 11,954,238

Weighted average common shares outstanding – diluted

12,147,416 11,965,056 12,103,520 11,954,238
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.06 $ 0.06 $ 0.24 $ 0.24
FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Segment Data
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
(In thousands)
Revenues:
Manufacturing $ 204,471 $ 72,055 $ 562,719 $ 253,777
Services 7,993 7,668 35,799 36,616
Consolidated revenues $ 212,464 $ 79,723 $ 598,518 $ 290,393

Operating income (loss):

Manufacturing $ 13,566 $ (8,737 ) $ 32,150 $ (3,361 )
Services 1,226 (2,447 ) 3,503 1,161
Corporate (7,441 ) (6,950 ) (26,146 ) (21,887 )
Consolidated operating income (loss) $ 7,351 $ (18,134 ) $ 9,507 $ (24,087 )
FreightCar America, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2014 2013
(In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income (loss) $ 5,904 $ (19,295 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash
flows used in operating activities:

Restructuring and impairment charges

10,452
Depreciation and amortization 10,069 10,077
Gain on sale of railcars available for lease (1,403 ) (604 )
Gain on sale of assets held for sale (1,078 )
Other non-cash items, net 996 575
Deferred income taxes 1,991 (5,721 )
Stock-based compensation expense recognized 2,084 2,289
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (52 ) 8,953
Inventories (16,248 ) 7,455
Inventory on lease 16,839 (16,955 )
Other assets (1,142 ) 527
Accounts and contractual payables 16,379 (17,575 )
Customer deposits and other current liabilities (48,959 ) 57,228
Other changes in working capital 495 1,190
Accrued pension costs and accrued postretirement benefits 8,099 (6,353 )
Net cash flows (used in) provided by operating activities (6,026 ) 32,243
Cash flows from investing activities
Restricted cash deposits (1,017 ) (3,175 )
Restricted cash withdrawals 4,192 14,700
Purchase of restricted certificates of deposit (1,410 ) (4,605 )
Purchase of securities held to maturity (68,956 ) (59,963 )
Proceeds from securities held to maturity 60,002 63,000
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment, assets held for

sale and railcars available for lease

15,785 6,741
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (11,802 ) (17,317 )
Net cash flows used in investing activities (3,206 ) (619 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Deferred financing costs (336 )
Stock option exercise 151 193
Employee restricted stock settlement (225 ) (98 )
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 27
Cash dividends paid to stockholders (2,896 ) (2,889 )
Change in customer advance for the production of leased railcars (19,799 ) 18,503
Net cash flows (used in) provided by financing activities (22,742 ) 15,373
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (31,974 ) 46,997
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 145,506 98,509
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 113,532 $ 145,506

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