Navistar reports $50M net loss in 4Q, $184M loss for the year

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Updated Dec 18, 2015

navistarNavistar International Corporation Thursday reported a fourth quarter 2015 net loss of $50 million, an improvement of $22 million from a fourth quarter 2014.

Revenues in the quarter were $2.5 billion, a 17 percent drop compared to fourth quarter 2014.

Navistar president and chief executive Troy Clarke says the company hit its adjusted EBITDA end-of year run rate target of 8 percent or better, “thanks to a favorable mix of truck sales and record parts profitability in our core North America market in the fourth quarter.”

Navistar’s fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter was 8.4 percent.

“For the third consecutive year, we generated around $200 million in adjusted EBITDA improvement, and we expect this improvement trend to continue in 2016,” Clarke says. “We are building the best products we’ve ever built, and we are winning back customers.”

As for full-year 2015 results, Navistar reported a net loss of $184 million against a net loss of $619 million for fiscal year 2014. Fiscal year 2015 adjusted EBITDA was $494 million versus $306 million adjusted EBITDA for 2014. Revenue for fiscal year 2015 was $10.1 billion, compared to $10.8 billion in fiscal year 2014.

“We have identified and begun implementing actions to further lower our material spend and structural costs, while driving greater efficiencies in our manufacturing operations,” Clarke adds. “As a result, we expect to build on our 2015 progress, and our goal is to achieve profitability and be free cash flow positive in 2016.”

Chargeouts in the company’s Core North America market increased by 3,500 units (6 percent) in 2015 – an 18-percent increase in Class 6/7 medium trucks, a 10-percent increase in school buses, and a 7-percent increase in Class 8 severe service. Class 8 heavy truck dropped 4-percent.  Total market share for Class 6-8 and bus for the year was 16 percent.

For the fiscal year 2015, Navistar’s truck segment recorded a loss of $141 million, compared with a fiscal year 2014 loss of $380 million. The year-over-year improvement, Clarke says, was primarily driven by a shift in product mix, improved margins and lower structural costs, partially offset by an increase in used truck reserves and higher accelerated depreciation charges related to the company’s exit of the foundry business.

Navistar’s parts segment recorded record profits for the year of $592 million, up from $528 million last year.

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at [email protected]