Navistar Gains Marketshare with 35% Growth From Second Quarter 2018

Truck segment net sales increased 35% to $2.3 billion in second quarter 2019 compared to second quarter 2018, due to higher volumes in the company's core markets, an increase in sales of GM-branded units manufactured for GM, and an increase in Mexico.

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Navistar International Corporation announces second quarter 2019 net loss of $48 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to second quarter 2018 net income of $55 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. The loss reflected a one-time charge of $159 million to address a legal class action settlement and related litigation from legacy engines.

Adjusted net income for the second quarter grew 57 percent to $105 million versus $67 million in the same period one year ago.

Revenues in the quarter were $3 billion, up 24 percent compared to $2.4 billion in the second quarter last year. The increase primarily reflects higher volumes in the company's core Class 6 to 8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada market, where chargeouts were up 35 percent.

"In the second quarter, Navistar accelerated market share growth, demonstrating the success of our new product lineup," said Troy A. Clarke, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer. 

Navistar ended second quarter 2019 with $1.0 billion in consolidated cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities. Manufacturing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $950 million at the end of the quarter.

During the quarter, Navistar announced multiple new initiatives that will improve customer uptime. First, the company created a new Aftersales function that will manage every facet of the business after the sale of the truck, including oversight of parts and service, warranty, and dealer development, in order to drive improved customer total cost of ownership. In addition, a new partnership with Love's Travel Stops created the commercial transportation industry's largest service network with more than 1,000 locations in North America, increasing customers' repair velocity and their options for same-day repairs. To expedite parts deliveries, Navistar is establishing a new Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Memphis, Tennessee, while also enhancing its dealer parts inventory management system to increase the breadth of parts already on its dealers' shelves.

Based on strong industry conditions, the company raised its 2019 full-year industry and financial guidance:

  • Industry retail deliveries of Class 6-8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada are forecast to be 425,000 to 445,000 units, with Class 8 retail deliveries of 290,000 to 310,000 units.
  • Navistar revenues are expected to be between $11.25 billion and $11.75 billion.
  • The company's adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $875 million and $925 million.

Navistar's 2019 industry and financial guidance does not include the impact of possible tariffs from goods crossing the Mexican border. When additional information becomes available, the company's industry and financial guidance will be reassessed and, if necessary, adjusted accordingly.

"In the second half, we believe our growth in market share will translate to improved revenues and gross margins that will generate higher adjusted EBITDA margins than in the first half," Clarke said. "Our marketplace progress, which has delivered our strongest backlog this decade, provides confidence that both 2019 and 2020 will be good years for Navistar."