American Railcar Industries, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and the Year Ended December 31, 2010

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

ST. CHARLES, Mo., Feb. 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI or the Company) (Nasdaq:ARII) today reported its fourth quarter 2010 financial results.

"During 2010, the railcar industry saw railcar loadings increase by almost 10%, orders for approximately 30,000 new railcars and a reduction of approximately 130,000 railcars in storage, according to an independent third party industry analyst," said James Cowan, President and CEO of ARI. "We received orders for approximately 2,590 new railcars during 2010 and order activity has begun to increase significantly thus far in 2011. Since our announcement of our intent to enter into the railcar leasing business, we have been actively quoting leases to our customers. Our railcar services segment grew by 16% in 2010 over the prior year, with 2010 revenues of $67.5 million. This growth resulted from higher volumes at our railcar repair plants and repair work performed at our railcar manufacturing plants."

For the three months ended December 31, 2010, revenues were $95.3 million and net losses were $7.8 million or $0.37 per share. In comparison, for the three months ended December 31, 2009, revenues were $78.5 million and net earnings were $10.5 million or $0.50 per share. Net earnings for the three months ended December 31, 2009 included a pre-tax gain on the sale of corporate bonds of $20.8 million. Revenues were higher in the fourth quarter of 2010 when compared to the same period of 2009 primarily due to higher railcar shipments and increased railcar repair volumes, all partially offset by an overall decrease in average selling prices due to competitive pricing and a change in product mix. During the three months ended December 31, 2010, the Company shipped approximately 950 new railcars as compared to approximately 600 new railcars in the same period of 2009. Our new railcar order backlog was approximately 1,050 railcars as of December 31, 2010.

EBITDA, adjusted to exclude investment activity and stock based compensation expense (Adjusted EBITDA), was $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $7.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. This decrease was primarily due to lower gross profit margin, partially offset by an increase in railcar shipments and a decrease in selling, administrative and other costs, exclusive of stock based compensation expense. The Company's gross profit margin decline is primarily attributable to competitive pricing. The decrease in selling, administrative and other costs, exclusive of stock based compensation expense, was primarily attributable to decreased incentive compensation and outside services. A reconciliation of the Company's net loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (both non-GAAP financial measures) is set forth in the supplemental disclosure attached to this press release.

The Company's net loss for the fourth quarter of 2010 was affected by the factors discussed above, an increase in stock based compensation expense driven by the increases in the price of the Company's stock, an increase in net interest expense, a decrease in other income due to the sale of corporate bonds in 2009 and a change to income tax benefit in 2010 from income tax expense in 2009.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, revenues were $273.6 million and net losses were $27.0 million or $1.27 per share. In comparison, for the year ended December 31, 2009, revenues were $423.4 million and net earnings were $15.5 million or $0.73 per share. Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2009 included a pre-tax gain on the sale of corporate bonds of $23.9 million. Revenues were lower in the year ended December 31, 2010 when compared to the same period of 2009 primarily due to a decrease in railcar shipments and an overall decrease in average selling prices due to competitive pricing and a change in product mix. These decreases were partially offset by increased railcar repair volumes. During the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company shipped approximately 2,090 new railcars as compared to approximately 3,690 new railcars in the same period of 2009.

Adjusted EBITDA was $4.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $40.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2009. This decrease resulted primarily from decreased railcar shipment volume, a decrease in gross profit margin and an increase in joint venture losses, all partially offset by a decrease in selling, administrative and other costs, exclusive of stock based compensation expense. The Company's gross profit margin decline is primarily attributable to decreased railcar shipments, decreased overall average selling prices due to competitive pricing and the impact of fixed costs in a low production environment. The increase in joint venture losses was primarily driven by losses, due to weak demand, at the Company's axle joint venture, which did not begin production until the third quarter of 2009. The decrease in selling, administrative and other costs, exclusive of stock based compensation expense, was primarily attributable to a decrease in incentive compensation and outside services along with a non-recurring legal settlement recorded in the first quarter of 2009.

The Company's net loss for the year ended December 31, 2010 was affected by the factors discussed above, an increase in stock based compensation expense driven by the increase in the price of the Company's stock, an increase in net interest expense as a result of lower earnings on cash, a decrease in other income due to the sale of corporate bonds in 2009 and a change to income tax benefit in 2010 from income tax expense in 2009.

ARI will host a webcast and conference call on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time) to discuss the Company's fourth quarter and year end 2010 financial results. To participate in the webcast, please log on to ARI's investor relations page through the ARI website at . To participate in the conference call, please dial 877-745-9389 and use participant code 43595060. Participants are asked to logon to the ARI website or dial in to the conference call approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time.

An audio replay of the call will also be available on the Company's website promptly following the earnings call.

About American Railcar Industries, Inc.

American Railcar Industries, Inc. is a leading North American designer and manufacturer of hopper and tank railcars. ARI also leases, repairs and refurbishes railcars, provides fleet management services and designs and manufactures certain railcar and industrial components. ARI provides its railcar customers with integrated solutions through a comprehensive set of high quality products and related services.

Forward Looking Statement Disclaimer

This press release contains statements relating to our expected financial performance and/or future business prospects, events and plans that are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements represent the Company's estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Such statements include, without limitation, statements regarding potential improvements in our business and the overall railcar industry, the potential for increased order activity, anticipated future production rates, our entry into the railcar leasing business, the Company's backlog and any implication that the Company's backlog may be indicative of future sales. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by our forward-looking statements. Other potential risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the impact of the current economic downturn, adverse market conditions and restricted credit markets, and the impact of the continuation of these conditions; our reliance upon a small number of customers that represent a large percentage of our revenues and backlog; the health of and prospects for the overall railcar industry; our prospects in light of the cyclical nature of the railcar manufacturing business and the current economic environment; anticipated trends relating to our shipments, leasing, revenues, financial condition or results of operations; our ability to manage overhead and production slowdowns; the highly competitive nature of the railcar manufacturing industry; fluctuating costs of raw materials, including steel and railcar components and delays in the delivery of such raw materials and components; fluctuations in the supply of components and raw materials ARI uses in railcar manufacturing; anticipated production schedules for our products and the anticipated financing needs, construction and production schedules of our joint ventures; the risks associated with potential joint ventures, potential acquisitions or new business endeavors; the international economic and political risks related to our joint ventures' current and potential international operations; the risk of the lack of acceptance of new railcar offerings by our customers and the risk of initial production costs for our new railcar offerings being significantly higher than expected; the sufficiency of our liquidity and capital resources; the conversion of our railcar backlog into revenues; compliance with covenants contained in our unsecured senior notes; the impact and anticipated benefits of any acquisitions we may complete; the impact and costs and expenses of any litigation we may be subject to now or in the future; the ongoing benefits and risks related to our relationship with Mr. Carl C. Icahn (the chairman of our board of directors and, through his holdings of Icahn Enterprises LP, our principal beneficial stockholder) and certain of his affiliates; 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.

EBITDA represents net (loss) earnings before income tax (benefit) expense, interest expense (income), net of depreciation of property, plant and equipment. The Company believes EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating ARI's operating performance compared to that of other companies in the same industry. In addition, ARI's management uses EBITDA to evaluate operating performance. The calculation of EBITDA eliminates the effects of financing, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital spending. These items may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to the overall operating performance of a company's business. EBITDA is not a financial measure presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP). Accordingly, when analyzing the Company's operating performance, investors should not consider EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute for net (loss) earnings, cash flows from operating activities or other statements of operations or statements of cash flow data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Our calculation of EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to that of other similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before share based compensation expense related to stock appreciation rights (SARs), and before gains or losses on investments and derivative instruments. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors evaluating our operating performance, and management also uses Adjusted EBITDA for that purpose. Our SARs (which settle in cash) are revalued each quarter based primarily upon changes in our stock price. Management believes that eliminating the expense and income associated with our stock based compensation, investments and derivates allows us and our investors to understand better our operating results independent of financial changes caused by the fluctuating price and value of our common stock, investments and derivative instruments. Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Accordingly, when analyzing our operating performance, investors should not consider Adjusted EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute for net (loss) earnings, cash flows from operating activities or other statements of operations or statements of cash flow data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to that of other similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

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