Truck and engine maker Navistar International Corp. today (Aug. 2) announced significant actions that build on the company’s previously announced introduction of ICT+ (In-Cylinder Technology Plus) and are designed to enhance the company’s competitive position and drive profitable growth and shareholder value. According to a press release, these actions include:
• Adopting a U.S. market proven aftertreatment solution to accelerate delivery of ICT+, Navistar’s next generation clean engine solution;
• A market transition plan for Class 8 engine sales
• Securing a $1.0 billion loan commitment, which further enhances Navistar’s liquidity.
“The actions announced today establish a clear path forward for Navistar and position the company to deliver a differentiated product to our customers and provide a platform for generating profitable growth,” said Daniel C. Ustian, chairman, president and CEO for Navistar, which is parent to Monaco RV LLC.
In the release, Navistar also reported it is the target of a formal U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) inquiry into accounting and disclosure matters and withdrew its full-year earnings forecast until it releases third-quarter results.
The company said it expects to post an adjusted third-quarter pre-tax loss of $80 million to $115 million but expects to return to profitability in the fourth quarter. Navistar will report third-quarter results in September.
As previously announced, the introduction of ICT+ leverages the advances Navistar has made in clean engine technology, while also providing greater certainty for its customers, dealers, and other key constituents. To accelerate delivery of ICT+, Navistar has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding, under which Cummins Emission Solutions would supply its proven urea-based aftertreatment system to Navistar. This would be combined with Navistar’s advanced in-cylinder engine to create ICT+.
Navistar expects that by combining Cummins’ aftertreatment system with its existing MaxxForce engines, its ICT+ will meet 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions regulations and position the company to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) rules in advance of 2014 and 2017 requirements. “With this clean engine solution, we are taking the best of both technology paths to provide our customers with the cleanest and most fuel efficient engines and trucks on the market and to meet stringent U.S. emission regulations,” Ustian said.
Market Transition Plan
During the transition to ICT+, Navistar will continue to build and ship current model EPA-compliant trucks in all vehicle classes using appropriate combinations of earned emissions credits and/or non-conformance penalties (NCPs). The company continues to have productive discussions with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding its transition to ICT+.
As part of the expanded relationship with Cummins Inc., Navistar plans to offer the Cummins ISX15 engine in certain models, expanding the company’s vehicle lineup and on-highway market opportunity. Navistar plans to introduce the Cummins ISX15 engine as a part of its North American on-highway truck line-up beginning in January 2013 and to begin the introduction of ICT+ in its MaxxForce 13-liter in early 2013.
Financing Commitment & Cash Update
The company anticipates that its manufacturing cash will be between $575 million and $625 million at the end of the third quarter. Additionally, to support these actions and to improve its financial flexibility, Navistar has entered into a firm commitment letter with a group of banks led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC and including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Credit Suisse pursuant to which the banks have committed to provide an up to five year $1.0 billion senior secured term loan. A portion of the proceeds from this financing will be used to pay down the existing borrowings under Navistar’s ABL credit facility.
Navistar also provided an outlook for fiscal third quarter 2012 and withdrew its full-year fiscal 2012 guidance until the company releases its third quarter results in September, at which time it will provide an updated full-year outlook. The changes reflect the company’s transition to the ICT+ engine solution, its ongoing work with EPA regarding this solution, and uncertainty regarding overall global demand for trucks and engines, particularly in key markets such as India and Brazil.
Navistar’s overall market share for the fiscal third quarter is projected to remain flat: Class 8 at 17-18%; Class 6-7 at 35-36%; and school bus at 48-49%. The company’s third quarter revenues are expected to be $2.8 billion to $3 billion. Navistar expects fiscal third quarter adjusted manufacturing segment profit to be between $15 and $40 million, excluding the impact of the company’s engineering integration and non-conformance penalties. Including the impact of these charges the manufacturing segment profit is estimated to be between a $15 million loss to $15 million of profit. Navistar expects an adjusted pretax loss of between $115 million and $80 million. Including the impact of the engineering integration and non-conformance penalties Navistar expects a pretax loss of between $145 and $105 million.
“We expect to sustain our current market share through the balance of the year, and with the addition of ICT+ and an expanded model lineup, improve our market share in 2013,” Ustian said. “We expect to return to profitability in the fourth quarter and believe the company will be in a position to improve margins in 2013 as we realize the benefits of our integration and ongoing cost reduction initiatives. We look forward to providing further details of our plan to drive shareholder value on our third quarter results conference call in September.”