FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Business Highlights        

  • Third quarter revenue of $25.2 million on deliveries of 163 railcars
  • Third quarter net loss attributed to Freight Car America. Inc. (“FCA”) of $40.3 million, or $3.03 per share, including $30.1 million, or $2.26 per share, of restructuring and impairment charges, $26.6 million of which is non-cash
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted certificates of deposit of $32.9 million as of September 30, 2020
  • Backlog on September 30, 2020 totaled 1,776 railcars, including 100 railcars ordered during the quarter, with an aggregate value of approximately $195 million
  • Finalized early termination of the lease at Cherokee, Alabama (“Shoals”) manufacturing facility effective February 28, 2021
  • Now owns 100% of its new Castaños, Mexico manufacturing operation (“Castaños”), where all future railcar manufacturing is expected to be based by February 2021
  • Obtained new asset-backed credit facility to support the business and repositioning
  • Entered into new $40 million secured term loan agreement with a global investment management firm (“Lender”), with funding subject to stockholder approval, to strengthen balance sheet and drive future growth strategy
  • Began shipping cars from Castaños, Mexico facility in early November and received several small orders for the new facility post quarter-end
  • Second half 2020 delivery outlook narrowed to range between 750 and 850 railcars

“During the third quarter, FreightCar America made substantial progress towards the final steps of its business transformation. We completed the acquisition of the remaining portion of the Castaños joint venture, successfully started production, achieved our Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) plant certifications, and are starting to ship to customers this week. By moving all production to Mexico by early 2021, we have reset our cost-base and are multiple steps closer to reaching our goal to become the highest quality and lowest cost producer in the industry,” said Jim Meyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of FreightCar America. “Our former joint venture partners are among the best in the industry and we have solidified them as part of the team including an operational leadership role and as stockholders with board representation.”

Meyer continued, “Our industry remains in a cyclical downturn, which was intensified by the pandemic. Accelerating our repositioning effort to the finish line now greatly improves our ability to outlast the pandemic and then re-emerge in a position of strength. Our new breakeven is less than 2,000 railcars per year, and the Castaños factory is quickly scalable once we see positive industry trends. To support the accelerated finish and new business structure, we have obtained a new asset-backed credit facility, and we will have a new $40 million secured term loan following successful completion of the related stockholder vote. This term loan is vital to backstop the business during the elongated industry downcycle, support the final few steps of the transformation, and fund future working capital and growth investment needs.”

Meyer concluded, “Our team at the Shoals factory remains focused on completing our customer commitments at that facility before we close the plant in February 2021. Given our progress to date, we are narrowing our previous forecast for second half deliveries to range between 750 and 850 railcars. Finally, our business repositioning and transition to Castaños are being extremely well received by our customers and we anticipate no lost time as we complete the move. We look forward completing our repositioning and believe it will allow us to drive both higher levels growth and profitability as our industry enters its next upcycle.”

Third Quarter Results

  • Consolidated revenues were $25.2 million in the third quarter of 2020, compared to $17.5 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $40.7 million in the third quarter of 2019. The Company delivered 163 railcars in the third quarter of 2020, compared to 100 in the second quarter of 2020 and 467 railcars in the third quarter of 2019.
  • The Company had a backlog totaling 1,776 railcars at September 30, 2020, valued at approximately $195 million.
  • Consolidated operating loss for the third quarter of 2020 was $41.3 million, compared to an operating loss of $36.3 million for the third quarter of 2019. Net loss attributable to FreightCar America, Inc. (“FCA”) in the third quarter of 2020 was $40.3 million, or $3.03 per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to FCA of $35.7 million, or $2.83 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2019.  Both consolidated operating loss and net loss attributable to FCA included restructuring and impairment charges of $30.1 million in the third quarter of 2020 and $23.0 million in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Inventories increased to $60.2 million, from $25.1 million as of December 31, 2019, to support expected deliveries in the second half of 2020.
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted certificates of deposit were $32.9 million at the end of the third quarter, compared to $70.0 million as of December 31, 2019.

Third Quarter 2020 Conference Call & Webcast Information

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) to discuss its third quarter 2020 financial results. Investors, analysts, and members of the media interested in listening to the live presentation are encouraged to join a webcast of the call, available on the Company’s website at:

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Interested parties may also participate in the call by dialing 877-407-0789 or 201-689-8562 and should use confirmation number 13712647.  Please dial in approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call to ensure your participation. An audio replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 10, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 24, 2020.  To access the replay, please dial 844-512-2921 or 412-317-6671.  The replay pass code is 13712647.  An audio replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website within two days following the earnings call.

About FreightCar America

FreightCar America, Inc. is a diversified manufacturer of railroad freight cars, that also supplies railcar parts and leases freight cars through its FreightCar America Leasing Company subsidiaries. FreightCar America designs and builds high-quality railcars, including open top hopper cars, covered hopper cars, intermodal and non-intermodal flat cars, mill gondola cars, coil steel cars, boxcars, coal cars, and also specializes in the conversion of railcars for repurposed use. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has facilities in the following locations: Cherokee, Alabama; Castaños, Mexico; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. More information about FreightCar America is available on its website at

Forward-Looking Statements

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: risks relating to the potential financial and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; the risk that our stockholders may not approve the issuance of the common stock underlying the warrant or that the term loan might not be funded; the Shoals facility, including the facility not meeting internal assumptions or expectations and unforeseen liabilities from Navistar; 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 other competitive factors. 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.

Important Information

This material may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the special meeting to be held on November 24, 2020. In connection with the special meeting, the Company has filed a definitive proxy statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISIONS, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETING. The definitive proxy statement has been mailed to stockholders who are entitled to vote at the special meeting. Stockholders will also be able to obtain a copy of the definitive proxy statement free of charge by directing a request to the Company’s Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. In addition, the definitive proxy statement is available free of charge at the SEC’s website,

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FreightCar America, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(Unaudited)

  September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019
Assets (in thousands, except for share and per share data)
Current assets          
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents $ 32,757     $ 66,257  
Restricted certificates of deposit   182       3,769  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,063 and $91, respectively   10,293       6,991  
Inventories, net   60,186       25,092  
Assets held for sale   10,383       -  
Income tax receivable   109       535  
Other current assets   4,737       7,035  
Total current assets   118,647       109,679  
Property, plant and equipment, net   19,443       38,564  
Railcars available for lease, net   38,139       38,900  
Right of use asset   34,059       56,507  
Other long-term assets   817       1,552  
Total assets $ 211,105     $ 245,202  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity          
Current liabilities          
Accounts and contractual payables $ 20,606     $ 11,713  
Accrued payroll and other employee costs   4,258       1,389  
Reserve for workers' compensation   3,475       3,210  
Accrued warranty   7,508       8,388  
Customer deposits   29,775       5,123  
Deferred income state and local incentives, current   2,219       2,219  
Lease liability, current   15,102       14,960  
Current portion of long-term debt   15,825       -  
Other current liabilities   4,750       2,428  
Total current liabilities   103,518       49,430  
Long-term debt, net of current portion   4,375       10,200  
Accrued pension costs   5,754       6,510  
Deferred income state and local incentives, long-term   3,058       4,722  
Lease liability, long-term   44,548       53,766  
Other long-term liabilities   3,446       3,420  
Total liabilities   164,699       128,048  
Stockholders’ equity          
Preferred stock   -       -  
Common stock   136       127  
Additional paid in capital   83,657       83,027  
Treasury stock, at cost   (1,341 )     (989 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (10,359 )     (10,780 )
(Accumulated Deficit) Retained earnings   (24,236 )     45,824  
Total FreightCar America stockholders' equity   47,857       117,209  
Noncontrolling interest in JV   (1,451 )     (55 )
Total stockholders' equity   46,406       117,154  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 211,105     $ 245,202  

FreightCar America, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
  (In thousands, except for share and per share data)
Revenues $ 25,202     $ 40,651     $ 47,857     $ 185,020  
Cost of sales   29,281       46,061       66,883       191,255  
Gross loss   (4,079 )     (5,410 )     (19,026 )     (6,235 )
Selling, general and administrative expenses   7,158       7,772       21,105       30,791  
Loss on sale of railcars available for lease   -       42       -       5,238  
Restructuring and impairment charges   30,103       23,032       31,250       24,351  
Operating loss   (41,340 )     (36,256 )     (71,381 )     (66,615 )
Interest expense and deferred financing costs   (208 )     (223 )     (671 )     (374 )
Other income   160       363       518       765  
Loss before income taxes   (41,388 )     (36,116 )     (71,534 )     (66,224 )
Income tax benefit   (75 )     (387 )     (78 )     (576 )
Net loss   (41,313 )     (35,729 )     (71,456 )     (65,648 )
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in JV   (991 )     -       (1,396 )     -  
Net loss attributable to FreightCar America $ (40,322 )   $ (35,729 )   $ (70,060 )   $ (65,648 )
Net loss per common share attributable to FreightCar America- basic and diluted $ (3.03 )   $ (2.83 )   $ (5.30 )   $ (5.20 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted   12,426,872       12,359,478       12,399,687       12,349,670  

FreightCar America, Inc. Segment Data (Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
  2020     2019     2020     2019  
Manufacturing $ 22,589     $ 37,868     $ 40,658     $ 176,280  
Corporate and Other   2,613       2,783       7,199       8,740  
Consolidated revenues $ 25,202     $ 40,651     $ 47,857     $ 185,020  
Operating (loss) income:                      
Manufacturing $ (36,786 )   $ (30,788 )   $ (56,934 )   $ (43,444 )
Corporate and Other   (4,554 )     (5,468 )     (14,447 )     (23,171 )
Consolidated operating loss   (41,340 )     (36,256 )     (71,381 )     (66,615 )

FreightCar America, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

      Nine Months Ended September 30,
      2020       2019  
Cash flows from operating activities     (in thousands)
Net loss   $ (71,456 )   $ (65,648 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows used in operating activities:            
Non-cash restructuring and impairment charges     26,868       24,351  
Depreciation and amortization     7,954       9,487  
Change in inventory reserve     6,206       (1,501 )
Amortization expense - right-of-use leased assets     4,910       8,168  
Recognition of deferred income from state and local incentives     (1,665 )     (1,665 )
Loss on sale of railcars available for lease     -       5,131  
Stock-based compensation recognized     296       754  
Other non-cash items, net     277       (209 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:            
Accounts receivable     (3,302 )     9,483  
Inventories     (41,300 )     10,407  
Other assets     2,340       (1,706 )
Accounts and contractual payables     9,062       (11,206 )
Accrued payroll and employee benefits     3,011       1,254  
Income taxes receivable/payable     909       (289 )
Accrued warranty     (880 )     (1,643 )
Lease liability     (9,110 )     (13,210 )
Customer deposits     24,652       (1,719 )
Other liabilities     2,489       4,625  
Accrued pension costs and accrued postretirement benefits     (242 )     (417 )
Net cash flows used in operating activities     (38,981 )     (25,553 )
Cash flows from investing activities            
Purchase of restricted certificates of deposit     (4,037 )     (1,416 )
Maturity of restricted certificates of deposit     7,624       5,862  
Purchase of securities held to maturity     -       (1,986 )
Proceeds from maturity of securities     -       20,025  
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (8,267 )     (3,292 )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment and railcars available for lease     170       11,519  
Net cash flows (used in) provided by investing activities     (4,510 )     30,712  
Cash flows from financing activities            
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt     10,000       10,200  
Employee stock settlement     (9 )     (59 )
Deferred financing costs     -       (929 )
Net cash flows provided by financing activities     9,991       9,212  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents     (33,500 )     14,371  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at beginning of period     66,257       45,070  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at end of period   $ 32,757     $ 59,441