November 09, 2011 at 16:43 PM EST
Wescast Reports Third Quarter Results

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/09/11 -- Wescast Industries Inc. (TSX: WCS.A) today reported 2011 third quarter sales of $67.4 million and a net loss of $0.7 million.



(In thousands of Canadian         Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
 dollars, except per share
 amounts)
                                  October  September    October    September
                                  2, 2011   26, 2010    2, 2011     26, 2010
                                --------------------------------------------

Sales                              67,449     63,080    210,466      197,106
Gross profit                          386      5,518     15,423       29,040
Net (loss) earnings                 (700)      1,052      (419)        7,987
Diluted net (loss) earnings per
 share                             (0.05)       0.08     (0.03)         0.60
Cash derived from (applied to)
 operations                         7,185        135      2,833        6,590

The information presented in this news release is in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). Accordingly, the comparative information provided for the three months and nine months ended September 26, 2010 has been restated from Canadian GAAP to IFRS.

Highlights


--  The Company has booked $104.7 million of average annualized new and
    replacement business globally in the first nine months of 2011 which the
    Company expects will positively impact results in the future. Each of
    the Company's business units has been launching many programs with
    production starts scheduled for 2011 through to 2013.


--  The Company reported consolidated sales of $67.4 million, a 6.9%
    increase compared to the $63.1 million reported in the third quarter of
    2010, reflecting higher sales generated by the Company's European and
    Asian business units and lower sales in North America.


--  The Company reported gross profit of $0.4 million for the third quarter
    compared to gross profit of $5.5 million for the same period last year.
    The decline was a result of several factors including lower casting and
    machining volumes in North America compared to the third quarter of 2010
    as well as matters related to operational performance with the
    significant number of new programs launched. The new launch activity in
    North America which has lead to the expansion of our machining
    capabilities in our Michigan operations, resulted in labour
    inefficiencies and incremental costs associated with training. Our
    European and Asian business units also experienced higher labour and
    production costs associated with the launch of new programs. While these
    have had a negative impact on the quarter, the longer term effect of the
    continued growth is expected to be positive.


--  Also impacting gross profit for the three and nine month periods ended
    October 2, 2011 was a $1.2 million curtailment loss recorded in cost of
    sales related to amendments made to one of the Company's unfunded
    retiring allowance plans. The Company recorded a curtailment gain of
    $7.7 million in the nine months ended September 26, 2010.


--  The Company reported a third quarter net loss of $0.7 million compared
    with net earnings of $1.1 million reported in 2010. The net loss per
    share on a diluted basis was $0.05, compared with net earnings per share
    of $0.08 reported in the third quarter of 2010.


--  Included in the net loss for the third quarter was expenses of $0.7
    million (2010 - $nil) related to a review of strategic alternatives with
    the objective of enhancing shareholder value. The negative impact on the
    diluted net loss per share for the quarter was $0.05.


--  Included in the net loss for the quarter was foreign exchange
    translation gains of $3.9 million (2010 - $1.0 million). Of this amount,
    $2.8 million was reported within the Asia and Other reporting segment.


--  Over the course of the past eleven months, the Company has been
    investing in the expansion of its material capabilities in Europe and
    China to include NiResist and stainless steel, and has begun the
    expansion of its stainless steel facility in Stratford Ontario which
    will increase capacity more than four times relative to current
    capacity. All projects are on track and on budget and will position the
    Company to continue its diversification into higher temperature alloys
    and new higher growth products.


The Company's entire quarterly financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis will be available at www.sedar.com by the start of business on November 10, 2011.

About Wescast

Wescast Industries Inc. is a global automotive parts supplier that designs, engineers, casts, machines and assembles high quality engineered exhaust system components, including exhaust manifolds, turbocharger housings and integrated turbomanifolds, as well as various other components for the car and light truck markets. The Company supplies to a diversified group of global original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") and Tier 1 customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. The Company employs approximately 2,000 people in its regionally-based operations and sales and design centres in Canada, the United States, Hungary, China, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and France.

Learn more at www.wescast.com.

Forward Looking Statements

The contents of this news release contain statements which, to the extent that they are not recitations of historical fact, may constitute forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Persons reading this news release are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Such forward-looking statements may include financial and other projections as well as statements regarding Wescast's future plans, objectives or performance for the current period and subsequent periods and regarding the markets for our products. The words "may", "would", "could", "will", "likely", "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "forecast", "project" and "believe" or other similar words and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Persons reading this news release are cautioned that such statements are only predictions, and that Wescast's actual future results or performance may be materially different.

This information is based upon certain material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection as reflected in the forward-looking statements, including our perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors we believe are appropriate in the circumstances.

Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties principally relate to the risks associated with the automotive industry and include, but are not limited to: our operating and/or financial performance, including the effect of new accounting standards on our reported financial results, fluctuations in interest rates, changes in consumer and business confidence levels, consumers' personal debt levels, vehicle prices, the extent and nature of purchasing or leasing incentive campaigns offered by automotive manufacturers, environmental emission regulations, fuel prices and availability, the continuation and extent of outsourcing by automotive manufacturers, changes in raw material and other input costs, our ability to continue to meet customer specifications relating to product performance, cost, quality, delivery and service, industry cyclicality or seasonality, trade and/or labour issues or disruptions, customer pricing pressures, pricing concessions and cost absorptions, actual levels of program production volumes by our customers compared to original expectations, including program cancellations or delays, dependence on certain engine programs and the market success and consumer acceptance of the vehicles into which such powertrain products are installed, our relationship with and dependence on certain customers, currency exposure, failures in implementing Wescast's strategy, technological developments by Wescast's competitors and customers, government and regulatory policies and changes in the competitive environment in which Wescast operates.

Wescast does not undertake any obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

Contacts:
Wescast Industries Inc.
Teresa Fortney
Chief Financial Officer
(519) 750-0000
www.wescast.com

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