Wescast Reports Second Quarter Results

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 08/02/12 -- Wescast Industries Inc. (TSX: WCS.A) today reported 2012 second quarter sales of $74.4 million and a net loss of $1.2 million.


(In thousands of Canadian         Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
 dollars, except per share
 amounts)
                                   July 1,    July 3,    July 1,    July 3,
                                      2012       2011       2012       2011
Sales                               74,361     71,411    151,536    143,017
Gross profit                         4,732      5,345     11,546     15,037
Net (loss) earnings                 (1,240)    (1,126)      (922)       280
Diluted net (loss) earnings per
 share                               (0.09)     (0.09)     (0.07)      0.02
Cash derived from (applied to)
 operations                          8,860      2,883     12,038     (4,143)

Highlights


--  The Company reported consolidated sales of $74.4 million, an increase of
    4.2% compared to the $71.4 million reported in the second quarter of
    2011, reflecting higher sales generated in North America and lower sales
    in Europe and Asia.

--  The expansion of the Company's stainless steel facility in Stratford,
    Ontario is progressing on time and on budget. The facility generated
    sales of $6.1 million in the second quarter of 2012, compared to $1.6
    million generated in the same period last year.

--  The Company reported gross profit of $4.7 million for the second quarter
    compared to gross profit of $5.3 million in 2011. The decline in the
    European automotive market, where vehicle production volumes were down
    approximately 10% compared to the second quarter of 2011, had a negative
    impact on the Company's gross profit in Europe and Asia with respect to
    certain shipments from China to Europe. At the end of the quarter, the
    Company had 95 parts in launch phase and continues to ramp up its new
    machining facility in Michigan. The launch phase impacts gross margin
    negatively, however, management expects that this activity level is
    indicative of significant sales and gross profit growth in the future.

--  The Company reported a second quarter net loss of $1.2 million. The net
    loss per share on a diluted basis was $0.09.

--  Included in the net loss for the quarter was share-based payments
    expense of $0.5 million (2011 - $1.2 million) and expenses of $0.7
    million (2011 - $0.6 million) related to the review of strategic
    alternatives with the objective of enhancing shareholder value. The
    combined negative impact on the diluted net loss per share for the
    quarter was $0.09.

--  The Company generated cash from operations of $8.9 million during the
    quarter, significantly higher than the $2.9 million generated during the
    second quarter of 2011. The level of cash generated in the second
    quarter was positively impacted by a $4.4 million reduction in working
    capital investment.

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 August 3, 2012.

About Wescast

Wescast Industries Inc. is a global automotive parts supplier that primarily 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 2,100 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 (including negative variations) 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: the result of Wescast's strategic alternative review and consummation of any transaction, 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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