Trinity Industries, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results
Company Release – 2/24/2021
Reports quarterly GAAP and Adjusted earnings (loss) from continuing operations of $(1.13) and $0.04 per diluted share, respectively
Generates full year operating and total free cash flow after dividends and investments of $652 million and $113 million, respectively
Returned $285 million of capital to stockholders during 2020
DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN) today announced earnings results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.
Financial and Operational Highlights – Fourth Quarter 2020
Quarterly total company revenues of $416 million
Quarterly income (loss) from continuing operations per common diluted share (“EPS”) of $(1.13) and quarterly adjusted EPS of $0.04, which excludes the following (each per common diluted share):
Non-cash pension plan settlement charge totaling $1.03
Non-cash write-downs of non-strategic rail maintenance facilities and certain other assets totaling $0.18
Additional income tax benefit of $0.05 related to carryback claims as permitted under recent tax legislation
Repurchases of approximately 3.0 million shares at a cost of $68 million under previously announced $250 million share repurchase authorization
Completed financings of over $500 million
Lease fleet utilization of 94.5% at year-end with sequentially improved Future Lease Rate Differential (“FLRD”) to (13.6)%
Railcar deliveries of 2,235 and new railcar orders of 1,170
Financial and Operational Highlights – Full Year 2020
Full year total company revenues of $2.0 billion, representing a decrease of 33.5% when compared to 2019
Reported EPS of $(1.27) and adjusted EPS of $0.37, which excludes the following (each per common diluted share):
Non-cash impairment of long-lived assets totaling $2.07
Non-cash pension plan settlement charge totaling $1.00
Restructuring activities totaling $0.07
Early redemption of high coupon debt totaling $0.03
Income tax benefit of $1.54 related to carryback claims as permitted under recent tax legislation
Cash flow from operations and total free cash flow after dividends and investments (“Free Cash Flow”) were $652 million and $113 million, respectively
Investment of $464 million in leasing capital expenditures, net of railcar sales, predominantly for growth, resulting in net additions of 3,340 railcars to the wholly-owned and partially-owned lease fleet during 2020, an increase of 3.2% from 2019
Returns to shareholders of $285 million through dividends and share repurchases
Repurchases of 9.3 million shares at a cost of $193 million
Committed liquidity of $727 million as of December 31, 2020
“As we began 2020, we set out to transform Trinity’s rail-focused operating strategy to accelerate the financial performance of the Company and enhance value for shareholders,” said Jean Savage, Trinity’s CEO and President. “What our people accomplished in the midst of a global pandemic is nothing short of extraordinary. Throughout the year, we evaluated our strategy, redefined our vision with a new purpose statement, and aligned our business values and organization. We made substantial progress in rationalizing our footprint, and optimizing our corporate cost structure and balance sheet, all while maintaining safe operations through the COVID-19 outbreak and delivering high-quality products and services to our customers.”
“Our fourth quarter and fiscal year financial performance reflects the decline in railcar demand following the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. While our leasing operations results performed well during the year, the decline in lease portfolio sales and railcar deliveries created earnings headwinds to overcome. Our team responded to the crisis and offset some of this headwind through strong management of our fleet maintenance costs and significant reductions in headcount and SE&A. Certain of the cost-savings and restructuring activities associated with the repositioning of the Company generated one-time charges that impacted our financial performance. Through it all, Trinity’s rail-platform proved resilient – generating strong cash flows from operations of $652 million during 2020, and free cash flow of $113 million after dividends and investments in our platform and lease fleet. In addition to the dividends paid, we also returned $193 million to shareholders through the use of our share repurchase authorization.”
“Market uncertainty as it relates to COVID-19 remains the predominant story on the economic and rail industry outlook. We see early indicators of a recovery with improving year over year railcar traffic volumes, slowing train speeds, and, more importantly, higher overall cycle times for shippers, all of which require more railcars to return to service. However, given the pace of improvement, customers are hesitant in their long-term planning for railcar assets. Industry forecasts currently suggest a recovery in the second half of 2021, and our customer inquiry levels align with these expectations.”
“Our lease fleet utilization has remained stable through the beginning of the year, and we are seeing some improvement in lease rates. We expect our Leasing business to have comparable year over year financial performance as modest fleet growth and improved maintenance cost efficiency from utilizing our internal network are expected to mostly offset headwinds from renewing lease rates. We expect the Rail Products business to deliver better operating results in 2021 as we enhance the value of outsourced fabrication activities and implement more automation in facilities, against a backdrop of another challenging year for deliveries. When combined with additional cost savings initiatives in place, we expect earnings to improve from 2020 while still reflecting a challenging market environment in 2021. As a result of the strong cash flow synergies within Trinity’s business, we expect cash flow from operations to range between $625 million to $675 million for the 2021 year.”
Ms. Savage concluded, “2020 was a challenging year, but Trinity’s team made difficult decisions that put our Company on a path to accelerate our financial performance. In 2021, we intend to further optimize our manufacturing platform through outsourced fabrication activities and integrating advanced technologies, and to enhance our product portfolio through evolutionary products and services for our customers. Additionally, we will continue to optimize our balance sheet through additional leverage, fleet modification, and RIV transactions. I am proud of the work the people of Trinity accomplished in 2020, and know they have set a high bar for performance in 2021.”
Additional Business Items
Income Tax Adjustments
As a result of the reinstatement of the tax-loss carryback provisions in recent tax legislation, the Company recognized an additional tax benefit in the fourth quarter of $5.8 million, or $0.05 per common diluted share. The associated income tax losses were primarily due to accelerated tax depreciation associated with our investment in the lease fleet.
The Company’s tax rate was a benefit of 25.0% for the quarter and a benefit of 54.3% for the year. These rates differed from the U.S. statutory rate primarily as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) and state tax adjustments. The tax benefit for the year was partially offset by a portion of the second quarter non-cash impairment charge related to noncontrolling interest for which taxes are not provided.
Pension Plan Termination
In connection with the Company’s previously communicated pension plan termination, the plan was settled in the fourth quarter of 2020 and resulted in the Company no longer having any remaining funded pension plan obligations. Upon settlement, we recognized a pre-tax non-cash pension settlement charge of $151.5 million, which was inclusive of all unamortized losses recorded in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss. The surplus of the Pension Plan of $23.6 million will be used, as prescribed in the applicable regulations, to fund obligations associated with the Company’s defined contribution profit sharing plan and final pension administrative expenses. We expect that any remaining surplus would be used for other corporate purposes, subject to applicable taxes.
Liquidity and Capital Resource Updates
In November 2020, Trinity Rail Leasing 2020 LLC (“TRL-2020”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Company, issued $370.8 million of Secured Railcar Equipment Notes. These notes bear interest at an all-in interest rate of 2.52% and have a stated final maturity date of 2050. Net proceeds received from the transaction were used to repay borrowings under our leasing secured warehouse credit facility, to redeem in full secured notes issued by TRIHC 2018 LLC, and for general corporate purposes.
The Company’s income tax receivable at the end of the fourth quarter was $446 million.
Subsequent to quarter end, Trinity’s leasing company announced its Green Financing Framework supported by a second-party opinion from Sustainalytics, a Morningstar company.
Cost Optimization and Operating Footprint Rationalization
In connection with the Company’s ongoing assessment of future needs to support our rail-focused strategy and to optimize the performance of the business, the Company recognized pre-tax restructuring charges totaling $11.0 million for the year. These charges were primarily from employee transition costs and the write-down of our corporate headquarters campus, partially offset by a net gain on the disposition of a non-operating facility and certain related assets.
During the fourth quarter, management approved a plan to exit certain non-strategic maintenance facilities, resulting in a pre-tax non-cash asset write-down of $15.2 million. Additionally, during the quarter, we recorded a pre-tax non-cash charge to write off $11.8 million related to our investments in certain emerging technologies. These charges are reflected in the impairment of long-lived assets line of our Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020.
Trinity will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on February 24, 2021 to discuss its fourth quarter results. To listen to the call, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.trin.net and access the Events & Presentations webpage, or the live call can be accessed at 1-888-317-6003 with the conference passcode “9858917”. Please call at least 10 minutes in advance to ensure a timely connection. An audio replay may be accessed through the Company’s website or by dialing 1-877-344-7529 with passcode “10151360” until 11:59 p.m. Eastern on March 3, 2021.
Additionally, the Company will provide Supplemental Materials to accompany the earnings conference call. The materials will be accessible both within the webcast and on Trinity’s Investor Relations website under the Events and Presentations portion of the site along with the Fourth Quarter Earnings Call event weblink.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We have included financial measures compiled in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and certain non-GAAP measures in this earnings press release to provide management and investors with additional information regarding our financial results. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our reporting results prepared in accordance with GAAP and, as calculated, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures for other companies. For each non-GAAP financial measure, a reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure has been included in the accompanying tables. When forward-looking non-GAAP measures are provided, quantitative reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are not provided because management cannot, without unreasonable effort, predict the timing and amounts of certain items included in the computations of each of these measures. These factors include, but are not limited to: the product mix of expected railcar deliveries; the timing and amount of significant transactions and investments, such as railcar sales from the lease fleet, capital expenditures, and returns of capital to shareholders; and the amount and timing of certain other items outside the normal course of our core business operations, such as restructuring activities and the potential financial and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
About Trinity Industries
Trinity Industries, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, owns businesses that are leading providers of rail transportation products and services in North America. Our rail-related businesses market their railcar products and services under the trade name TrinityRail®. The TrinityRail platform provides railcar leasing and management services, as well as railcar manufacturing, maintenance and modifications. Trinity also owns businesses engaged in the manufacture of products used on the nation’s roadways and in traffic control. Trinity reports its financial results in three principal business segments: the Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group, the Rail Products Group, and the All Other Group. For more information, visit: www.trin.net.
Some statements in this release, which are not historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements about Trinity’s estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies for the future, and the assumptions underlying these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, future financial and operating performance, future opportunities and any other statements regarding events or developments that Trinity believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including the potential financial and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trinity uses the words “anticipates,” “assumes,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “guidance,” “projected,” “outlook,” and similar expressions to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release, and Trinity expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Trinity’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or our present expectations, including but not limited to risks and uncertainties regarding economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting Trinity’s operations, markets, products, services and prices, and such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in Trinity’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, as may be revised and updated by Trinity’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Trinity’s Current Reports on Form 8-K.