Westport Fuel (WPRT) Q4 Earnings Lag Estimates, Revenues Top

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Westport Fuel Systems Inc. 's WPRT fourth-quarter 2018 net loss from continuing operations was 8 cents per share, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate loss of 2 cents. Net loss per share from continuing operations was 14 cents in fourth-quarter 2017. Net loss from continuing operations in the reported quarter was $10.4 million compared with $20.8 million in fourth-quarter 2017.

Westport Fuel logged consolidated revenues of $60.5 million in the reported quarter, up 5% year over year. Moreover, the top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $59.8 million. This upside was driven by increased aftermarket revenue generation and Westport HPDI 2.0 shipments.

During the quarter under review, consolidated gross margin decreased to $12.3 million (20% of sales) from $14 million (24% of sales) in the year-ago quarter. This decline was due to product mix and fixed costs associated with the sale of Westport HPDI 2.0.

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Adjusted EBITDA amounted to $0.2 million compared with negative $4.9 million in the prior-year quarter.

In the reported quarter, CWI revenues rose to $94.1 million from the prior-year quarter's $91.6 million.

2018 Results

In 2018, the company posted adjusted EBIDTA (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) of $9.7 million or loss of 31 cents per share compared with adjusted EBIDTA of negative $19.7 million or loss of 52 cents per share recorded in the prior year.

The company's consolidated revenues rose 18% year over year to $270.3 million. In 2017, the figure was $229.8 million.

Financial Position

Westport Fuel had cash and cash equivalents of $61.1 million as of Dec 31, 2018, down from $71.8 million as of Dec 31, 2017.

At the end of the year, net cash flow used in operating activities in continuing operations was $27.4 million in comparison with the prior year's $46.8 million.


For 2019, Westport Fuel expects to sustain growth in light-duty and medium-duty businesses through aftermarket and OEM channels. It projects consolidated revenues from continuing operations to be $265-$295 million.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Westport Fuel currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the broader auto sector are Dana Incorporated DAN , Oshkosh Corporation OSK and General Motors Company GM , each currently carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

Dana has an expected long-term growth rate of 4.4%. Over the past three months, shares of the company have gained 33.2%.

Oshkosh has an expected long-term growth rate of 11.3%. Shares of the company have gained 24.6% over the past three months.

General Motors has an expected long-term growth rate of 8.9%. Shares of the company have gained 24.6% over the past three months.

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