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Jason Cannon, Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ)  /  April 25. 2017

Paccar posted first quarter 2017 net sales and financial services revenues of $4.24 billion Tuesday morning, down slightly from the $4.3 billion during the first quarter of 2016.

Net income jumped from a loss of $594.6 million last year to a surplus of $310.3 million in the quarter.

“Paccar benefited from increasing truck production in North America and Europe, as well as record quarterly Paccar Parts pretax profits,” says Ron Armstrong, the company’s chief executive.

U.S. and Canada Class 8 truck orders rose 40 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year.

“The truck market reflects the good economy and steady freight demand,” says Darrin Siver, Paccar senior vice president. “Peterbilt and Kenworth achieved 32 percent share of U.S. and Canada Class 8 truck industry orders in the first quarter this year.”

Siver adds he expects Class 8 truck industry retail sales for the U.S. and Canada in 2017 in a range of 190,000-220,000 vehicles.

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Paccar Revenue Dips in 1Q but Profits Return

Transport Topics  /  April 25, 2017

First-quarter sales for Paccar Inc. dipped 1.9%, year-over-year, but the company returned to profitability as it did not have a large, one-time charge as it did in early 2016.

The Bellevue, Wash.-based parent of Kenworth Trucks and Peterbilt Motors earned $310.3 million, or 88 cents a share, on revenue of $3.94 billion during the quarter just ended. A year earlier the company lost $594.6 million, or $1.69, on sales of $4.01 billion.

The company’s three major segments — new trucks, part sales and financial services — all remained profitable.

New truck deliveries dropped in the United States and Canada, and for the company as a whole, although they gained in Europe and the rest of the world.

The year-ago charge for $942.6 million was a settlement paid to the European Commission regarding Paccar’s DAF Trucks unit based in the Netherlands. The charge reduced net income by $2.68 a share, the company said in its April 25 earnings report.

“Paccar benefited from increasing truck production in North America and Europe, as well as record quarterly Paccar Parts pretax profits,” said CEO Ron Armstrong.

The company maintained its January estimate for U.S. and Canadian Class 8 retail truck sales at 190,000 to 220,000 units, about the same as 216,000 vehicles in 2016.

Among Paccar’s divisions, quarterly new truck sales dipped to $3.13 billion from $3.27 billion, while global operating profit for the division declined to $241.7 million from $304.1 million.

If businesses weren’t buying as many trucks, they were at least buying parts for the equipment they kept.

Sales rose to $786.7 million from $719.5 million, and profits to $151.7 million from $134.6 million.

The company also has a financial services unit where revenue increased but profitability declined.

By geography, quarterly truck deliveries outside the U.S. and Canada — mainly Europe — were 18,000 units, up from 16,800 in the 2016 period. For the U.S. and Canada, deliveries declined to 17,000 vehicles from 18,500.

Despite the volume decline, the U.S. and Canada still produce a majority of quarterly sales, $2.52 billion, versus $1.72 billion from the rest of the world.

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Paccar Achieves Good First Quarter Revenues and Profits

DAF Trucks Press Release  /  April 25, 2017

“PACCAR reported good revenues and net income for the first quarter of 2017,” said Ron Armstrong, chief executive officer. “PACCAR benefited from increasing truck production in North America and Europe, as well as record quarterly PACCAR Parts pretax profits. I am very proud of our 23,000 employees who have delivered industry leading products and services to our customers.”

First quarter 2017 net sales and financial services revenues were $4.24 billion compared to $4.30 billion for the first quarter of 2016.  PACCAR earned net income of $310.3 million ($.88 per diluted share) in the first quarter of this year compared to a net loss of $594.6 million ($1.69 per diluted share) in the same period last year.  PACCAR earned adjusted net income (non-GAAP)1 of $348.0 million ($.99 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2016, excluding a $942.6 million non-recurring charge for a European Commission (EC) settlement.

Ron Armstrong added, “PACCAR’s strong balance sheet and positive operating cash flow, which has averaged $2.3 billion per year in the last five years, have enabled the company to invest $3.1 billion in new facilities, products and services during the same period.  New Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF vehicles, an expanded PACCAR engine range, innovative PACCAR Parts aftermarket programs, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and PACCAR Financial Services mobile applications are contributing to the company’s long-term growth.” 

Highlights – First Quarter 2017
Highlights of PACCAR’s financial results during the first quarter of 2017 include:

  • Consolidated net sales and revenues of $4.24 billion.

  • Net income of $310.3 million.

  • Truck, Parts and Other gross margin of 14.1%.

  • PACCAR Parts revenues of $786.7 million and record pretax profits of $151.7 million.

  • Cash generated from operations of $610.5 million.

  • Research and development expenses of $61.0 million.

  • Manufacturing cash and marketable securities of $2.89 billion.

  • Stockholders’ equity of $7.08 billion.

Global Truck Markets

DAF’s above 16-tonne truck orders increased 12 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year.  “Our customers recognize DAF’s excellent product quality, low operating costs and strong resale value,” said Preston Feight, DAF president and PACCAR vice president.  “We’ve increased our estimate of 2017 European truck industry registrations in the above 16-tonne truck segment to a range of 270,000-300,000 vehicles.”

DAF recently introduced their new 2017 XF and CF trucks at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, U.K.  These excellent new vehicles incorporate advanced aerodynamics, enhanced powertrain performance and lightweight materials to provide customers with up to seven percent greater fuel efficiency.  Sophisticated computational fluid dynamics tools were used to optimize the new trucks’ aerodynamic performance.  The PACCAR MX-13 and MX-11 engines have higher efficiency combustion, turbocharging and aftertreatment systems that are electronically integrated with the new automated 12 speed transmission to optimize performance at lower engine speeds.  The PACCAR MX-13 engine offers new power ratings that provide up to 530-hp and 1,900 lb-ft of torque.  

“U.S. and Canada Class 8 truck industry orders were 40 percent higher in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year,” said Darrin Siver, PACCAR senior vice president.  “The truck market reflects the good economy and steady freight demand.  Peterbilt and Kenworth achieved 32 percent share of U.S. and Canada Class 8 truck industry orders in the first quarter this year.  Class 8 truck industry retail sales for the U.S. and Canada in 2017 are expected to be in a range of 190,000-220,000 vehicles. 

Peterbilt and Kenworth Launch Updated Vocational Trucks

Kenworth and Peterbilt recently introduced set-forward front axle (SFFA) vocational models.  The durable and reliable Kenworth T880S and the Peterbilt Model 567 SFFA trucks are designed to optimize weight distribution and maximize payload in construction, concrete mixer and other applications supporting infrastructure investments.  The Kenworth T880S and Peterbilt Model 567 are powered by the PACCAR MX-13 engine with up to 510-hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque, or the PACCAR MX-11 engine providing up to 430-hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque.

“Kenworth and Peterbilt have an excellent history of leading the vocational truck segment.  The new Kenworth T880S and Peterbilt Model 567 enhance this legacy and provide customers with a breadth of configurations designed for their specific applications,” said Gary Moore, PACCAR executive vice president.

Peterbilt, Kenworth and DAF Dealers Invest in Global Growth

Peterbilt, Kenworth and DAF dealers have invested over $1 billion and have added nearly 200 locations during the last five years to enhance customer service in North America and Europe.  “PACCAR MX engines have increased the aftermarket business opportunity for PACCAR dealers,” noted Harrie Schippers, PACCAR executive vice president and chief financial officer.  “The network expansion delivers industry-leading service, enhanced parts availability and excellent operating efficiency for Peterbilt, Kenworth and DAF customers.  These investments support PACCAR’s truck and parts market share growth.”

PACCAR Parts Achieves Record Profitability

PACCAR Parts’ 17 parts distribution centers support over 2,100 DAF, Kenworth and Peterbilt dealer service locations.  PACCAR Parts achieved record quarterly pretax income of $151.7 million in the first quarter of 2017, which was 13 percent higher than the $134.6 million earned in the same period last year.  PACCAR Parts generated revenues of $786.7 million in the first quarter of 2017, nine percent higher than the $719.5 million reported in the same period last year. 

“PACCAR Parts has achieved eight percent average annual sales growth over the last 15 years.  This superb performance has been driven by ongoing investments in PACCAR Parts and dealer facilities, expanded PACCAR-branded and TRP product lines, and an increased number of PACCAR trucks and engines in operation,” said David Danforth, PACCAR Parts general manager and PACCAR vice president. 

Financial Services Companies Achieve Good Results
PACCAR Financial Services (PFS) has a portfolio of 178,000 trucks and trailers, with total assets of $12.27 billion.  PACCAR Leasing, a major full-service truck leasing company in North America and Europe with a fleet of 37,000 vehicles, is included in this segment.  PFS’ first quarter 2017 pretax income was $57.3 million compared to $80.3 million earned in the first quarter of 2016.  PFS achieved first quarter 2017 revenues of $302.2 million compared to $289.4 million in 2016.  “PFS’ portfolio performed well during the first quarter of 2017.” said Bob Bengston, PACCAR senior vice president.  “The industry’s lower used truck values in the U.S. and Canada impacted PFS’ quarterly results.  Used truck demand is increasing and prices have stabilized.”  PACCAR’s strong balance sheet, complemented by its A+/A1 credit ratings, enables PFS to offer competitive retail financing to Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF dealers and customers in 24 countries on four continents.

PACCAR Financial Corp. (PFC) recently opened a new truck remarketing center in Minooka, Illinois, near Chicago.  The new facility complements PFC’s truck remarketing centers in Salt Lake City, Utah and Spartanburg, South Carolina.  “Kenworth and Peterbilt pre-owned trucks sell at a premium price compared to similar competitor models,” Todd Hubbard, PFC president, commented.  “Our portfolio of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks reflects the popularity of PFC’s excellent truck leasing and financial products.”

Capital Investments and Research and Development

PACCAR’s excellent long-term profits, strong balance sheet, and intense focus on quality, technology and productivity have enabled the company to invest $6.2 billion in world-class facilities, innovative products and new technologies during the past decade.  “In 2017, capital expenditures of $375-$425 million and research and development expenses of $250-$280 million are targeted for truck and powertrain product development, enhanced manufacturing facilities and aftermarket support programs,” commented George West, PACCAR vice president.

Peterbilt Motors recently completed construction of a 102,000 square-foot expansion to its truck manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas.  “The new, state-of-the-art test and logistics center will streamline vehicle delivery and enhance manufacturing efficiency and capacity,” said Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR senior vice president.  “Peterbilt plans to install additional robotic cab assembly equipment to increase production capacity of its industry-leading Model 579 and Model 567 trucks.”

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