Friday, July 24, 2009

Freight rail market woes hurt Wabtec 2Q profit

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Wilmerdering, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. said Friday itssecond-quarter profit slipped 9% due to the continuing falloff in freight rail traffic;earnings of $30.8 million, or 64 cents per share, were down from $33.8 million,or 69 cents per share, in the comparable 2008 quarter. That was lower than WallStreet analyst expectations of 62 cents per share.

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Revenue also declined by 14% to $334 million. Wabtec cut itsfull-year earnings guidance, citing the weak freight rail market. Companyshares lost 5% of their value at midday Friday.

"Going forward this year, we expect stability in ourtransit operations, while the freight businesses will continue to be affectednegatively by the global recession," Wabtec CEO Albert J. Neupaver said ina statement.