FreightCar America (FCA) has reported its third-quarter 2020 results, including consolidated revenues of $25.2 million on deliveries of 163 railcars—a 38% drop from the year-earlier period’s $40.7 million on deliveries of 467 railcars—as the industry “remains in a cyclical downturn, which was intensified by the pandemic.” The company continues to move all railcar production to its new Mexico facility by early 2021.
FreightCar America now owns 100% of Castaños Mexico, where all of its future railcar manufacturing is expected to be based by February 2021. It has completed the acquisition of the remaining 50% of its joint-venture partnership with Fasemex (Fabricaciones y Servicios de México).
FreightCar America says it has completed key steps in its “manufacturing repositioning and business transformation strategy,” which includes closing its Shoals facility in Cherokee, Ala., by first-quarter 2021, and starting railcar shipments from a new production facility in Castaños, Mexico, by the end of 2020.
In the two weeks following Cowen and Company’s mid-September Transportation and Sustainable Mobility Conference, analyst Matt Elkott, with input from colleagues Adam Kramer and Jason Seidl (Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor), noted that railcar inquiries “have ticked up. While translation into orders may not yet be commensurate with inquiries due to election and pandemic uncertainty, there appears to be an improvement in underlying demand” that should carry forward into a recovery in 2021.
According to a report from WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Va., FreightCar America will soon wrap up the last of its production orders at its Roanoke facility.
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Mostly solid quarterly financial results and a spate of new orders for freight car builders show a market that’s stable and growing.
The Andersons Inc. on Aug. 1 signed a $2.2 million agreement to purchase FreightCar America Inc.’s Danville Railcar Facility, Danville, Ill. The company intends to turn the now-shuttered freight car manufacturing plant into a full-service freight and tank railcar repair shop.
FreightCar America, Inc. has agreed to acquire Navistar’s railcar operations in Cherokee, Ala.