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Westport Fuel Systems Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (“WFS") (TSX:WPRT / Nasdaq:WPRT) reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, and provided an update on operations. All figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.


  • Record revenue of $84.7 million, up 135% compared to the same period in 2020 and a sequential increase of 11% compared to Q1 2021, due to the continued recovery of sales volumes in our independent aftermarket ("IAM") and light-duty original equipment manufacturer ("OEM") businesses as well as continued growth in our heavy-duty OEM business.
  • Acquisition of Stako sp. z.o.o ("Stako") closed May 30, 2021 to further support the energy transition to cleaner fuels, for a total purchase price of $7.1 million, with a gain on the purchase of $5.9 million recorded in the second quarter 2021.
  • Net income of $17.2 million and net income per share of $0.11 mainly due to the gain from the acquisition of Stako, increased gross margin, higher income from Cummins Westport Inc. joint venture ("CWI"), a $2.3 million foreign exchange gain and an $8.9 million tax recovery recognized for a COVID-19 tax relief ruling from the government of Italy during the quarter.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") of $6.2 million.
  • Marketed public offering completed June 8, 2021, raising gross proceeds of $115.1 million, to be used primarily to expand and automate production capacity of our high-pressure direct injection (“HPDI”) products to meet growing customer demand, and to fund additional development activities.
  • Announced a collaboration with Tupy and AVL List GmbH to develop a highly efficient hydrogen internal combustion engine for heavy goods transportation.

"The second quarter of 2021 was another record revenue quarter for Westport Fuel Systems. We saw a substantial recovery in our independent aftermarket and light-duty OEM businesses relative to the same period last year. This is despite the ongoing challenges of the global semiconductor shortage currently affecting the automotive industry. Fleet operators continue to advance carbon-reduction commitments through the purchase of HPDI 2.0 equipped trucks fueled with renewable gas. In doing so, they continue to realize operating cost savings from a product capable of meeting fleets' most demanding performance requirements.

The outlook for our business is strong, underpinned by strong regulatory tailwinds and continued growth of LNG infrastructure in Europe, with further growth and recognition of bio–LNG as a clean, affordable fuel. In China, support for expanding the adoption of natural gas transportation solutions continues, evidenced in the government’s five-year plan published earlier this year.

Development work on our hydrogen HPDI solution is advancing. Hydrogen with HPDI is expected to offer game-changing advantages for OEMs and suppliers, allowing them to leverage existing supply chains and engine production capabilities, while reducing the concerns of supplying and recycling precious and rare earth metals. The need for cleaner transportation solutions has never been more pressing, and our gaseous fuel solutions save our customers money while reducing their carbon footprint.”

David M. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer

2Q21 Continuing Operations

($ in millions, except per share amounts)

 Over /
 Over /
Revenues$84.7 $36.0 135%$161.1 $103.2  56 %
Gross Margin(2)15.7 12.2 29%28.7 16.5  74 %
Gross Margin %19%34% 18%16 %  
Operating Expenses19.4 10.5 86%40.6 34.6  17 %
Income from Investments Accounted for by the Equity Method(1)8.1 4.1 95%14.6 9.5  54 %
Net Income (Loss)$17.2 $3.0 475%$14.1 $(12.3) 454 %
Net Income (Loss) per Share$0.11 $0.02 448%$0.09 $(0.09) (100)%
EBITDA(3)$13.9 $9.2 51%$15.8 $(1.9) (932)%
Adjusted EBITDA(3)$6.2 $6.2 %$8.9 $2.6  242 %

(1) This includes income primarily from our Cummins Westport Inc. ("CWI") and Minda Westport Technologies Limited joint ventures.

(2) Includes a $7.7 million insurance recovery in 2Q20 and a net $2.3 million charge in 1H20 for field service campaign concerning a Pressure Relief Device.

(3) EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Please refer to GAAP and NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES for the reconciliation to equivalent GAAP measures and limitations on the use of such measures.

Revenues in 2Q21 increased 135% to $84.7 million in the three months ended June 30, 2021, resulting from the recovery from the impact of COVID-19 across all of our businesses.

WFS reported a net income of $17.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to net income of $3.0 million for the same quarter last year. The $14.2 million increase in earnings was driven primarily from higher sales volumes in the current period, $3.7 million increased in earnings from CWI, a $5.9 million purchase gain recorded in the connection with the acquisition of Stako, an $8.9 million tax recovery recognized for a COVID-19 tax relief ruling from the government of Italy. After the completion of the marketed public offering on June 8, 2021, cash and cash equivalents increased by $101.0 million to $160.7 million as of June 30, 2021, compared to $59.7 million as of March 31, 2021.

WFS generated $6.2 million Adjusted EBITDA during 2Q21 compared to $6.2 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the same period in 2020. The Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2020 included a $7.7 million insurance recovery. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $7.7 million mainly due to higher sales as we continue to recover from the impact of COVID-19 and our business continues to grow as we serve global markets with clean, affordable solutions.

Segment Information

SEGMENT RESULTSThree months ended June 30, 2021
 Revenue Operating
income (loss)
income (loss)
OEM$53.1  $(3.4)  $2.0  $0.1  
IAM31.6  1.1   1.6    
Corporate  (1.4)  0.1  8.0  
CWI - 50%45.1  8.9       
Total segment129.8  5.2   3.7  8.1  
Less: CWI - 50%(45.1) (8.9)      
Total Consolidated$84.7  $(3.7)  $3.7  $8.1  

SEGMENT RESULTSThree months ended June 30, 2020
 Revenue Operating
income (loss)
income (loss)
OEM$19.1  $1.1   $2.1  $(0.1) 
IAM16.9  (1.2)  1.2    
Corporate  1.8   0.1  4.2  
CWI - 50%33.2  5.3       
Total segment69.2  7.0   3.4  4.1  
Less: CWI - 50%(33.2) (5.3)      
Total Consolidated$36.0  $1.7   $3.4  $4.1  

Original Equipment Manufacturer Segment

Revenue for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 was $53.1 million and $95.8 million, respectively, compared with $19.1 million and $53.4 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020. Revenue for the OEM business segment increased by $34.0 million and $42.4 million, respectively. The increase during the current quarter was mainly due to the recovery of light-duty OEM sales volumes, an increase in sales volumes of HPDI product and higher engineering service revenue during the current quarter. The impact of COVID-19 was significant in the prior year period, which was impacted by plant shutdowns combined with lower light-duty OEM sales to German and Russian OEMs. We expect to see continued growth in the heavy-duty business and improvements in the light-duty OEM business in the second half of the year.

Independent Aftermarket Segment

Revenue for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, was $31.6 million and $65.3 million, respectively, compared with $16.9 million and $49.8 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020. Revenue for the IAM business segment increased by $14.7 million and $15.5 million, respectively, mainly due to the recovery of sales volumes during the current quarter as compared to the COVID-19 related shutdowns in the second quarter of 2020. Continued improvement in the market demand for our aftermarket products is expected in the second half of the year, but our revenue outlook is tempered by the ongoing global shortage of semiconductors which could impact our IAM business.


Revenue for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 for the Cummins Westport Inc. ("CWI") joint venture, was $90.2 million and $172.5 million, compared to $66.4 million and $143.1 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, respectively. Unit sales for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, were 2,005 and 3,878 compared to 1,352 and 2,865 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in unit sales in the three months ended June 30, 2021, is a result of a return to normal operating conditions following disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the second quarter of 2020. The six months ended June 30, 2021 unit sales were higher compared to the six months ended June 30, 2020, reflecting the impact of OEM factory shutdowns in April and May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parts revenue for CWI increased to $28.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $24.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Parts revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was consistent compared to the prior-year period.

  Over /
 Over /
($ in millions, except unit amounts)2Q212Q201H211H20
Units2,005 1,352 48 %3,878 2,865 35 %
Revenue$90.2 $66.4 36 %$172.5 $143.1 21 %
Gross Margin22.3 18.2 23 %43.4 39.8 9 %
Gross Margin %25%27%  25%28%  
Operating Expenses4.5 7.5 (40)%8.4 15.7 (47)%
Operating Income$17.8 $10.7 67 %$34.9 $24.1 45 %
WFS 50% Interest7.9 4.2 89 %14.4 9.5 51 %


To view WFS financials for the second quarter ended June 30th, 2021, please visit


WFS has scheduled a conference call for Friday, August 6th, 2021, at 7:00 am Pacific Time (10:00 am Eastern Time) to discuss these results. To access the conference call by telephone, please dial 1-800-319-4610 (Canada & USA toll-free) or 604-638-5340. The live webcast of the conference call can be accessed through the WFS website at


To access the conference call replay, please dial 1-800-319-6413 (Canada & USA toll-free) or 1-604-638-9010 using the passcode 6662. The telephone replay will be available until August 13th, 2021. Shortly after the conference call, the webcast will be archived on the Westport Fuel Systems website and replay will be available in streaming audio and a downloadable MP3 file.

About Westport Fuel Systems

Westport Fuel Systems is driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. The company is a leading supplier of advanced fuel delivery components and systems for clean, low-carbon fuels such as natural gas, renewable natural gas, propane, and hydrogen to the global automotive industry. Westport Fuel Systems’ technology delivers the performance and fuel efficiency required by transportation applications and the environmental benefits that address climate change and urban air quality challenges. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with operations in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, the company serves customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. For more information, visit

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding revenue and cash usage expectations, future strategic initiatives and future growth, future of our development programs (including those relating to HPDI and Hydrogen), the impact of COVID-19 and ongoing semiconductor shortages on our business, the demand for our products, the future success of our business and technology strategies, intentions of partners and potential customers, the performance and competitiveness of Westport Fuel Systems’ products and expansion of product coverage, future market opportunities, speed of adoption of natural gas for transportation and terms and timing of future agreements as well as Westport Fuel Systems management’s response to any of the aforementioned factors. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on both the views of management and assumptions that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activities, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by these forward looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include those related to our revenue growth, operating results, industry and products, the general economy, conditions of and access to the capital and debt markets, access to required semiconductors, solvency, governmental policies and regulation, technology innovations, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, operating expenses, continued reduction in expenses, ability to successfully commercialize new products, the performance of our joint ventures, the availability and price of natural gas, global government stimulus packages and new environmental regulations, the acceptance of and shift to natural gas vehicles, the relaxation or waiver of fuel emission standards, the inability of fleets to access capital or government funding to purchase natural gas vehicles, the development of competing technologies, our ability to adequately develop and deploy our technology, the actions and determinations of our joint venture and development partners, the effects and duration of COVID-19 and the ongoing semiconductor shortage as well as other risk factors and assumptions that may affect our actual results, performance or achievements or financial position discussed in our most recent Annual Information Form and other filings with securities regulators. Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. We disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise such statements to reflect any change in our expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those set forth in these forward looking statements except as required by National Instrument 51-102. The contents of any website, RSS feed or twitter account referenced in this press release are not incorporated by reference herein.

Contact Information
Christine Marks
Investor Relations
Westport Fuel Systems
T: +1 604-718-2046


Management reviews the operational progress of its business units and investment programs over successive periods through the analysis of net income, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. The Company defines EBITDA as net income or loss from continuing operations before income taxes adjusted for interest expense (net), depreciation and amortization. Westport Fuel Systems defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA from continuing operations excluding expenses for stock-based compensation, unrealized foreign exchange gain or loss, and non-cash and other adjustments. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a long-term indicator of operational performance since it ties closely to the business units’ ability to generate sustained cash flow and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.  Adjusted EBITDA includes the company's share of income from joint ventures.

The terms EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not defined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP") and are not a measure of operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as an analytical tool, and when assessing the company's operating performance, investors should not consider EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA in isolation, or as a substitute for net loss or other consolidated statement of operations data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Among other things, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the company's actual cash expenditures. Other companies may calculate similar measures differently than Westport Fuel Systems, limiting their usefulness as comparative tools. The company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its U.S. GAAP results and using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental information.

($ in millions)2Q20


Three months ended
Net income (loss)$3.0   $0.8   $4.1   $(3.1) $17.2   
Income tax expense (recovery)1.6  (0.6) 1.2  0.3  (8.1) 
Interest expense, net1.2  1.3  4.0  1.2  1.1  
Depreciation and amortization3.4  3.4  3.8  3.5  3.7  
EBITDA9.2  4.9  13.1  1.9  13.9  
Stock based compensation0.6  0.9  0.3  0.1  0.5  
Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss(3.6) (2.3) (5.3) 0.7  (2.3) 
Asset impairment  0.5        
Bargain purchase gain        (5.9) 
Adjusted EBITDA$6.2  $4.0  $8.1  $2.7  $6.2  

Condensed Consolidated Interim Balance Sheets (unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except share amounts)
June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020

 June 30, 2021   December 31, 2020  
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash)$160,711   $64,262  
Accounts receivable92,656   90,467  
Inventories69,687   51,402  
Prepaid expenses7,974   11,767  
Short-term investment10,983     
Total current assets342,011   217,898  
Long-term investments3,288   13,954  
Property, plant and equipment59,931   57,507  
Operating lease right-of-use assets31,820   27,962  
Intangible assets10,331   11,784  
Deferred income tax assets12,017   2,140  
Goodwill3,287   3,397  
Other long-term assets11,584   11,621  
Total assets$474,269   $346,263  
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$97,057   $84,599  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities4,731   4,476  
Short-term debt12,225   23,445  
Current portion of long-term debt17,303   16,302  
Current portion of long-term royalty payable5,657   7,451  
Current portion of warranty liability11,375   10,749  
Total current liabilities148,348   147,022  
Long-term operating lease liabilities26,871   23,486  
Long-term debt39,554   45,651  
Long-term royalty payable3,944   8,591  
Warranty liability7,536   8,187  
Deferred income tax liabilities3,459   3,250  
Other long-term liabilities6,340   6,017  
Total liabilities236,052   242,204  
Shareholders’ equity:   
Share capital:   
Unlimited common and preferred shares, no par value   
168,801,162 (2020 - 144,069,972) common shares issued and outstanding1,238,856   1,115,092  
Other equity instruments7,773   7,671  
Additional paid in capital11,516   11,516  
Accumulated deficit(991,590)  (1,005,679) 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(28,338)  (24,541) 
Total shareholders' equity238,217   104,059  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$474,269   $346,263  

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) (unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except share and per share amounts)  
Three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

 Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
 2021 2020 2021 2020
Revenue$84,701   $35,964   $161,144   $103,187  
Cost of revenue and expenses:       
Cost of revenue68,958   23,775   132,384   86,723  
Research and development7,500   4,090   14,212   9,890  
General and administrative9,233   6,109   18,523   12,741  
Sales and marketing3,721   2,378   6,652   5,703  
Foreign exchange (gain) loss(2,333)  (3,626)  (1,602)  3,269  
Depreciation and amortization1,454   1,511   2,964   3,007  
Gain on sale of assets(146)     (146)    
 88,387   34,237   172,987   121,333  
Income (loss) from operations(3,686)  1,727   (11,843)  (18,146) 
Income from investments accounted for by the equity method8,063   4,121   14,640   9,488  
Interest on long-term debt and accretion on royalty payable(1,308)  (1,467)  (3,057)  (3,019) 
Bargain purchase gain from acquisition5,856      5,856     
Interest and other income, net of bank charges183   174   730   259  
Income (loss) before income taxes9,108   4,555   6,326   (11,418) 
Income tax expense (recovery)(8,121)  1,565   (7,763)  881  
Net income (loss) for the period17,229   2,990   14,089   (12,299) 
Other comprehensive income (loss):       
Cumulative translation adjustment(1,643)  (633)  (3,797)  (464) 
Comprehensive income (loss)$15,586   $2,357   $10,292   $(12,763) 
Income (loss) per share:       
Net income (loss) per share - basic and diluted$0.11   $0.02   $0.09   $(0.09) 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:       
Basic153,149,575   136,564,290   150,154,552   136,496,757  
Diluted156,791,634   146,323,733   153,796,611   136,496,757  

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)
Three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

 Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
 2021 2020 2021 2020
Cash flows from (used in) operating activities:       
Net income (loss) for the period$17,229   $2,990   $14,089   $(12,299) 
Items not involving cash:       
Depreciation and amortization3,703   3,402   7,176   6,771  
Stock-based compensation expense539   617   623   1,241  
Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss(2,333)  (3,626)  (1,602)  3,269  
Deferred income tax(9,485)  1,458   (9,675)  (683) 
Income from investments accounted for by the equity method(8,063)  (4,121)  (14,640)  (9,488) 
Interest on long-term debt and accretion on royalty payable1,308   1,467   3,057   3,019  
Change in inventory write-downs to net realizable value124   381   322   64  
Bargain purchase gain from acquisition(5,856)     (5,856)    
Change in bad debt expense(74)  214   (26)  252  
Gain on sale of assets(146)     (146)    
Net cash from (used) before working capital changes(3,054)  2,782   (6,678)  (7,854) 
Changes in non-cash operating working capital:       
Accounts receivable(11,839)  4,042   (5,042)  4,618  
Inventories(5,068)  (4,329)  (11,943)  (8,056) 
Prepaid and other assets2,514   (919)  6,356   (1,559) 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities13,584   (9,623)  10,241   (16,820) 
Deferred revenue(3,953)  (471)  (3,953)  1,030  
Warranty liability(907)  (534)  (287)  9,781  
Net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations(8,723)  (9,052)  (11,306)  (18,860) 
Cash flows from (used in) investing activities:       
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(1,200)  (1,562)  (2,862)  (3,186) 
Sale of short-term investments, net284      600     
Acquisition, net of acquired cash(5,948)     (5,948)    
Dividends received from joint ventures6,395   3,420   14,273   9,243  
Net cash from investing activities of continuing operations(469)  1,858   6,063   6,057  
Cash flows from (used in) financing activities:       
Payments under short and long-term facilities(16,194)  (7,176)  (39,415)  (18,893) 
Drawings on operating lines of credit and long-term facilities21,393   10,996   25,998   22,066  
Payment of royalty payable(7,451)  (5,948)  (7,451)  (5,948) 
Proceeds from share issuance, net107,922      120,727     
Net cash from (used in) financing activities105,670   (2,128)  99,859   (2,775) 
Effect of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents4,487   (842)  1,833   (1,506) 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents100,965   (10,164)  96,449   (17,084) 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period (including restricted cash)59,746   39,092   64,262   46,012  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period (including restricted cash)$160,711   $28,928   $160,711   $28,928  

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