November 5, 2009Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, November 5, 2009; New Flyer Industries Inc. (TSX:NFI.UN) (“New Flyer” or the “Company”), the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in Canada and the United States, announced today that the total order activity during the third quarter of 2009 totaled 541 buses (622 equivalent production units or “EUs”) for a total of US $265 million. Of these orders, 223 buses (245 EUs) are new orders and 318 buses (377 EUs) are exercised options.
These orders are from both current and new customers and are for a variety of vehicle configurations and propulsion systems, including 35-, 40- and 60-foot buses with clean diesel, diesel-electric hybrid, gasoline-electric hybrid and compressed natural gas (“CNG”) propulsion systems. Approximately 35% of the EUs representing these orders (or 218 EUs) are cleanpropulsion (i.e., hybrid or natural gas) vehicles, which is a significant segment of New Flyer’s annual production.
Some of the larger order activity during the quarter included:
- Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority in Charleston, NC has ordered 11 35-foot diesel buses with options for an additional 119 buses
- Regional Transportation Commission in Reno, NV has exercised options to purchase 8 60-foot diesel-electric buses
- Calgary Transit in Calgary, AB has purchased 22 additional 60-foot diesel buses
- Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati, OH has exercised options for 30 40-foot diesel buses, four 30-foot diesel-electric buses and three 40-foot dieselelectric buses
- The Hamilton Street Railway Company in Hamilton , ON has exercised options to purchase 15 40-foot diesel-electric buses
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in Washington, DC has provided Notice to Proceed for an additional 48 40-foot diesel-electric buses
- Fairfax County in Fairfax, VA has exercised options to purchase 31 40-foot diesel buses
- The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston, MA has exercised options to purchase 25 60-foot diesel-electric buses
- Milwaukee Transit in Milwaukee, WI has exercised options for 90 40-foot diesel buses
The dollar value of the order backlog as of October 4, 2009 was approximately US $3.86 billion, down slightly from the backlog of US $4.0 billion reported as of July 5, 2009. Clean propulsion vehicles now represent approximately 72% of the total backlog.
New Flyer’s current backlog consists of the following mix of products:
|Firm EUs||Options EUs||Total|
|40 foot and under buses||1,611||3,204||4,815|
|60 foot buses||660||3,474||4,134|
During the third quarter, a total of 106 EUs worth of options expired - primarily from one US Transit Authority. This specific customer holds a multi-year contract with New Flyer and recently ordered buses to be built from their 2010 held options, which allowed the 2009 options to expire.
Options included in the backlog expire, if not exercised, as follows:
|Expiry Year||Option EUs|
Currently, New Flyer has approximately 12,300 EUs in the company’s new potential order pipeline (or bid universe) for heavy-duty transit buses in Canada and the US. This is a significant increase from the approximately 11,000 EUs reported as of July 5, 2009.
NOTE: All dollar amounts are stated in US currency based on an exchange rate of US $1.00 = Cdn $1.08 to calculate the value of the Canadian contracts in this release.