Wabco Holdings Inc. has a market cap of $1.71 billion; its shares were traded at around $26.65 with a P/E ratio of 66.7 and P/S ratio of 1.1. WBC is in the portfolios of First Pacific Advisors of First Pacific Advisors, LLC, Jean-Marie Eveillard of Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Advisers, LLC, NWQ Managers of NWQ Investment Management Co, Chuck Royce of ROYCE & ASSOCIATES, John Keeley of Keeley Fund Management, Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates.
Highlight of Business Operations:A fundamental driver of demand for our products is commercial truck production. Commercial truck production generally follows a multi-year cyclical pattern. While the number of new commercial vehicles built fluctuates each year, we have over the last five years demonstrated the ability to grow in excess of these fluctuations by increasing the amount of content on each vehicle. Due to the unprecedented decline in the commercial vehicle industry in 2009, WABCOs European sales to truck and bus (T&B) OEM customers were down 58%, which still outperformed Western European T&B production that declined 62% in 2009. During the five year period through
The largest group of our customers, representing approximately 55% of sales (62% in 2008), consists of truck and bus OEMs who are large, increasingly global and few in numbers due to industry consolidation. As truck and bus OEMs grow globally, they expect suppliers to grow with them beyond their traditional markets and become reliable partners, especially in the development of new technologies. WABCO has a strong reputation for technological innovation and often collaborates closely with major OEM customers to design and develop the technologies used in their products. Our products play an important role in vehicle safety and there are few other suppliers who compete across the breadth of products that we supply.
The second largest group, representing approximately 32% of sales (21% in 2008), consists of the commercial vehicle aftermarket distributor network that provides replacement parts to commercial vehicle operators. This distributor network is a fragmented and diverse group of customers, covering a broad spectrum from large OE-affiliated or owned distributors to small independent local distributors. The increasing number of commercial trucks in operation world-wide that are equipped with our products continuously increases demand for replacement parts and services, thus generating a growing stream of recurring aftermarket sales. Additionally, we continue to develop an array of service offerings such as diagnostics, training and other services to repair shops and fleet operators that will further enhance our presence and growth in the commercial vehicle aftermarket.
The next largest group, representing approximately 9% of sales (13% in 2008), consists of trailer manufacturers. Trailer manufacturers are also a fragmented group of local or regional players with great diversity in business size, focus and operation. Trailer manufacturers are highly dependent on suppliers such as WABCO to provide technical expertise and product knowledge. Similar to truck and bus OEMs, trailer manufacturers rely heavily on our products for important safety functions and superior technology.
The smallest group, representing approximately 4% of sales (4% in 2008), consists of car and SUV manufacturers to whom WABCO sells electronic air suspension systems and vacuum pumps. Electronic air suspension is a luxury feature with increasing penetration and above market growth. Vacuum pumps are used with diesel and GDI engines and, therefore, enjoy higher than average growth rates associated with increasing diesel and GDI applications in Europe and Asia. These customers are typically large, global, sophisticated and demand high product quality and overall service levels.
Europe represented approximately 65% of our sales in 2009, down from 76% in 2008, and ended the year representing only 60% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2009. The severe decline that occurred in the industry in Europe in 2009, combined with the less severe decline in India and improving market in China drove our sales in Asia to represent approximately 21% of our total sales in the fourth quarter of 2009. The growth in Asia is being
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