March 22, 2011 / 10:57 AM / 7 years ago

UPDATE 1-New Flyer posts wider Q4 loss on lower bus prices

* Q4 loss $15.9 mln vs $11.4 mln last year

* Q4 rev down 18 percent

March 22 (Reuters) - Bus maker New Flyer Industries Inc NFI_u.TO posted a wider quarterly loss, hurt mainly by lower vehicle prices and said it expects 2011 deliveries in Canada and U.S. to decline by 13.5 percent.

For the fourth quarter ended January 2, the company posted a loss of $15.9 million, compared with a loss of $11.4 million, a year earlier.

Revenue fell 18 percent to $204.8 million.

The company sold buses worth $180.2 million in the period, compared with $223.1 million, a year earlier.

Last year, the company sold mostly hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell buses launched at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, compared with cheaper diesel buses sold this year.

The company, which cut 78 jobs earlier this month, said it continues to reduce direct cost of bus manufacturing and overheads to allow for better price competitiveness.

Shares of the company closed at C$11.94 on Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Aftab Ahmed in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila) (aftab.ahmed@thomsonreuter.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 4135 5800; Reuters Messaging: aftab.ahmed.reuters.com@reuters.net)

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