Harley-Davidson 3rd Quarter Earnings and Retail Motorcycle Sales Rise Sharply

EPS Climbs 23.7% on 7.5% Revenue Growth

Retail Motorcycle Sales Rise 15.5% Worldwide, 20.1% in the U.S.

Oct 22, 2013, 07:00 ET from Harley-Davidson, Inc.

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) earnings and dealer new motorcycle sales rose sharply in the third quarter of 2013, compared to the year-ago period. 

Diluted earnings per share increased 23.7% to $0.73, primarily on strong operating results in the motorcycles segment, including higher motorcycle shipments and gains in plant operating efficiencies, compared to the year-ago period. Third-quarter net income was $162.7 million on consolidated revenue of $1.34 billion, compared to net income of $134.0 million on consolidated revenue of $1.25 billion in the year-ago period.

Worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 15.5% in the quarter, including a 20.1% increase in the U.S., compared to last year's third quarter.

Through nine months, Harley-Davidson net income was $658.6 million on consolidated revenue of $4.71 billion, compared to net income of $553.3 million on consolidated revenue of $4.41 billion in the year-ago period. Nine-month 2013 diluted earnings per share were $2.93, up 22.1% compared to $2.40 in the year-ago period.

"Harley-Davidson had a great third quarter, with strong financial performance and retail sales growth," said Keith Wandell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc.

"Rider response to the 2014 motorcycles we introduced August 18 was extremely positive. In fact, initial retail sales of the new Project Rushmore motorcycles sparked the largest year-over-year new model year sales increase in two decades. We also capped our year-long 110th Anniversary celebration in late August when throngs of riders joined us in Milwaukee from around the world for a huge three-day party like only Harley-Davidson can throw.

"Everyone at Harley-Davidson is proud of our accomplishments and results so far this year, as we continue to see the benefits of our manufacturing, product development and retail strategies. Our employees, dealers and suppliers come to work every day with a relentless focus on providing our customers a great experience," Wandell said.

Retail Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Sales

Dealers worldwide sold 70,517 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 61,053 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter. In the U.S., dealers sold 48,529 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the quarter, up 20.1%, compared to sales of 40,402 motorcycles in the year-ago period. In international markets, dealers sold 21,988 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the third quarter, up 6.5% compared to 20,651 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with unit sales up 10.0% in the Asia Pacific region, 1.6% in the EMEA region, 15.6% in the Latin America region, and 7.0% in Canada.

Retail sales were driven by strong double-digit growth in the sale of touring motorcycles following the third-quarter launch of the Company's Project Rushmore line of revamped motorcycles.

Through nine months, dealers sold 214,964 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide, compared to 206,444 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with retail unit sales up 4.1% in the U.S., 11.3% in the Asia Pacific region, 20.1% in the Latin America region and 3.7% in Canada, and down 2.2% in the EMEA region, compared to the first nine months of 2012.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Related Products Segment Results

Third-Quarter Results: Operating income from motorcycles and related products grew 21.2% to $175.5 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to operating income of $144.8 million in the year-ago period. Operating income in the quarter benefited from higher motorcycle shipments, higher gross margin and lower restructuring expense, compared to the prior-year period.

Revenue from motorcycles grew 10.7% to $857.0 million, compared to revenue of $774.0 million in the year-ago period. The Company shipped 54,025 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide during the quarter, in line with shipment guidance and a 2.3% increase compared to shipments of 52,793 motorcycles in the year-ago period.

Revenue from motorcycle parts and accessories was $250.2 million during the quarter, up 7.0%, and revenue from general merchandise, which includes MotorClothes® apparel and accessories, was $66.1 million, down 12.6%, compared to the year-ago period.

Gross margin was 35.3% in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 34.7% in the third quarter of 2012. Third-quarter operating margin from motorcycles and related products was 14.9%, compared to operating margin of 13.3% in last year's third quarter.

Nine-Month Results: Through nine months the Company shipped 213,853 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide, a 6.6% increase compared to the year-ago period. Nine-month revenue from motorcycles grew 9.8% to $3.29 billion, revenue from parts and accessories increased 0.8% to $703.8 million and revenue from general merchandise decreased 2.4% to $220.0 million, compared to the first nine months of 2012. Gross margin through nine months was 36.4% and operating margin was 19.2%, compared to 35.6% and 16.8% respectively in the year-ago period.

Financial Services Segment Results

Operating income from financial services was $76.1 million in the third quarter of 2013, a 5.1% increase compared to operating income of $72.4 million in last year's third quarter. Financial services results reflect higher net interest income. Through nine months, operating income from financial services was $221.8 million, compared to operating income of $221.7 million through nine months in 2012.

Guidance

Harley-Davidson continues to expect to ship 259,000 to 264,000 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide in 2013. The Company continues to expect full-year 2013 gross margin of 35.25% to 36.25%.  The Company also continues to expect capital expenditures of $200 million to $220 million in 2013.

Restructuring

In the third quarter, the Company incurred restructuring charges of $0.6 million. Harley-Davidson continues to expect restructuring activities initiated since 2009 to result in one-time overall costs of approximately $485 million, including approximately $3 million in 2013. The Company continues to expect savings of approximately $305 million in 2013 from restructuring activities initiated since 2009, rising to annual ongoing savings of approximately $320 million beginning in 2014.

Income Tax Rate

Through nine months, the Company's effective tax rate was 34.3%, compared to 35.3% in the year-ago period.  The lower effective tax rate in the first nine months of 2013 was primarily driven by the retroactive reinstatement of the Research and Development Tax Credit and a third-quarter adjustment to the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets.  The Company now expects its full-year 2013 effective tax rate will be approximately 34.7%.

Cash Flow

Cash and marketable securities totaled $1.15 billion at the end of the third quarter, compared to $1.93 billion at the end of last year's third quarter. During the first nine months of 2013, Harley-Davidson generated $825.1 million of cash from operating activities, compared to $712.5 million in the year-ago period. On a discretionary basis, the Company repurchased 1.6 million shares of Harley-Davidson, Inc. common stock during the third quarter of 2013 at a cost of $92.8 million. In the third quarter, there were 223.5 million diluted weighted average common shares of Harley-Davidson stock outstanding, compared to 228.0 million shares in the year-ago period. At the end of the third quarter of 2013, there were 11.0 million shares remaining on board-approved share repurchase authorizations.

Company Background

Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides wholesale and retail financing, insurance, extended service and other protection plans and credit card programs to Harley-Davidson dealers and riders in the U.S., Canada and other select international markets. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's website at www.harley-davidson.com.

Conference Call and Webcast Presentation

Harley-Davidson will discuss third-quarter results on a Webcast at 8:00 a.m. CT today. The Webcast presentation will be posted prior to the call and can be accessed at http://investor.harley-davidson.com/. Click "Events and Presentations" under "Resources." The audio and visual support for today's call will be available at Harley-Davidson.com. The audio can also be accessed until November 6 by calling (404) 537-3406 or (855) 859-2056 in the U.S. The PIN number is 69184133#.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Company intends that certain matters discussed in this release are "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as such because the context of the statement will include words such as the Company "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "plans," or "estimates" or words of similar meaning. Similarly, statements that describe future plans, objectives, outlooks, targets, guidance or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated as of the date of this release. Certain of such risks and uncertainties are described below. Shareholders, potential investors, and other readers are urged to consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements and cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this release are only made as of the date of this release, and the Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

The Company's ability to meet the targets and expectations noted depends upon, among other factors, the Company's ability to (i) execute its business strategy, (ii) adjust to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices,  (iii) manage through inconsistent economic conditions, including changing capital, credit and retail markets, (iv) implement and manage enterprise-wide information technology solutions, including solutions at its manufacturing facilities, and secure data contained in those systems, (v) anticipate the level of consumer confidence in the economy, (vi) continue to realize production efficiencies at its production facilities and manage operating costs including materials, labor and overhead, (vii) manage production capacity and production changes, (viii) manage changes and prepare for requirements in legislative and regulatory environments for its products, services and operations, (ix) provide products, services and experiences that are successful in the marketplace, (x) manage risks that arise through expanding international operations and sales, (xi) manage the credit quality, the loan servicing and collection activities, and the recovery rates of HDFS' loan portfolio, (xii) successfully implement with its labor unions the agreements that it has executed with them that it believes will provide flexibility and cost-effectiveness to accomplish restructuring goals and long-term competitiveness, (xiii) effectively execute the Company's restructuring plans within expected costs and timing, (xiv) manage supply chain issues, including any unexpected interruptions or price increases caused by raw material shortages or natural disasters,(xv) develop and implement sales and marketing plans that retain existing retail customers and attract new retail customers in an increasingly competitive marketplace, (xvi) adjust to healthcare inflation and reform, pension reform and tax changes, (xvii) retain and attract talented employees, (xviii) manage the risks that our independent dealers may have difficulty obtaining capital and managing through changing economic conditions and consumer demand, (xix) continue to have access to reliable sources of capital funding and adjust to fluctuations in the cost of capital, (xx) continue to develop the capabilities of its distributor and dealer network, and (xxi) detect any issues with our motorcycles or manufacturing processes to avoid delays in new model launches, recall campaigns, increased warranty costs or litigation. 

In addition, the Company could experience delays or disruptions in its operations as a result of work stoppages, strikes, natural causes, terrorism or other factors. Other factors are described in risk factors that the Company has disclosed in documents previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company's ability to sell its motorcycles and related products and services and to meet its financial expectations also depends on the ability of the Company's independent dealers to sell its motorcycles and related products and services to retail customers. The Company depends on the capability and financial capacity of its independent dealers and distributors to develop and implement effective retail sales plans to create demand for the motorcycles and related products and services they purchase from the Company. In addition, the Company's independent dealers and distributors may experience difficulties in operating their businesses and selling Harley-Davidson motorcycles and related products and services as a result of weather, economic conditions or other factors.

TABLES FOLLOW

 

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)












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September 30,


September 29,


September 30,



2013


2012


2013


2012










Motorcycles and related products revenue


$     1,180,284


$     1,089,268


$     4,225,998


$     3,931,684

Gross profit


416,315


377,904


1,537,627


1,398,231

Selling, administrative and engineering expense


240,198


223,982


729,443


709,015

Restructuring (benefit) expense


646


9,170


(1,713)


26,841

  Operating income from motorcycles & related products


175,471


144,752


809,897


662,375










Financial services revenue


163,434


161,027


483,240


477,962

Financial services expense


87,366


88,677


261,471


256,264

  Operating income from financial services


76,068


72,350


221,769


221,698










Operating income


251,539


217,102


1,031,666


884,073

Investment income


1,161


1,447


4,546


5,611

Interest expense


11,369


11,438


33,998


34,528

Income before income taxes


241,331


207,111


1,002,214


855,156

Provision for income taxes


78,615


73,110


343,630


301,870

Net income


$       162,716


$       134,001


$       658,584


$       553,286










Earnings per common share:









  Basic


$            0.73


$            0.59


$            2.95


$            2.43

  Diluted


$            0.73


$            0.59


$            2.93


$            2.40










Weighted-average common shares:









  Basic


221,936


226,020


223,134


227,953

  Diluted


223,486


227,989


224,696


230,070










Cash dividends per common share


$          0.210


$          0.155


$          0.630


$          0.465

 

 

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)










(Unaudited)




(Unaudited)



September 29,


December 31,


September 30,



2013


2012


2012








ASSETS







Current assets:







    Cash and cash equivalents


$     1,029,955


$     1,068,138


$     1,795,141

    Marketable securities


122,234


135,634


136,376

    Accounts receivable, net


290,158


230,079


256,193

    Finance receivables, net


1,829,612


1,743,045


1,726,061

    Inventories


401,199


393,524


379,129

    Restricted cash


194,329


188,008


217,400

    Other current assets


225,188


292,508


237,396

Total current assets


4,092,675


4,050,936


4,747,696








Finance receivables, net


4,355,278


4,038,807


4,189,606

Other long-term assets


1,036,055


1,081,030


1,077,881



$     9,484,008


$     9,170,773


$   10,015,183








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







    Accounts payable & accrued liabilities


$       865,940


$       770,977


$       899,788

    Short-term debt


394,460


294,943


404,693

    Current portion of long-term debt


721,316


437,162


997,194

Total current liabilities


1,981,716


1,503,082


2,301,675








Long-term debt


4,067,733


4,370,544


4,472,413

Pension and postretirement healthcare liabilities


412,482


608,356


387,228

Other long-term liabilities


140,230


131,167


150,504








Total shareholders' equity


2,881,847


2,557,624


2,703,363



$     9,484,008


$     9,170,773


$   10,015,183

 

 

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 (In thousands)

(Unaudited)








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September 29,


September 30,



2013


2012






Net cash provided by operating activities


$       825,103


$       712,498






Cash flows from investing activities:





  Capital expenditures


(111,690)


(95,329)

  Finance receivables, net


(446,181)


(197,628)

  Net change in marketable securities


12,107


18,053

  Other


6,721


-

Net used by investing activities


(539,043)


(274,904)






Cash flows from financing activities:





  Proceeds from issuance of medium-term notes


-


993,737

  Repayments of medium-term notes


(27,858)


-

  Proceeds from securitization debt


647,516


763,895

  Repayments of securitization debt


(650,424)


(1,161,592)

  Net increase (decrease) in credit facilities and unsecured commercial paper


99,416


(634,874)

  Net borrowings of asset-backed commercial paper


69,555


182,131

  Net repayments of asset-backed commercial paper


(58,990)


(6,538)

  Net change in restricted cash


(6,321)


12,255

  Dividends paid


(140,772)


(106,560)

  Purchase of common stock for treasury


(302,196)


(257,981)

  Excess tax benefits from share-based payments


18,444


16,390

  Issuance of common stock under employee stock option plans


39,145


36,342

Net cash used by financing activities


(312,485)


(162,795)






Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


(11,758)


(6,608)






Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


$       (38,183)


$       268,191






Cash and cash equivalents:





  Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period


$     1,068,138


$     1,526,950

  Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(38,183)


268,191

  Cash and cash equivalents - end of period


$     1,029,955


$     1,795,141






 

 

Motorcycles and Related Products Revenue and

 Motorcycle Shipment Data

(Unaudited)












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2012


2013


2012

MOTORCYCLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS REVENUE (in thousands)









  Motorcycles


$       857,029


$       773,979


$     3,285,738


$     2,993,657

  Parts & Accessories


250,153


233,749


703,779


698,381

  General Merchandise


66,134


75,632


219,978


225,375

  Other


6,968


5,908


16,503


14,271



$     1,180,284


$     1,089,268


$     4,225,998


$     3,931,684










MOTORCYCLE SHIPMENTS:









    United States


32,061


33,152


139,814


131,119

    International


21,964


19,641


74,039


69,439

      Total 


54,025


52,793


213,853


200,558










MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT MIX:









    Touring


23,011


18,483


86,727


77,859

    Custom


19,111


20,719


84,728


78,430

    Sportster®


11,903


13,591


42,398


44,269

      Total


54,025


52,793


213,853


200,558

 

 


Worldwide Retail Sales of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles(1)












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September 30,


September 30,


September 30,



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2012


2013


2012

North America Region









  United States


48,529


40,402


141,476


135,925

  Canada


2,759


2,578


9,876


9,526

    Total North America Region


51,288


42,980


151,352


145,451










Europe, Middle East and Africa  Region (EMEA)









  Europe(2)


7,922


8,146


30,291


31,667

  Other


1,707


1,330


5,119


4,539

    Total EMEA Region


9,629


9,476


35,410


36,206










Asia Pacific Region









  Japan


2,821


2,941


8,168


7,915

  Other


3,805


3,083


11,609


9,859

    Total Asia Pacific Region


6,626


6,024


19,777


17,774










Latin America Region


2,974


2,573


8,425


7,013










    Total Worldwide Retail Sales


70,517


61,053


214,964


206,444











(1)  Data source for retail sales figures shown above is new sales warranty and registration information provided by Harley-Davidson dealers and compiled by the Company.  The Company must rely on information that its dealers supply concerning new retail sales, and this information is subject to revision.


(2)  Europe data includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

 


Heavyweight Motorcycle Registration Data(1)








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September 30,



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2012

United States(2) 


255,987


255,199








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September 30,



2013


2012

Europe(3)


251,280


270,636


(1)  Heavyweight data includes street legal 601+cc models.  Street legal 601+cc models include on-highway, dual purpose models and three-wheeled vehicles. 


(2)  United States data is derived from information provided by Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC).  This third party data is subject to revision and update.  


(3)  Europe data includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.  Industry retail motorcycle registration data includes 601+cc models derived from information provided by Association des Constructeurs Europeens de Motocycles (ACEM), an independent agency. This third-party data is subject to revision and update. 

 

SOURCE Harley-Davidson, Inc.

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