Harley-Davidson Delivers Strong Full-Year 2014 Financial Performance

Diluted EPS Rises 18.3 Percent on 5.6 Percent Revenue Growth
Retail Motorcycle Sales Grow Worldwide On Strength in International Markets

MILWAUKEE, WI – January 29, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) full-year 2014 diluted earnings per share increased 18.3 percent to $3.88 compared to diluted EPS of $3.28 in 2013. Net income was $844.6 million on consolidated revenue of $6.23 billion compared to full-year 2013 net income of $734.0 million on consolidated revenue of $5.90 billion. For the fourth quarter of 2014, diluted EPS increased 2.9 percent year-over-year to $0.35. Fourth quarter net income was $74.5 million on consolidated revenue of $1.20 billion compared to net income of $75.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.19 billion in the year-ago period.

Worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles grew 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter and 2.7 percent for the full year compared to the year-ago periods, driven by strong international sales – up 9.2 percent in the fourth quarter and 5.4 percent for the full year.

“Harley-Davidson achieved a great year of financial performance in 2014, with double-digit earnings growth, revenue topping $6 billion and continued strong improvement in margins,” said Keith Wandell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc.

“We also continued to broaden our customer base and expand the reach of our brand through unrivaled products and experiences. In international markets, our dealers in Asia Pacific, EMEA and Latin America posted their highest new motorcycle sales on record for each region, delivering on our expectation for international sales to grow at a faster rate than U.S. sales. And in the U.S., for the third straight year, sales to our outreach customers grew at more than twice the rate of sales to core customers.”

“Our success is the result of a clear focus on managing the company for the long term, building on our well-established strategies and driving continuous improvement in every aspect of our business,” Wandell said.

Retail Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Sales
Dealers worldwide sold 47,149 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 2.8 percent compared to 45,875 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter. In the U.S., dealers sold 26,957 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the quarter, down 1.6 percent compared to sales of 27,387 motorcycles in the year-ago period. In international markets, dealers sold 20,192 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the quarter, up 9.2 percent compared to sales of 18,488 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with unit sales up 14.2 percent in the Asia Pacific region, 8.7 percent in the EMEA region and 4.7 percent in the Latin America region, and down 5.7 percent in Canada.

For the full year 2014, dealers sold 267,999 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide, up 2.7 percent compared to 260,839 motorcycles in 2013. Retail unit sales were up 1.3 percent in the U.S., 11.8 percent in the Asia Pacific region, 6.4 percent in the EMEA region, 2.1 percent in the Latin America region and down 10.8 percent in Canada compared to full-year 2013.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Related Products Segment Results
Fourth-Quarter Results: Operating income for the Motorcycles and Related Products segment (the Motorcycles segment) was $35.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to operating income of $60.7 million in the year-ago period. Operating income in the quarter was primarily impacted by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates.

Revenue from sales of motorcycles to dealers and distributors increased to $784.5 million, compared to revenue of $781.8 million in the year-ago period. The Company shipped 47,157 motorcycles worldwide during the quarter compared to shipments of 46,618 motorcycles in the year-ago period.

Revenue from motorcycle parts and accessories was $165.6 million during the quarter compared to $169.3 million the year-ago period. Revenue from general merchandise, which includes MotorClothes® apparel and accessories, was $75.0 million compared to $75.9 million in the year-ago period.

Gross margin for the Motorcycles segment was 30.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to 31.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. Fourth-quarter operating margin for the Motorcycles segment was 3.5 percent compared to operating margin of 5.9 percent in last year’s fourth quarter.

Twelve-Month Results: For the full year 2014, the Company shipped 270,726 motorcycles to dealers and distributors, a 3.9 percent increase compared to 2013 and in line with guidance. Full-year revenue from motorcycles was $4.39 billion compared to $4.07 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue from parts and accessories was $875.0 million compared to $873.1 million in 2013. Revenue from general merchandise was $284.8 million compared to $295.9 million in the prior year. Full-year gross margin for the Motorcycles segment was 36.4 percent, and operating margin was 18.0 percent compared to 35.4 percent and 16.6 percent respectively in 2013.

Financial Services Segment Results
Operating income from financial services was $62.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $61.3 million in last year’s fourth quarter. Full-year 2014 operating income from financial services was $277.8 million compared to $283.1 million in 2013. Results for the fourth quarter and full year reflect the impact of higher credit losses.

Guidance
Harley-Davidson expects to ship 282,000 to 287,000 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide in 2015, an approximate 4 to 6 percent increase from 2014 shipments. In the first quarter of 2015, the Company expects to ship 79,000 to 84,000 motorcycles compared to 80,682 motorcycles shipped in the year-ago period. The Company expects full-year 2015 operating margin of approximately 18 to 19 percent for the Motorcycles segment. The Company expects 2015 capital expenditures for Harley-Davidson, Inc. of $240 million to $260 million.

Income Tax Rate
For the full year 2014, Harley-Davidson’s effective tax rate was 34.2 percent compared to 34.1 percent in 2013. The Company expects its full-year 2015 effective tax rate will be approximately 35.5 percent.

Cash Flow
Cash and marketable securities totaled $964.0 million at year-end 2014 compared to $1.17 billion at year-end 2013. In 2014, Harley-Davidson generated $1.15 billion of cash from operating activities compared to $977.1 million in 2013. On a discretionary basis, the Company repurchased 3.3 million shares of Harley-Davidson, Inc. common stock during the fourth quarter of 2014 at a cost of $222.1 million. For the full year 2014, Harley-Davidson repurchased 9.1 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $604.0 million. In the fourth quarter of 2014, there were approximately 214.4 million Harley-Davidson weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding. At the end of 2014, 20.9 million shares remained 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 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 Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

Conference Call and Webcast Presentation
Harley-Davidson will discuss fourth-quarter and full-year results on a Webcast at 8:00 a.m. CT today. The supporting slides 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 portion of today’s call will also be posted at harley-davidson.com beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call for one year. The audio may also be accessed through Feb. 12, 2015, by calling 404-537-3406 or toll-free in the U.S. at 855-859-2056, pin number 57237851#.

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) manage through changes in general economic conditions, including changing capital, credit and retail markets, and political events, (iii) adjust to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices, (iv) continue to develop the capabilities of its distributors and dealers and manage the risks that our independent dealers may have difficulty obtaining capital and managing through changing economic conditions and consumer demand, (v) manage risks that arise through expanding international manufacturing, operations and sales, (vi) manage through the effects inconsistent and unpredictable weather patterns may have on retail sales of motorcycles,  (vii) manage changes and prepare for requirements in legislative and regulatory environments for its products, services and operations, (viii) manage supply chain issues, including quality issues and any unexpected interruptions or price increases caused by raw material shortages or natural disasters, (ix) detect any issues with our motorcycles or any associated manufacturing processes to avoid delays in new model launches, recall campaigns, increased warranty costs or litigation, (x) develop and implement sales and marketing plans that retain existing retail customers and attract new retail customers in an increasingly competitive marketplace, (xi) implement and manage enterprise-wide information technology solutions, including solutions at its manufacturing facilities, and secure data contained in those systems, (xii) develop and introduce products, services and experiences that are successful in the marketplace, (xiii) continue to realize production efficiencies at its production facilities and manage operating costs including materials, labor and overhead, (xiv) execute its flexible production strategy, (xv) balance production volumes for its new motorcycles with consumer demand, (xvi) continue to manage the relationships and agreements that it has with its labor unions to help drive long-term competitiveness, (xvii) adjust to healthcare inflation and reform, pension reform and tax changes, (xviii) retain and attract talented employees, (xix) continue to have access to reliable sources of capital funding and adjust to fluctuations in the cost of capital, and (xx) manage the credit quality, the loan servicing and collection activities, and the recovery rates of HDFS’ loan portfolio.

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.

 

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Twelve months ended

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2013

2014

2013

Motorcycles and related products revenue

$    1,031,150

$    1,032,292

$    5,567,681

$    5,258,290

Gross profit

314,210

324,745

2,025,080

1,862,372

Selling, administrative and engineering expense

278,325

264,451

1,021,933

993,894

Restructuring expense

(418)

(2,131)

  Operating income from motorcycles & related products

35,885

60,712

1,003,147

870,609

Financial services revenue

169,007

158,342

660,827

641,582

Financial services expense

106,559

97,018

382,991

358,489

  Operating income from financial services

62,448

61,324

277,836

283,093

Operating income

98,333

122,036

1,280,983

1,153,702

Investment income

1,559

1,313

6,499

5,859

Interest expense

15

11,258

4,162

45,256

Income before income taxes

99,877

112,091

1,283,320

1,114,305

Provision for income taxes

25,402

36,682

438,709

380,312

Net income

$        74,475

$        75,409

$      844,611

$      733,993

Earnings per common share:

  Basic

$           0.35

$           0.34

$           3.90

$           3.30

  Diluted

$           0.35

$           0.34

$           3.88

$           3.28

Weighted-average common shares:

  Basic

213,064

220,546

216,305

222,475

  Diluted

214,439

222,241

217,706

224,071

Cash dividends per common share

$         0.275

$         0.210

$         1.100

$         0.840

 

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2013

ASSETS

Current assets:

    Cash and cash equivalents

$      906,680

$    1,066,612

    Marketable securities

57,325

99,009

    Accounts receivable, net

247,621

261,065

    Finance receivables, net

1,916,635

1,773,686

    Inventories

448,871

424,507

    Restricted cash

98,627

144,807

    Other current assets

272,336

219,117

Total current assets

3,948,095

3,988,803

Finance receivables, net

4,516,246

4,225,877

Prepaid pension costs

244,871

Other long-term assets

1,063,756

945,489

$    9,528,097

$    9,405,040

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

    Accounts payable & accrued liabilities

$      646,185

$      667,129

    Short-term debt

731,786

666,317

    Current portion of long-term debt

1,011,315

1,176,140

Total current liabilities

2,389,286

2,509,586

Long-term debt

3,761,528

3,416,713

Pension and postretirement healthcare liabilities

279,192

252,536

Other long-term liabilities

188,805

216,719

Total shareholders’ equity

2,909,286

3,009,486

$    9,528,097

$    9,405,040

 

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 (In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Twelve months ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2013

Net cash provided by operating activities

$    1,146,677

$      977,093

Cash flows from investing activities:

  Capital expenditures

(232,319)

(208,321)

  Finance receivables, net

(555,178)

(412,011)

  Net change in marketable securities

41,010

35,110

  Other

1,837

16,355

Net cash used by investing activities

(744,650)

(568,867)

Cash flows from financing activities:

  Repayment of senior unsecured notes

(303,000)

  Proceeds from issuance of medium-term notes

991,835

  Repayments of medium-term notes

(526,431)

(27,858)

  Proceeds from securitization debt

847,126

647,516

  Repayments of securitization debt

(834,856)

(840,387)

  Net increase in credit facilities and unsecured commercial paper

63,945

371,085

  Borrowings of asset-backed commercial paper

84,907

88,456

  Repayments of asset-backed commercial paper

(77,800)

(78,765)

  Net change in restricted cash

22,755

43,201

  Dividends paid

(238,300)

(187,688)

  Purchase of common stock for treasury

(615,602)

(479,231)

  Excess tax benefits from share-based payments

11,540

19,895

  Issuance of common stock under employee stock option plans

37,785

50,567

Net cash used by financing activities

(536,096)

(393,209)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(25,863)

(16,543)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

$     (159,932)

$        (1,526)

Cash and cash equivalents:

  Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period

$    1,066,612

$    1,068,138

  Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(159,932)

(1,526)

  Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

$      906,680

$    1,066,612

 

Motorcycles and Related Products Revenue and

 Motorcycle Shipment Data

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Twelve months ended

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2013

2014

2013

MOTORCYCLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS REVENUE (in thousands)

  Motorcycles

$      784,535

$      781,772

$    4,385,863

$    4,067,510

  Parts & Accessories

165,581

169,296

875,019

873,075

  General Merchandise

75,044

75,876

284,826

295,854

  Other

5,990

5,348

21,973

21,851

$    1,031,150

$    1,032,292

$    5,567,681

$    5,258,290

MOTORCYCLE SHIPMENTS:

    United States

28,554

27,202

173,994

167,016

    International

18,603

19,416

96,732

93,455

      Total 

47,157

46,618

270,726

260,471

MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT MIX:

    Touring

22,364

20,486

122,481

107,213

    Custom

15,324

18,222

91,426

102,950

    Sportster® / Street

9,469

7,910

56,819

50,308

      Total

47,157

46,618

270,726

260,471

 

Worldwide Retail Sales of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles(1)

Three months ended

Twelve months ended

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2013

2014

2013

North America Region:

  United States

26,957

27,387

171,079

168,863

  Canada

1,118

1,186

9,871

11,062

    Total North America Region

28,075

28,573

180,950

179,925

Europe, Middle East and Africa  Region (EMEA):

  Europe(2)

6,115

5,636

38,491

36,076

  Other

1,708

1,563

6,832

6,533

    Total EMEA Region

7,823

7,199

45,323

42,609

Asia Pacific Region:

  Japan

2,751

2,583

10,775

10,751

  Other

5,370

4,530

19,299

16,139

    Total Asia Pacific Region

8,121

7,113

30,074

26,890

Latin America Region:

3,130

2,990

11,652

11,415

    Total Worldwide Retail Sales

47,149

45,875

267,999

260,839

    Total International Retail Sales

20,192

18,488

96,920

91,976

(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.

 

Motorcycle Registration Data(1)

Twelve months ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2013

United States(2) 

313,627

305,852

Europe(3)

319,801

281,844

(1)   Data includes on-road 601+cc models. On-road 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.

Harley-Davidson

####