Polaris Reports 2016 Second Quarter Results

Second Quarter 2016 Highlights:

  • Motorcycle sales increased 23% during the quarter. Global Adjacent Markets sales increased 14%. ORV/Snowmobiles sales were down 6%, slightly better than expectations.
  • ORV dealer inventory was down 8%, year-over-year. Total dealer inventory was up 1% due to normalized motorcycle shipments.
  • Second quarter results included expenses totaling approximately $25 million for increased warranty, legal and other costs associated with the product recalls and protecting the brand.
  • Repurchased 652,000 shares of Polaris common stock during the second quarter.
  • Operating cash flow year-to-date increased 287% to $348 million.
  • Lowering and narrowing guidance range for full year 2016 earnings to $6.00 to $6.30 per diluted share, on total Company sales in the range of down 2% to flat for the full year 2016.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – July 20, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported second quarter net income of $71.2 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 compared to $100.9 million, or $1.49 per diluted share reported in the second quarter of 2015. Sales for the second quarter of 2016 totaled $1,130.8 million, up one percent from last year’s second quarter sales of $1,124.3 million.

“Our team’s diligent and methodical execution drove a modest increase in second quarter sales despite a strong year-over-year sales comparison, a weaker retail sales environment, and product recalls. Our all-out assault on costs continued to make progress during the quarter, generating earnings that finished in-line with our updated guidance. As we move into the second half of the year, and we are redoubling our commitment to providing our consumers with the safest and most reliable vehicles in the industry while building a platform to return to profitable growth,” commented Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“I am proud of how our employees and dealers have dedicated themselves to working through the current difficult environment, from the recall announcements to weaker industry trends. Dealer inventories are in-line with expectations. Our new Huntsville, Alabama plant began producing RANGERS at the beginning of June and Slingshots in early July, and our growing lean capabilities are driving factory inventory reductions and increased cash flow, while our customer excellence initiatives are enhancing our capabilities to deliver world-class sales and service to our consumers,” continued Wine.

“Commensurate with our commitment to industry-leading innovation, we have a number of model year 2017 products that will be introduced next week at our annual dealer meeting, which include vehicles that will significantly strengthen our line-up in areas where the competition has been the most intense.”

Second Quarter 2016 Segment Results (in thousands)

Includes respective parts, garments and accessories (“PG&A”) related sales

Three Months ended June 30,

Sales 2016 2015 Change
Off-Road Vehicles/Snowmobiles $ 808,494 $ 857,146 (6 %)
Motorcycles 231,324 187,541 23 %
Global Adjacent Markets

90,959

79,640

14 %
Total Sales $ 1,130,777 $ 1,124,327

1

%

Gross profit

Off-Road Vehicles/Snowmobiles $ 230,554 $ 278,938 (17 %)
% of sales 28.5 % 32.5 % -478 bps
Motorcycles 39,837 24,505 63 %
% of sales 17.2 % 13.1 % +415 bps
Global Adjacent Markets 23,952 22,639 6 %
% of sales 26.3 % 28.4 % -210 bps
Corporate

(9,840

)

(6,668

)

Total gross profit $ 284,503 $ 319,414 (11 %)
% of sales 25.2 % 28.4 % -325 bps

 

Off-Road Vehicle (“ORV”) and Snowmobile segment sales, including its respective PG&A sales, decreased six percent from the second quarter of 2015 to $808.5 million. Gross profit decreased 17 percent to $230.6 million or 28.5 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $278.9 million or 32.5 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2015.

ORV wholegood sales decreased six percent to $645.4 million reflecting ongoing softness in retail sales in North American oil markets and tough comparables from the second quarter of last year. Polaris North American ORV unit retail sales were down low double-digits percent compared to the 2015 second quarter, with consumer purchases of side-by-side vehicles down high-single digits percent and ATV retail sales down mid-teens percent compared to the prior year. The North American ORV industry was down mid-single digits percent compared to the second quarter last year. ORV dealer inventory was down eight percent in the 2016 second quarter compared to the same period last year.

Snowmobile wholegood sales decreased 55 percent to $8.6 million due to the timing of shipments year-over-year. Snowmobile sales in the Company’s second quarter are routinely low as it is the off-season for snowmobile retail sales and shipments.

Motorcycle segment sales, including its respective PG&A sales, increased 23 percent in the 2016 second quarter to $231.3 million. All brands grew sales during the quarter. Gross profit increased 63 percent to $39.8 million or 17.2 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $24.5 million or 13.1 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2015.

North American consumer retail demand for the Polaris motorcycle segment, including Victory®, Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot®, was up mid-teens percent during the 2016 second quarter while overall motorcycle industry retail sales 900cc and above were down mid-single digits percent in the 2016 second quarter. Product availability for all three motorcycle brands remained adequate throughout the quarter as year-over-year paint capacity at the Company’s Spirit Lake, Iowa motorcycle plant has significantly improved.

Global Adjacent Markets segment sales along with its respective PG&A sales, increased 14 percent to $91.0 million in the 2016 second quarter compared to the 2015 second quarter. Gross profit increased six percent to $24.0 million or 26.3 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $22.6 million or 28.4 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2015.

Work and Transportation group wholegood sales were up 10 percent during the second quarter of 2016 primarily due to growth in the Aixam business.

Supplemental Data:

Parts, Garments, and Accessories (“PG&A”) sales, which are included in each of the three respective reporting segments, increased five percent during the 2016 second quarter driven by increases for all reportable segments.

International sales to customers outside of North America totaled $170.5 million for the second quarter of 2016, including PG&A, an increase of five percent from the same period in 2015. International sales on a constant currency basis were up seven percent in the 2016 second quarter.

Gross profit for the total Company decreased 11 percent to $284.5 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $319.4 million in the second quarter of 2015. As a percentage of sales, gross profit declined 325 basis points to 25.2 percent of sales for the second quarter of 2016, compared to 28.4 percent of sales for the same period last year. Negative currency movements along with increased warranty and promotional costs and negative product mix, were partially offset by lower commodity costs and product cost reduction efforts.

Operating expenses increased nine percent to $188.0 million or 16.6 percent of sales for the second quarter of 2016, compared to $173.1 million or 15.4 percent of sales for the second quarter of 2015. The change was driven by increased research and development expense for ongoing product innovation and higher general and administrative expense due to increased legal expenses and other costs related to the product recall notices. These costs were partially offset by ongoing operating cost control initiatives.

Income from financial services was $20.5 million during the second quarter 2016, an increase of 16 percent compared to $17.6 million in the second quarter of 2015. The increase is attributable to a higher penetration rate for retail financing programs in the 2016 second quarter.

Financial Position and Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities was $348.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016, compared to $89.9 million for the same period in 2015. The significant increase in net cash provided by operating activities for the 2016 period was due to decreased working capital. Total debt for the quarter, including capital lease obligations and notes payable, was $468.1 million. The Company’s debt-to-total capital ratio was 34 percent at June 30, 2016, compared to 31 percent a year ago. Cash and cash equivalents were $146.6 million at June 30, 2016, up from $118.8 million for the same period in 2015.

Share Buyback Activity

During the second quarter 2016, the Company repurchased and retired 652,000 shares of its common stock for $58.9 million. As of June 30, 2016, the Company currently has authorization from its Board of Directors to repurchase up to an additional 8.7 million shares of Polaris stock.

2016 Business Outlook

For the full year 2016, the Company is revising its earnings guidance range to $6.00 to $6.30 per diluted share with sales expected in the range of down 2 percent to flat compared to 2015. Sales expectations by segment for the full year 2016 are as follows: ORV/Snowmobile sales expected down mid-single digits percent; Motorcycle sales up double-digits percent; and Global Adjacent Market sales up mid-teens percent.

Non-GAAP Measure – Constant Currency Reporting

This release and our related earnings call include a discussion of the Company’s 2016 second quarter results and 2016 expectations on a constant currency basis, which is a non-GAAP measure, as well as on a GAAP basis. For purpose of comparison, the results on a constant currency basis uses the respective prior year exchange rates for the comparative period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends, excluding the impact of translation arising from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Second Quarter Conference Call and Webcast Presentation

Today at 8:00 AM (CT) Polaris Industries Inc. will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the second quarter 2016 results released this morning. The call will be hosted by Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO; Ken Pucel, Executive Vice President – Operations, Engineering and Lean; and Mike Speetzen, Executive Vice President – Finance and CFO. A slide presentation and link to the webcast will be posted on the Polaris Investor Relations website at ir.polaris.com.

To listen to the conference call by phone, dial 877-706-7543 in the U.S. and Canada, or 973-200-3967 internationally. The Conference ID is # 95425216.

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call for a one-week period by accessing the same link on our website, or by dialing 855-859-2056 in the U.S. and Canada, or 404-537-3406 internationally.

Polaris Industries Inc. to Host and Webcast Analyst & Investor Meeting

Polaris Industries Inc. also announced today that the executive management team of Polaris will host an Analyst/Investor Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee in conjunction with its annual dealer meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT. Management will be discussing its plans to improve execution and drive profitable growth, including a first look at several exciting new model year 2017 Polaris products.

Presenters at the Analyst/Investor meeting will include Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO; Ken Pucel, Executive Vice President – Operations, Engineering and Lean; and Mike Speetzen, Executive Vice President – Finance and CFO along with other members of the Polaris executive team. The meeting agenda will be posted on the Polaris Investor Relations website at ir.polaris.com on the Events & Presentations page.

A live webcast of the meeting including audio and a slide presentation will be available by accessing the Polaris Investor Relations website at ir.polaris.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for one week following the event and will be accessible on the same website link.

For more information about the Analyst/Investor Meeting, please contact Peggy James at 763-542-0502.

About Polaris

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Victory® and Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, including management’s expectations regarding 2016 and future sales, shipments, net income, and net income per share and operational initiatives are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include such factors as the Company’s ability to successfully implement its manufacturing operations expansion initiatives, cost reduction initiatives, product offerings, promotional activities and pricing strategies against competitors; economic conditions that impact consumer spending; acquisition integration costs; warranty expenses; impact of changes in Polaris stock price on incentive compensation plan costs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; environmental and product safety regulatory activity; effects of weather; commodity costs; uninsured product liability claims; uncertainty in the retail and wholesale credit markets; performance of affiliate partners; changes in tax policy and overall economic conditions, including inflation, consumer confidence and spending and relationships with dealers and suppliers. Investors are also directed to consider other risks and uncertainties discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any duty to any person to provide updates to its forward-looking statements.

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POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
In Thousands, Except Per Share Data
(Unaudited)

Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Sales $ 1,130,777 $ 1,124,327 $ 2,113,773 $ 2,157,672
Cost of sales 846,274 804,913 1,581,692 1,544,527
Gross profit 284,503 319,414 532,081 613,145
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 77,820 79,656 155,061 149,341
Research and development 45,579 41,431 88,688 80,294
General and administrative 64,566 51,948 134,146 101,487
Total operating expenses 187,965 173,035 377,895 331,122
Income from financial services 20,464 17,638 39,960 32,280
Operating income 117,002 164,017 194,146 314,303
Non-operating expense:
Interest expense 3,802 2,972 6,667 5,882
Equity in loss of other affiliates 1,583 1,748 3,641 3,371
Other expense, net 1,805 2,681 1,886 10,121
Income before income taxes 109,812 156,616 181,952 294,929
Provision for income taxes 38,646 55,673 63,897 105,423
Net income $ 71,166 $ 100,943 $ 118,055 $ 189,506
Basic net income per share $ 1.10 $ 1.52 $ 1.82 $ 2.86
Diluted net income per share $ 1.09 $ 1.49 $ 1.80 $ 2.79
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 64,406 66,324 64,726 66,376
Diluted 65,297 67,829 65,639 67,987
POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands)
(Unaudited)
June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015
Assets
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 146,633 $ 118,819
Trade receivables, net 142,434 151,495
Inventories, net 692,272 708,269
Prepaid expenses and other 64,201 64,426
Income taxes receivable 20,013 15,183
Deferred tax assets 113,656
Total current assets 1,065,553 1,171,848
Property and equipment, net 696,241 569,126
Investment in finance affiliate 93,870 87,625
Deferred tax assets 170,955 40,528
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net 273,896 235,030
Other long-term assets 95,129 75,326
Total assets $ 2,395,644 $ 2,179,483
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current Liabilities:
Current portion of debt, capital lease obligations and notes payable $ 4,821 $ 4,948
Accounts payable 348,376 300,639
Accrued expenses:
Compensation 80,348 68,246
Warranties 76,873 45,099
Sales promotions and incentives 138,679 130,158
Dealer holdback 119,833 120,258
Other 103,211 72,758
Income taxes payable 9,728 9,553
Total current liabilities 881,869 751,659
Long term income taxes payable 23,864 10,429
Capital lease obligations 19,178 20,814
Long-term debt 444,126 375,649
Deferred tax liabilities 12,887 16,446
Other long-term liabilities 78,511 102,997
Total liabilities $ 1,460,435 $ 1,277,994
Deferred compensation 11,027 16,743
Shareholders’ equity:
Total shareholders’ equity 924,182 884,746
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 2,395,644 $ 2,179,483
POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In Thousands)
(Unaudited)
Six months ended June 30,
2016 2015
Operating Activities:
Net income $ 118,055 $ 189,506
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 78,109 72,372
Noncash compensation 38,382 34,452
Noncash income from financial services (14,828 ) (13,757 )
Deferred income taxes (4,876 ) (507 )
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation (32,863 )
Other, net 3,641 3,371
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables 14,744 50,521
Inventories 27,605 (137,362 )
Accounts payable 45,598 (46,766 )
Accrued expenses 4,910 (45,769 )
Income taxes payable/receivable 28,527 18,821
Prepaid expenses and others, net 8,416 (2,110 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 348,283 89,909
Investing Activities:
Purchase of property and equipment (117,628 ) (88,663 )
Investment in finance affiliate, net 20,030 15,239
Investment in other affiliates (6,861 ) (10,050 )
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (54,830 ) (27,019 )
Net cash used for investing activities (159,289 ) (110,493 )
Financing Activities:
Borrowings under debt arrangements / capital lease obligations 1,202,652 1,481,655
Repayments under debt arrangements / capital lease obligations (1,198,337 ) (1,303,098 )
Repurchase and retirement of common shares (143,876 ) (157,739 )
Cash dividends to shareholders (70,583 ) (70,061 )
Proceeds from stock issuances under employee plans 11,758 25,133
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation 32,863
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities (198,386 ) 8,753
Impact of currency exchange rates on cash balances 676 (6,950 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (8,716 ) (18,781 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 155,349 137,600
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 146,633 $ 118,819

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