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Harley-Davidson Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Harley-Davidson Reports First Quarter 2010 Results07:00 EDT Tuesday, April 20, 2010Company Generates Earnings Per Share of $0.29 from Continuing Operations Harley-Davidson Financial Services Returns to Profitability Retail Harley-Davidson(R) Motorcycle Sales Decline ModeratesMILWAUKEE, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) reported first-quarter 2010 income from continuing operations of $68.7 million, or $0.29 per share. First quarter earnings included operating income from Financial Services of $26.7 million, marking a return to profitability for the Company's Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS) subsidiary. Revenue from Motorcycles and Related Products was $1.04 billion in the first quarter. Worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson� motorcycles declined 18.2 percent in the quarter compared to the first quarter of 2009, an improvement in the rate of decline from the prior three quarters. In the U.S., retail Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales were down 24.3 percent and in international markets, retail sales declined 2.8 percent, compared to last year's first quarter. "We are encouraged by our progress in the first quarter," said Keith Wandell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. "We are seeing directional improvement in our dealers' retail motorcycle sales as we enter the key selling season. At the same time, given the global economic uncertainty that still exists, we believe conditions will remain challenging throughout this year, and we will continue to factor that into how we manage the business."Our entire team is moving with great purpose and speed as we implement our go-forward business strategy, with its focus on global growth through market and demographic outreach, commitment to core customers, and developing motorcycles that inspire and fulfill dreams. We also continue to be intensely focused on continuous improvement, looking at all opportunities to drive cost-competitiveness and efficiency throughout our operations," Wandell said. Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Related Products SegmentRevenue from Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the first quarter of 2010 of $808.8 million was down 20.0 percent compared to the year-ago period. In line with guidance, the Company shipped 53,674 Harley-Davidson motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide during the quarter, compared to shipments of 74,670 motorcycles in the first quarter of 2009. Revenue from Parts and Accessories totaled $149.1 million during the quarter, down 12.1 percent, and revenue from General Merchandise, which includes MotorClothes� apparel, was $66.3 million, down 11.9 percent compared to the year-ago period.Gross margin was 36.6 percent in the first quarter, compared to 37.1 percent in the year-ago period. �First-quarter operating margin decreased to 12.2 percent from 18.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009, driven by higher restructuring costs and the impact of lower revenue in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the year-ago period. Motorcycle Retail Sales DataDuring the first quarter of 2010, worldwide dealer retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles decreased 18.2 percent compared to the prior-year quarter. In the U.S., retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles declined 24.3 percent for the quarter and industry-wide heavyweight motorcycle (651cc-plus) retail unit sales declined 21.4 percent. International retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles decreased 2.8 percent during the quarter, compared to the year-ago period, after double-digit declines in each of the prior four quarters. In the first quarter of 2010, the Europe region was up 1.2 percent, Canada was up 1.5 percent, the Asia Pacific region was down 9.8 percent and the Latin America region was down 7.8 percent, compared to the year-ago period. GuidanceThe Company reiterated its expectation to ship 201,000 to 212,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide in 2010, a reduction of five to ten percent from 2009. In the second quarter of 2010, the Company expects to ship 55,000 to 60,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The Company continues to expect gross margin to be between 32.0 percent and 33.5 percent for the full year. The Company also continues to expect full-year capital expenditures of between $235 million and $255 million, including $95 million to $110 million to support restructuring activities. �Financial Services SegmentFirst-quarter operating income from Financial Services was $26.7 million, an increase of $15.5 million compared to the year-ago quarter. The return to profitability for HDFS after three consecutive quarters of operating losses was primarily driven by improved credit performance in the retail motorcycle loan portfolio and by a lower cost of funds.Restructuring UpdatePreviously announced restructuring activities that began in 2009 are proceeding on schedule and on budget. The Company continues to expect those activities to result in total one-time charges of $430 million to $460 million into 2012, including charges of $175 million to $195 million in 2010. In 2010, the Company continues to expect savings of $135 million to $155 million from previously announced restructuring activities, increasing to expected annual ongoing savings of approximately $240 million to $260 million upon completion of the restructuring."During the first quarter, we implemented the new labor agreement at our York facility and are on track with our restructuring of York for best-in-class production capability. I have been impressed by the efforts of our York employees to move forward together with this important transformation," said Wandell. Income Tax RateThe Company's first quarter effective income tax rate from continuing operations was 47.2 percent compared to 45.4 percent in the same quarter last year.� The rate increase was generally due to the tax impact of the recently enacted federal healthcare reform legislation and the expiration of the federal research and development tax credit, partially offset by the non-recurrence of a one-time tax charge related to a change in Wisconsin tax law in the first quarter of 2009.� Relative to the tax impact of healthcare reform, the Company incurred a one-time tax charge of $13.3 million in the first quarter of 2010 associated with the taxation of Medicare Part D retiree prescription drug reimbursements. The Company now expects its 2010 full-year effective tax rate from continuing operations to be approximately 40.5 percent.Cash FlowCash and marketable securities totaled $1.48 billion as of March 28, 2010, compared to $884.6 million at the end of last year's first quarter. Cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations was $200.8 million and capital expenditures were $14.6 million during the first quarter of 2010.Discontinued OperationsThe Company is in discussions with potential buyers regarding its previously announced intention to sell MV Agusta. For the first quarter of 2010, Harley-Davidson, Inc. incurred a $35.4 million loss from discontinued operations, comprised of operating losses as well as a fair value adjustment of $28.6 million net of taxes. Including discontinued operations, the Company reported earnings per share of $0.14.Company BackgroundHarley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the group of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company (HDMC), Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS), Buell Motorcycle Company (Buell), and MV Agusta.Conference Call and Webcast PresentationHarley-Davidson will discuss first-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 Click "Events and Presentations" under "Resources." Forward-Looking StatementsThe 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 and successfully exit certain product lines and divest certain company assets, (ii) effectively execute the Company's restructuring plans within expected costs and timing, (iii) successfully achieve with our labor unions flexible and cost-effective agreements to accomplish restructuring goals and long-term competitiveness, (iv) manage the risks that our independent dealers may have difficulty obtaining capital, and adjusting to the recession and slowdown in consumer demand, (v) manage supply chain issues, (vi) anticipate the level of consumer confidence in the economy, (vii) continue to have access to reliable sources of capital funding and adjust to fluctuations in the cost of capital, (viii) manage the credit quality, the loan servicing and collection activities, and the recovery rates of HDFS' loan portfolio, (ix) continue to realize production efficiencies at its production facilities and manage operating costs including materials, labor and overhead, (x) manage production capacity and production changes, (xi) provide products, services and experiences that are successful in the marketplace, (xii) develop and implement sales and marketing plans that retain existing retail customers and attract new retail customers in an increasingly competitive marketplace, (xiii) sell all of its motorcycles and related products and services to its independent dealers, (xiv) continue to develop the capabilities of its distributor and dealer network, (xv) manage changes and prepare for requirements in legislative and regulatory environments for its products, services and operations, (xvi) adjust to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices, (xvii) adjust to healthcare inflation and reform, pension reform and tax changes, (xviii) retain and attract talented employees, (xix) detect any issues with our motorcycles or manufacturing processes to avoid delays in new model launches, recall campaigns, increased warranty costs or litigation, and (xx) implement and manage enterprise-wide information technology solutions and secure data contained in those systems. 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. Many of these risk factors are impacted by the current turbulent capital, credit and retail markets and our ability to adjust to the recession.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 FOLLOWHarley-Davidson, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income(In thousands, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Three months endedMarch 28,March 29,20102009Net revenue from motorcycles and related products$ � � � �1,037,335$ � � � �1,278,432Gross profit379,547474,046Selling, administrative and engineering expense205,204208,171Restructuring expense48,23634,862Operating income from motorcycles & related products126,107231,013Financial services revenue169,837104,667Financial services expense143,15593,462Operating income from financial services26,68211,205Operating income152,789242,218Investment income8761,953Interest expense23,4559,746Income before income taxes130,210234,425Provision for income taxes61,469106,372Income from continuing operations68,741128,053Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax(35,416)(10,706)Net income$ � � � � � � 33,325$ � � � � � 117,347Earnings per common share from continuing operations:Basic$ � � � � � � � � 0.30$ � � � � � � � � 0.55Diluted$ � � � � � � � � 0.29$ � � � � � � � � 0.55Loss per common share from discontinued operations:Basic$ � � � � � � � �(0.15)$ � � � � � � � �(0.05)Diluted$ � � � � � � � �(0.15)$ � � � � � � � �(0.05)Earnings per common share:Basic$ � � � � � � � � 0.14$ � � � � � � � � 0.51Diluted$ � � � � � � � � 0.14$ � � � � � � � � 0.50Weighted-average common shares:Basic232,864232,263Diluted234,228232,650Cash dividends per common share$ � � � � � � � � 0.10$ � � � � � � � � 0.10Harley-Davidson, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(In thousands)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)March 28,December 31,March 29,201020092009ASSETSCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents$ � � � �1,442,798$ � � � �1,630,433$ � � � � � 884,623Marketable securities39,41639,685-Accounts receivable, net286,518269,371284,853Finance receivables held for sale (1)--2,086,920Finance receivables held for investment, net1,252,4201,436,1141,677,355Restricted finance receivables held by variable interest �entities, net (2)809,779--Inventories322,238323,029421,577Assets of discontinued operations151,175181,211231,421Restricted cash held by variable interest entities (2)401,275--Other current assets315,890462,106243,054Total current assets5,021,5094,341,9495,829,803Finance receivables held for sale (1)--580,736Finance receivables held for investment, net1,274,7343,621,048796,732Restricted finance receivables held by variable interest �entities, net (2)3,299,070--Other long-term assets1,107,5901,192,5211,412,323$ � � �10,702,903$ � � � �9,155,518$ � � � �8,619,594LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilities:Accounts payable & accrued liabilities$ � � � � � 865,725$ � � � � � 676,599$ � � � � � 932,049Liabilities of discontinued operations61,72669,53574,488Short-term debt160,837189,9991,724,375Current portion of long-term debt396,1691,332,091-Current portion of long-term debt held by variable interest �entities (2)1,792,389--Total current liabilities3,276,8462,268,2242,730,912Long-term debt2,862,7254,114,0392,757,185Long-term debt held by variable interest entities (2)1,814,294--Pension liability and postretirement healthcare benefits504,562509,804744,459Other long-term liabilities157,077155,333154,225Total shareholders' equity (2)2,087,3992,108,1182,232,813$ � � �10,702,903$ � � � �9,155,518$ � � � �8,619,594(1) �During the second quarter of 2009, the Company reclassified its finance receivables held for sale to finance receivables held for investment, net due to a change in the Company's intent to structure future securitization transactions in a manner that does not qualify for accounting sale treatment under the provisions of Accounting �Standards Codification (ASC) �Topic 860, "Transfers and Servicing."(2) �On January 1, 2010, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standard �(SFAS) No. 166, "Accounting for Transfers of Financial Assets, an amendment of FASB Statement No. 140," �(codified within �ASC Topic 860) and SFAS No. 167, "Amendments to FASB Interpretation No. 46( R )" (codified in ASC Topic 810, "Consolidations"). In accordance with ASC Topic 810, the Company determined that it is the primary beneficiary of its formerly unconsolidated variable interest entities. �Accordingly, the Company began consolidating the variable interest entities on January 1, 2010. As a result of the consolidation, the Company recorded a reduction to retained earnings of $40.6 million net of tax.Harley-Davidson, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (In thousands)(Unaudited)Three months endedMarch 28,March 29,20102009Net cash provided by (used by) operating activities of � continuing operations$ � � � � � 200,842$ � � � � �(227,026)Cash flows from investing activities of continuing operations:Capital expenditures(14,558)(20,009)Finance receivables held for investment, net198,10411,661Collection of retained securitization interests-1,358Net cash provided by (used by) investing activities of continuing operations183,546(6,990)Cash flows from financing activities of continuing operations:Proceeds from issuance of senior unsecured notes-595,731Repayments of securitization debt(445,215)-Net (decrease) increase in credit facilities and unsecured � commercial paper(50,703)48,442Repayments of asset-backed commercial paper-(67,194)Net change in restricted cash(34,734)-Dividends(23,488)(23,455)Purchase of common stock for treasury(1,191)-Excess tax benefits from share-based payments34147Issuance of common stock under employee stock option plans1,10110Net cash (used by) provided by financing activities of continuing operations(554,196)553,681Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents �of continuing operations(606)6,253Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents of � continuing operations(170,414)325,918Cash flows from discontinued operations:Cash flows from operating activities of discontinued operations(13,723)(18,294)Cash flows from investing activities of discontinued operations(393)(4,433)Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents � of discontinued operations(635)2,549(14,751)(20,178)Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents$ � � � � �(185,165)$ � � � � � 305,740Cash and cash equivalents:Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period$ � � � �1,630,433$ � � � � � 568,894Cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations � - beginning of period6,06324,664Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(185,165)305,740Less: Cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations � - end of period(8,533)(14,675)Cash and cash equivalents - end of period$ � � � �1,442,798$ � � � � � 884,623Net Revenue and Motorcycle Shipment Data(Unaudited)(Unaudited)Three months endedMarch 28,March 29,20102009NET REVENUE (in thousands)Harley-Davidson( R ) motorcycles$ � � � � � 808,806$ � � � �1,010,809Buell( R ) motorcycles10,79019,144Parts & Accessories149,086169,662General Merchandise66,25575,190Other2,3983,627$ � � � �1,037,335$ � � � �1,278,432MOTORCYCLE SHIPMENTS: �Harley-Davidson � �United States35,66852,710 � �International18,00621,960 � � �Total Harley-Davidson53,67474,670 �Buell1,7742,441MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT MIX: �Harley-Davidson � �Touring22,88525,975 � �Custom22,57231,919 � �Sportster( R )8,21716,776 � � �Total Harley-Davidson53,67474,670Retail Sales of Harley-Davidson MotorcyclesThree months endedMarch 31,March 31,20102009North America Region �United States31,84542,041 �Canada1,8951,867 � �Total North America Region33,74043,908Europe Region (Includes Middle East and Africa) �Europe*7,5587,567 �Other931821 � �Total Europe Region8,4898,388Asia Pacific Region �Japan2,0182,270 �Other2,4162,648 � �Total Asia Pacific Region4,4344,918Latin America Region1,2621,369 � �Total Worldwide Retail Sales47,92558,583Data Source (subject to update)Data source for all 2009 and 2010 retail sales figures shown above is 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 retail sales, and this information is subject to revision.Only Harley-Davidson( R ) motorcycles are included in the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Sales data.* Data for Europe include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.Heavyweight Market DataThree months endedMarch 31,March 31,20102009United States(1) 57,00772,572Two months endedFebruary 28,February 28,20102009Europe(2) 27,76331,2681 - United States industry data includes 651+cc models, derived from submission of motorcycle retail sales by each major manufacturer to an independent third party. �This data is subject to revision and update. �Industry data includes three-wheeled vehicles.2 - Europe data includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. �Industry retail motorcycle registration data includes 651+cc models, derived from information provided by Giral S.A., an independent agency. �Europe market data is reported on a one-month lag. �This data is subject to revision and update. �Industry data includes three-wheeled vehicles.SOURCE Harley-Davidson, Inc.For further information: Media, Bob Klein, +1-414-343-4433, or Financial, Amy Giuffre +1-414-343-8002, both of Harley-Davidson, Inc.