POLARIS REPORTS RECORD THIRD QUARTER 2013 RESULTS; EPS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS INCREASED 23% to $1.64 ON SALES GROWTH OF 25%

 

Third quarter surpasses $1.1 billion in sales; Company increases full year 2013 Sales and EPS from continuing operations guidance

 

Third Quarter Highlights: 

·         Net income from continuing operations increased 24% to $116.9 million, or $1.64 per diluted share, with sales increasing 25% to $1,102.6 million, setting records for third quarter sales and earnings and exceeding $1 billion in quarterly sales for the first time in the Company’s history. 

·         North American retail sales increased 12% year-over-year in the third quarter.

·         Gross profit margin percentage increased 90 basis points to 30.4% primarily due to higher selling prices and lower product costs.

·         The Company is raising and narrowing full year 2013 earnings guidance from continuing operations to a range of $5.30 to $5.37 per diluted share, up 20% to 22% over 2012 based on expected full year 2013 sales growth of 15% to 16%.

 

MINNEAPOLIS (October 22, 2013) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported record third quarter net income from continuing operations of $116.9 million, or $1.64 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, up 24 percent and 23 percent, respectively, from the prior year’s third quarter net income of $94.3 million, or $1.33 per diluted share. Reported net income for the third quarter 2013, including both continuing and discontinued operations was $113.1 million, or $1.59 per diluted share.  Sales for the third quarter 2013 totaled a record $1,102.6 million, which represents an increase of 25 percent over last year’s third quarter sales of $879.9 million.    

Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated “Our record third quarter results reflect both the ongoing demand for our existing products and the potential contained within the initial shipments of our model year 2014 vehicles,  the largest new product introduction in the Company’s history.  In the third quarter, we launched more new vehicles than in any previous model year, led by the much anticipated debut of Indian Motorcycles along with several innovative variants of RANGERS, RZRs and Victory motorcycles.  Additionally, to complement and enhance our consumers’ experience with these vehicles our PG&A business introduced over 300 new model year 2014 accessories plus an expanded apparel line-up.  While the new model year 2014 vehicles and accessories are just now arriving at dealers in meaningful quantities, the initial feedback has been extremely positive from consumers to the trade magazines.  To receive such accolades is always gratifying, but we realize that we must remain focused on achieving the full market potential of these recently released new products while continuing to develop the next wave of industry leading products.

Wine added, “Though much of our effort was focused on successful product launches, we also achieved a number of financial milestones during the 2013 third quarter, including eclipsing the quarterly $1 billion sales mark for the first time in Polaris’ history.  We continued to solidify our market share lead in off-road vehicles during the quarter and our relentless drive to enhance profitability paid dividends as gross profit margins climbed 90 basis points.  Our international business performed exceptionally well, up 38 percent during the quarter despite a weak economic environment.  Part of the international growth came from our most recent acquisition, Aixam Mega, an important addition to our expanding Small Vehicles portfolio. ”

Wine continued, “Our success over the past four years derives from our focused strategy – being the Best in Powersports PLUS, delivering growth through adjacencies, maintaining global market leadership and demonstrating operational excellence and strong financial performance.  Thanks to our execution of that strategy, our sales growth continues to outpace our long-term projections and we now expect to achieve greater than $8.0 billion in sales by 2020, while our net income target remains at an industry leading greater than 10 percent of sales by 2020.  While we are obviously very bullish about Polaris’ future, we remain focused on near-term execution and are confident in raising our sales and earnings expectations for 2013.”

 

2013 Business Outlook

For the full year 2013, the Company is increasing and narrowing its earnings guidance and now expects earnings from continuing operations to be in the range of $5.30 to $5.37 per diluted share, an increase of 20 to 22 percent over full year 2012 earnings of $4.40 per diluted share.  Full year 2013 sales are now expected to grow in the range of 15 percent to 16 percent as compared to full year 2012.         

 

Third Quarter Performance Summary  (in thousands except per share data)

 

Three Months ended September 30,

Nine Months ended September 30,

Product line sales

2013

2012

Change

2013

2012

Change

  Off-Road Vehicles

$ 702,013   

$ 573,020   

23%

$ 1,862,508   

$ 1,658,730   

12%

  Snowmobiles

143,550          

114,885          

25%

166,725          

128,405          

30%

  Motorcycles

49,372

52,384

-6%

151,041

160,395

-6%

  Small Vehicles

31,716

11,012

188%

76,489

32,394

136%

  Parts, Garments & Accessories

175,998

128,638

37%

436,595

329,211

33%

Total Sales

$  1,102,649 

$  879,939 

+25%

$ 2,693,358 

$ 2,309,135 

+17%

Gross profit

$ 334,785   

$ 259,785   

+29%

803,771   

$ 671,497   

+20%

Gross profit as a % of sales

30.4%

29.5%

+90 bpts

29.8%

29.1%

+70 bpts

Operating expenses

$ 165,163   

$ 126,445   

+31%

$ 428,202   

$ 351,574   

+22%

Operating expenses as a % of sales

15.0%

14.4%

+60 bpts

15.9%

15.2%

+70 bpts

Operating income

181,293   

$ 141,567   

+28%

$ 408,816   

$ 343,548   

+19%

Operating Income as a % of sales

16.4%

16.1%

+30 bpts

15.2%

14.9%

+30 bpts

Net income from continuing   operations

$ 116,921   

$ 94,345   

+24%

$ 272,389   

$ 224,246   

+21%

Net income from continuing operations as a % of sales

10.6%

10.7%

-10 bpts

10.1%

9.7%

+40 bpts

Diluted net income per share from continuing operations

$ 1.64   

$ 1.33   

+23%

$ 3.84   

$ 3.16   

+22%

 

 

Off-Road Vehicle (“ORV”) sales increased 23 percent in the 2013 third quarter from the third quarter 2012 to $702.0 million.  This increase reflects continued strong demand and market share gains for both ATVs and side-by-side vehicles including a number of highly anticipated all-new model year 2014 vehicles introduced in the third quarter.  Polaris North American ORV unit retail sales were up low double digits percent from the third quarter last year; both side-by-side vehicles and ATVs grew in the double digits percent range during the quarter.  The Company estimates North American ORV industry retail sales also grew low double digits percent during the 2013 third quarter.  As expected, North American ORV dealer inventories were up mid-teens percent from the third quarter of 2012 primarily to support new model year 2014 ORV product segments introduced in July.   The Company’s International ORV sales to customers outside North America increased 20 percent in the 2013 third quarter primarily through continued market share gains, despite the overall European economy remaining weak.

Snowmobile sales increased 25 percent to $143.6 million for the 2013 third quarter as compared to $114.9 million for the third quarter of 2012.  This increase is due to a higher number of snowmobiles shipped and a more profitable mix of snowmobiles sold in the 2013 third quarter.  Sales of snowmobiles outside of North America, principally the Scandinavian region and Russia, increased eleven percent in the third quarter of 2013 compared to a year ago. 

Sales for the Motorcycles division, which includes both Victory and Indian motorcycle sales, decreased six percent to $49.4 million in the 2013 third quarter compared to the same period last year. The decrease in the 2013 third quarter sales is due to Victory dealers continuing to calibrate their inventory levels under the new Retail Flow Management order taking process, which closely ties dealer shipments with retail sales, and weaker international motorcycle sales, partially offset by a limited number of model year 2014 Indian motorcycles that began shipping late in the quarter.  Victory North American consumer unit retail sales were strong for the 2013 third quarter, increasing over 30 percent compared to a year ago.   The overall Industry performed well also, as North American industry heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle retail sales increased about 20 percent during the 2013 third quarter as compared to the prior year’s third quarter.  The much anticipated re-launch of Indian Motorcycle occurred during the 2013 third quarter with the introduction of three all-new model year 2014 Indian Chief models: the Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, and the Chieftain.  The reaction from the motorcycle press, dealers and consumers has been very strong for these brand new Indian motorcycles.   North American motorcycle dealer inventory increased slightly over 2012 levels due to an increase in the Victory dealer count and initial shipments of Indian motorcycles.

Sales in the Small Vehicles division, which is comprised of our GEM and Goupil electric vehicles as well as Aixam Mega (“Aixam”) acquired in the second quarter of 2013, increased 188 percent to $31.7 million compared to the third quarter 2012.  The incremental sales from the Aixam acquisition represented a significant portion of the 2013 third quarter sales growth for the Small Vehicles business.

Parts, Garments, and Accessories (“PG&A”) sales increased 37 percent to $176.0 million during the third quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year.  PG&A experienced over 20 percent sales growth in all product lines and categories during the quarter.  This growth was augmented by the addition of over 300 new model year 2014 accessories, including additions to the family of Lock and Ride® attachments that add comfort, style and utility to ORVs and motorcycles.  Additionally, the 2013 third quarter sales increase includes the incremental PG&A related sales from the Klim and Aixam acquisitions.  Sales of PG&A to customers outside of North America increased 44 percent during the 2013 third quarter as compared to the same period last year.

International sales totaled $139.4 million for the 2013 third quarter, an increase of 38 percent versus the same period in 2012.  The increase was driven by higher sales in ORVs and continued market share gains in all product lines and strong PG&A sales during the quarter.  Additionally, the recent acquisition of Aixam accounted for approximately half of the international sales increase. 

Gross profit was 30.4 percent of sales for the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 90 basis points from the 2012 third quarter.  Gross profit dollars increased 29 percent to $334.8 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared to $259.8 million for the third quarter of 2012. The increase in gross profit, both in terms of absolute dollars and as a percentage of sales, primarily arose from continued product cost reduction efforts and higher selling prices, offset somewhat by higher promotional costs. Additionally, during the 2013 third quarter, the Company lost a contract dispute resulting in additional royalty payments, which had an approximately $9.0 million or 80 basis points unfavorable impact to Polaris’ 2013 third quarter gross profit margins.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2013 increased 31 percent to $165.2 million or 15.0 percent of sales compared to $126.4 million or 14.4 percent of sales for the third quarter of 2012.  Operating expenses in absolute dollars and as a percentage of sales for the third quarter of 2013 increased primarily due to higher sales and marketing costs related, in part, to the Indian Motorcycle re-launch; increased general and administrative expenses, which includes expenses related to the continued investments in infrastructure aimed at supporting the Company’s growth initiatives, and higher accrued incentive compensation due to the higher stock price.  

Income from financial services increased 42 percent to $11.7 million during the third quarter of 2013 compared to $8.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, due to increased profitability generated from the retail credit portfolios with Sheffield, GE and Capital One and higher income from the dealer inventory financing through Polaris Acceptance

Equity in loss of affiliates was $0.6 million for the third quarter 2013, which represents the Company’s portion of the start-up costs related to the Polaris/Eicher joint venture in India established in 2012.

Other income, net was $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $4.0 million in the third quarter of 2012.  The income generated in the third quarter in both 2013 and 2012 came as a result of foreign currency exchange rate movements and the resulting effects on foreign currency transactions related to the Company’s foreign subsidiaries. 

The Income tax provision for the third quarter 2013 was recorded at a rate of 35.7 percent of pretax income from continuing operations compared to 34.5 percent of pretax income for the third quarter 2012.  The higher income tax provision in the 2013 third quarter is a result of an increase in accrued foreign tax reserves along with certain unfavorable tax events related to finalizing the calendar year 2012 tax returns.

 

Loss from Discontinued Operations

The Company previously announced in late July 2013 that a jury returned an unfavorable verdict against Polaris in a lawsuit arising from a 2008 collision between a boat and a 2001 Polaris Virage personal watercraft.  As a result of the jury verdict, during the 2013 third quarter, Polaris recorded a non-recurring loss from discontinued operations of $3.8 million, net of tax, or $0.05 per diluted share.  The Company ceased manufacturing marine products in September 2004 and substantially completed the exit of the business in 2007.  At this point in time, no additional charges are expected from discontinued operations.

Financial Position and Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations increased 50 percent to $381.8 million for the year-to-date period ended September 30, 2013 compared to $254.5 million for the same period in 2012.  The increase in net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations for the 2013 period was due to increased net income, improved working capital and an increase in noncash expenses such as depreciation and incentive compensation. Total debt at the end of the third quarter was $107.2 million.  The Company’s debt-to-total capital ratio was ten percent as of September 30, 2013 as compared to 14 percent as of the same period in 2012.  Cash and cash equivalents were $387.8 million at September 30, 2013 compared to $412.9 million for the same period in 2012.

 

Conference Call and Webcast Presentation

Today at 9:00 AM (CT) Polaris Industries Inc. will host a conference call and webcast to discuss Polaris’ 2013 third quarter earnings results released this morning.  The call will be hosted by Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO, Bennett Morgan, President and COO, and Mike Malone, Vice President―Finance and CFO.  A slide presentation and link to the audio webcast will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Polaris web site at www.polaris.com/irhome.

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 # 48224568.

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.   

 

About Polaris

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and small vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands.  Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII” and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

 

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, including management’s expectations regarding 2013 and future sales, shipments, net income, net income per share, new manufacturing operations initiatives, joint venture projects and savings in logistical and production costs, 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 initiatives, product offerings, promotional activities and pricing strategies by competitors; acquisition integration costs; joint venture projects; 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; 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 September 30,

 

Nine months ended

September 30,

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

Sales

$

1,102,649

 

 

$

879,939

 

 

$

2,693,358

 

 

$

2,309,135

 

Cost of sales

767,864

 

 

620,154

 

 

1,889,587

 

 

1,637,638

 

Gross profit

334,785

 

 

259,785

 

 

803,771

 

 

671,497

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling and marketing

78,810

 

 

57,211

 

 

195,541

 

 

152,899

 

Research and development

37,010

 

 

32,352

 

 

103,064

 

 

94,034

 

General and administrative

49,343

 

 

36,882

 

 

129,597

 

 

104,641

 

Total operating expenses

165,163

 

 

126,445

 

 

428,202

 

 

351,574

 

Income from financial services

11,671

 

 

8,227

 

 

33,247

 

 

23,625

 

Operating income

181,293

 

 

141,567

 

 

408,816

 

 

343,548

 

Non-operating expense (income):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

1,520

 

 

1,465

 

 

4,364

 

 

4,443

 

Equity in loss of other affiliates

631

 

 

 

 

1,629

 

 

 

Other (income), net

(2,576

)

 

(3,989

)

 

(6,274

)

 

(6,356

)

Income before income taxes

181,718

 

 

144,091

 

 

409,097

 

 

345,461

 

Provision for income taxes

64,797

 

 

49,746

 

 

136,708

 

 

121,215

 

Net income from continuing operations

116,921

 

 

94,345

 

 

272,389

 

 

224,246

 

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

(3,777

)

 

 

 

(3,777

)

 

 

Net income

$

113,144

 

 

$

94,345

 

 

$

268,612

 

 

$

224,246

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

1.69

 

 

$

1.37

 

 

$

3.95

 

 

$

3.26

 

Loss from discontinued operations

(0.05

)

 

 

 

(0.05

)

 

 

Basic net income per share

$

1.64

 

 

$

1.37

 

 

$

3.90

 

 

$

3.26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

1.64

 

 

$

1.33

 

 

$

3.84

 

 

$

3.16

 

Loss from discontinued operations

(0.05

)

 

 

 

(0.05

)

 

 

Diluted net income per share

$

1.59

 

 

$

1.33

 

 

$

3.79

 

 

$

3.16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

69,179

 

 

68,692

 

 

68,946

 

 

68,761

 

Diluted

71,186

 

 

70,883

 

 

70,901

 

 

70,956

 

 

 

 

 


 

POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Subject to Reclassification

September 30, 2013

 

September 30, 2012

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

387,804

 

 

$

412,898

 

Trade receivables, net

157,015

 

 

136,346

 

Inventories, net

460,592

 

 

410,034

 

Prepaid expenses and other

56,450

 

 

28,193

 

Income taxes receivable

15,657

 

 

7,936

 

Deferred tax assets

84,986

 

 

80,040

 

Total current assets

1,162,504

 

 

1,075,447

 

Property and equipment, net

420,328

 

 

230,605

 

Investment in finance affiliate

58,338

 

 

47,521

 

Investment in other affiliates

16,775

 

 

12,000

 

Deferred tax assets

7,553

 

 

13,768

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

227,889

 

 

76,704

 

Other long-term assets

29,832

 

 

15,383

 

Total assets

$

1,923,219

 

 

$

1,471,428

 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

Current portion of capital lease obligations

$

3,318

 

 

$

2,607

 

Accounts payable

280,284

 

 

228,332

 

Accrued expenses:

 

 

 

Compensation

129,311

 

 

120,351

 

Warranties

48,102

 

 

41,571

 

Sales promotions and incentives

120,004

 

 

105,340

 

Dealer holdback

94,142

 

 

75,983

 

Other

87,810

 

 

71,054

 

Income taxes payable

43,765

 

 

3,286

 

Current liabilities of discontinued operations

10,000

 

 

5,000

 

Total current liabilities

816,736

 

 

653,524

 

Long term income taxes payable

14,443

 

 

6,749

 

Capital lease obligations

3,904

 

 

4,692

 

Long-term debt

100,000

 

 

100,000

 

Other long-term liabilities

56,454

 

 

47,382

 

Total liabilities

$

991,537

 

 

$

812,347

 

 

 

 

 

Total shareholders’ equity

931,682

 

 

659,081

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

1,923,219

 

 

$

1,471,428

 

 

 

 

 

Certain reclassifications of previously reported balance sheet amounts have been conformed to the current year presentation.

 

 

 

 


 

POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Subject to Reclassification

Nine months ended September 30,

 

2013

 

2012

Operating Activities:

 

 

 

Net income

$

268,612

 

 

$

224,246

 

Loss from discontinued operations

3,777

 

 

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

64,364

 

 

51,489

 

Noncash compensation

46,304

 

 

26,964

 

Noncash income from financial services

(3,440

)

 

(2,479

)

Noncash loss from other affiliates

1,629

 

 

 

Deferred income taxes

(10,781

)

 

(5,277

)

Tax effect of share-based compensation exercises

(22,247

)

 

(17,810

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Trade receivables

(24,711

)

 

(20,272

)

Inventories

(94,110

)

 

(109,912

)

Accounts payable

94,097

 

 

81,489

 

Accrued expenses

20,671

 

 

(451

)

Income taxes payable/receivable

62,332

 

 

36,185

 

Prepaid expenses and others, net

(24,690

)

 

(9,684

)

Cash provided from continuing operations

381,807

 

 

254,488

 

Cash used for discontinued operations

(642

)

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

381,165

 

 

254,488

 

Investing Activities:

 

 

 

Purchase of property and equipment

(192,350

)

 

(65,804

)

Investment in finance affiliate, net

2,091

 

 

(2,790

)

Investment in other affiliates

(6,063

)

 

(7,000

)

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

(134,817

)

 

(383

)

Net cash used for investing activities

(331,139

)

 

(75,977

)

Financing Activities:

 

 

 

Borrowings under capital lease obligations

1,682

 

 

2,232

 

Repayments under capital lease obligations

(2,780

)

 

(2,137

)

Repurchase and retirement of common shares

(31,907

)

 

(58,978

)

Cash dividends to shareholders

(86,482

)

 

(76,009

)

Tax effect of proceeds from share-based compensation exercises

22,247

 

 

17,810

 

Proceeds from stock issuances under employee plans

17,834

 

 

25,458

 

Net cash used for financing activities

(79,406

)

 

(91,624

)

Impact of currency exchange rates on cash balances

169

 

 

675

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(29,211

)

 

87,562

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

417,015

 

 

325,336

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

387,804

 

 

$

412,898