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Free Post Earnings Research Report: Harley-Davidson’s Quarterly Revenues Advanced 11%

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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, Harley-Davidson reported consolidated revenues of $1.23 billion versus $1.11 billion in Q4 2016, reflecting a growth of 11% on a y-o-y basis, driven by higher shipments. The Company's revenue numbers exceeded analysts' expectations of $1.01 billion.

For the full year FY17, Harley-Davidson generated consolidated revenues of $5.65 billion versus $6.00 billion in FY16.

For Q4 2017, Harley-Davidson reported a net income of $8.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $47.2 million, or $0.27 per share, in Q4 2016. The Company's reported quarter earnings were adversely impacted by a $53.1 million income tax charge related to the enactment of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), and a $29.4 million pre-tax charge for a voluntary product recall. Harley-Davidson's earnings, adjusted for pre-tax expenses and non-recurring costs, were $0.54 per share, and were ahead of Wall Street's estimates of $0.45 per share.

For FY17, Harley-Davidson reported a net income of $521.8 million, or $3.02 per share, compared to $692.2 million, or $3.83 per share, in FY16.

Operating Results

During Q4 2017, Harley-Davidson's worldwide retail motorcycle sales declined 9.6% to 42,142 units on a y-o-y basis compared to 46,160 in Q4 2016. The Company's US retail motorcycle sales were down 11.1% to 23,195 units on a y-o-y basis. Harley-Davidson' US market share was 50.8% in the 601+cc segment during Q4 2017.

Harley-Davidson's Motorcycle shipments advanced 11.3% to 41,198 units in Q4 2017 compared to 42,414 units in Q4 2016. The Company's revenue from motorcycles and related products advanced 17% to $801.73 million on a y-o-y basis, driven by higher motorcycle shipments. The segment's operating margin as a percentage of revenue increased 260 basis points to 3.6% in the reported quarter.

Manufacturing Optimization

Harley-Davidson announced plans to further improve its manufacturing operations and cost structure by commencing a multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative. The Company will consolidate its motorcycle assembly plant in Kansas City, Missouri, into its plant in York, Pennsylvania. Harley-Davidson expects to incur restructuring and other consolidation costs of $170 million to $200 million, and capital investment of approximately $75 million over the next two years, and expects ongoing annual cash savings of $65 million to $75 million after 2020.

Cash Matters

Harley-Davidson's cash and marketable securities were $687.5 million at the end of FY17 compared to $765.5 million at the end of FY16. The Company generated $1.01 billion of cash from operating activities in FY17 compared to $1.17 billion in FY16. On a discretionary basis, Harley-Davidson repurchased 8.7 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $456.1 million during FY17. At the end of 2017, the Company had 10.6 million shares remaining on a board-approved share repurchase authorization.

Outlook

For FY18, Harley-Davidson is anticipating motorcycle shipments to be approximately 231,000 to 236,000 motorcycles. In Q1 2018, the Company is expecting to ship approximately 60,000 to 65,000 motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson expects operating margin as a percentage of revenue to be approximately 9.5% to 10.5% in FY18, including manufacturing optimization costs of $120 million to $140 million. The Company is anticipating capital expenditure of $250 million to $270 million in FY18, including approximately $50 million to support manufacturing optimization.

Harley-Davidson is estimating effective tax rate to be approximately 23.5% to 25.0% in FY18, down considerably behind effective tax rate of 39.6% in FY17 and 32.4% in FY16, attributed to the expected benefit of the new tax legislation.

Stock Performance Snapshot

February 09, 2018 - At Friday's closing bell, Harley-Davidson's stock marginally advanced 0.61%, ending the trading session at $47.83.

Volume traded for the day: 3.50 million shares, which was above the 3-month average volume of 2.64 million shares.

Stock performance in the previous three-month period – up 5.10%; and past six-month period – up 1.08%

After last Friday's close, Harley-Davidson's market cap was at $8.12 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 16.06.

The stock has a dividend yield of 3.09%.

The stock is part of the Consumer Goods sector, categorized under the Recreational Vehicles industry. This sector was up 0.5% at the end of the session.

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