Shares of Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) dropped 12.1% in May, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, as tariff talk continues to hit the motorcycle industry hard.
There wasn't a lot of specific news about Harley-Davidson last month, but that doesn't mean investors don't think it will be hurt by tariffs eventually. The company was a direct target of tariffs imposed by the European Union in retaliation for President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, which it said could cost it $100 million. As trade wars with Mexico and China heat up, companies that buy commodities to make products in the U.S. could see costs rise even further than they already have.
Image source: Getty Images.
On top of potential tariffs, investors have been watching motorcycle sales drop, particularly in the U.S., where Harley-Davidson is primarily focused. You can see below that over the past five years, both revenue and net income have been steadily declining, and the company doesn't have room to increase prices to offset higher costs or it may see volumes fall even further.
Harley-Davidson is stuck between a rock and a hard place, and I don't see an easy way out. The brand isn't resonating with younger consumers, and older consumers aren't gravitating to new products like the Livewire electric motorcycle. Unless some of the underlying trends driving motorcycle demand change, this isn't a stock recovery I would be betting on.
More From The Motley Fool
- 10 Best Stocks to Buy Today
- The $16,728 Social Security Bonus You Cannot Afford to Miss
- 20 of the Top Stocks to Buy (Including the Two Every Investor Should Own)
- What Is an ETF?
- 5 Recession-Proof Stocks
- How to Beat the Market