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HarleyDavidson Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: February 23, 2012 04:00PM

HarleyDavidson Inc. (HOG) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31. Harley-davidson has a market cap of $10.7 billion; its shares were traded at around $47.16 with a P/E ratio of 19.7 and P/S ratio of 2.3. The dividend yield of Harley-davidson stocks is 1.1%.



Highlight of Business Operations:

In 2011, worldwide independent dealer retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles grew 5.9% compared to 2010, including a 5.8% increase in the U.S. The Company believes the solid improvement in retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles reflects the strong appeal of its product lineup, its new investments in growth opportunities across all regions, the efforts of the independent dealer network, and improved consumer confidence in the U.S.

Worldwide independent dealer retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 5.9% during 2011 compared to 2010. Retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 5.8% in the United States and 6.1% internationally in 2011. The following table includes retail unit sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles:

The Company believes that 2012 operating income from Financial Services will decrease compared to 2011, as approximately $40 million in 2011 balance sheet allowance releases are not expected to reoccur in 2012. In addition lower net interest income is anticipated as the portfolio of retail loans continues to contract as a result of lower U.S. retail sales over the last few years, and we expect a modest tightening of margins on prime tier retail lending due to a more competitive lending environment. Although the Company expects lower operating income in 2012 compared to 2011, it expects to report positive operating income in 2012.(1)

Operating income for the Motorcycles segment was $64.7 million higher in 2010 compared to 2009 driven by improved gross profit and a decrease in operating expenses. Operating income for the Financial Services segment improved by $299.8 million primarily due to favorable net interest income, improved credit performance and two non-recurring, non-cash charges totaling $101.1 million that were incurred during 2009. The favorable net interest income was primarily due to the increase in on-balance sheet finance receivables and a lower cost of funds. As discussed below, the lower cost of funds was due in part to HDFS’ transfer in the fourth quarter of 2009 to the Company of amounts related to the Company’s $600.0 million senior unsecured notes issued in February 2009. Please refer to the “Motorcycles and Related Products Segment” and “Financial Services Segment” discussions following for a more detailed discussion of the factors affecting operating income.

Worldwide independent dealer retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles decreased 8.5% during 2010 compared to 2009. Retail sales continued to be impacted on a global basis by difficult economic conditions. Retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles decreased by 11.7% in the United States and 1.9% internationally during 2010 compared to 2009. On an industry-wide basis, the heavyweight (651+cc) portion of the market was down 14.6% in the United States and down 3.9% in Europe when compared to 2009. The following table includes retail unit sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles:

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