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HarleyDavidson Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: May 10, 2012 02:26PM
HarleyDavidson Inc. (HOG) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-04-01.
Highlight of Business Operations:In the first quarter of 2012, worldwide independent dealer retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles grew 20.3% compared to 2011, including a 25.5% increase in the U.S. and an 11.2% increase in international markets. The Company believes the solid improvement in retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles reflects strong affinity for the Harley-Davidson brand, the appeal of its 2012 model-year motorcycles and improving macro-economic conditions. In addition, the Company believes that unusually mild weather in the first quarter of 2012 in the United States encouraged early sales to some customers who may have otherwise purchased later in the spring season.
Worldwide independent dealer retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 20.3% during the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011. Retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 25.5% in the United States and 11.2% internationally in the quarter. On an industry-wide basis, the heavyweight (651+cc) portion of the market was up 17.5% in the United States and down 2.6% in Europe for the three months ended March 31, 2012 when compared to the same periods in 2011. The following table includes retail unit sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles:
The Company shipped 64,263 Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide during the first quarter of 2012, which was 19.4% higher than the first quarter of 2011. The shipment of 64,263 motorcycles was approximately 1,300 above the high end of the Companys expected shipment guidance range as a result of higher than expected retail sales. The year-over-year increase in shipments was also aided by six additional calendar days included in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011. This adjustment is required every several years to sync up the Companys fiscal calendar with the regular calendar. The fourth quarter of 2012 will include five
Interest income for the three months ended April 1, 2012 decreased due to lower finance receivables outstanding primarily due to a declining portfolio of retail finance receivables as a result of lower U.S. retail motorcycle sales over the last few years. Interest expense was lower primarily due to a more favorable cost of funds.
The decrease in cash used by operating activities for the first three months of 2012 compared to the first three months of 2011 was due primarily to increased Motorcycles Segment earnings partially offset by changes in working capital. The Company made a voluntary $200.0 million contribution to the Companys pension plans in the first quarter of 2012 and in the first quarter of 2011. No additional pension contributions are required in 2012. The Company expects it will continue to make on-going contributions related to current benefit payments for SERPA and postretirement healthcare plans.
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