Full Year 2014 EPS from continuing operations Increased 23% on Sales Growth of 19%
Fourth Quarter Highlights:
Net income increased 25% to $135.4 million, or $1.98 per diluted share, with sales increasing 18% to $1,275.0 million, both fourth quarter records.
Off-Road Vehicle sales increased 19%, Motorcycle sales increased 50% and PG&A sales increased 21% in the 2014 fourth quarter.
North American retail sales remained strong, increasing 13% in the fourth quarter compared to last year.
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) reported record fourth quarter net income of $1.98 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 27 percent compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter net income of $1.56 per diluted share. Net income was $135.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, up 25 percent from the previous fourth quarter’s net income of $108.7 million. Sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled a record $1,275.0 million, an increase of 18 percent over last year’s fourth quarter sales of $1,083.7 million.
For the full year ended December 31, 2014, Polaris reported record net income from continuing operations of $6.65 per diluted share, a 23 percent increase compared to net income from continuing operations of $5.40 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2013. Net income from continuing operations was $454.0 million for the full year 2014, up 19 percent from the previous year’s net income from continuing operations of $381.1 million. Sales for the full year 2014 totaled a record $4,479.6 million, an increase of 19 percent compared to sales of $3,777.1 million for the full year 2013.
“2014 marks our fifth consecutive year of double digit sales and earnings growth, an accomplishment which testifies to the innovative spirit and dedication of the 8,000 member global Polaris team. It is inspiring to see how they overcame obstacles ranging from negative foreign exchange impacts and a weakening European economy, to highly volatile oil and crop prices, to record a 19 percent increase in both sales and net income for the full year 2014. During the year, we added over thirty new vehicles to the Polaris armada, expanding and strengthening our portfolio with our largest ever new product introduction, while our strategic acquisitions and significant investments in our global manufacturing infrastructure allow us to both create and meet the increasing demand for our products,” explained Scott Wine , Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“While we expect to face similar headwinds in 2015, namely ongoing currency volatility and a struggling European economy, I am confident that with the best team in powersports and numerous catalysts for growth and margin expansion, we are well positioned to surmount any challenges. Our ability to develop, produce, and market visionary products, and to invest strategically and aggressively, will continue driving Polaris to industry-leading growth and profitability in 2015 and beyond.”
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