Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Polaris Reports Record Third Quarter 2015 Results

EPS Increased 12% To $2.30 On 12% Sales Growth

Third Quarter Highlights:

  • Sales increased 12% year-over-year to a record $1,456.0 million (up 16% in constant currency)
  • North American retail sales increased 7% year-over-year
  • Net income increased 10% to $155.2 million year-over-year
  • Motorcycle consumer retail demand remained strong in the third quarter, up over 60%; motorcycle production rate improved sequentially from the 2015 second quarter
  • Maintaining and narrowing full-year 2015 sales and earnings guidance range to $7.37 to $7.42 per diluted share, an increase of 11% to 12% year-over-year based on full-year 2015 sales growth guidance of 10% to 11%

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported record third quarter net income of $155.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, an increase of ten percent from the prior year’s third quarter net income of $140.8 million. Earnings per share were a record $2.30 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $2.06 per diluted share for the same period in 2014. Sales for the third quarter 2015 totaled a record $1,456.0 million, an increase of 12 percent over last year’s third quarter sales of $1,302.3 million.

       “Our record third quarter results continue to reflect the efficacy of our long-term strategy and the resiliency of the Polaris organization, as motorcycle growth accelerated, ORV share gains continued and our developing adjacencies built momentum. We accomplished this in a difficult environment, with the combination of weakening currencies and softening economies adding to the pressure we face from the sluggish oil and agriculture markets, all in the midst of the most competitive powersports landscape we have seen in nearly a decade. It is encouraging to see our Polaris team use these challenging times to get better and stronger, while displaying renewed determination to win across all our markets,” stated Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “After our people, arguably our strongest asset is our innovative culture, which spurred the delivery of 15 new vehicles to our unsurpassed ORV armada and drove the introduction of hundreds of new PG&A items. We remain committed to being the leading innovator in our space.”
       Wine continued, “Successful innovation requires agility, in order to react quickly to ever-changing market conditions. This applies not only to product design but also to our internal organization, which we demonstrated in the third quarter by realigning our international business structure to become more efficient and effective in response to challenging markets outside North America. Quick reactions demand excellent execution, and Ken Pucel and his Global Operations and Engineering teams continue to build momentum and gain traction in our efforts to improve throughput, quality and cost. Throughout the third quarter we made consistent enhancements to our Spirit Lake paint system, which helped us stabilize our operations and, by improving production output each week of September, outpace shipment goals for the first time this year. We have a clear plan to further optimize and upgrade that system over the next six months, and with the recently acquired paint facility in Spearfish, South Dakota, we will further augment paint capacity in the latter part of the fourth quarter.”
       “Polaris has delivered solid financial performance in the first nine months of 2015, and despite facing stiff headwinds that show little sign of abating in the near term, our financial position remains robust and our growth opportunities plentiful.”
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