Harley-Davidson, Inc. HOG reported earnings of 40 cents per share in the third quarter of 2017, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, earnings were lower than 64 cents, recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Net income decreased to $68.2 million from $114.1 million, recorded a year ago.
Motorcycle and related products revenue declined to $962.14 million in the third quarter of 2017, down from $1.1 billion in the year-ago quarter. The figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $960.8 million. The company also lodged consolidated revenues of $1.15 billion, deteriorating from the prior-year tally of $1.27 billion.
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Operating income decreased to $96.7 million from $178.4 million in the year-ago period.
Motorcycles and Related Products
The decline in revenues from Motorcycles and Related Products was due to lower motorcycle shipments. Operating income plunged to $19.6 million from $108.9 million, a year ago.
During the quarter, revenues from Harley-Davidson motorcycles fell 17.2% to $653.3 million. The company shipped 41,662 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide during the third quarter of 2017, compared with 48,611 shipments in the third quarter of 2016.
Harley-Davidson’s worldwide dealer retail sales of new motorcycles dropped 6.9% to 64,209 units from 68,955 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter. This was due to weak industry conditions including impact of hurricane Harvey and Irma in Southeast and Texas.
Harley-Davidson’s overseas dealer of retail sales for new motorcycles in the United States declined 8.1% to 41,793 motorcycles. International sales went down 4.6% to 22,416 motorcycles from 23,486 in the prior-year quarter.
All the regions posted a decline in sales from the prior-year quarter. Canada witnessed a 3.3% decrease, Latin America’s sales reduced 11.5%, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region’s sales slipped 1.4%, while Asia-Pacific region witnessed a 6.7% drop.
Revenues from Parts and Accessories slid 0.7% to $229.7 million, while revenues from General Merchandise — including MotorClothes apparel and accessories — gained 11.3% to $72.7 million.
Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS)
Revenues in the Financial Services segment increased 3.2% to $189.1 million in the third quarter of 2017. Operating income improved 11% to $77.1 million from the year-ago figure of $69.4 million.
Harley-Davidson had cash and cash equivalents of $683.1 million as of Sep 24, 2017 compared with $790.3 million as of Sep 25, 2016. Long-term debt curtailed to $4.61 billion from $5.17 billion as of Sep 25, 2016.
For the nine months ended on Sep 24, 2017, Harley-Davidson’s operating cash inflow improved to $949.1 million from $927.8 million, a year-ago. Capital expenditures diminished to $114.1 million from $162.7 million in the year-ago period.
Harley-Davidson spent $222 million to repurchase 4.5 million shares in third-quarter 2017. At third-quarter end, the company had authorization to buy back another 10.6 million shares.
Harley-Davidson reiterated its expectation to ship 241,000-246,000 units in 2017, roughly reflecting a 6-8% decline from 2016.
In the fourth quarter of 2017, the motor company expects to dispatch around 46,700-51,700 motorcycles compared with 42,414 units, shipped in the year-ago period.
The company continues to expect a 1% dip in operating margin from the 2016-levels. Also, it expects to incur capital expenditures of worth $200-$220 million this year.
Shares of Harley-Davidson have significantly underperformed the industry year to date. The stock has lost 20.1% versus the industry’s 25.9% rally.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Harley-Davidson currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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