Harley-Davidson Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results

MILWAUKEE, October 22, 2019 -
Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) today reported third quarter 2019 results. During the quarter, the company delivered earnings per share and Motorcycles segment operating margin ahead of expectations. The company was encouraged by global retail sales results driven by its actions and tempered U.S. industry rate of decline. The company also advanced its brand amplification efforts and developed capabilities to invigorate the Harley-Davidson experience and build committed riders.

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights

Delivered GAAP diluted EPS of $0.55
Repurchased $112.5 million of shares; paid dividends of $0.375 per share
Improved worldwide year-over-year retail sales rate
Launched new model year 2020 motorcycles, including Low Rider® S, CVO™ Tri Glide® and LiveWire™ - the company’s first electric motorcycle
Introduced the Harley-Davidson IRONe™ electric-powered two-wheelers for kids
Realized significant savings from manufacturing optimization initiative
Progressed More Roads to Harley-Davidson accelerated plan for growth
Activated Amplify Brand as fourth More Roads growth catalyst to build committed riders

Third quarter 2019 GAAP diluted EPS was $0.55. Year-ago GAAP diluted EPS was $0.68. Excluding restructuring plan costs and the impact of recent EU and China tariffs, adjusted third quarter 2019 diluted EPS was $0.70 compared to $0.82 in the third quarter of 2018. Third quarter 2019 net income was $86.6 million on consolidated revenue of $1.27 billion versus net income of $113.9 million on consolidated revenue of $1.32 billion in 2018.
Harley-Davidson international retail sales were up 2.7 percent. The U.S. retail sales rate of decline tempered compared to recent quarters and was down 3.6 percent.

“We are driving stability in our business and bringing data insights and intensified consumer focus to guide our efforts to build committed riders and meet our near and long-term objectives,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson. “We’ll continue to fuel all aspects of the riding experience and add new solutions to fully develop, engage and retain riders through their journey, starting with the very first spark of interest” said Levatich.

Strategy to Build the Next Generation of Riders

Building committed riders
During the quarter, Harley-Davidson sharpened its U.S. and international objectives through 2027 to better align with its expanded efforts to build committed riders.

Harley-Davidson’s strategic objectives through 2027 are: expand to 4 million total Harley-Davidson riders in the U.S., grow international business to 50 percent of annual HDMC revenue, launch 100 new high impact motorcycles and do so profitably and sustainably.

Accelerated plan for growth
More Roads to Harley-Davidson is the company’s accelerated plan for growth that drives the company’s strategy to deliver sustainable growth and build the next generation of riders from 2018 through 2022. The company is focusing investment and building new capabilities to invigorate the Harley-Davidson brand to spark passion that deepens rider commitment. To reflect this, Amplify Brand was added as a growth catalyst in the More Roads plan and will bolster the other growth catalysts of New Products, Broader Access and Stronger Dealers.
The company plans to maintain its investment and return profile and capital allocation strategy, while it funds strategic opportunities expected to drive revenue growth and expand operating margin, through 2022.
During the third quarter, Harley-Davidson continued to advance its More Roads plan initiatives:

Realized improvements in retail sales, service revenue and website visits for dealers participating in Harley-Davidson performance consulting
Strengthened its leadership in the electrification of motorcycles

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