I’m a bit late getting this information out, but you can read the company press release HERE.
From my experience you know it’s going to be a long day when the financial perspective includes statements about how we’re in challenging times… “Political, economic and cultural forces working against the confidence and security for people everywhere in the world” — whoa, roll the eerie and scary sound effects!
- Worldwide sales for the quarter were down due to significant declines in the U.S. industry which was a surprise and far weaker than expected. Worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Q2 were down 1.9%. U.S. retail sales were lower than expected on surprisingly weak industry results. Q2 retail sales in the U.S. were down 5.2% versus prior year, behind weak U.S. industry sales.
- U.S. retail inventory was up at the end of the second quarter.
- Manufacturing expenses were higher than expected, driven by startup costs related to the implementation of a new ERP system in Kansas City, and costs associated with plant retooling. In addition, plant efficiencies were lower than expected due to lower production given soft sales in Q2. This is an overly simple statement because in reality it’s complex planning and execution, including numerous down days, inventory bridges and careful new model ramp plans.
- The motor company stated they are taking steps to lower expected 2016 shipments which is largely due to continued pressure on industry growth in the U.S. Third quarter shipments are expected to be approximately flat to down 9% versus 2015 third quarter.
- Revenue was up slightly. Net income was $280.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.86 billion compared to net income of $299.8 million on consolidated revenue of $1.82 billion in last year’s second quarter.
- Q2 market share of 49.5% in the U.S., was up a strong 2.0 percentage points. The gains came in all segments, Touring, Cruisers and the Street/Sportster segment size of motorcycles. And it came from all seven sales regions in the U.S. The market share gains were over double the nearest competitor and came largely at the expense of Japanese competitors.
- Retail sales in international markets were up in Q2 in all regions except Latin America (Brazil).
- The company added six new international dealerships in the second quarter and has a goal to add 150+ international dealers over the next 4 years.
Given this current environment one could wonder if Harley-Davidson is positioned appropriately for the flat/declining industry which seemed to surprise them in Q2 — management states they are prepared.
Full Disclosure: I have NO personal stock holdings in HOG or plans to procure any.
Some parts of the above text are attributable to the Seeking Alpha transcript on July 28, 2016. Photo courtesy of Harley-Davidson.