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Polaris Reports Record Third Quarter 2015 Results; EPS Increased 12% to $2.30 on 12% Sales Growth

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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.”

2015 Business Outlook
For the full year 2015, the Company is narrowing its earnings guidance range to $7.37 to $7.42 per diluted share, an increase of 11 to 12 percent over full year 2014 earnings of $6.65 per diluted share. Full year 2015 sales are now expected to grow in the range of 10 to 11 percent when compared to 2014.


Third Quarter Performance Summary(in thousands, except per share data)


Three Months ended September 30,

Nine Months ended September 30,

Sales Components











Off-Road Vehicles $ 822,894 $ 801,919 3% $ 2,157,068 $ 2,058,673 5%
Snowmobiles 185,477 162,652 14% 219,317 184,379 19%
Motorcycles 160,437 63,263 154% 459,976 245,258 88%
Global Adjacent Markets 60,845 55,453 10% 192,801 185,013 4%
Parts, Garments & Accessories226,347219,0563%584,510531,32510%
Total Sales$1,456,000$1,302,34312%$3,613,672$3,204,64813%
Gross Profit$415,623$388,2747%$1,028,768$951,6058%
Gross profit as a % of sales28.5%29.8%-126 bps28.5%29.7%-122 bps
Operating Expenses$192,012$182,7495%$523,134$489,2287%
Operating expenses as a % of sales13.2%14.0%-84 bps14.5%15.3%-79 bps
Operating Income$242,676$222,5739%$556,979$504,69010%
Operating Income as a % of sales16.7%17.1%-42 bps15.4%15.7%-34 bps
Net Income$155,173$140,82610%$344,679$318,6328%
Net income as a % of sales10.7%10.8%-15 bps9.5%9.9%-40 bps
Diluted Net Income per share$2.30$2.0612%$5.09$4.689%

Off-Road Vehicle (“ORV”) sales increased three percent to $822.9 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2014. Polaris North American ORV unit retail sales increased low-single digits percent during the 2015 third quarter compared to strong prior year third quarter retail sales growth of high-single digits percent. Consumer purchases of both side-by-side vehicles and ATVs increased at similar rates during the 2015 third quarter. The Company estimates North American industry ORV retail sales in the third quarter of 2015 increased low-single digits percent year-over-year, resulting in Polaris market share gains for both ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. During the 2015 third quarter, the Company introduced new ORV models in the value and premium segments including the Company’s first full-sized value RANGER® priced below $10,000 and the clear leader in the high-performance segment, the RZR® XP Turbo, delivering more horsepower and torque than any other high-performance side-by-side on the market today. Polaris North American ORV dealer inventories during the third quarter of 2015 increased about ten percent year-over-year, in line with Company expectations, as the Company began shipping the new 2016 model-year products.

Snowmobile sales increased 14 percent to $185.5 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $162.7 million for the third quarter of 2014. The increase is due to an increased quantity and richer mix of snowmobiles being shipped in the 2015 third quarter compared to the same period a year ago. While the snowmobile retail selling season is just beginning, Polaris’ market share performance season-to-date through the 2015 third quarter is pacing with the Company’s expectations, led by the award-winning model year 2016 PRO-RMK, the lightest mountain sled on the market. As planned, Polaris North American snowmobile dealer inventories during the third quarter of 2015 increased significantly year-over-year in preparation for the upcoming snowmobile retail selling season.

Motorcycle sales increased 154 percent to $160.4 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared to same period last year due to continued strong demand for Indian motorcycles and the new Slingshot® roadster. Victory, Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot North American retail sales, combined, increased over 60 percent during the third quarter of 2015 driven by Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot, while North American industry midsize and heavyweight motorcycle retail sales were up low single digits compared to the third quarter of 2014. Indian Motorcycles retail sales were up significantly in the third quarter with ongoing strong demand for all models. Product availability for Indian motorcycles improved during the 2015 third quarter as the Company continued to increase throughput at its Spirit Lake, Iowa, motorcycle factory. Victory retail sales in the third quarter of 2015 were lower than the prior year partly due to low product availability. Retail sales for the new Slingshot three-wheeled roadster continued to outpace Company expectations during the third quarter. Polaris North American motorcycle dealer inventories, including Slingshot, during the 2015 third quarter increased about 30 percent compared to the same period in the prior year but remain below levels needed to meet current and backlogged retail demand.

Global Adjacent Markets sales increased ten percent to $60.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year. Work and Transportation group sales were up one percent during the third quarter of 2015 with higher unit shipments largely offset by negative currency impacts. Sales for the Company’s defense business were up more than 50 percent during the 2015 third quarter as the Company began delivering its militarized RZR and ATV vehicles under a new U.S. defense contract awarded in July of this year.

Parts, Garments, and Accessories (“PG&A”) sales increased three percent to $226.3 million during the third quarter of 2015 as compared to the same period last year. All product lines generated sales growth during the 2015 third quarter, with the exception of snowmobiles, which was down more than 20 percent due to the timing of snowmobile related PG&A dealer shipments year-over-year. The 2015 third quarter was also impacted by lower sales outside the United States. Canadian PG&A sales were down significantly and international PG&A-related sales were up one percent compared to last year, both regions were negatively impacted by currency translations and weak economies. PG&A-related sales in the United States were up nine percent during the 2015 third quarter. The Company introduced more than 500 new model-year 2016 accessories during the third quarter, which have been well received in the marketplace to date.

International sales to customers outside of North America totaled $153.6 million for the third quarter of 2015, up one percent from the same period in 2014, though held back by weak currencies (up 18 percent on a constant currency basis). EMEA reported sales declined four percent in the 2015 third quarter and Asia Pacific reported sales were down one percent while Latin American reported sales were up 50 percent. International reported sales by component in the third quarter compared to last year were as follows: Motorcycles sales were up 115 percent; ORV sales were down two percent; Global Adjacent Markets declined seven percent; snowmobile sales were down 52 percent, primarily due to Russia; and PG&A related sales increased one percent.

Gross profit increased seven percent to $415.6 million in the third quarter of 2015, compared to $388.3 million in the third quarter of 2014. As a percentage of sales, gross profit margin declined 126 basis points to 28.5 percent of sales for the third quarter of 2015, compared to 29.8 percent of sales for the same period last year. While currency movements from a year ago, primarily the Canadian dollar, were expected to negatively impact gross margins during the third quarter of 2015, the amount of impact was higher than originally anticipated as the Canadian dollar continued to weaken sequentially from the 2015 second quarter. The negative currency impact during the quarter along with higher promotional costs and negative product mix, were partially offset by lower commodity costs, cost savings from product cost reduction efforts and higher selling prices.

Operating expenses grew five percent to $192.0 million or 13.2 percent of sales for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $182.7 million or 14.0 percent of sales for the third quarter of 2014. The increase was driven largely by ongoing investments in research and development, which were partially offset by operating expense leverage from prior year’s infrastructure investments and operating expense control measures.

Income from financial services was $19.1 million during the third quarter 2015, an increase of 12 percent compared to $17.0 million in the third quarter of 2014 due to increased income from the retail credit portfolio and Polaris Acceptance’s dealer inventory financing.

Equity in loss of affiliates was $1.3 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $1.0 million last year, which represents the Company’s portion of the operating results related to the Polaris/Eicher joint venture in India. In the third quarter of 2015, the Company began production and consumer sales of the new jointly developed Multix personal vehicle, specifically designed to satisfy the varied transportation needs of consumers in India.

Non-operating other expense (income), net,which primarily relates to foreign currency exchange-rate movements and the corresponding effects on foreign currency transactions related to the Company’s foreign subsidiaries,was $1.3 million of income in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $0.3 million of expense in the third quarter of 2014.

The provision for income taxes for the third quarter of 2015 was $84.5 million or 35.3 percent of pretax income compared to $77.6 million or 35.5 percent of pretax income for the third quarter of 2014.

Financial Position and Cash Flow
Net cash provided by operating activities was $464.0 million for the year-to-date period ended September 30, 2015, compared to $380.4 million for the same period in 2014. The 22 percent increase in net cash provided by operating activities for the 2015 period was due to increased net income, and improved working capital. The Company repurchased approximately 1.8 million shares of Polaris stock for $247.8 million during the first nine months of 2015. Total debt at the end of the third quarter of 2015, including capital lease obligations and notes payable, was $316.6 million. The Company’s debt-to-total capital ratio was 25 percent at September 30, 2015, compared to 22 percent a year ago. Cash and cash equivalents were $225.3 million at September 30, 2015, up from $169.0 million for the same period in 2014.

Non-GAAP Measure – Constant Currency Reporting
This release and our related earnings call include a discussion of sales growth on a constant currency basis, which is a non-GAAP measure, as well as sales growth on a GAAP basis. For purpose of comparison, sales growth on a constant currency basis uses 2014 exchange rates for the comparative period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends, excluding the impact of translation arising from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Conference Call and Webcast Presentation
Today at 8:00 AM (CDT) Polaris Industries Inc. will host a conference call and webcast to discuss Polaris’ 2015 third quarter earnings results released this morning. The call will be hosted by Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO; Bennett Morgan, President and COO; Ken Pucel, Executive Vice President – Operations, Engineering and LEAN; and Mike Speetzen, Executive Vice President – Finance and CFO. A slide presentation and link to the webcast will be posted on the Polaris Investor Relations website at

To listen to the conference call by phone, dial 877-706-7543 in the U.S. and Canada, or 973-200-3967 internationally. The Conference ID is # 62000527.

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call for a one-week period by accessing the same link on our website, or by dialing 855-859-2056 in the U.S. and Canada, or 404-537-3406 internationally.

About Polaris
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2014 sales of $4.5 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road consumer and military vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory® and Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot® brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global Work and Transportation vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin®, Cycle Country® and Pro Armor® brands.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, including management’s expectations regarding 2015 sales, shipments, net income, and net income per share are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements.Potential risks and uncertainties include such factors as the Company’s ability to successfully implement its manufacturing operations expansion initiatives, product offerings, promotional activities and pricing strategies by competitors; acquisition integration costs; warranty expenses; impact of changes in Polaris stock price on incentive compensation plan costs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; environmental and product safety regulatory activity; effects of weather; commodity costs; uninsured product liability claims; uncertainty in the retail and wholesale credit markets; performance of affiliate partners; changes in tax policy and overall economic conditions, including inflation, consumer confidence and spending and relationships with dealers and suppliers.Investors are also directed to consider other risks and uncertainties discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The Company does not undertake any duty to any person to provide updates to its forward-looking statements.

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(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

 Three months ended September 30,  Nine months ended September 30,
2015  20142015  2014
Sales $ 1,456,000 $ 1,302,343 $ 3,613,672 $ 3,204,648
Cost of sales   1,040,377     914,069     2,584,904     2,253,043  
Gross profit 415,623 388,274 1,028,768 951,605
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 91,169 87,567 240,510 227,315
Research and development 44,432 38,586 124,726 111,083
General and administrative   56,411     56,596     157,898     150,830  
Total operating expenses 192,012 182,749 523,134 489,228
Income from financial services   19,065     17,048     51,345     42,313  
Operating income 242,676 222,573 556,979 504,690
Non-operating expense (income):
Interest expense 2,966 2,835 8,848 8,686
Equity in loss of other affiliates 1,345 1,036 4,716 2,899
Other expense (income), net   (1,345 )   252     8,776     (3,736 )
Income before income taxes 239,710 218,450 534,639 496,841
Provision for income taxes   84,537     77,624     189,960     178,209  
Net income $ 155,173   $ 140,826   $ 344,679   $ 318,632  
Basic net income per share $ 2.35   $ 2.13   $ 5.20   $ 4.82  
Diluted net income per share $ 2.30   $ 2.06   $ 5.09   $ 4.68  
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 65,912 66,261 66,222 66,051
Diluted 67,368 68,328 67,781 68,125


(In Thousands)

 September 30, 2015  September 30, 2014
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 225,264 $ 169,018
Trade receivables, net 176,221 153,839
Inventories, net 674,612 582,193
Prepaid expenses and other 74,166 61,780
Income taxes receivable 10,052 20,423
Deferred tax assets   111,251   93,312
Total current assets 1,271,566 1,080,565
Property and equipment, net 587,935 538,031
Investment in finance affiliate 88,690 71,515
Deferred tax assets 46,271 25,096
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net 232,142 224,443
Other long-term assets   83,467   69,182
Total assets $ 2,310,071 $ 2,008,832
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current Liabilities:
Current portion of debt, capital lease obligations and notes payable $ 4,839 $ 2,809
Accounts payable 381,174 340,606
Accrued expenses:
Compensation 104,336 96,055
Warranties 55,097 51,394
Sales promotions and incentives 145,091 142,195
Dealer holdback 101,261 111,259
Other 83,553 77,765
Income taxes payable   34,269   3,219
Total current liabilities 909,620 825,302
Long term income taxes payable 15,201 12,928
Capital lease obligations and notes payable 34,955 25,214
Long-term debt 276,819 200,000
Deferred tax liabilities 15,913 21,100
Other long-term liabilities   105,280   85,246
Total liabilities $ 1,357,788 $ 1,169,790
Deferred compensation 14,923 16,340
Shareholders’ equity:
Total shareholders’ equity   937,360   822,702
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 2,310,071 $ 2,008,832

(In Thousands)

 Nine months ended September 30,
2015  2014
Operating Activities:
Net income $ 344,679 $ 318,632
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 112,902 91,041
Noncash compensation 53,642 47,207
Noncash income from financial services (21,810 ) (10,778 )
Deferred income taxes (5,280 ) (10,915 )
Tax effect of share-based compensation exercises (34,301 ) (26,169 )
Other, net 4,716 2,899
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables 22,700 30,479
Inventories (112,776 ) (168,727 )
Accounts payable 35,002 102,216
Accrued expenses 13,621 139
Income taxes payable/receivable 54,389 11,110
Prepaid expenses and others, net   (3,482 )   (6,699 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 464,002 380,435
Investing Activities:
Purchase of property and equipment (148,998 ) (146,473 )
Investment in finance affiliate, net 22,227 8,480
Investment in other affiliates (15,337 ) (8,316 )
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired   (27,019 )   (17,199 )
Net cash used for investing activities (169,127 ) (163,508 )
Financing Activities:
Borrowings under debt arrangements / capital lease obligations 2,155,310 1,921,386
Repayments under debt arrangements / capital lease obligations (2,059,711 ) (2,003,422 )
Repurchase and retirement of common shares (247,795 ) (3,970 )
Cash dividends to shareholders (104,808 ) (95,004 )
Proceeds from stock issuances under employee plans 26,672 22,970
Tax effect of proceeds from share-based compensation exercises   34,301     26,169  
Net cash used for financing activities (196,031 ) (131,871 )
Impact of currency exchange rates on cash balances   (11,180 )   (8,286 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 87,664 76,770
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   137,600     92,248  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 225,264   $ 169,018  

Polaris Industries Inc.
Richard Edwards, 763-542-0500


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