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|Winnebago Industries Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2014 Results|
Full-Year Revenues Increased 18% and Earnings Per Share Increased 45%
FOREST CITY, IOWA, October 16, 2014 - Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading United States recreation vehicle manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company's fourth quarter and Fiscal 2014.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results
Fourth quarter earnings improved year over year primarily as a result of higher motorhome unit sales, a significant improvement in towables profitability and operating expense leverage. Motorhome revenue grew 15.0% driven by motorhome unit growth of 25.1%, partially offset by lower motorhome average selling prices (ASP) of 8.4% as a result of product mix. Towables operating income improved by $1.4 million and was positively impacted by towables revenue growth of 8.6%, comprised of a 9.9% improvement in ASP and a 0.8% increase in units.
Operating expenses as a percentage of revenues were favorably leveraged during the quarter and contributed 50 basis points to the improvement in operating income margin.
Compared to the same periods of last year, the Company's motorhome retail registrations increased 17% in the Fiscal 2014 fourth quarter and 28% on a rolling 12-month basis, based on internally reported retail information.
Full-Year Fiscal 2014 Results
Reinstatement of Quarterly Cash Dividend
Chief Financial Officer Sarah Nielsen added, "We generated $13.0 million in operating cash flow during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014 primarily as a result of improved profitability. We did experience an increase in receivables of $13.4 million in the fourth quarter due to a greater level of units in transit, however, this was offset by non-cash expenses and other changes in working capital. With no debt and nearly $58 million in cash, our balance sheet is very strong, supporting future growth opportunities as well as potential stock repurchases and our recently announced quarterly cash dividend."
About Winnebago Industries
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements, including, but not limited to increases in interest rates, availability of credit, low consumer confidence, availability of labor, significant increase in repurchase obligations, inadequate liquidity or capital resources, availability and price of fuel, a slowdown in the economy, increased material and component costs, availability of chassis and other key component parts, sales order cancellations, slower than anticipated sales of new or existing products, new product introductions by competitors, the effect of global tensions, integration of operations relating to mergers and acquisitions activities and other factors. Additional information concerning certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from that projected or suggested is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the last 12 months, copies of which are available from the SEC or from the Company upon request. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward looking statements contained in this release or to reflect any changes in the Company's expectations after the date of this release or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based, except as required by law.