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|Winnebago Industries Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 Results|
-- Gross Margins for Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year up 90 Basis Points --
FOREST CITY, IOWA, October 13, 2016 - Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading United States recreation vehicle manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company's fourth quarter and full year Fiscal 2016, less than two weeks after announcing it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Grand Design, a leading Towables RV manufacturer.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results
Fourth-quarter Fiscal 2016 consolidated revenues improved year over year due primarily to higher shipments of 3.0% in motorized units and 57.5% in towables. Current quarter revenues were impacted negatively by $5.4 million as the Company exited the sale of aluminum extrusions to customers during the year.
Fourth-quarter gross margin improved year over year, primarily due to lower raw material costs resulting from the Company's strategic sourcing initiative, as well as favorable product mix and lower warranty expense.
President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Happe commented, "Fourth-quarter revenues increased year over year, driven by continued strong growth in our towables business as well as modest improvement in motorized shipments. Importantly, income and gross margin also grew, due in part to our comprehensive strategic sourcing initiatives, a solid increase in labor efficiencies and lower warranty expense. Our towables business continues to be one of the primary performance drivers, as shipments and retail registrations both outperform the market, thanks to several new products and increased dealer outlets. The motorized team drove a higher level of manufacturing output while also working hard to deliver more consistent levels of product quality. I want to thank all the employees at Winnebago for their dedication in Fiscal 2016 and commitment to exceeding our customers' expectations in the future."
Full Year Fiscal 2016 Results
On a year over year basis the towable business experienced substantial increases in retail registrations which were up over 35%. The motorized retail growth rate was essentially flat during Fiscal 2016 compared to Fiscal 2015.
Mr. Happe continued, "We look to Fiscal 2017 as an important year in the evolution of Winnebago. We are just beginning on our journey to drive operational excellence in our manufacturing and supply value chain and instill a stronger performance culture still very much focused on our customers. The Elkhart Open House Event for dealers last month started our Fiscal year on a positive note as we materially improved our motorhome order backlog and validated momentum in the towables business. The excitement was compounded last week as we announced that we have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Grand Design, one of the fastest growing and most profitable manufacturers in our industry. We have much work to do, but the future looks positive."
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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, any unexpected expenses related to ERP, risks relating to the consummation of our acquisition of Grand Design including, the possibility that the closing conditions to the contemplated transaction may not be satisfied or waived, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant a necessary regulatory approval; delay in closing the transaction or the possibility of non-consummation of the transaction; the potential for regulatory authorities to require divestitures in connection with the proposed transaction, the failure to consummate the debt transactions contemplated by the transaction with Grand Design, the possibility that we might have to pay a $35 million termination fee to Grand Design or additional damages for failing to close the transaction; the occurrence of any event that could give rise to termination of the agreement; the risk that shareholder litigation in connection with the contemplated transaction may affect the timing or occurrence of the contemplated transaction or result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability; risks inherent in the achievement of cost synergies and the timing thereof; risks related to the disruption of the transaction to Winnebago and Grand Design and its management; the effect of announcement of the transaction on Grand Design's ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and other third parties, risks related to integration of the two companies 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.