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Arctic Cat Q3 2011 Financial Report


(1/27/2011)

Arctic Cat Reports Fiscal 2011 Third Quarter Results

Quarterly EPS $0.50 versus $0.14 in prior-year quarter on net sales growth of 16%;
Third quarter operating profit rose to $12.2 million from $0.6 million;
Company again raises FY11 annual earnings guidance

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan 27, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAT) today reported net earnings of $9.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, on net sales of $152.0 million for the fiscal 2011 third quarter ended December 31, 2010. Arctic Cat reported net earnings in the prior-year third quarter of $2.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, on net sales of $131.0 million.

For the nine months ended December 31, 2010, Arctic Cat's net earnings were $22.6 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, on net sales of $391.2 million. In the first nine months of last fiscal year, the company reported net earnings of $11.4 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, on net sales of $366.7 million.

Commented Arctic Cat's president and chief executive officer Claude Jordan: "We are very pleased with the company's strong third-quarter and year-to-date performance. Our results were fueled by higher sales across all product lines, including double-digit gains in our snowmobile business. The combination of increased volume, product mix, product cost-reduction efforts, higher selling prices and a continued focus on efficiency led to another quarter of significantly improved gross margins and profitability."

Among the highlights of Arctic Cat's 2011 third quarter and year-to-date financial results versus the same periods last year:

-Gross margins improved 430 basis points in the quarter and 370 basis points year to date;

-Operating profit for the quarter rose to $12.2 million from $0.6 million, and year to date increased to $32.7 million from $13.9 million;

-Factory inventory declined 27 percent to $77.2 million from $106.3 million;

-Total cash and short-term investments rose to $107.1 million from $50.4 million; and

-The company has no short- or long-term debt.

"We are excited by the traction and momentum we've achieved year to date," said Jordan. "We continued to successfully execute against our objectives to reduce dealer and factory inventory, improve gross margins and keep operating expenses flat as a percent of sales."

Business Line Results

Snowmobile sales grew 33 percent to $77.8 million in the third quarter compared to $58.7 million in the prior-year quarter, led by increases in both North American dealer sales and international sales to distributors. Year-to-date snowmobile sales increased 15 percent to $186.5 million versus $162.3 million in the same period last year, led by higher international sales to distributors.

All-terrain vehicle (ATV) sales rose 1 percent to $48.6 million in the third quarter versus $48.2 million in the prior-year quarter, chiefly driven by sales of the company's new Prowler HDX heavy duty utility vehicle. During the quarter, Arctic Cat announced the launch of three all-new 2011 ATV models: the full-featured, value-priced 350 4X4 automatic; the valued-priced 425 EFI 4X4 automatic; and the XC450i 4X4, a crossover model for consumers seeking four-wheel-drive capabilities in a sport ATV. Arctic Cat's year-to-date ATV sales were up 1 percent to $133.0 million compared to $132.1 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2010.

Sales of parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) in the third quarter grew 6 percent to $25.6 million versus $24.2 million in the prior-year quarter, primarily driven by stronger garments sales including the new Drift garment line. Year-to-date PG&A sales totaled $71.7 million, down 1 percent from $72.3 million in the year-ago period.

Outlook

"We remain confident that the company is on track to deliver improved operating results, increased profitability and enhanced shareholder value again this fiscal year," Jordan said.

Arctic Cat is focused on improving its profitability in a continued low-demand recreational vehicle market, which remains well below pre-recession industry sales levels. The company's fiscal 2011 outlook includes the following assumptions: ATV industry retail sales declining approximately 15 to 20 percent; snowmobile industry retail sales increasing 5 to 10 percent; Arctic Cat dealer inventories declining 20 to 30 percent; improving gross margins between 200 to 300 basis points; achieving flat to slightly down operating expense levels as a percent of sales; increasing cash flow from operations; and ending the year with more cash on the balance sheet.

Based on its year-to-date results and expectations of future performance, Arctic Cat is raising and narrowing its estimated full-year earnings for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2011. The company now anticipates that fiscal 2011 earnings will be in the range of $0.57 to $0.65 per diluted share, driven by increased international revenue, as well as higher gross margins resulting from higher volume, product mix and cost reduction efforts. The company's previous guidance anticipated fiscal 2011 earnings of $0.40 to $0.55 per diluted share. The company continues to estimate fiscal 2011 net sales of $453 million to $463 million.


ARCTIC CAT INC.

Financial Highlights

(000s omitted, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)








Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended


December 31,
December 31,


2010
2009
2010
2009
Net Sales







Snowmobile & ATV Units
$ 126,381

$ 106,879

$ 319,485

$ 294,433
Parts Garments & Accessories

25,595


24,161


71,709


72,277
Total Net Sales

151,976


131,040


391,194


366,710
Cost of Goods Sold







Snowmobile & ATV Units

104,723


95,025


254,252


249,115
Parts Garments & Accessories

14,521


13,434


42,193


42,255
Cost of Goods Sold

119,244


108,459


296,445


291,370
Gross Profit

32,732


22,581


94,749


75,340
Operating Expenses







Selling & Marketing

8,502


8,941


24,973


24,982
Research & Development

3,418


2,979


9,828


9,177
General & Administrative

8,595


10,037


27,255


27,323
Total Operating Expenses

20,515


21,957


62,056


61,482
Operating Profit

12,217


624


32,693


13,858
Other Income (Expense)







Interest Income

28


--


72


4
Interest Expense

(1 )

(2 )

(11 )

(249 )
Total Other Income (Expense)

27


(2 )

61


(245 )
Earnings Before Income Taxes

12,244


622


32,754


13,613
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

2,982


(1,980 )

10,161


2,178
Net Earnings
$ 9,262

$ 2,602

$ 22,593

$ 11,435
Net Earnings Per Share







Basic
$ 0.51

$ 0.14

$ 1.24

$ 0.63
Diluted
$ 0.50

$ 0.14

$ 1.22

$ 0.63
Weighted Average Shares







Outstanding:







Basic

18,236


18,228


18,214


18,217
Diluted

18,644


18,297


18,484


18,249
























December 31,
Selected Balance Sheet Data:

2010

2009
Cash and Short-term Investments

$ 107,070

$ 50,356
Accounts Receivable, net


50,301


43,008
Inventories


77,150


106,264
Total Assets


296,505


267,077
Short-term Bank Borrowings


0


0
Total Current Liabilities


102,984


82,788
Long-term Debt


0


0
Shareholders' Equity


190,953


179,710
















Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



December 31


December 31

Product Line Data:



2010



2009


Change



2010



2009


Change

Snowmobiles
$ 77,822
$ 58,665
33%
$ 186,452
$ 162,321
15%
All-terrain Vehicles

48,559

48,214
1%

133,033

132,112
1%
Parts, Garments & Accessories

25,595

24,161
6%

71,709

72,277
-1%
Total Sales
$ 151,976
$ 131,040
16%
$ 391,194
$ 366,710
7%

SOURCE: Arctic Cat Inc.



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