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Arctic Cat Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2016 Results


(7/22/2015)

Arctic Cat snowmobile, ATV, side-by-side. St. Cloud plant. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

 

Arctic Cat Fiscal First QTR 2016 Results

* First quarter net sales totaled $134.4 million;

* Net loss $0.08 per diluted share;

* Progress made in 2016 first quarter to reduce dealer inventory levels;

* Company maintains fiscal 2016 outlook

 

Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAT) today reported a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, on net sales of $134.4 millionfor the fiscal 2016 first quarter ended June 30, 2015. In the prior-year quarter, Arctic Catreported net earnings of $3.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, on net sales of $143.6 million.

Commented Christopher Metz, Arctic Cat’s president and chief executive officer: “We made continued progress in the first quarter against our stated goals to reposition the business for growth and clean up the inventory overhang. In particular, we saw encouraging trends in the company’s core North America ATV dealer inventory levels and gained further market share. We remain focused on partnering with our dealers to aggressively reduce non-current inventory and provide marketing support, enabling a return to wholesale and retail growth of new, innovative products.”

Added Metz: “During the first quarter, we implemented initiatives to fuel product innovation and growth, speed organizational change and leverage our efficiency. We are confident that we have the strategy and a talented team to execute. We remain on track with our stated long-range plan.”

The company’s key strategies under new leadership aim to: dramatically improve its dealer network; ramp up end-user focused new products; pursue OEM partnerships and bolt-on acquisitions; and create a brand marketing powerhouse.

 

Operating Review

Arctic Cat’s fiscal 2016 first quarter net sales were down 6 percent to $134.4 million and in line with the company’s expectations versus $143.6 million in the prior-year quarter. Contributing to the 2016 first quarter sales were OEM snowmobile shipments and the Wildcat™ recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) line, led by the Wildcat Trail side-by-side model.

Gross profit and gross profit margin in the 2016 first quarter were approximately $22.6 millionand 16.8 percent, respectively, compared to $30.8 million and 21.4 percent, respectively, in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to anticipated lower sales volumes and foreign currency exchange impact. Approximately $6.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, of the year-over-year reduction in gross profit was due to unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates. Operating loss in the 2016 first quarter was $1.5 million versus operating profit of $5.6 millionin the same quarter last year.

Arctic Cat ended the 2016 first quarter with cash and cash equivalents totaling $20.3 million atJune 30, 2015, compared to $24.3 million a year ago.

 

Business Line Results

ATVs/Side-by-Sides – Sales of Arctic Cat’s ATVs and side-by-side ROVs in the 2016 first quarter totaled $52.9 million, down 17 percent compared to prior-year sales of $63.8 million. While sales of Wildcat ROVs remained strong, core ATV sales decreased as planned, as the company continued to lower core ATV inventory at its North America dealers.

“Exciting new product development plans are on track,” said Metz. “In addition, we will be unveiling key initiatives to our wheeled product dealers at our dealer show in August.”

Snowmobiles – Snowmobile sales in the fiscal 2016 first quarter totaled $58.2 million, up 4 percent versus $56.2 million in the prior-year quarter, chiefly due to the timing of OEM shipments.

Parts, Garments & Accessories – Sales of parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) in the fiscal 2016 first quarter were down 2 percent to $23.3 million versus $23.7 million in the prior-year quarter. In March 2015, Arctic Cat announced it completed the acquisition of privately held MotorFist, LLC, a manufacturer of high-performance technical riding gear. The acquisition complements Arctic Cat’s garment and riding-gear business.

Commented Metz: “The integration of our MotorFist acquisition is proceeding smoothly. We expect sales of MotorFist branded products to contribute to our PG&A business in fiscal 2016.”

 

Fiscal 2016 Full-Year Outlook

Arctic Cat is maintaining its fiscal 2016 full-year guidance. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, Arctic Cat estimates full-year net sales in the range of $690 million to $705 million, assuming an unfavorable foreign currency exchange impact on sales in the range of $12 million to $15 million pre-tax. Arctic Cat expects fiscal 2016 full-year net earnings to increase and be in the range of $0.80 to $0.95 per diluted share, after reflecting unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates. Foreign currency exchange headwinds are estimated to negatively impact gross profit and reduce net earnings in the range of $0.60 to $0.70 per diluted share, which will only partially be offset by the company’s hedging strategy.

Stated Metz: “As we’ve said, our focus over the next year is to rebuild and reposition the company for a return to long-term growth in fiscal 2017 and beyond. To achieve this, a key priority remains rightsizing our core North America ATV dealer inventory levels during fiscal 2016. We believe that we have strong strategic plans to turn the business around. Our strong balance sheet gives us the flexibility to make investments to grow the business through innovative products, strategic and OEM partnerships, and bolt-on acquisitions. Although we face significant challenges in fiscal 2016, including continued foreign currency headwinds, we see tremendous opportunities to improve the company’s operations, expand gross margins and enhance financial performance over time. We are excited about Arctic Cat’s long-term future.”

 

ARCTIC CAT INC.

Financial Highlights

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


 

 

 


 

 






   Three Months Ended   





June 30,





2015



2014

Net Sales








Snowmobile & ATV Units




$

111,105




$

119,978


Parts, Garments & Accessories




 

23,276

 



 

23,661

 

Total Net Sales





134,381





143,639


Cost of Goods Sold








Snowmobile & ATV Units





96,957





97,701


Parts, Garments & Accessories




 

14,862

 



 

15,137

 

Total Cost of Goods Sold




 

111,819

 



 

112,838

 

Gross Profit





22,562





30,801


Operating Expenses








Selling & Marketing





8,955





6,981


Research & Development





6,003





5,346


General & Administrative




 

9,151

 



 

12,904

 

Total Operating Expenses




 

24,109

 



 

25,231

 

Operating Profit (Loss)





(1,547

)




5,570


Other Income (Expense)








Interest Income





-





4


Interest Expense




 

(114

)



 

(40

)

Total Other Expense




 

(114

)



 

(36

)

Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes





(1,661

)




5,534


Income Tax Expense (Benefit)




 

(605

)



 

1,965

 

Net Earnings (Loss)




$

(1,056

)



$

3,569

 

Net Earnings (Loss) Per Share








Basic




$

(0.08

)



$

0.28

 

Diluted




$

(0.08

)



$

0.27

 








 

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:








Basic




 

12,958

 



 

12,896

 

Diluted




 

12,958

 



 

13,082

 












 


 

 

 






June 30,

Selected Balance Sheet Data:

 

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

Cash and Cash Equivalents




 $ 

20,278



 $ 

24,273

Accounts Receivable, net





40,088




33,194

Inventories





169,543




185,264

Total Assets





333,499




320,254

Total Current Liabilities





108,394




122,671

Long-term Debt





30,877




-

Shareholders' Equity





179,501




184,794










 


 

 


 

 





Three Months Ended







June 30,

 

 

 

Product Line Data:

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

Change

Snowmobiles



$

58,231



$

56,152



4

%

All-Terrain Vehicles




52,874




63,826



-17

%

Parts, Garments & Accessories



 

23,276



 

23,661



-2

%

Total Sales



$

134,381



$

143,639



-6

%













 

View source version on businesswire.com:http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150722005238/en/

Source: Arctic Cat Inc.

 

 



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