MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAT) today reported net earnings of $11.2 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, on net sales of $211.2 million for the fiscal 2016 second quarter ended September 30, 2015. In the prior-year quarter, Arctic Cat reported net earnings of $15.4 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, on net sales of $262.5 million.
Christopher Metz, Arctic Cat’s president and chief executive officer, stated: “The company executed well in the second quarter on our strategies to reposition the business for a return to growth in fiscal 2017 and beyond. However, sales and earnings in the quarter were dampened by a greater than anticipated Canadian currency exchange impact and a softer ATV/ROV retail market industry-wide.”
Commenting further, Metz said: “During the second quarter, we introduced new ATV/ROV products to dealers in August and unveiled exciting product and marketing initiatives, including our exclusive partnership with racer Robby Gordon and his SPEED brand. Under this agreement, we will bring innovative side-by-side and accessory products to market.
“Additionally, our effort to rightsize our core North America ATV dealer inventory is on track through the first six months of this fiscal year. The significant reductions we achieved in the first quarter allowed us to introduce new products in the second quarter without increasing overall inventory levels. We remain committed to further reducing non-current inventory to enable a return to wholesale and retail growth of new products next fiscal year.”
The company’s key strategies to reinvigorate growth under new management include: dramatically improving Arctic Cat’s dealer network; ramping up end-user focused new products; pursuing OEM partnerships and bolt-on acquisitions; and creating a brand marketing powerhouse.
Arctic Cat’s fiscal 2016 second-quarter net sales of $211.2 million were down 19.6 percent compared to strong prior-year sales of $262.5 million. Unfavorable foreign currency exchange reduced net sales by approximately 6.7 percent. Slightly higher sales in the ATV/ROV segment during the quarter primarily were driven by demand for Wildcat™ side-by-sides; this was not enough to offset lower sales of snowmobiles, and parts, garments and accessories.
Gross profit and gross profit margin in the fiscal 2016 second quarter were approximately $43.9 million and 20.8 percent, respectively, compared to $55.1 million and 21.0 percent, respectively, in the prior-year quarter, resulting mainly from lower sales volumes and foreign currency exchange impact. Approximately $14.1 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, of the year-over-year reduction in gross profit was due to unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates. Operating profit in the 2016 second quarter was $18.7 million versus operating profit of $24.1 million in the same quarter last year.
Arctic Cat ended the fiscal 2016 second quarter with cash and cash equivalents totaling $10.7 million, as planned, compared to $24.0 million a year ago. The company continued to make investments in the business to lay the foundation for future growth and improve efficiency.
For the six months ended September 30, 2015, Arctic Cat’s net earnings were $10.1 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to $19.0 million, or $1.45 per diluted share, in the prior-year period. Year to date, the company’s net sales totaled $345.5 million versus $406.1 million in the year-ago first six months.
Business Line Results
ATVs/Side-by-Sides – Sales of Arctic Cat’s all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side recreational off-road vehicles (ROVs) in the fiscal 2016 second quarter totaled $70.8 million, up 1.7 percent compared to prior-year sales of $69.6 million. Contributing to the wholesale sales in the quarter were Wildcat side-by-sides. The company continued to curtail wholesale shipments of core ATV models to support its efforts to reduce core ATV inventory at its North America dealers.
At its dealer show in August, Arctic Cat introduced the SPEED® brand of race-inspired accessories for side-by-sides, as part of the company’s partnership with Robby Gordon and Todd Romano to co-develop innovative, industry-leading side-by-side products and accessories. Under the agreement, Gordon and Romano are providing research and development consulting on technologies for new Wildcat racing vehicles and high-performance SPEED branded accessories. The company also unveiled its first wave of 2016 model year off-road vehicles. The 2016 lineup features seven all-new products, including four Special Edition models built in limited quantities, powered-up Wildcat Sport models and the introduction of the new Alterra™ ATV brand.
“We are executing against aggressive new product development plans,” said Metz. “Our collaboration with Robby and Todd on the SPEED brand reflects Arctic Cat’s commitment to the high-performance, off-road vehicle market with Wildcat side-by-sides and accessories. Our new 2016 side-by-sides and ATV models are just the beginning of the innovation that we intend to bring to market, as we strive to create the ultimate off-road riding experience.”
Snowmobiles – Snowmobile sales in the fiscal 2016 second quarter totaled $109.9 million, down 30.3 percent versus $157.8 million in the prior-year quarter, chiefly stemming from lower international sales to Russia, unfavorable foreign currency exchange and lack of snow in key regions last year. Year-to-date snowmobile sales are on plan to meet the company’s full-year expectations.
In September, the company previewed a prototype single-ski snow vehicle, named the Arctic Cat SVX™ 450, at the 2015 Haydays Grass Drags.
“We are pleased to develop the industry’s first-ever, purpose-built OEM snow bike,” said Metz. “Snow biking is a growing sport across western North America. Our patented SVX 450 snow bike is designed to provide an exciting new riding experience for a category of riders who want the lightest, most affordable vehicle for mountain riding. We look forward to officially introducing our snow bike in the future. This is another example of Arctic Cat’s focus on innovation.”
Parts, Garments & Accessories – Sales of parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) in the fiscal 2016 second quarter were down 13.2 percent to $30.5 million versus $35.1 million in the prior-year quarter. The decline is primarily attributable to unfavorable foreign currency exchange and the timing of shipments, as the company changed its ATV/ROV PG&A preseason dealer order program at its August 2015 dealer show from one order, which created a single large shipment in the second quarter, to three order and shipment windows. The result of this change lowered PG&A shipments in the 2016 second quarter versus the prior year, but is expected to more evenly spread out the timing of shipments. Arctic Cat anticipates modest growth in its PG&A business this fiscal year, chiefly fueled by contributions from MotorFist® brand high-performance snow garments.
Fiscal 2016 Full-Year Outlook
Commented Metz: “In this rebuilding year, we are addressing many near-term challenges and we are making significant progress against our strategic plans. However, due to the intensifying impact of unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates, we are lowering our fiscal 2016 full-year revenue and earnings outlook.”
For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, Arctic Cat now estimates full-year net sales in the range of $665 million to $675 million, with a greater unfavorable foreign currency exchange impact in the range of $27 million to $30 million pre-tax. Arctic Cat now expects fiscal 2016 full-year net earnings to be in the range of $0.05 to $0.15 per diluted share, again reflecting unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates, particularly the Canadian dollar as approximately 30 percent of Arctic Cat’s annual sales are to Canada. Foreign currency exchange headwinds are estimated to negatively impact gross profit and reduce net earnings in the range of $1.25 to $1.39 per diluted share when compared to 2015, which will be only partially offset by the company’s hedging strategy.
Previously, the company estimated full-year net sales for fiscal 2016 in the range of $690 million to $705 million, with an unfavorable foreign currency exchange impact on sales in the range of $12 million to $15 million. At that time, Arctic Cat expected fiscal 2016 full-year net earnings to be in the range of $0.80 to $0.95 per diluted share, after factoring in negative foreign currency exchange impact on gross profit and reduced net earnings in the range of $0.60 to $0.70 per diluted share.
Stated Metz: “We are confident in our strategic plans to turn the business around. While we face ongoing challenges over the next few quarters, 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 remain excited about Arctic Cat’s long-term future.”
A conference call is scheduled for 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET) today. To listen to the live call, dial 1-888-572-7025, passcode 1948192. A telephone replay will be available through Thursday, October 29, 2015, by dialing 1-888-203-1112, passcode 1948192. To access the live webcast or webcast replay, go to www.arcticcat.com, investors, and click on the webcast icon.
About Arctic Cat
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc. is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.” More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.arcticcat.com.
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for certain forward-looking statements. The company’s Annual Report, as well as the Report on Form 10-K, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company’s press releases and oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer, contain forward-looking statements that reflect the company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated. The words “aim,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate” and other expressions that indicate future events and trends identify forward-looking statements including statements related to our fiscal 2016 outlook, business strategy, performance opportunities, expected inventory reductions, product introductions and demand, and the impact of foreign currency exchange rates. Actual future results and trends may differ materially from historical results or those anticipated depending on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to those set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2015, under heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” The company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
|ARCTIC CAT INC.|
|($ in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|(Unaudited and subject to reclassification)|
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Statements of Operations:||2015||2014||2015||2014|
|Snowmobile and ATV/ROV units||$||180,676||$||227,382||$||291,781||$||347,360|
|Parts, Garments and Accessories||30,481||35,097||53,757||58,758|
|Total Net Sales||211,157||262,479||345,538||406,118|
|Cost of Goods Sold|
|Snowmobile and ATV/ROV units||147,739||185,064||244,696||282,765|
|Parts, Garments and Accessories||19,500||22,334||34,362||37,471|
|Total Cost of Goods Sold||167,239||207,398||279,058||320,236|
|Selling and Marketing||11,842||12,074||20,797||19,055|
|Research and Development||6,222||6,621||12,225||11,967|
|General and Administrative||7,202||12,325||16,353||25,229|
|Total Operating Expenses||25,266||31,020||49,375||56,251|
|Other Income (Expense)|
|Total Other Expense||(382||)||(203||)||(496||)||(239||)|
|Earnings Before Income Taxes||18,270||23,858||16,609||29,392|
|Income Tax Expense||7,099||8,469||6,494||10,434|
|Net Earnings Per Share|
|Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:|
|Selected Balance Sheet Data:||2015||2014|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$||10,713||$||24,022|
|Accounts Receivable, net||68,225||104,710|
|Total Current Liabilities||131,182||166,595|
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Product Line Data:||2015||2014||Change||2015||2014||Change|
|Parts, Garments and Accessories||30,481||35,097||(13.2||)%||53,757||58,758||(8.5||)%|
|Total Net Sales||$||211,157||$||262,479||(19.6||)%||$||345,538||$||406,118||(14.9||)%|