Thor Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2011 Sales, Net Income, E.P.S.

JACKSON CENTER, Ohio, Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) announced results for the first quarter ended October 31, 2010.  Sales for the quarter were $606,684,000, up 21% from $502,552,000 last year.  After expenses including those related to the acquisition of Heartland RV on September 16, 2010, net income for the quarter was $23,688,000, up 1% from $23,429,000 last year.  E.P.S. for the quarter were $0.44 versus $0.42 last year.  

RV sales in the quarter were $506,563,000, up 30% from $389,929,000 last year.  Towable RV sales in the quarter were $422,449,000, up 23% from $342,136,000 last year.  Towable RV sales for the quarter ended October 31, 2010 include $50,119,000 of sales from Heartland RV.  Motorized RV sales in the quarter were $84,114,000, up 76% from $47,793,000 last year.  Bus segment sales in the quarter were $100,121,000, down 11% from $112,623,000 last year.  

RV income before tax in the quarter was $34,104,000, up 8% from $31,642,000 last year.  Towable RV income before tax in the quarter was $33,100,000 up 5% from $31,540,000 last year.  Motorized RV income before tax in the quarter was $1,004,000, up significantly from $102,000 last year.  Bus segment income before tax in the quarter was $9,419,000, up 12% from $8,380,000 last year.  Corporate net costs were $9,737,000 in the quarter versus $2,769,000 last year and included legal and professional expenses related to the acquisition of Heartland RV and the company's ongoing SEC review totaling $3,503,000.  In the towable RV segment, margins were adversely impacted by purchase accounting costs related to the Heartland acquisition, including expensing of inventory step-up costs, amortization of Heartland's backlog, and amortization of certain intangible assets totaling $2,477,000.  In the motorized RV segment, the company incurred a trademark impairment charge of  $2,036,000 related to the combination of its Thor Motor Coach operations. Bus segment margins were positively impacted by a gain on involuntary conversion related to property and business interruption insurance.  Thor's lower tax rate in the quarter reflects a favorable state tax settlement.

"In the first quarter Thor invested heavily in growth and future profitability through the acquisition of Heartland RV, capital expenditures of approximately $16,500,000, and development of exciting new products which will be shown at this week's RVIA Expo in Louisville, KY," said Peter B. Orthwein, Thor chairman.  "Beyond the costs related to Thor's acquisition of Heartland RV, gross margins were impacted by increased discounting as dealers remained cautious entering the slowest season of the year.  Thor's retail RV sales continue to be strong which is encouraging," he added.

Thor is the world's largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

THOR INDUSTRIES, INC.

STATEMENT OF INCOME FOR THE 3 MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2010 and 2009

($000 except per share - unaudited)

3 MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 31



 2010


%


2009

%

Net sales


$       606,684




$          502,552












Gross profit


$         76,578


12.6%


$            69,771

13.9%











Selling, general and administrative

$         44,891


7.4%


$            34,767

6.9%











Amortization of intangibles

$           2,075


0.3%


$                   91

0.0%











Impairment of trademarks

$           2,036


0.3%


$                      -

0.0%











Interest income (net)

$              953


0.2%


$              1,571

0.3%











Gain on involuntary conversion

$           4,802


0.8%


$                      -

0.0%











Other income


$              455


0.1%


$                 769

0.2%











Income before taxes

$         33,786


5.6%


$            37,253

7.4%











Taxes


$         10,098


1.7%


$            13,824

2.8%











Net income


$         23,688


3.9%


$            23,429

4.7%











 E.P.S. - basic


44¢




42¢


 E.P.S. - diluted


44¢




42¢












Avg. common shares outstanding-basic

53,621,890




55,436,924


Avg. common shares outstanding-diluted

53,708,104




55,516,772







SUMMARY BALANCE SHEETS - OCTOBER 31, ($000) (unaudited)

















2010


2009





2010


2009


Cash and equivalents

$       141,747


$ 223,202


Current liabilities


$    245,849


$ 219,599


Investments, short term

-


92,200


Other liabilities


82,583


62,561


Accounts receivable

140,323


134,706


Stockholders' equity


767,686


696,960


Inventories


181,100


134,029









Deferred income tax and other

47,488


48,897









Total current assets

510,658


633,034









Fixed assets

161,273


139,949









Long term investments

3,390


13,334









Goodwill


245,766


148,411









Other intangible assets

134,873


13,862









Other assets

40,158


30,530









Total


$    1,096,118


$ 979,120





$ 1,096,118


$ 979,120



This release includes certain statements that are "forward looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward looking statements involve uncertainties and risks. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ from our expectations. Factors which could cause materially different results include, among others, additional issues that may arise in connection with the findings of the completed investigation by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Thor Industries, Inc. (the "Company") and the SEC's requests for additional information and the discussion of possible settlement with the SEC relating to the matters raised by the Audit Committee's investigation, fuel prices, fuel availability, lower consumer confidence, interest rate increases, tight lending practices, increased material costs, the success of new product introductions, the pace of acquisitions, cost structure improvements, the impact of auction market failures on our liquidity, competition and general economic conditions and the other risks and uncertainties discussed more fully in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2010  and Part II, Item 1A of the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended October 31, 2010. 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 change 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.

SOURCE Thor Industries, Inc.

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