Winnebago Financial Results on the Upswing
Winnebago Industries Inc. today (Oct. 11) reported financial results for the company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012.
According to a news release, revenues for the fourth quarter ended Aug. 25 were $162.5 million, an increase of 24.5%, versus $130.5 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2011. Included within consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2012 was $15.8 million associated with towable products, compared to $7.8 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2011.
The company reported an operating income of $6.5 million for the quarter, versus $1.8 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2011. Net income for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2012 was $40.9 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, versus $3.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2011.
A tax benefit was recorded in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2012 due to a $36.9 million reduction in the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets that was established in Fiscal 2009. Excluding the non-cash tax benefit of the reduction in valuation allowance, net income for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2012 was $4.0 million or $0.14 per diluted share.
The fourth quarter of Fiscal 2012 as compared to the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2011 was positively impacted by increased motorhome deliveries and improved gross margins due to better fixed cost absorption.
Revenues for Fiscal 2012 were $581.7 million, an increase of 17.2%, versus revenues of $496.4 million for Fiscal 2011. Included within consolidated revenues was $56.8 million associated with towable products, compared to $16.7 million for Fiscal 2011.
The company reported operating income of $9.5 million for Fiscal 2012, versus $11.3 million for Fiscal 2011. Net income for Fiscal 2012 was $45.0 million, or $1.54 per diluted share, versus $11.8 million, or $0.41 per diluted share for Fiscal 2011.
A tax benefit was recorded in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2012 due to a $37.7 million reduction in the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets. Excluding the impact of the non-cash tax benefit of the reduction in valuation allowance, net income for Fiscal 2012 was $7.3 million or $0.25 per diluted share.
Revenues were higher for Fiscal 2012 as compared to Fiscal 2011 with increased motorhome and towable deliveries and increased average selling prices for all RV products due to the mix of higher priced products delivered.
Operating income for Fiscal 2012 was lower as compared to the prior period most notably due to increased inflationary pressures and higher discounts incurred during the first half of Fiscal 2012 and the fact that Fiscal 2011 results included a $3.5 million pre-tax benefit from the results of an annual physical inventory of work-in-process, due to lower actual inventory scrap and production loss.
“We were pleased with the results for the fourth quarter,” said Winnebago Industries’ Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts, “particularly as they related to our motorhome business. Our new value priced Winnebago Vista and Itasca Sunstar 26HE models introduced to our dealers at the Dealer Days event in May have been very popular in the marketplace and contributed to the increased demand in our fourth quarter, along with the continued success of our Class A and C diesel products.”
“The dramatic increase in our sales order backlog reflects the positive dealer response to our new 2013 model year products,” said Potts. “As a result of the improved demand, we ramped up production throughout the fourth quarter. We will continue to increase production during Fiscal 2013 to meet the growing demand for our products.”
During the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2012, the company repurchased 592,000 shares of the company’s common stock for $6.3 million at an average price of $10.57. “We believe the timing was right to repurchase shares and in the best interest of our shareholders, allowing us to enhance shareholder value this past quarter,” said Sarah Nielsen, Winnebago Industries’ vice president and CFO.
On a forward-looking basis, Fiscal 2013 is a 53-week year and includes a 14-week first quarter.