Harley-Davidson reported a strong fourth quarter, exceeding analysts’ expectations to cap off a positive 2021, the first under the company’s Hardwire plan.
The fourth quarter revenues totaling $1.02 billion, a 40% increase compared to the $725 million reported in the same quarter of 2020. That resulted in a net income of $22 million, compared to a net loss of $96 million in Q4 2020. For the year, Harley-Davidson reported a 2021 net profit of $650 million compared to a profit of $1 million in 2020.
The full press release is posted below, but there were a few interesting items discussed in the earnings call that are worth noting.
Begin Press Release
Harley-Davidson, Inc. (“Harley-Davidson”) (NYSE:HOG) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2021 results.
“Harley-Davidson delivered a strong finish to the year, in which we have seen proof points on all elements of our Hardwire Strategy,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson. “Looking ahead, we are fully committed to achieving our long-term Hardwire Strategy, as the most desirable motorcycle brand and company in the world.”
2021 Highlights and Results
Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights and Results
2022 Financial Outlook
For the full year 2022, the company expects:
The outlook assumes that supply chain challenges improve in the second half of the year.
The company’s cash allocation priorities are to fund growth through The Hardwire initiatives, pay dividends, and execute discretionary share repurchases.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results
|Harley-Davidson, Inc. Consolidated Financial Results||nm – not meaningful|
|$ in millions (except EPS)||4th quarter||Full Year|
|Net Income (Loss)||$22||($96)||nm||$650||$1||nm|
|GAAP Diluted EPS||$0.14||($0.63)||nm||$4.19||$0.01||nm|
|Adjusted Diluted EPS||$0.15||($0.46)||nm||$4.21||$0.63||nm|
Consolidated revenue was up 40 percent in the fourth quarter and up 32 percent for the full year over 2020, driven by growth in HDMC revenue resulting from stronger unit sales and mix. Consolidated net income in the fourth quarter reflects HDFS operating income offsetting HDMC operating losses in the seasonally slow quarter. Consolidated net income for the full year was driven by significant operating income improvement with strong results at both HDMC and HDFS.
|HDMC Results||nm – not meaningful|
|$ in millions||4th quarter||Full Year|
|Motorcycle Shipments (thousands)||29.1||20.9||39%||188.5||145.2||30%|
|Parts & Accessories||$165||$146||13%||$742||$660||13%|
|Gross Margin||19.5%||21.6%||(2.1) pts.||28.6%||25.4%||3.2 pts.|
|Operating (Loss) Income||($102)||($196)||nm||$409||($186)||nm|
Revenue from HDMC was up significantly during the fourth quarter of 2021 primarily driven by a 39 percent increase in wholesale shipments, favorable motorcycle unit mix resulting from our Hardwire actions and pricing in the U.S. market. Parts & Accessories fourth quarter revenue was up 13 percent while General Merchandise was up 46 percent over Q4 2020, as both businesses were favorably impacted by increased wholesale shipments and refreshed product offerings.
Fourth quarter gross margin was down 2 percentage points to Q4 prior year as stronger units and pricing were offset by negative cost headwinds across the supply chain and higher additional EU tariffs (1.3 percentage point impact). Q4 operating margin was improved versus prior year due to lower operating expenses and heavier restructuring charges in the prior Q4.
|Harley-Davidson Retail Motorcycle Sales|
|Motorcycles (thousands)||4th quarter||Full Year|
Global retail motorcycle sales in the fourth quarter were up 2 percent versus prior year, driven by a robust performance in North America offset by declines across international markets. International results were the result of strategic decisions made as part of the Rewire and Hardwire Strategic Plan, including the exit of unprofitable product segments and markets, as well as macro supply chain challenges, including slower shipping times to the international markets.
|$ in millions||4th quarter||Full Year|
HDFS operating income growth of $18 million over Q4 2020 was driven by lower interest expense and lower restructuring costs, partially offset by higher provision for credit losses.
Update on LiveWire Transaction
On December 13, 2021, Harley-Davidson and AEA-Bridges Impact Corp. (“ABIC”) (NYSE: IMPX), a special purpose acquisition company with a dedicated sustainability focus, sponsored by executives of AEA Investors and Bridges Fund Management, announced a definitive business combination agreement under which ABIC will combine with LiveWire, Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle division, to create a new publicly traded company. Its common stock is expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “LVW”.
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022 and is subject to the approval of ABIC shareholders and other customary closing conditions.
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