Thor Profit Slips

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Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) is reporting fiscal second quarter net income of $16.2 million, compared to $19.9 million during the same period the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Bob Martin says he expects the company to make up for the negative impact of recent severe winter weather throughout the rest of the fiscal year.

March 6, 2014

News Release

Elkhart, Ind. -- Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) today announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended January 31, 2014. Highlights of the Company's financial results follow:

•Sales from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $635.3 million, down slightly from $636.6 million in the second quarter last year, due in large part to severe winter weather which adversely affected operations during the quarter.

•Gross profit margins improved to 11.1% in the second quarter compared to 10.6% in the prior year period.

•Net income from continuing operations for the second quarter was $17.2 million, down 9% from $19.0 million in the prior-year second quarter. Including the discontinued operations of Thor's Bus business, net income for the second quarter was $16.2 million, down 19% from $19.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

•Diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations for the second quarter was $0.32, down 11% from $0.36 in the second quarter last year. Including the discontinued operations of Thor's Bus business, diluted EPS for the second quarter was $0.30, down 19% from $0.37 in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

•Sales from continuing operations for the six months ended January 31, 2014 were $1.44 billion, up 3% from $1.40 billion in the prior year.

•Net income from continuing operations for the six months ended January 31, 2014 was $53.6 million, up 12% compared to $47.8 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013. Including discontinued operations, net income for the six months was $57.3 million, up 13% from $50.9 million in the first six months of the prior year.

•Diluted EPS from continuing operations for the six months ended January 31, 2014 was $1.01, up 12% from $0.90 in the first six months of the prior year. Including discontinued operations, diluted EPS for the six months was $1.07, up 11% from $0.96 in the first six months of fiscal 2013.

"Despite the impact of the severe winter weather on our results in the quarter, we remain optimistic about our markets, our long-term strategic goals and our expectations for a year of continued growth in fiscal 2014," said Bob Martin, Thor President and CEO. "As we work through our backlog in both towables and motorized we expect to make up for the second quarter weather delays throughout the remainder of our fiscal year. We are making considerable progress in establishing an appropriate footprint to meet the growing demand for our products, including the recently announced addition of another prime production facility to support our motorized growth. Given the success of early retail shows and the strength of our dealer base, our expanded production infrastructure will be helpful as we work to meet peak seasonal demand over the next two quarters," he added.

Second Quarter Segment Highlights:

•Towable RV sales were $472.5 million for the second quarter, down 10% from $522.8 million in the prior year period. Towable RV income before tax was $18.9 million, down 21% from $24.1 million in the second quarter last year, primarily as a result of the decrease in sales.

•Motorized RV sales were $162.8 million for the second quarter, up 43% from $113.8 million in the prior year second quarter. Motorized RV income before tax was $11.2 million, up 63% from $6.9 million last year, which was driven primarily by increased sales volumes.

•Consolidated backlog on January 31, 2014 was $845.2 million, up 37% from $616.6 million at the end of the second quarter last year. Towable RV backlog increased 34% to $501.9 million, compared to $375.4 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Motorized RV backlog increased 42% to $343.3 million from $241.2 million a year earlier.

"Although second quarter sales were somewhat lower than a year ago, Thor's gross margins expanded during the quarter even in the face of the disruption associated with the harsh winter weather, reflecting our ongoing efforts to improve profitability," said Peter B. Orthwein, Thor Executive Chairman. "We remain committed to driving our top-line growth while balancing the need to control costs and improve operating efficiency as keys to our success. With strong demographics supporting growth in our markets, innovative new products to meet consumer demand, enhanced infrastructure to drive production and a robust dealer base, we are optimistic about our prospects for the remainder of the fiscal year."

About Thor Industries, Inc.

Thor is the sole owner of operating subsidiaries that, combined, represent one of the world's largest manufacturers of recreational vehicles.

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Source: Thor Industries Inc.