Thor Touts Record Numbers

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Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. is reporting fiscal fourth quarter net income of $66.8 million, up from $55.2 million during the same period the previous year. The company says fiscal 2014 sales hit a record of more than $3.5 billion.

September 26, 2014

News Release

Elkhart, Ind. -- Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) today announced record financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2014.

Fourth Quarter Highlights:

Sales from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 were a record $1.04 billion, up 14% from $914.0 million in the fourth quarter last year, as sales of both towable and motorized RVs posted double-digit growth.

Gross profit margins decreased to 14.6% in the fourth quarter compared to 15.3% in the prior year period, due in part to the effects of the ongoing tight labor market in northern Indiana, changes in product mix, the ramp-up of production at the

Company's new motorized facilities and a one-time inventory valuation adjustment of approximately $0.8 million related to the purchase accounting for the acquisition of KZ during the fourth quarter.

Net income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $66.8 million, up 21% from $55.2 million in the prior-year fourth quarter. Including the discontinued operations of Thor's Bus business, net income for the fourth quarter was $66.6 million, up 14% from $58.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $1.25, up 20% from $1.04 in the fourth quarter last year. Including the discontinued operations of Thor's Bus business, diluted EPS for the fourth quarter was $1.25, up 15% from $1.09 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.

Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 was adversely affected by the purchase accounting treatment for the acquisition of KZ, including the aforementioned inventory valuation adjustment of $0.8 million and amortization expense relating to KZ's backlog of $0.4 million.

Towable RV sales were $825.5 million for the fourth quarter, up 11% from $745.8 million in the prior year period. Towable RV income before tax was $84.0 million, up 10% from $76.4 million in the fourth quarter last year, primarily as a result of increased sales volumes and a gain on the sale of a facility in Oregon, partially offset by increased labor costs and costs related to purchase accounting for the acquisition of KZ.

Motorized RV sales were $217.8 million for the fourth quarter, up 29% from $168.2 million in the prior year fourth quarter. Motorized RV income before tax was $15.0 million, up 11% from $13.5 million last year, which was driven primarily by increased sales volumes, partially offset by start-up and labor costs associated with new production facilities.

"Thor had a successful year in fiscal 2014, with solid growth in revenues and earnings on both the towable and motorized sides of our business," said Bob Martin, Thor President and CEO. "During the year, we successfully completed three strategic towable acquisitions, expanded our production footprint with the Wakarusa and Elkhart production facilities and consolidated three west coast facilities, providing us with a strong base to support our future growth. Given the recent successful dealer Open House in Elkhart, our current line-up of innovative products, our strong dealer relationships and upcoming initiatives to better connect with consumers, we are well positioned for continued success in fiscal 2015," he added.

Fiscal 2014 Full Year Highlights:

Sales from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2014 were a record $3.53 billion, up 9% from $3.24 billion in the prior year.

Net income from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2014 was $175.5 million, up 16% compared to $151.7 million in fiscal 2013. Including discontinued operations, net income for the fiscal year was $179.0 million, up 17% from $152.9 million in the prior year.

Diluted EPS from continuing operations for the year ended July 31, 2014 was $3.29, up 15% from $2.86 in the prior year. Including discontinued operations, diluted EPS for the full year was $3.35, up 16% from $2.88 in fiscal 2013.

Consolidated backlog on July 31, 2014 was $538.1 million, up 22% from $441.5 million at the end of fiscal 2013. Towable RV backlog increased 30% to $296.8 million, compared to $228.4 million at the end of fiscal 2013. Motorized RV backlog increased 13% to $241.3 million from $213.1 million a year earlier.

Thor's total cash balances increased to $289.3 million, with no long-term debt.

"Thor achieved record levels of revenues and earnings from continuing operations in fiscal 2014 based on the continuing recovery of the RV market and the actions we have taken to improve our margins and operations," said Peter B. Orthwein, Thor Executive Chairman. "During the year we significantly increased our motorhome capacity and made three towable acquisitions that will continue to provide opportunities within new market niches and alternative distribution channels. We also completed the divestiture of our Bus business, allowing us to focus on the RV industry. Whether our future growth comes through our existing businesses or through acquisition, we look to extend our history of product innovation and quality to ensure we maintain and enhance our competitive position in the RV market."

Discontinuing Preliminary Sales Release:

Thor also announced that beginning with the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company will discontinue its preliminary sales release. The Company believes that ceasing the preliminary release will benefit investors by providing more detailed and comprehensive information regarding Thor's financial performance in a single release in coordination with the Company's quarterly and annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The earnings release for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 is tentatively scheduled for December 1, 2014. The dates for subsequent quarterly releases and filings will be published on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.thorindustries.com.

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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