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Winnebago Industries Reports Results for the Second Quarter/First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2009
FOREST CITY, IA, Mar 19, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), the nation's top-selling motor home manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company's second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2009 ended February 28, 2009.

Revenues for the second quarter were $31.8 million, a decrease of 80.6 percent, versus revenues of $164.2 million for the second quarter last year. The Company reported an operating loss of $18.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 versus operating income of $2.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2008. Net loss for the second quarter was $10.4 million versus net income of $2.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2008. On a diluted per share basis, the Company had a net loss of 36 cents for the second quarter of fiscal 2009, versus net income of 9 cents for the second quarter last year.

Revenues for the first 26 weeks of fiscal 2009 were $101.2 million, a decrease of 73 percent, versus revenues of $379.3 million for the first 27 weeks of fiscal 2008. The Company reported an operating loss of $35.5 million for the first 26 weeks of fiscal 2009, versus operating income of $16.0 million for the first 27 weeks of fiscal 2008. Net loss for the first 26 weeks of fiscal 2009 was $20.0 million, or 69 cents per diluted share, versus net income of $12.5 million, or 43 cents per diluted share, for the first 27 weeks of the last fiscal year.

The second quarter of fiscal 2009 was negatively impacted by the continued decline in motor home delivery volumes, increased incentives at the wholesale and retail levels and a less favorable mix of products sold. In turn, lower motor home volume resulted in inefficiencies due to reduced utilization of manufacturing facilities. The Company did benefit however, from a reduction of inventories of $10.5 million during the second quarter. Also during the second quarter, the Company elected to participate in a "no net cost" loan program for $9.1 million through UBS AG, secured by a portion of the Auction Rate Securities (ARS) owned by the Company in an account with them. As a result, cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter were $27.5 million.

"We anticipate continued softness in motor home sales until we see improvement in the credit markets at the wholesale and retail levels and in consumer confidence levels," said Winnebago Industries' Chairman, CEO and President Bob Olson. Wholesale shipments within the motor home industry have fallen dramatically, with the decline accelerating throughout recent periods. Industry-wide wholesale shipments of Class A and Class C motor homes dropped 49.5 percent in calendar year 2008, 75.2 percent in the fourth calendar quarter and 80.6 percent in the month of January 2009. Statistical Surveys, the retail reporting service for the RV industry, reported a similar decline with industry-wide retail sales of Class A and Class C motor homes down 41.6 percent for calendar 2008, 54.8 percent for the fourth calendar quarter and 58.4 percent in the month of January 2009. Winnebago Industries continues to lead the industry in retail sales of Class A and Class C motor homes combined with the Winnebago and Itasca brands achieving 18.5 percent market share for calendar 2008, versus 18.6 percent market share for calendar 2007.

"The contraction in wholesale shipments is evident when looking at our dealers' inventory of Winnebago, Itasca and ERA products," said Olson. "Total combined dealer inventory of Winnebago Industries' products on our dealer partners' lots was 2,918 motor homes at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2009, a sequential reduction of 11 percent compared to inventory at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and a 40 percent reduction compared to dealer inventory at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2008. Even with a depressed retail market, I continue to believe that once our dealers' floorplan lenders provide the dealers with sufficient credit to enable them to reorder product to more closely match retail sell-through, we will experience an increase in deliveries."

"Extremely challenging market conditions have resulted in a severe decline in our revenues in the first half of fiscal 2009," said Winnebago Industries' Vice President, CFO Sarah Nielsen. "As a result, maintaining liquidity and conserving capital are the primary goals of management in order to enhance our financial flexibility. We have taken several steps to conserve capital and maintain liquidity thus far in fiscal 2009, such as considerable reduction of inventory levels, the establishment of a line of credit, participation in the UBS 'no net cost' loan program, and the suspension of cash dividend payments starting in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. We have also continued to reduce our fixed cost structure over the past 12 months; we anticipate fixed cost reductions in excess of $21 million to be achieved in fiscal 2009. Specifically, actions taken thus far include the reduction of our total headcount by nearly 50%, salary reductions, the elimination of 2009 stock grants to key management and the board, elimination of bonuses, reductions of the 401(k) match and two mandatory unpaid weeks off (one during the second quarter and one to occur during the fourth quarter). Other fixed costs have been eliminated through many strategic actions, including the closure of our Charles City manufacturing facility, cancellation of certain promotional events typically held and reduced spending throughout the Company. Additional cost reduction activities will continue during these challenging market conditions."

"While several major competitors are in very difficult financial circumstances, we are confident of our financial strength and competitive position in this economic recession," continued Olson. "We have enviable brand strength, quality products and financial stability to withstand the downturn. In the short-term, however, we anticipate added competitive pressure from deeply discounted product in the marketplace from struggling manufacturers, in addition to the challenges from the ongoing turmoil in the credit markets. It is my belief that once the housing and stock markets recover, along with the shoring up of personal balance sheets with increased savings, consumer's sense of wealth will improve and more normal spending patterns will prevail."

Winnebago Industries will conduct a conference call in conjunction with this release at 9 a.m. Central Time today, Thursday, March 19, 2009. Members of the news media, investors and the general public are invited to access a live broadcast of the conference call via the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at http://www.winnebagoind.com/investor.html. The event will be archived and available for replay for the next 90 days.

About Winnebago Industries

Winnebago Industries, Inc. is the nation's top-selling manufacturer of motor homes which are self-contained recreation vehicles used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motor homes under the Winnebago, Itasca and ERA brand names with state-of-the-art computer-aided design and manufacturing systems on automotive-styled assembly lines. The Company's common stock is listed on the New York and Chicago Stock Exchanges and traded under the symbol WGO. Options for the Company's common stock are traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. For access to Winnebago Industries' investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for Company news releases, visit, http://www.winnebagoind.com/investor.html.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements, including, but not limited to interest rates and availability of credit, low consumer confidence, availability and price of fuel, a further slowdown in the economy, availability of chassis and other key component parts, sales order cancellations, slower than anticipated sales of new or existing products, new product introductions by competitors, the effect of global tensions, and other factors. Additional information concerning certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from that projected or suggested is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the last 12 months, copies of which are available from the SEC or from the Company upon request.

                        Winnebago Industries, Inc.
                Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income
            (In thousands, except percent and per share data)
                                    Quarter Ended         Quarter Ended
                                  February 28, 2009       March 1, 2008
                                --------------------  ---------------------
                                                 %                     %
Net revenues                    $  31,808      100.0  $  164,203     100.0
Cost of goods sold                 43,600      137.1     152,034      92.6
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
  Gross (deficit) profit          (11,792)     (37.1)     12,169       7.4
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
Operating expenses
  Selling                           2,816        8.8       4,258       2.6
  General and administrative        4,003       12.6       5,457       3.3
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
  Total operating expenses          6,819       21.4       9,715       5.9
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
Operating (loss) income           (18,611)     (58.5)      2,454       1.5
Financial income                      633        2.0       1,236       0.7
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
(Loss) income before income
 taxes                            (17,978)     (56.5)      3,690       2.2
(Credit) provision for taxes       (7,597)     (23.9)      1,173       0.7
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
Net (loss) income               $ (10,381)     (32.6) $    2,517       1.5
                                =========  =========  ========== =========
(Loss) income per common share:
  Basic                         $   (0.36)            $     0.09
  Diluted                       $   (0.36)            $     0.09
Weighted average common shares
 outstanding
  Basic                            29,037                 28,964
  Diluted                          29,046                 29,034
                                   26 Weeks Ended         27 Weeks Ended
                                  February 28, 2009       March 1, 2008
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                                 %                     %
Net revenues                    $ 101,206      100.0  $  379,345     100.0
Cost of goods sold                121,892      120.4     341,536      90.0
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
  Gross (deficit) profit          (20,686)     (20.4)     37,809      10.0
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
Operating expenses
  Selling                           6,481        6.4       9,863       2.6
  General and administrative        8,334        8.2      11,908       3.1
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
  Total operating expenses         14,815       14.6      21,771       5.7
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
Operating (loss) income           (35,501)     (35.0)     16,038       4.3
Financial income                    1,157        1.1       2,476       0.6
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
(Loss) income before income
 taxes                            (34,344)     (33.9)     18,514       4.9
(Credit) provision for taxes      (14,367)     (14.2)      6,035       1.6
                                ---------  ---------  ---------- ---------
Net (loss) income               $ (19,977)     (19.7) $   12,479       3.3
                                =========  =========  ========== =========
(Loss) income per common share:
  Basic                         $   (0.69)            $     0.43
  Diluted                       $   (0.69)            $     0.43
Weighted average common shares
 outstanding
  Basic                            29,032                 29,165
  Diluted                          29,041                 29,245
                        Winnebago Industries, Inc.
              Unaudited Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
                              (In thousands)
                                                Feb. 28, 2009 Aug. 30, 2008
                                                ------------- -------------
ASSETS
Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                    $      27,454 $      17,851
   Short-term investments                               - - -         3,100
   Receivables, net                                     8,237         9,426
   Inventories                                         72,778       110,596
   Income taxes receivable                             19,477         6,618
   Prepaid and other                                   13,301        15,290
                                                ------------- -------------
      Total current assets                            141,247       162,881
Property and equipment, net                            37,091        40,097
Long-term investments, less impairments                33,476        37,538
Deferred income taxes                                  28,342        26,862
Investment in life insurance                           22,492        22,123
Other assets                                           11,550        15,954
                                                ------------- -------------
      Total assets                              $     274,198 $     305,455
                                                ============= =============
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
   Accounts payable                             $       7,182 $      15,631
   Short-term ARS borrowings                            9,100         - - -
   Income taxes payable                                    30            76
   Accrued expenses                                    32,213        38,626
                                                ------------- -------------
      Total current liabilities                        48,525        54,333
                                                ------------- -------------
 Long-term liabilities:
   Unrecognized tax benefit                             8,943         9,469
   Postretirement health care and deferred
    compensation benefits, net of current
    portion                                            63,047        67,729
                                                ------------- -------------
      Total long-term liabilities                      71,990        77,198
Stockholders' equity                                  153,683       173,924
                                                ------------- -------------
      Total liabilities and stockholders'
       equity                                   $     274,198 $     305,455
                                                ============= =============
                        Winnebago Industries, Inc.
               Unaudited Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
                              (In thousands)
                                            26 Weeks Ended  27 Weeks Ended
                                            Feb. 28, 2009    Mar. 1, 2008
                                            --------------  --------------
Operating activities:
   Net (loss) income                        $      (19,977) $       12,479
  Adjustments to reconcile net (loss)
   income to net cash provided by operating
   activities:
    Depreciation                                     4,146           5,179
    Stock-based compensation                           526           2,910
    Postretirement benefit income and
     deferred compensation                             711             716
    Deferred income taxes                             (503)             98
    Increase in cash surrender value of
     life insurance policies                          (513)           (459)
    Other                                              158              36
  Change in assets and liabilities:
    Inventories                                     37,818         (27,269)
    Receivables and prepaid assets                   1,290          (1,603)
    Accounts payable and accrued expenses          (11,734)         (8,456)
    Income taxes (receivable) payable and
     unrecognized tax benefits                     (12,756)          4,451
    Postretirement and deferred
     compensation benefits                          (1,424)           (715)
                                            --------------  --------------
  Net cash used in operating activities             (2,258)        (12,633)
                                            --------------  --------------
Investing activities:
  Purchases of investments                           - - -        (228,069)
  Proceeds from the sale or maturity of
   investments                                       8,500         276,519
  Purchases of property and equipment               (1,344)         (2,469)
  Other                                               (744)           (622)
                                            --------------  --------------
Net cash provided by investing activities            6,412          45,359
                                            --------------  --------------
Financing activities:
  Payments for purchase of common stock               (162)        (17,527)
  Payments of cash dividends                        (3,489)         (7,024)
  Borrowings on ARS portfolio                        9,100           - - -
  Proceeds from issuance of treasury stock           - - -             472
                                            --------------  --------------
Net cash provided by (used in) financing
 activities                                          5,449         (24,079)
                                            --------------  --------------
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents            9,603           8,647
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
 period                                             17,851           6,889
                                            --------------  --------------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $       27,454  $       15,536
                                            ==============  ==============
                        Winnebago Industries, Inc.
                      Unaudited Motor Home Deliveries
                                Quarter Ended Quarter Ended     Change
                                Feb. 28, 2009 Mar. 1, 2008  Units     %
                                ------------- ------------- ------  ------
  Class A Gas                              77           551   (474)  (86.0)
  Class A Diesel                           45           287   (242)  (84.3)
                                ------------- ------------- ------  ------
    Total Class A                         122           838   (716)  (85.4)
  Class B                                   8             1      7   700.0
  Class C                                 185           858   (673)  (78.4)
                                ------------- ------------- ------  ------
    Total deliveries                      315         1,697 (1,382)  (81.4)
                                ============= ============= ======  ======
                                  26 Weeks      27 Weeks        Change
                                    Ended         Ended
                                Feb. 28, 2009 Mar. 1, 2008  Units     %
                                ------------- ------------- ------  ------
Motor home unit deliveries
  Class A Gas                             242         1,387 (1,145)  (82.6)
  Class A Diesel                          163           650   (487)  (74.9)
                                ------------- ------------- ------  ------
    Total Class A                         405         2,037 (1,632)  (80.1)
  Class B                                  43             1     42      NM
  Class C                                 523         1,814 (1,291)  (71.2)
                                ------------- ------------- ------  ------
    Total deliveries                      971         3,852 (2,881)  (74.8)
                                ============= ============= ======  ======
                        Winnebago Industries, Inc.
            Unaudited Sales Order Backlog and Dealer Inventory
                                  (Units)
                                       As of            Increase/     %
                             Feb. 28, 2009 Mar. 1, 2008 (Decrease)  Change
                             ------------- ------------ ----------  ------
Class A Gas                             67          367       (300)  (81.7)
Class A Diesel                          27          103        (76)  (73.8)
                             ------------- ------------ ----------  ------
  Total Class A                         94          470       (376)  (80.0)
Class B                                  9          178       (169)  (94.9)
Class C                                232          944       (712)  (75.4)
                             ------------- ------------ ----------  ------
  Total backlog*                       335        1,592     (1,257)  (79.0)
                             ============= ============ ==========  ======
Total approximate revenue
 dollars (in thousands)      $      27,389 $    123,137 $  (95,748)  (77.8)
Dealer inventory                     2,918        4,837     (1,919)  (39.7)

* The Company includes in its backlog all accepted orders from dealers to be shipped within the next six months. Orders in backlog can be cancelled or postponed at the option of the purchaser at any time without penalty and, therefore, backlog may not necessarily be an accurate measure of future sales.

Contact:
Sheila Davis
PR/IR Mgr.
641-585-6803
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