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Winnebago Industries Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

Revenues Increased 75% Over Prior Year Driven by Strong Towable Segment Growth
EPS of $0.61, Up 15% Over Prior Year; Includes Impact of $10.2 Million (Pre-Tax) of Amortization Expense
Quarterly Gross Margin Expansion of 380 Basis Points Compared to Prior Year

FOREST CITY, Iowa, June 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading United States recreational vehicle manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company's third quarter of Fiscal 2017.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results
Revenues for the Fiscal 2017 third quarter ended May 27, 2017, were $476.4 million, an increase of 75.1% compared to $272.1 million for the Fiscal 2016 period.  Gross profit was $70.8 million, an increase of 134.0% compared to $30.3 million for the Fiscal 2016 period as gross profit margins expanded 380 basis points driven by a favorable product mix, including the addition of Grand Design products within the overall sales mix.  Operating income was $34.9 million for the current quarter, an improvement of 69.3% compared to $20.6 million in the third quarter of last year.  Fiscal 2017 third quarter net income was $19.4 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, an increase of 34.3% compared to $14.4 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, in the same period last year.  Growth in EPS was impacted by the recognition of $10.2 million of amortization expense during the quarter associated with the Grand Design acquisition.  Consolidated adjusted EBITDA was $47.3 million compared to $17.7 million last year, which is an increase of 167.2%.

President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Happe commented, “Our third quarter results continued to reflect the journey we are on here at Winnebago Industries to build a larger, more profitable, full-line RV portfolio.  The performance of our new Grand Design division and the associated integration activities continue to meet and even exceed our expectations, and are certainly accelerating our diversification within the still-growing North American RV industry.  We delivered strong improvement in gross margin, driven primarily by the overall shift of revenues to our more profitable Towables Segment.  We are gaining market share in both of our Towables businesses, including the Winnebago-branded side, and are aggressively investing in new products and further capacity expansion.  In the Motorized segment, we are building the foundation for future growth with significant activity around product-line rationalization, enhanced dealer coverage strategies, and focused new product development teams, improving quality and service support processes, and building toward a more nimble and lean manufacturing environment. In addition to solid sales and profitability results, we have also strengthened our balance sheet by reducing debt by $43 million during the quarter.  I would like to thank our Winnebago Industries employees for their hard work during the quarter and for their ongoing commitment to provide high-quality products and service to our end customers.”

Significant items related to the Grand Design acquisition that are impacting income before income taxes in the third quarter of Fiscal 2017:

•  Additional transaction costs related to the acquisition were $0.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, net of tax.
•  Amortization expenses of $10.2 million were recorded related to the definite-lived intangible assets acquired, or $0.21 per diluted share, net of tax. Starting next quarter (in the fiscal fourth quarter), we expect amortization expenses will be approximately $2.0 million per quarter through Fiscal 2021.
•  Interest expense of $5.3 million was recorded related to the debt associated with the acquisition of Grand Design, or $0.11 per diluted share, net of tax.

Motorized
Revenues for the Motorized segment were $241.7 million, down 2.0% from the previous year.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA was $12.6 million, down 22.3% from the prior year.  Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased 140 basis points, primarily driven by pricing adjustments, product mix and costs associated with transitioning production to the Company’s Junction City, Oregon facility.

Towable
Revenues for the Towable segment were $234.7 million for the quarter, up $209.3 million over the prior year, driven by the addition of $196.9 million in revenue from the Grand Design acquisition.  We also saw continued strong organic growth in Winnebago-branded Towable products in which revenues are up 49% compared to last year.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA was $34.7 million, up $33.2 million over the prior year.  Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 880 basis points, driven by higher volumes and a favorable product mix, including the addition of Grand Design products within this segment. 

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of May 27, 2017, the Company had total outstanding debt of $286.9 million ($297.0 million of debt, net of debt issuance costs of $10.1 million) and working capital of $120.8 million.  The debt-to-equity ratio was 68.9% and the current ratio was 1.7 as of the end of the quarter.  Cash flow from operations was $62.2M in the quarter, representing a 53% increase from last year.

“As we head into the final quarter of Fiscal 2017, we remain optimistic about the ongoing growth of the RV industry," continued Mr. Happe.  "Solid macroeconomic fundamentals, combined with a surge of younger demographics embracing the outdoor lifestyle, as well as expanding use cases for RVs, suggest continued runway for increasing RV shipments and retail.  The strong growth in the Towable segment validates our full-line strategy and demonstrates our momentum, and we are pleased to note healthy and increasing backlog in both the Motorized and Towable segments this quarter.  As a result, we have approved investments in expanded capacity, including the addition of approximately 40% more production space within our Grand Design business.  We also recently initiated the selling process with our dealers for a new opening price Class A Gas product series and a new innovative Class B 4x4 product series, which we anticipate will have a positive impact on trends in our Motorized business.”

Conference Call
Winnebago Industries, Inc. will conduct a conference call to discuss third quarter Fiscal 2017 results at 9:00 a.m. Central Time today.  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://investor.wgo.net.  The event will be archived and available for replay for the next 90 days.

About Winnebago
Winnebago is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles under the Winnebago and Grand Design brands, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheel products. Winnebago has multiple facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Oregon and Minnesota. 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's investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for Company news releases, visit http://investor.wgo.net.

Forward Looking Statements

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 increases in interest rates, availability of credit, low consumer confidence, availability of labor, significant increase in repurchase obligations, inadequate liquidity or capital resources, availability and price of fuel, a slowdown in the economy, increased material and component costs, 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, integration of operations relating to mergers and acquisitions activities, any unexpected expenses related to ERP, risks relating to the integration of our acquisition of Grand Design including; risks inherent in the achievement of cost synergies and the timing thereof; risks related to the disruption of the transaction to Winnebago and Grand Design and its management; the effect of announcement of the transaction on Grand Design's ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and other third parties, risk related to compliance with debt covenants and leverage ratios, risks related to integration of the two companies 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. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward looking statements contained in this release or to reflect any changes in the Company's expectations after the date of this release or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based, except as required by law.


Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except percent and per share data)
 
     
    Three Months Ended
    May 27, 2017   May 28, 2016
Net revenues   $ 476,364     100.0 %   $ 272,077     100.0   %
Cost of goods sold   405,560     85.1 %   241,820     88.9   %
Gross profit   70,804     14.9 %   30,257     11.1   %
Operating expenses:                
Selling   10,141     2.1 %   4,770     1.8   %
General and administrative   15,194     3.2 %   6,487     2.4   %
Postretirement health care benefit income       %   (1,593 )   (0.6 ) %
Transaction costs   450     0.1 %         %
Amortization of intangible assets   10,159     2.1 %         %
Total operating expenses   35,944     7.5 %   9,664     3.6   %
Operating income   34,860     7.3 %   20,593     7.6   %
Interest expense   5,265     1.1 %         %
Non-operating income   (54 )   %   (77 )     %
Income before income taxes   29,649     6.2 %   20,670     7.6   %
Provision for income taxes   10,258     2.2 %   6,232     2.3   %
Net income   $ 19,391     4.1 %   $ 14,438     5.3   %
Income per common share:                
Basic   $ 0.61         $ 0.54      
Diluted   $ 0.61         $ 0.53      
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                
Basic   31,587         26,892      
Diluted   31,691         27,004      

Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.

    Nine Months Ended
    May 27, 2017   May 28, 2016
Net revenues   $ 1,092,183     100.0   %   $ 711,972     100.0   %
Cost of goods sold   943,188     86.4   %   631,191     88.7   %
Gross profit   148,995     13.6   %   80,781     11.3   %
Operating expenses:                
Selling   25,564     2.3   %   14,714     2.1   %
General and administrative   37,640     3.4   %   23,743     3.3   %
Postretirement health care benefit income   (24,796 )   (2.3 ) %   (4,531 )   (0.6 ) %
Transaction costs   6,374     0.6   %         %
Amortization of intangible assets   22,578     2.1   %         %
Total operating expenses   67,360     6.2   %   33,926     4.8   %
Operating income   81,635     7.5   %   46,855     6.6   %
Interest expense   11,571     1.1   %         %
Non-operating income   (137 )     %   (194 )     %
Income before income taxes   70,201     6.4   %   47,049     6.6   %
Provision for taxes   23,794     2.2   %   14,699     2.1   %
Net income   $ 46,407     4.2   %   $ 32,350     4.5   %
Income per common share:                
Basic   $ 1.53         $ 1.20      
Diluted   $ 1.52         $ 1.20      
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                
Basic   30,333         26,935      
Diluted   30,448         27,029      

Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.



Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
    May 27,
 2017
  Aug 27,
 2016
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 24,369     $ 85,583  
Receivables, net   120,998     66,184  
Inventories   144,422     122,522  
Prepaid expenses and other assets   8,500     6,300  
Total current assets   298,289     280,589  
Total property and equipment, net   68,656     55,931  
Other assets:        
Goodwill   245,393     1,228  
Other intangible assets, net   230,522      
Investment in life insurance   27,030     26,492  
Deferred income taxes   14,695     18,753  
Other assets   5,766     7,725  
Total assets   $ 890,351     $ 390,718  
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 79,599     $ 44,134  
Current maturities of long-term debt   12,051      
Income taxes payable   6,094     19  
Accrued expenses   79,750     48,796  
Total current liabilities   177,494     92,949  
Non-current liabilities:        
Long-term debt, less current maturities   274,818      
Unrecognized tax benefits   1,755     2,461  
Deferred compensation and postretirement health care benefits, net of current portion   18,982     26,949  
Other   1,052      
Total non-current liabilities   296,607     29,410  
Shareholders' equity   416,250     268,359  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 890,351     $ 390,718  



Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
    Nine Months Ended
    May 27,
 2017
  May 28,
 2016
Operating activities:        
Net income   $ 46,407     $ 32,350  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation   5,287     4,243  
Amortization of intangible assets   22,578      
Amortization of debt issuance costs   889      
LIFO expense   897     1,280  
Stock-based compensation   2,206     1,818  
Deferred income taxes   6,396     2,717  
Postretirement benefit income and deferred compensation expenses   (23,687 )   (3,053 )
Other   (946 )   (680 )
Change in assets and liabilities:        
Inventories   (7,497 )   (19,251 )
Receivables, prepaid and other assets   (21,336 )   1,905  
Income taxes and unrecognized tax benefits   5,806     (766 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   32,778     14,345  
Postretirement and deferred compensation benefits   (2,428 )   (3,167 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   67,350     31,741  
         
Investing activities:        
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (9,740 )   (19,928 )
Proceeds from the sale of property   219     21  
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired   (394,694 )    
Other   684     371  
Net cash used in investing activities   (403,531 )   (19,536 )
         
Financing activities:        
Payments for purchase of common stock   (1,367 )   (3,058 )
Payments of cash dividends   (9,554 )   (8,173 )
Payments of debt issuance costs   (11,020 )    
Borrowings on credit facility   366,400      
Repayment of credit facility   (69,400 )    
Other   (92 )   40  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   274,967     (11,191 )
         
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (61,214 )   1,014  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   85,583     70,239  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 24,369     $ 71,253  
         
Supplemental cash flow disclosure:        
Income taxes paid, net   $ 11,811     $ 13,137  
Interest paid   $ 7,288     $  
Non-cash transactions:        
Issuance of Winnebago common stock for acquisition of business   $ 124,066     $  
Capital expenditures in accounts payable   $ 279     $ 397  
Accrued dividend   $ 3,184     $  



 Winnebago Industries, Inc.    
 Supplemental Information by Reportable Segment (Unaudited) - Motorized
 (In thousands, except unit data)
 
    Quarter Ended    
    May 27,
 2017
% of
Revenue
  May 28,
 2016
% of
Revenue
  Change
Net revenues   $ 241,670       $ 246,684       $ (5,014 ) (2.0 ) %
Adjusted EBITDA   12,598   5.2 %   16,218   6.6 %   (3,620 ) (22.3 ) %
                   
Unit deliveries   May 27,
 2017
Product
Mix % (1)
  May 28,
 2016
Product
Mix % (1)
  Change
Class A   797   28.5 %   654   22.4 %   143   21.9   %
Class B   471   16.9 %   334   11.5 %   137   41.0   %
Class C   1,524   54.6 %   1,929   66.1 %   (405 ) (21.0 ) %
Total motorhomes   2,792   100.0 %   2,917   100.0 %   (125 ) (4.3 ) %
                   
                   
    Nine Months Ended    
    May 27,
 2017
% of Revenue   May 28,
 2016
% of Revenue   Change
Net revenues   $ 635,732       $ 649,162       $ (13,430 ) (2.1 ) %
Adjusted EBITDA   31,738   5.0 %   39,683   6.1 %   (7,945 ) (20.0 ) %
                   
Unit deliveries   May 27,
 2017
Product
Mix % (1)
  May 28,
 2016
Product
Mix % (1)
  Change
Class A   2,263   32.8 %   2,241   32.6 %   22   1.0   %
Class B   1,148   16.6 %   831   12.1 %   317   38.1   %
Class C   3,488   50.6 %   3,799   55.3 %   (311 ) (8.2 ) %
Total motorhomes   6,899   100.0 %   6,871   100.0 %   28   0.4   %
                   
                   
          As Of    
Backlog (2)         May 27,
 2017
May 28,
 2016
  Change
Units         1,640   1,513     127   8.4   %
Dollars         $ 141,998   $ 134,495     $ 7,503   5.6   %
                   
Dealer Inventory                  
Units         4,670   4,585     85   1.9   %

(1)  Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.
(2)  We include in our backlog all accepted orders from dealers to be shipped within the next six months.  Orders in backlog can be canceled or postponed at the option of the dealer at any time without penalty and, therefore, backlog may not necessarily be an accurate measure of future sales.



Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Supplemental Information by Reportable Segment (Unaudited) - Towable
(In thousands, except unit data)
 
    Quarter Ended    
    May 27,
 2017
% of
Revenue
  May 28,
 2016
% of
Revenue
  Change
Net revenues   $ 234,694       $ 25,393       $ 209,301   824.2 %
Adjusted EBITDA   34,730   14.8 %   1,512   6.0 %   33,218   2,197.0 %
                   
Unit deliveries   May 27,
 2017
Product
Mix % (1)
  May 28,
 2016
Product
Mix % (1)
  Change
Travel trailer   4,359   58.5 %   1,042   86.5 %   3,317   318.3 %
Fifth wheel   3,092   41.5 %   163   13.5 %   2,929   1,796.9 %
  Total towables   7,451   100.0 %   1,205   100.0 %   6,246   518.3 %
                   
                   
    Nine Months Ended    
    May 27,
 2017
% of Revenue   May 28,
 2016
% of Revenue   Change
Net revenues   $ 456,451       $ 62,810       $ 393,641   626.7 %
Adjusted EBITDA   59,340   13.0 %   4,134   6.6 %   55,206   1,335.4 %
                   
Unit deliveries   May 27,
 2017
Product
Mix % (1)
  May 28,
 2016
Product
Mix % (1)
  Change
Travel trailer   8,914   59.9 %   2,562   86.1 %   6,352   247.9 %
Fifth wheel   5,960   40.1 %   413   13.9 %   5,547   1,343.1 %
  Total towables   14,874   100.0 %   2,975   100.0 %   11,899   400.0 %
                   
                   
          As Of    
Backlog (2)         May 27,
 2017
May 28,
 2016
  Change
Units         8,657   412     8,245   2,001.2 %
Dollars         $ 269,965   $ 8,058     $ 261,907   3,250.3 %
                   
Dealer Inventory                  
Units         9,520   2,358     7,162   303.7 %

(1)  Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.
(2)  We include in our backlog all accepted orders from dealers to be shipped within the next six months.  Orders in backlog can be canceled or postponed at the option of the dealer at any time without penalty and, therefore, backlog may not necessarily be an accurate measure of future sales.

                

Winnebago Industries, Inc.
 
Non-GAAP Reconciliation
We have provided non-GAAP financial measures, which are not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP, as information supplemental and in addition to the financial measures presented in the accompanying news release that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  Such non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for, or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, the GAAP financial measures presented in the news release.  The non-GAAP financial measures in the accompanying news release may differ from similar measures used by other companies.

The following table reconciles net income to consolidated Adjusted EBITDA.
 
    Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
(In thousands)   May 27,
 2017
  May 28,
 2016
  May 27,
 2017
  May 28,
 2016
Net income   $ 19,391     $ 14,438     $ 46,407     $ 32,350  
Interest expense   5,265         11,571      
Provision for income taxes   10,258     6,232     23,794     14,699  
Depreciation   1,859     1,480     5,287     4,243  
Amortization of intangible assets   10,159         22,578      
EBITDA   46,932     22,150     109,637     51,292  
Postretirement health care benefit income       (1,593 )   (24,796 )   (4,531 )
Legal settlement       (2,750 )       (2,750 )
Transaction costs   450         6,374      
Non-operating income   (54 )   (77 )   (137 )   (194 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 47,328     $ 17,730     $ 91,078     $ 43,817  

We have provided non-GAAP performance measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a comparable measure to illustrate the effect of non-recurring transactions occurring during the quarter and improve comparability of our results from period to period.  EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense.  We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance because each measure excludes amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. These types of adjustments are also specified in the definition of certain measures required under the terms of our credit facility.  Examples of items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA include the postretirement health care benefit income from terminating the plan, a favorable legal settlement and the transaction costs related to our acquisition of Grand Design.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures (a) to evaluate our historical and prospective financial performance and trends as well as its performance relative to competitors and peers; (b) to measure operational profitability on a consistent basis; (c) in presentations to the members of our board of directors to enable our board of directors to have the same measurement basis of operating performance as is used by management in their assessments of performance and in forecasting and budgeting for our company; (d) to evaluate potential acquisitions; and, (e) to ensure compliance with covenants and restricted activities under the terms of our Credit Facility. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry.

Contact: Ashis Bhattacharya - Investor Relations - 952-828-8414 - abhattacharya@wgo.net
Media Contact: Sam Jefson - Public Relations Specialist - 641-585-6803 - sjefson@wgo.net

Winnebago Industries, Inc