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Winnebago Industries Announces Record First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

-- Quarterly Revenues Increased 9.7% on Continued Strong Towable Segment Growth --

-- Quarterly Diluted EPS of $0.70, Up 22.8% Over Prior Year --

-- Quarterly Gross Margins of 14.4% Increased 40 Basis Points Over Prior Year --

-- Quarterly Dividend Increased 10% to $0.11 Per Share --

FOREST CITY, Iowa, Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company's first quarter Fiscal 2019.

First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
Revenues for the Fiscal 2019 first quarter ended November 24, 2018, were $493.6 million, an increase of 9.7% compared to $450.0 million for the Fiscal 2018 period. Gross profit was $71.0 million, an increase of 13.0% compared to $62.8 million for the Fiscal 2018 period. Gross profit margin increased 40 basis points in the quarter, driven by favorable business mix due to the strong growth in the Towable segment and improved margins in the Motorhome segment. Operating income was $32.6 million for the quarter, an increase of 4.6% compared to $31.2 million in the first quarter of last year. Fiscal 2019 first quarter net income was $22.2 million, an increase of 23.4% compared to $18.0 million in the same period last year. Earnings per diluted share were $0.70, an increase of 22.8% compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.57 in the same period last year. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA was $38.5 million for the quarter, compared to $35.4 million last year, an increase of 8.6%.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Happe, commented, “We are very pleased with the strong start to our Fiscal Year 2019, resulting from our upward momentum within the North American RV business and the positive integration of our new marine division. Sales growth remained robust as we continued to take overall retail market share on the RV side, and we were successful in expanding margins during the quarter, primarily driven by the continued profitability recovery within our Motorhome segment. Our dual-branded approach with Winnebago and Grand Design on the RV business continues to result in a strengthened line of high-quality, versatile products that reach a broader customer base through a network of dealer partners that value our aftermarket support and commitment to their profitability. We were also satisfied with the strong reception our new products received at both the RV Open House and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this fall. As always, I want to thank all of our Winnebago Industries teammates for their tremendous work during the quarter and for their ongoing dedication to providing great quality, service, and innovation to our customers and helping us transform the future of this Company. It is because of this team that we feel confident in our aspiration to outperform the markets in which we compete.”

Motorhome
In the first quarter, revenues for the Motorhome segment were $181.3 million, down 3.6% from the previous year. Segment Adjusted EBITDA was $12.0 million, up 144.4% from the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 400 basis points, driven by net pricing and operational improvements. Backlog decreased 23.6%, in dollars, versus the prior year, reflecting rental unit and new product order timing, in addition to a more challenging late fall shipment environment.

Towable
Revenues for the Towable segment were $292.8 million for the first quarter, up 12.8% over the prior year, driven by continued strong organic unit growth across the Grand Design RV branded line and pricing. Segment Adjusted EBITDA was $30.8 million, down 7.7% vs. the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 10.5% decreased 240 basis points, reflecting continued cost input pressures and a robust comparable period in the year prior. Backlog levels remained strong but declined 3.9%, in dollars, versus the prior year, reflecting a re-balance from high backlog levels in first quarter Fiscal 2018 and utilizing additional capacity added during calendar 2018, in addition to a more challenging late fall shipment environment.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of November 24, 2018, the Company had total outstanding debt of $253.3 million ($260.0 million of debt, net of debt issuance costs of $6.7 million) and working capital of $144.1 million. The ratio of net debt to Adjusted EBITDA improved to 1.4x as of the end of the quarter compared to 1.6x as of August 25, 2018. Cash flow from operations was $54.2 million in the first quarter of Fiscal 2019, an increase of $24.7 million from the same period in Fiscal 2018.

Tax Reform Impact
The Company recorded a tax rate of 23.3% in the third quarter compared to a rate of 32.3% in the prior year. The reduction in the rate is related to the lower federal tax rate enacted in accordance with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Quarterly Cash Dividend
On December 12, 2018, the Company’s board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share payable on January 23, 2019, to common stockholders of record at the close of business on January 9, 2019.  Winnebago’s current annualized dividend rate of $0.44 per share represents an increase of 10% over the annual dividend of $0.40 paid in Fiscal 2018.

Mr. Happe continued, “We are intent on building a larger, more diversified, and more profitable organization; one with a productive, healthy balance sheet and a strategic roadmap that is carefully considered and executed. We remain focused on providing differentiated products and services to our customers, which we optimistically think will result in further market share accretion in our core RV business. We continue to believe that our overall Winnebago and Grand Design branded field inventory levels are appropriate, both in size and age, especially in relation to our momentum and the addition of new products entering the market. We are also pleased with the integration of our new Chris-Craft business into the overall portfolio, as a credible first step in uniquely positioning Winnebago Industries as a premium outdoor lifestyle products manufacturer. We are mindful of the many tailwinds and headwinds that comprise the dynamic, near-term macro-economic and industry conditions, yet we look forward to carefully driving long-term value for our shareholders and customers in Fiscal Year 2019 and beyond.”

Conference Call
Winnebago Industries, Inc. will discuss first quarter Fiscal 2019 earnings results during a conference call scheduled for 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 Industries
Winnebago Industries, Inc. is a leading U.S. manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products under the Winnebago, Grand Design and Chris-Craft brands, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products and boats. Winnebago Industries has multiple facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Oregon, Minnesota and Florida. 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://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, business interruptions, any unexpected expenses related to ERP, risks related to compliance with debt covenants and leverage ratios, 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
  November 24, 2018   November 25, 2017
Net revenues $ 493,648     100.0  %   $ 450,021     100.0  %
Cost of goods sold 422,652     85.6  %   387,190     86.0  %
Gross profit 70,996     14.4  %   62,831     14.0  %
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 35,712     7.2  %   29,600     6.6  %
Amortization of intangible assets 2,659     0.5  %   2,055     0.5  %
Total operating expenses 38,371     7.8  %   31,655     7.0  %
Operating income 32,625     6.6  %   31,176     6.9  %
Interest expense 4,501     0.9  %   4,781     1.1  %
Non-operating income (763 )   (0.2 )%   (123 )    %
Income before income taxes 28,887     5.9  %   26,518     5.9  %
Provision for income taxes 6,726     1.4  %   8,560     1.9  %
Net income $ 22,161     4.5  %   $ 17,958     4.0  %
               
Income per common share:              
Basic $ 0.70         $ 0.57      
Diluted $ 0.70         $ 0.57      
Weighted average common shares outstanding:              
Basic 31,567         31,614      
Diluted 31,814         31,772      

Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.


Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(in thousands)

  November 24,
 2018
  August 25,
 2018
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 702     $ 2,342  
Receivables, net 140,837     164,585  
Inventories 191,461     195,128  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 10,256     9,883  
Total current assets 343,256     371,938  
Property, plant, and equipment, net 110,212     101,193  
Other assets:      
Goodwill 275,072     274,370  
Other intangible assets, net 263,058     265,717  
Investment in life insurance 26,651     28,297  
Other assets 11,724     10,290  
Total assets $ 1,029,973     $ 1,051,805  
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 79,687     $ 81,039  
Income taxes payable 13,212     15,655  
Accrued expenses 106,291     107,491  
Total current liabilities 199,190     204,185  
Non-current liabilities:      
Long-term debt 253,262     291,441  
Deferred income taxes 4,834     4,457  
Unrecognized tax benefits 1,745     1,745  
Deferred compensation benefits, net of current portion 14,214     15,282  
Other 250     250  
Total non-current liabilities 274,305     313,175  
Stockholders' equity 556,478     534,445  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,029,973     $ 1,051,805  


Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended   
  November 24,
2018

  November 25,
 2017

Operating activities:               
Net income $ 22,161     $ 17,958  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation 3,169     2,130  
Amortization of intangibles assets 2,659     2,055  
Amortization of debt issuance costs 394     437  
Last in, first-out expense 597     299  
Stock-based compensation 2,472     823  
Deferred income taxes 382     1,665  
Other, net (570 )   97  
Change in assets and liabilities:      
Receivables 23,748     7,675  
Inventories 3,070     (9,821 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets 68     (936 )
Accounts payable (799 )   (2,443 )
Income taxes and unrecognized tax benefits (2,443 )   6,447  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities (737 )   3,072  
Net cash provided by operating activities 54,171     29,458  
       
Investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment (12,771 )   (5,357 )
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (702 )    
Proceeds from the sale of property     92  
Other, net 311     (57 )
Net cash used in investing activities (13,162 )   (5,322 )
       
Financing activities:      
Borrowings on credit agreement 133,711      
Repayments of credit agreement (172,229 )   (4,250 )
Payments of cash dividends (3,183 )    
Payments for repurchases of common stock (948 )   (1,363 )
Net cash used in financing activities (42,649 )   (5,613 )
       
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (1,640 )   18,523  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 2,342     35,945  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 702     $ 54,468  
       
Supplement cash flow disclosure:      
Income taxes paid, net $ 8,778     $ 322  
Interest paid $ 3,736     $ 4,548  
Non-cash transactions:      
Capital expenditures in accounts payable $ 145     $ 379  
Accrued dividends $     $ 3,187  


Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Supplemental Information by Reportable Segment (Unaudited) - Motorhome
(in thousands, except unit data)

  Three Months Ended
  November 24,
2018
  % of
Revenues
  November 25,
 2017
  % of
Revenues
  $ Change   % Change 
Net revenues $ 181,328         $ 188,197         $ (6,869 )   (3.6 )%
Adjusted EBITDA 11,976     6.6  %   4,900     2.6  %   7,076     144.4  %
                       
  Three Months Ended
Unit deliveries November 24,
2018
  Product
Mix(1)
  November 25,
2017
  Product
Mix(1)
  Unit
Change
  % Change
Class A 422     23.2  %   723     35.8  %   (301 )   (41.6 )%
Class B 719     39.5  %   370     18.3  %   349     94.3  %
Class C 678     37.3  %   926     45.9  %   (248 )   (26.8 )%
Total motorhomes 1,819     100.0  %   2,019     100.0  %   (200 )   (9.9 )%
                       
  November 24,
 2018
      November 25,
 2017
      Change   % Change
Backlog(2)                      
Units 1,961         2,632         (671 )   (25.5 )%
Dollars $ 191,632         $ 250,757         $ (59,125 )   (23.6 )%
Dealer Inventory                      
Units 4,458         4,226         232     5.5  %

(1) Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.
(2) We include in our backlog all accepted orders from dealers to generally be shipped within the next six months. Orders in backlog can be cancelled 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)

  Three Months Ended 
  November 24,
2018
  % of
Revenues
  November 25,
2017
  % of
Revenues
  $ Change   % Change
Net revenues $ 292,833         $ 259,665         $ 33,168     12.8  %
Adjusted EBITDA 30,828     10.5  %   33,392     12.9  %   (2,564 )   (7.7 )%
                       
  Three Months Ended 
  November 24,
2018

  Product
Mix(1)

  November 25,
2017

  Product
Mix(1)

  Unit
Change

  % Change
Travel trailer 5,836     62.2  %   5,349     61.7  %   487     9.1  %
Fifth wheel 3,549     37.8  %   3,327     38.3  %   222     6.7  %
Total towables 9,385     100.0  %   8,676     100.0  %   709     8.2  %
                       
  November 24,
 2018
      November 25,
 2017
      Change   % Change
Backlog(2)                      
Units 9,199         9,955         (756 )   (7.6 )%
Dollars $ 327,724         $ 341,065         $ (13,341 )   (3.9 )%
Dealer Inventory                      
Units 16,662         12,050         4,612     38.3  %

(1) Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.
(2) We include in our backlog all accepted orders from dealers to generally be shipped within the next six months. Orders in backlog can be cancelled 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 (Unaudited)
(in thousands)

Non-GAAP financial measures, which are not calculated or presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), have been provided 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 presented may differ from similar measures used by other companies.

The following table reconciles net income to consolidated EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.

  Three Months Ended 
(in thousands)  November 24,
2018
  November 25,
2017
Net income  $ 22,161     $ 17,958  
Interest expense 4,501     4,781  
Provision for income taxes 6,726     8,560  
Depreciation 3,169     2,130  
Amortization of intangible assets 2,659     2,055  
EBITDA 39,216     35,484  
Acquisition-related costs     50  
Non-operating income (763 )   (123 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 38,453     $ 35,411  

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 reported periods 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. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, and other adjustments made in order to present comparable results from period to period. We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance because this measure excludes amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. Examples of items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA include costs related to acquisitions and non-operating income. These types of adjustments are also specified in the definition of certain measures required under the terms of our Credit Agreement.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures (a) to evaluate its 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 its board of directors to enable its 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 its Credit Agreement. 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: Steve Stuber - Investor Relations - 952-828-8461 - srstuber@wgo.net

Media Contact: Sam Jefson - Public Relations Specialist - 641-585-6803 - sjefson@wgo.net

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