1Q17 Overview and Q&A
Forward Looking Statements
This document, including the list of questions and answers, includes certain statements that are “forward looking” statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward looking statements are made based on management’s current expectations and beliefs regarding future and anticipated developments and their effects upon Thor Industries, Inc., and inherently involve uncertainties and risks. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance. We cannot assure you that actual results will not differ from our expectations. Factors which could cause materially different results include, among others, raw material and commodity price fluctuations, material or chassis supply restrictions, legislative and regulatory developments, the impact of rising interest rates on our operating results, the costs of compliance with increased governmental regulation, legal and compliance issues including those that may arise in conjunction with recent transactions, the potential impact of increased tax burdens on our dealers and retail consumers, lower consumer confidence and the level of discretionary consumer spending, interest rate fluctuations and the potential economic impact of rising interest rates, restrictive lending practices, management changes, the success of new product introductions, the pace of obtaining and producing at new production facilities, the pace of acquisitions, the potential loss of existing customers of acquisitions, the integration of new acquisitions, our ability to retain key management personnel of acquired companies, the loss or reduction of sales to key dealers, the availability of delivery personnel, asset impairment charges, cost structure changes, competition, the impact of potential losses under repurchase agreements, the potential impact of the strengthening U.S. dollar on international demand, general economic, market and political conditions and the other risks and uncertainties discussed more fully in ITEM 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2016 and Part II, Item 1A of our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ending October 31, 2016. We disclaim any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward looking statements contained in this listing of questions and answers or to reflect any change in our expectations after the date of this listing or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based, except as required by law.
- The first quarter marked a continuation of the strong momentum for Thor and the RV industry following a record fiscal year in 2016. In the quarter, we generated impressive revenue and earnings growth reflecting the enthusiastic reception of our product offerings by dealers and consumers as well as the addition of a full quarter of results from Jayco.
- We had a very successful Dealer Open House during the first quarter, with a variety of new products that were well received by dealers, contributing to a significant increase in orders and associated backlogs at the end of the first quarter.
- Jayco contributed meaningfully to revenues and earnings in the quarter. We expect that Jayco will continue to positively impact Thor’s top and bottom line in fiscal 2017, with opportunities to further enhance its operations over the next several years.
- We see many positive signs for Thor, with opportunities for growth among a variety of consumer demographics that should result in an expansion of our overall market. This growth was manifested in the first quarter with strong organic growth, particularly with affordably priced travel trailers and motorhomes, supplemented by the addition of Jayco.
- Our priorities for the use of future cash generated from operations include continuing to support and grow our core businesses, both organically and through acquisition; maintaining or growing our regular dividends; reducing our indebtedness; and considering strategic share repurchases or special dividends. In the first quarter:
- The Board increased our quarterly dividend by 10% to $0.33 per share
- We reduced our debt facility by $20 million
- We invested over $26 million in a number of capital expenditure projects