StockCall Study on Polaris Industries and Harley-Davidson: Recreational
Vehicle Companies Raise Dividends
LONDON, February 14, 2013
LONDON, February 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The recreational vehicle industry is seeing a revival. There are mainly two
types of companies in the market: Pure play RV companies and the larger
conglomerates with RV business units. These companies differ in their
strategies and risk profile. Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) acquired
brands like Indian to consolidate its position in the U.S. markets. At the
very same time, iconic U.S. brand Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is
curtailing its costs to sustain its margins and profitability. The company is
also looking to implement new marketing policies. StockCall's free coverage on
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Polaris Industries Increases Dividend
Polaris Industries recently upped its dividend payment by 14 percent. The
company paid 42 cents per share in cash dividend, instead of 37 cents apiece.
With this increase, the company's current dividend yield stands at 1.98
percent, making it an attractive income stock. Register now and get access to
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It also provided good results for the fourth quarter of FY2012. The company
was expected to report its quarterly revenue at $890.90 million. However, it
surpassed the estimates by posting $900.6 million. It also beat EPS estimates
of $1.23 per share by announcing its EPS at $1.24 per share. Its margins also
improved from the previous year. However, it received a setback earlier this
year as it had to recall 327 of its vehicles on account of a potential crash
Polaris Industries stock increased 24 percent in the past 52 weeks and the
trend is likely to continue as it posted good results. The company also
expects its first quarter revenue to be at $771.2 million, while its full year
revenue is expected to be at $3.64 billion. For EPS, the company's estimate
for the full year stands at $5.17 per share. The stock price is expected to
retain its upward trance as the company is optimistic to keep up its
performance continuing into the next quarter and year.
Harley-Davidson Cuts Costs
Harley-Davidson Inc. is one of the most iconic brands in this category.
However, even the iconic companies need to change according to the times.
Lately, Harley Davidson has been focusing on restructuring its business and
its efforts are bearing its fruit as the stock reached a 5-year high. The
company also benefits from the overall improvement in the economy. Download
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In order to bring down its costs, Harley-Davidson took a number of steps and
now it expects its annual expenses to be down by $320 million for the next
five years. The company recently announced higher revenues but lower profit.
Curtailing its costs will certainly help Harley-Davidson in bringing its
margins and profitability up. It is also looking to boost its retailing
efforts in order to provide better customer satisfaction.
Harley-Davidson also brought more to investors' plates as it boosted its
dividend by 35 percent. The company declared its dividend for the first
quarter at 21 cents per share, up from 15 cents per share it had paid during
the previous quarter. The stock itself grew 10 percent on a YTD basis. Its new
initiative to cut costs and increase margins may lead the stock to scale new
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