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Election Day is a week away. There’s new evidence of water on the moon. Amy Coney Barrett is a Supreme Court justice, the fire hose of information continues to overwhelm even the most devout COVID-19 science junkies and Harley-Davidson shares soared 27% to $36.82 earlier in the day after reporting third-quarter net income of $120.2 million and post its best Q3 result since 2015.

A striking result after Harley-Davidson put a German environmentalist in charge and recorded a worldwide sales decline of 8%, which is the 15th consecutive quarterly decline.

Wall Street is reviving optimism about Harley’s future at a time when motorcycle sales are in decline. Talk about exaggerating your perspective.

Jochen Zeitz’s (CEO) “ReWire” (yes, a play on the LiveWire electric motorcycle) strategy cut 30% of the models in the lineup, exited 39 markets, eliminated 10% of its workforce including product teams developing new motorcycle models — were executed to manage down motorcycle volume and reduce its global presence due to low sales.  

The actions helped to stop discounting and drive dealership prices higher to MSRP in Q3.  It’s also a tacit acknowledgement that the motor company’s smaller scope and scale is the only way forward after multiple abandoned growth plans and over a decade long quest to appeal and reach new types of riders.

Abandoning affordable, youth-oriented motorcycles is a staggering reversal given Mr. Zeitz’s experience at Puma in connecting with the youth culture and claiming ownership of that generation in Europe. Remember “Puma chic” streetwear fashion?

Harley-Davidson Inc. is back!  Back, to making big, expensive motorcycles for its most devoted customers.

UPDATE: October 27 at 5:13PM PacificFull Disclosure: I don’t currently own or have plans to purchase HOG stock.

Photos courtesy of Bloomberg and Harley-Davidson

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In spite of continued high unemployment numbers, homebuilder confidence at a 15-month low and very tight credit,  Harley-Davidson Inc. (HOG) reported that its second-quarter 2010 net income rose to $71.16 million or $0.30 per share, from $19.75 million or $0.08 per share in the same quarter last year. The biggest money-maker was in the Financial Services Segment as it became profitable to lend money for motorcycle purchases once again.

Income from continuing operations were $139.3 million, or $0.59 per share, compared to income of $33.4 million and earnings per share of $0.14 from continuing operations in the year-ago quarter. In the second-quarter the financing arm returned to the black and posted a profit of $60.8 million, after posting a loss of $90.5 million during the same period a year ago.

Net revenue from motorcycles and related products were basically flat at $1.135 billion, compared to $1.136 billion in the year ago quarter.  The company expects to ship 53,000 to 58,000 motorcycles in the third quarter and reiterated its expectation to ship 201,000 to 212,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide in 2010, a reduction of five to ten percent from 2009.

Harley-Davidson now expects gross margin to be between 32.5% and 34.0% for the full year, versus the prior estimate of 32.0% to 33.5%. The Company continues to expect full-year capital expenditures of between $235 million and $255 million, including $95 million to $110 million to support restructuring activities.

At the press briefing Keith Wandell, President and CEO of H-D stated:

“Harley-Davidson is making steady progress at executing its strategy to deliver results through focus,” he continued with “We are seeing the benefits of our restructuring and continuous improvement activities reflected in our earnings performance.”

Clearly declining motorcycle sales are the biggest reason for Harley’s struggles and the company’s solid Q2 is not all that reassuring when you remove the “bank” profitability a.k.a. financial services.  New products launch on July 27th which holds some promise along with the international expansion into India.

Updated: July 20, 2010 — John Olin (H-D CFO)  stated during the conference call with investors today that many strapped Harley customers wound up selling their motorcycles during the recession. This has created a glut of used bikes on the market, causing the ratio of used-to-new bike sales to rise to two-to-one in 2009 from one-to-one in 2007.

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