-- Quarterly Revenues Increased 83% on Continued Strong Towable Segment Growth --

-- Quarterly Diluted EPS of $0.57, Up 36% Over Prior Year --

-- Gross Margins Increased 220 Basis Points Over Prior Year --

FOREST CITY, IOWA, December 20, 2017 - Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading recreation vehicle manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company's first quarter Fiscal 2018.

First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

Revenues for the Fiscal 2018 first quarter ended November 25, 2017, were $450.0 million, an increase of 83.5% compared to $245.3 million for the Fiscal 2017 period, which included three weeks of Grand Design RV performance. Gross profit was $62.8 million, an increase of 117.6% compared to $28.9 million for the Fiscal 2017 period. Gross profit margin increased 220 basis points in the quarter, driven by the continuation of accelerated growth in the more profitable Towable segment. Operating in come was $31.2 million for the quarter, an improvement of 69.4% compared to $18.4 million in the first quarter of last year. Fiscal 2018 first quarter net income was $18.0 million, an increase of 53.0% compared to $11.7 million in the same period last year. Earnings per diluted share were $0.57, an increase of 36% compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.42 in the same period last year. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA was $35.4 million for the quarter, compared to $14.7 million last year, an increase of 141.2%.

President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Happe commented, “As we begin Fiscal 2018, we’re pleased with our consolidated results, including continued robust sales growth and margin improvement, as well as further progress toward becoming a larger, more profitable full-line RV provider centered around our two leading brands, Winnebago and Grand Design RV. Our results reflect a transformed portfolio and focused dual-brand strategy that positions us to drive increasing market share and profitability, balancing our Motorized business with a fast-growing Towable segment. Our Grand Design RV business recently celebrated its one-year anniversary as part of Winnebago Industries and continues to perform well, as does our Winnebago-branded Towable division. On the Motorized side, profitability continues to be impacted by new product line start-up costs, ongoing expenses related to the ramp up of our West Coast production facility and an increase in direct material costs. All of our businesses had a successful fall season, with strong new product showings at the two largest industry events of the year, driving an increased order backlog. As always, I want to thank all of our Winnebago Industries employees for their hard work during the quarter and for their ongoing dedication to providing high-quality products and service to our customers.”

Significant items related to the Grand Design RV acquisition that are impacting income before income taxes in the first quarter of Fiscal 2018:

  • For the first quarter, amortization expenses of $2.1 million were recorded related to the definite-lived intangible assets acquired, or $0.04 per diluted share, net of tax. We expect ongoing amortization expense will be approximately $2.0 million per quarter through Fiscal 2021.
  • Interest expense of $4.8 million was recorded in the first quarter related to the debt associated with the acquisition of Grand Design RV, or $0.10 per diluted share, net of tax. On December 8, 2017, Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced a successful repricing of a $260 million Term Loan B facility, at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 3.5%, to replace the previous facility that carried an interest rate of LIBOR plus 4.5%.   Prior to this repricing, $19.7 million was drawn on our ABL and the proceeds from the ABL borrowing were used to pay down our Term Loan B.


In the first quarter, revenues for the Motorized segment were $190.4 million, down 2.4% from the previous year. Segment Adjusted EBITDA was $3.2 million, down 71.6% from the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased 400 basis points, driven by investments related to start-up of new lines and increased operational and direct materials costs. Backlog increased during the quarter, benefiting from recently introduced new products, which should benefit sales performance through the remainder of Fiscal 2018.


Revenues for the Towable segment were $259.7 million for the quarter, up $209.5 million over the prior year, driven by the addition of $195.4 million in revenue from the Grand Design RV acquisition and continued strong organic growth in Winnebago- branded Towable products, which increased more than 50% compared to last year. Segment Adjusted EBITDA was $32.3 million, up $28.7 million over the prior year.  Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 530 basis points, driven by higher volumes and a favorable product mix, including the annualization of Grand Design RV within this segment. Backlog remains strong while retail sales continue to outpace the industry for both brands.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of November 25, 2017, the Company had total outstanding debt of $270.8 million ($279.8 million of debt, net of debt issuance costs of $9.0 million) and working capital of $156.9 million. The debt-to-equity ratio declined to 59.3% from 62.2% as of August 26, 2017 and the ratio of net debt to Adjusted EBITDA improved to 1.4x as of the end of the quarter compared to 1.7x as of August 26, 2017. Cash flow from operations was $29.5 million in the first quarter of Fiscal 2018, an increase of $29.6 million from the same period in Fiscal 2017.

Quarterly Cash Dividend

On December 13, 2017, the Company’s board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share payable on January 24, 2018, to common stockholders of record at the close of business on January 10, 2018.

Mr. Happe continued, “Going forward, our focus remains on improving the operations of our business to drive long-term, sustainable profitability. The Motorized business continues to strive to build a profitable foundation with improved products, stronger dealer relationships and a more efficient operations base. Our Towable businesses remain well-positioned to drive future market share and profitability growth given our strong backlog and improving dealer lot space via new product launches. We remain optimistic about the strength of the RV marketplace as a whole, with overall U.S. shipments expected to exceed 500,000 units in 2017, and a ninth consecutive year of growth projected in 2018. Winnebago Industries launched several strong new products this fall, all of which have received very positive industry response. On the Motorized side, we introduced the Intent, our value-priced Class A Gas RV; the Horizon Class A Diesel, which was named RV of the Year by RVBusiness magazine; and the Class B Revel, which was awarded Best in Show at the RVIA Trade Show. On the Towable side, we introduced a new Winnebago branded fifth-wheel and Grand Design RV’s new Transcend line, a differentiated product marking the brand’s introduction to the Stick-and-Tin segment, which should benefit the back half of Fiscal 2018. Our previously-announced Towable capacity expansion projects continue moving forward as we position our business to ensure supply keeps pace with future expected demand.”

Conference Call

Winnebago Industries, Inc. will conduct a conference call to discuss first quarter Fiscal 2018 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 Industries

Winnebago Industries, Inc. 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 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 r esources, 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 merger and acquisition 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.