Harley-Davidson's fourth-quarter profit dropped from a year earlier,
stung by a large restructuring expense. While its adjusted results
met Wall Street's view, revenue was pressured by lower sales in the
motorcycle segment and a decline in shipments.
Shares slid 6 percent in morning trading Tuesday.
The motorcycle maker earned $495,000, or less than a penny a share,
for the period ended Dec. 31. A year earlier the Milwaukee-based
company earned $8.3 million, or 5 cents per share.
The latest quarter included a restructuring expense of $19.4
million. Excluding that and the impact of tariffs, earnings were 17
cents per share, in line with the estimates of analysts surveyed by
Zacks Investment Research.
Motorcycle sales totaled $955.6 million. Including financial
services results, total revenue was $1.15 billion. Wall Street
predicted $1.05 billion in revenue.
Sales for the motorcycle segment declined in the quarter, with
shipments down 7.9 percent to 43,489.
For the year, Harley-Davidson Inc. reported a profit of $531.5
million, or $3.19 per share, on revenue of $4.97 billion.
Looking ahead, the company forecast shipments of between 53,000 and
58,000 for the first quarter and a range of 217,000 to 222,000 for
the full year.