Harley keeps full-year outlook as shutdown hits sales

Harley keeps full year outlook as shutdown hits sales
Harley keeps full year outlook as shutdown hits sales


FILE PHOTO: Motorcycle maker Harley Davidson’s logo appears on the window of a store in Boston, Massachusetts July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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July 28 (Reuters) – Harley-Davidson Inc. (HOG.N) posted a rise in profit and maintained its full-year revenue outlook on Thursday even as a two-week production shutdown hurt second-quarter sales.

The company’s shares rose more than 5% in pre-market trading.

The 119-year-old Milwaukee-based company had suspended assembly and shipments of motorcycles, excluding electric models, in its manufacturing plants in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in May following a regulatory compliance issue at a third-party parts supplier.

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The company re-affirmed its full-year revenue growth outlook of 5% to 10% for motorcycle units and operating income margin of 11% to 12%.

“Now with the suspension being behind us, we are fully focused on mitigating the impacts of the volume loss,” said Chief Exective Jochen Zeitz in a statement.

Sales from motorcycles and related products fell about 5% to $1.27 billion in the second quarter, and total revenue fell 4% to about $1.46 billion.

Net profit came in at $215.8 million, or $1.46 per share, compared with $206.3 million, or $1.33 per share, a year earlier.

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Reporting by Bianca Flowers in Chicago and Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli, Kirsten Donovan

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