Shares of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) ended Friday session in red amid volatile trading. The shares closed down -1.30 points or -1.81% at $70.50 with 1.80 million shares getting traded. Post opening the session at $71.59, the shares hit an intraday low of $70.14 and an intraday high of $71.75 and the price vacillated in this range throughout the day. The company has a market cap of $4.40 billion and the numbers of outstanding shares have been calculated to be 64.09 million shares.
Polaris Industries Inc. (PII) on September 12, 2016 provided an update to its full-year guidance. The Company now expects full-year 2016 earnings to be in the range of $3.30 to $3.80 per diluted share, $2.50 to $2.70 per diluted share lower than previously expected of which approximately two-thirds is expected to be incurred in the third quarter. Polaris also expects total Company sales for the full-year 2016 to be down in the mid to high-single digit percent range compared to previously issued guidance of flat to down two percent.
Since Polaris last updated its full year guidance and hosted its investor day in July, the Company has experienced additional RZR thermal-related issues and was unable to sufficiently validate the initially identified RZR Turbo recall repair, necessitating a more complex and expensive repair solution. As a result, the voluntary stop ride/stop sale notification issued on July 25, 2016 remained in place significantly longer than originally anticipated, delaying any sales of the highly-requested RZR Turbo vehicle. Also, given the additional RZR thermal issues, the Company revalidated many of its recently introduced model year 2017 ORV products, causing a delay in shipments of those vehicles. The Company believes its model year 2017 products and the more aggressive programs it has planned for the second half of 2016 will have a positive impact on Off-Road Vehicle (‘ORV’) sales. However, given the delayed model year 2017 shipments and additional recall activity, the expected positive impact will be deferred later than the Company had originally estimated.
The earnings revision of $2.50 to $2.70 per diluted share can be summarized as follows: approximately half is related to the margin impact from delayed model year 2017 shipments, including the high margin RZR Turbo vehicles, as the Company revalidated its new model line-up and protects dealer inventory levels, along with correspondingly lower sales of the Company’s high-margin Parts, Garments and Accessories (‘PG&A’) business; and about 25 percent is the result of higher promotional and customer appreciation costs to rebuild confidence and credibility with RZR owners. The remaining 25 percent is primarily related to expediting the product recall repairs, including the recently announced RZR Turbo recall which, when combined with the one-time warranty, legal and acquisition related costs recorded in the first half of 2016, totals approximately $120 million, or about $1.20 per diluted share of costs that should be considered non-recurring in 2017.
“Our number one priority is to get our loyal owners back to riding safely,” stated Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We share the frustration of our customers and dealers and we are working diligently to expedite the completion of the recall repairs and significantly improve the quality and safety of our products. We are providing increased support to our dealers and RZR owners so they can complete the necessary repairs with minimal disruption. We have engaged outside engineering experts to help accelerate the remediation process, we are sending additional repair technicians into the field to assist our dealers, and we have created a new independent safety and quality function reporting directly to me. Additionally, we are pleased that the vast majority of our model year 2017 products have begun shipping, after undergoing a thorough internal and external review to identify and address any potential safety risks. While we are disappointed with our recent performance, our team is aggressively driving improvements that will make Polaris a better and stronger company.”
Shares of Coca-Cola European Partners plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE:CCE) ended Friday session in red amid volatile trading. The shares closed down -0.47 points or -1.17% at $39.27 with 1.78 million shares getting traded. Post opening the session at $39.14, the shares hit an intraday low of $39.08 and an intraday high of $39.40 and the price vacillated in this range throughout the day. The company has a market cap of $19.17 billion and the numbers of outstanding shares have been calculated to be 482.32 million shares.
Coca-Cola European Partners plc Ordinary Shares (CCE) announced that it will host an event with investors and analysts in Barcelona on Tuesday, 27 September 2016. The meeting will be hosted by Chairman Sol Daurella, Chief Executive Officer John F. Brock, Chief Operating Officer Damian Gammell, and Chief Financial Officer Nik Jhangiani. Presentations will be webcasted and include other key leaders, a detailed business overview, and a discussion of the company’s long-term outlook.
John F. Brock, CEO, commented: “Just three months ago, we executed a transaction that created the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler by net sales and a leading consumer goods company in the European marketplace. This meeting will enable us to provide a better understanding of our business and our strong commitment to creating increasing value for our shareowners.”
Damian Gammell, COO, added: “We look forward to our first investor and analyst event as CCEP in Barcelona, which will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Spanish market as well as our other key operations.”
On 27 September, CCEP will webcast the presentations live through its website, www.ccep.com, beginning at 3:00 p.m. CEST, 2:00 p.m. BST, and 9:00 a.m. EDT. A replay of the presentation will be available at this site within 24 hours after the presentations.