Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported record second quarter net income of $69.8 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, up 43 percent from the prior year’s second quarter net income of $48.7 million, or $0.68 per diluted share. Sales for the second quarter 2012 totaled a record $755.4 million, an increase of 24 percent over last year’s second quarter sales of $607.9 million.
Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chief Executive Officer, commented, “While the weak U.S. economy and likely recession in Europe are concerning, we continue to see strength in our core North American Powersports business. Our investments in adjacent markets and international expansion are paying dividends, and we are excited to have Eicher Motors Limited as a joint venture partner to aggressively pursue growth in India. The strong second quarter results were driven by solid strategic execution combined with end-market demand that is healthier than a year ago.”
Polaris’ North American retail sales to consumers climbed 17 percent during the quarter propelled by strong demand for our innovative products and supported by continued growth in the industry off-road vehicle and motorcycle markets. As a result, our Off-Road Vehicles business increased wholesale sales to dealers 20 percent during the quarter. Our On-Road Vehicles business also experienced strong demand, up 110 percent, which reflects ongoing consumer enthusiasm for our expanding line of motorcycles worldwide and the importance of our diversification efforts.
“We are extremely pleased with our success during the second quarter, but we remain mindful of the uncertainty surrounding the overall economic environment in Europe and North America. As we continue investing in our future growth, such as the recently announced joint venture with Eicher, we are prepared to react quickly to sales velocity changes in our businesses,” continued Wine. “Given the ongoing strength in our overall business as well as the anticipated success of several new model year 2013 vehicles to be unveiled next week at our dealer meeting, we are raising our expectations for sales and earnings for the full year 2012. We believe this continues to be a great time to be a Polaris shareholder.”