Thursday announced record revenue and earnings for its fourth quarter, as the weak dollar helped international sales.
Net income jumped 14.5% to $209.0 million, or 71 cents a share, vs. $182.4 million, or 60 cents a share, a year ago. Analysts expected the company to earn 69 cents a share, according to Thomson First Call.
Revenue rose 5.4% to $1.22 billion in the quarter. The company also managed record revenue and profit for the 19th consecutive year.
Sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles were up 6.7% in the U.S. and 14% in international markets. The company said that, based on "current market conditions and the strong euro," it is reducing suggested retail prices in 2005 on select motorcycle models in European markets, making them "more affordable to a broader range of customers."
Gross margin was 37.8% of revenue, up from 35.9%.
The Milwaukee-based company said it expects to ship 339,000 motorcycles during the year and generate an "annual earnings growth rate in the mid-teens."
Shares closed at $59.71 Wednesday.