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Polaris Defense Appoints John M. Olson as Vice President


Sep. 7 2016, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

Price movement

Polaris Industries (PII) has a market cap of $5.5 billion. It fell by 0.50% to close at $83.52 per share on September 6, 2016. The stock’s weekly, monthly, and year-to-date (or YTD) price movements were -6.8%, -11.8%, and -0.99%, respectively, on the same day. PII is currently trading 8.9% below its 20-day moving average, 7.1% below its 50-day moving average, and 5.8% below its 200-day moving average.

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Related ETFs and peers

The VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (MOAT) invests 3.6% of its holdings in Polaris. The ETF tracks an equal-weighted index of 20 companies that Morningstar determines to have the highest fair value among companies with a sustainable competitive advantage. The YTD price movement of MOAT was 19.5% on September 6.

The Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth ETF (IVOG) invests 0.84% of its holdings in Polaris. The ETF tracks a market-cap-weighted index of growth companies culled from the S&P 400. The market caps of Polaris’ competitors are as follows:

  • Textron (TXT) — $11.0 billion
  • Harley-Davidson (HOG) — $9.3 billion

Latest news on Polaris Industries

On September 6, Polaris “announced the hiring of John M. Olson as Vice President and General Manager for Polaris Defense, effective immediately. Reporting directly to Bob Mack, President, Global Adjacent Markets, Olson will execute complete Polaris Defense P&L responsibility, lead and develop the long term strategy for the organization, and build it into a top supplier of innovative customer solutions to the Department of Defense and other Government agencies.”

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Polaris Industries’ performance in 2Q16 

Polaris Industries reported 2Q16 sales of $1.13 billion, a rise of 0.58% over the sales of $1.12 billion in 2Q15. Sales for the motorcycles and global adjacent markets segments rose by 23.3% and 14.2%, respectively. Sales of the ORV (off-road vehicles) and snowmobiles segment fell by 5.7% between 1Q15 and 1Q16.

The company’s gross profit margin and operating income fell by 11.4% and 28.7%, respectively, between 1Q15 and 1Q16. Its net income and EPS (earnings per share) fell to $71.2 million and $1.09, respectively, in 2Q16, compared with $100.9 million and $1.49, respectively, in 2Q15.

Polaris Industries’ cash and cash equivalents rose by 23.4% and its inventories fell by 2.3% between 1Q15 and 1Q16. Its current ratio fell to 1.2x and its DE (debt-to-equity) ratio rose to 1.6x in 2Q16, compared with 1.6x and 1.4x, respectively, in 2Q15.

During 2Q16, it repurchased and retired 652,000 shares of its common stock, worth $58.9 million. As of June 30, 2016, it has the authorization to repurchase up to 8.7 million additional shares.


The company has updated its projections for 2016. It expects to see sales growth of -2%–0%. Furthermore, it expects the ORV and snowmobiles segment’s sales to see a mid-single-digit decline and the motorcycle segment’s sales to see a double-digit increase. The company expects the global adjacent markets segment’s sales to see an increase in the mid-teens. Finally, EPS are expected to come in at $6–$6.30. In the next part of this series, we’ll look at Hormel Foods (HRL).


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