RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Horizon Global's Third Quarter Increases Due to Acquisition

Wed Nov 2, 2016

147809949933617.jpgTROY, Michigan — Horizon Global Corp., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment, reported third quarter earnings and raised full-year guidance with the recent acquisition of Westfalia, a leading European towing company.

"The third quarter brought transformational change to Horizon Global as we signed an agreement to acquire Westfalia,” A. Mark Zeffiro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Global, says.

“In conjunction with closing the transaction in early fourth quarter, we incurred an incremental $152 million of term debt," Zeffiro says. "We are already executing on our integration plans and are on track to achieve the $10 million in synergies in 2017 that we previously communicated.

"We are pleased with our third quarter 2016 results, which were more in line with our historical segment operating profit distribution than the third quarter of 2015. Our automotive OE and e-commerce channels experienced significant sales gains in the quarter, offset by the softness we are seeing in the retail channel.

“Segment operating profit improved on lower sales volume as compared to third quarter 2015. On a full-year basis, we are in sight of our goal of 10% adjusted segment operating profit. Our operating cash flow more than doubled last year, allowing us to reduce our leverage ratio to 2.7 times and the lowest it's been since we became a public company."

Horizon North America had net sales decrease 5.1 percent, with strong volume in e-commerce and automotive OE channels, offset by declines in retail, aftermarket and industrial channels. Operating profit increased $2.1 million to $13.3 million, or 12.3 percent of net sales, from $11.2 million, due to improved cost structure and lower input costs. Adjusted operating profit decreased $0.3 million to $14.0 million, or 12.8 percent of net sales, as compared to 12.5 percent in the prior year.

Horizon International had net sales were up 10.9 percent driven by strong growth in the OE channel, reflecting both new and existing programs. Operating profit increased $2.3 million to $3.5 million, or 8.2 percent of net sales, from $1.2 million, as a result of increased volume and productivity initiatives. Adjusted operating profit increased $2.4 million to $3.6 million, or 8.3 percent of net sales, mostly due to increased volume.

"Margin improvement remains our number one priority, and our results year-to-date reflect our ongoing commitment to achieving a 10 percent total Company operating margin,” Zeffiro says. “The Westfalia acquisition will help us move closer to that goal over the next two years. The market shift to SUV's and trucks is driving increased demand for our product set, with our OE business outperforming in the quarter.

“Our core business model of building strong brands while driving customer value is showing results. Through our efforts in driving lean and productivity initiatives, we achieved a 150 basis point increase in adjusted segment operating margins. We are focused on execution as we integrate Westfalia and lay the foundation for our business beyond today," Zeffiro says.