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Jul 22, 2014

Harley-Davidson Reporting Strong Revenue And Earnings Gains During Second Quarter

A 2015-model Harley-Davidson Street 750.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON REVENUE, EARNINGS POST STRONG SECOND-QUARTER 2014 GAINS 

Net Income Rises 30.3 Percent for the Quarter on Consolidated Revenue of $2 Billion

Diluted EPS of $1.62 Grows 33.9 Percent Year-Over-Year

MILWAUKEE, July 22, 2014 – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) second-quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share of $1.62 grew 33.9 percent on higher motorcycle shipments and continued improvement in operating efficiencies, compared to the year-ago period. Second-quarter net income was $354.2 million on consolidated revenue of $2.00 billion, compared to net income of $271.7 million in the year-ago period on consolidated revenue of $1.79 billion.

Through six months, Harley-Davidson 2014 net income was $620.1 million on consolidated revenue of $3.73 billion, compared to six-month 2013 net income of $495.9 million on consolidated revenue of $3.37 billion. Six-month 2014 diluted earnings per share were $2.82, up 28.2 percent from EPS of $2.20 in the year-ago period.

“Harley-Davidson’s second-quarter results reflect the financial strength of the Company and brand, including the benefits of continuous improvement throughout our operation,” said Harley-Davidson, Inc. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell. “As a customer-led organization, our employees, dealers in 90 countries and suppliers are focused every day on providing outstanding products and experiences for customers around the world.”

Retail Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Sales

Dealers worldwide sold 90,218 new Harley-Davidson® motorcycles in the second quarter of 2014 compared to 90,193 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter. In the U.S., dealers sold 58,225 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the quarter, compared to sales of 58,241 motorcycles in the year-ago period. The Company believes second-quarter U.S. retail sales were adversely affected by prolonged poor weather across parts of the U.S. and soft Sportster® motorcycle sales ahead of the highly anticipated arrival of Street motorcycles in dealer showrooms.

In international markets, dealers sold 31,993 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the second quarter, compared to 31,952 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with sales up 7.0 percent in the EMEA Region and 1.5 percent in the Asia Pacific Region, and down 10.4 percent in the Latin America Region and 18.0 percent in Canada.

“U.S. retail Harley-Davidson sales fell short of our expectations in the second quarter,” said Wandell. “Because we are committed to managing supply in line with demand, we are reducing our full-year shipment plan and now expect shipment growth of approximately 3-1/2 to 5-1/2 percent over last year.” The Company previously had forecast full-year shipment growth of approximately 7 to 9 percent.

“We believe the underlying demand fundamentals of the business remain intact,” said Wandell. “We continue to see a strong response to the new Rushmore models as well as great interest in the Harley-Davidson StreetTM 750 and 500, which began to hit dealer showrooms in late June.”

Through the first six months of 2014, dealers sold 147,633 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide, compared to 144,447 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with retail unit sales up 1.1 percent in the U.S., 10.1 percent in the Asia Pacific Region and 7.5 percent in the EMEA Region, and down 2.1 percent in the Latin America Region and 13.5 percent in Canada, compared to the year-ago period.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Related Products Segment Results

Second-Quarter Results:Operating income from motorcycles and related products grew 32.3 percent to $473.3 million, compared to operating income of $357.7 million in the year-ago period.Operating income in the quarter benefited from higher motorcycle shipments and higher gross margin compared to the prior-year period.

Revenue from motorcycles grew 16.2 percent to $1.48 billion, compared to revenue of $1.27 billion in the year-ago period. www.harley-davidson.com.

Conference Call and Webcast Presentation

Harley-Davidson will discuss second-quarter results on a Webcast at 8:00 a.m. CT today. The Webcast presentation will be posted prior to the call and can be accessed at http://investor.harley-davidson.com/. Click “Events and Presentations” under “Resources.” The audio portion of today’s call will also be posted at harley-davidson.com beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call for one year. The audio may also be accessed through Aug. 5, 2014 by calling 404-537-3406 or toll-free in the U.S. at 855-859-2056, pin number 64897481 #.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Company intends that certain matters discussed in this release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as such because the context of the statement will include words such as the Company “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” or “estimates” or words of similar meaning. Similarly, statements that describe future plans, objectives, outlooks, targets, guidance or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated as of the date of this release. Certain of such risks and uncertainties are described below. Shareholders, potential investors, and other readers are urged to consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements and cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this release are only made as of the date of this release, and the Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

The Company’s ability to meet the targets and expectations noted depends upon, among other factors, the Company's ability to (i) execute its business strategy, (ii) adjust to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices, (iii) manage through inconsistent economic conditions, including changing capital, credit and retail markets, (iv) manage through the effects inconsistent and unpredictable weather patterns may have on retail sales of motorcycles, (v) manage supply chain issues, including any unexpected interruptions or price increases caused by raw material shortages or natural disasters, (vi) manage changes and prepare for requirements in legislative and regulatory environments for its products, services and operations, (vii) develop and implement sales and marketing plans that retain existing retail customers and attract new retail customers in an increasingly competitive marketplace, (viii) implement and manage enterprise-wide information technology solutions, including solutions at its manufacturing facilities, and secure data contained in those systems, (ix) anticipate the level of consumer confidence in the economy, (x) continue to realize production efficiencies at its production facilities and manage operating costs including materials, labor and overhead, (xi) manage production capacity and production changes, (xii) provide products, services and experiences that are successful in the marketplace, (xiii) manage risks that arise through expanding international manufacturing, operations and sales, (xiv) manage the credit quality, the loan servicing and collection activities, and the recovery rates of HDFS’ loan portfolio, (xv) continue to manage the relationships and agreements that it has with its labor unions to help drive long-term competitiveness, (xvi) adjust to healthcare inflation and reform, pension reform and tax changes, (xvii) retain and attract talented employees, (xviii) manage the risks that our independent dealers may have difficulty obtaining capital and managing through changing economic conditions and consumer demand, (xix) continue to have access to reliable sources of capital funding and adjust to fluctuations in the cost of capital, (xx) continue to develop the capabilities of its distributor and dealer network, and (xxi) detect any issues with our motorcycles or manufacturing processes to avoid delays in new model launches, recall campaigns, increased warranty costs or litigation.

In addition, the Company could experience delays or disruptions in its operations as a result of work stoppages, strikes, natural causes, terrorism or other factors. Other factors are described in risk factors that the Company has disclosed in documents previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company’s ability to sell its motorcycles and related products and services and to meet its financial expectations also depends on the ability of the Company’s independent dealers to sell its motorcycles and related products and services to retail customers. The Company depends on the capability and financial capacity of its independent dealers and distributors to develop and implement effective retail sales plans to create demand for the motorcycles and related products and services they purchase from the Company. In addition, the Company’s independent dealers and distributors may experience difficulties in operating their businesses and selling Harley-Davidson motorcycles and related products and services as a result of weather, economic conditions or other factors.