Polaris Enters Indian Market with Eicher Motors Limited

MINNEAPOLIS (July 24, 2012) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced a joint venture with Eicher Motors Limited, a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles and motorcycles in India. The joint venture will develop and market new products to meet the diverse vehicle needs in India and other emerging markets. The agreement creates a new operation, wherein Polaris and Eicher each control 50 percent. The overall investment is expected to be approximately $50 million, shared equally between the partners over a three-year period.

 

Polaris Industries Inc. CEO Scott Wine (right) and Eicher Motors Limited CEO and Managing Director Siddhartha Lal (left) happily shake hands after signing an agreement for their companies to enter into a joint venture. Both men expressed great excitement about the potential of this new joint venture, in which the companies will cooperatively develop new products for India and other emerging markets. (Photo: Polaris Industries Inc.)

“This agreement instantly expands and enhances Polaris’ presence in India and supplying access to additional emerging markets around the globe and leverages Polaris’ strength in product innovation and vehicle development” said Scott Wine, Polaris CEO. “Eicher’s financial strength and rich history as a leader in the Indian market makes them the perfect partner for Polaris in India. This joint venture represents an incredible opportunity to develop new vehicles and realize global growth.”

Eicher is a well-established, powerful brand in India. The company today is comprised of Royal Enfield, an iconic motorcycle brand, and VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV), a 50/50 venture with Volvo. VECV, established in 2008, manufactures and markets medium-to-heavy-duty trucks and buses, engineering components and provides engineering design solutions. Between its two business divisions, Eicher has a dealer network with more than 400 locations in India.

“At Eicher Motors Limited, we are committed to long term growth and value creation for our stakeholders through both organic and inorganic expansion,” said Siddhartha Lal, managing director and CEO, Eicher Motors Limited. “This joint venture strongly supports our strategic direction. Currently, we are active in the commercial vehicle and motorcycle categories. Collaborating with Polaris allows us to enter new profitable vehicle segments.”

The joint venture will benefit from the complementary and shared strengths each partner provides, utilizing these collective talents to co-develop new products for emerging markets. Polaris’ unmatched innovation in engineering and design, paired with Eicher’s powertrain expertise, economical engineering and knowledge of local markets create a powerful combination. The companies’ shared dedication to manufacturing excellence and responsible management further strengthens this partnership.

While strategies are still under discussion, Eicher and Polaris plan to cooperatively build a new manufacturing facility to support this joint venture, with production projected to start in 2015.

Polaris Recalls Steering Component

Vehicle Make / Model: Victory / Cross Country                                                                                                                      Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc.                                                                                                                                         Mfr’s Report Date: May 31, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V305000                                                                                                                               NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Steering : Wheel and Handle Bar

Potential Number of Units Affected: 840

Summary:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2011 Victory Cross Country Motorcycles manufactured from Jan.1, through April 11,2011. The handlebar clamps and/or risers may have been machined incorrectly which could cause the handlebars to slip in the clamps.

Remedy:
Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will test and replace defective riser/clamp assemblies, free of charge, the safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact Victory Customer Service @ 1-888-704-5290

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline @ 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


Polaris to Acquire Global Electric Motorcars LLC

MINNEAPOLIS (April 25, 2011) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:  PII) today announced an agreement to acquire Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned Fargo, N.D. based subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC and manufacturer of premium electric-powered vehicles.  GEM is the recognized leader within the low-speed vehicle market, with a well-respected brand and approximately $30 million in sales during the 2010 calendar year.  Since the company was established in 1998, they have placed over 45,000 electric-powered vehicles on the road worldwide.  GEM has developed business-to-business sales expertise within the fleet and government vehicle markets, and has created a competitive advantage with core competencies in make-to-order vehicle fulfillment and mobile service support.

 

“GEM provides Polaris with an established position in the low-emission small vehicle market and supports Polaris’ strategy of penetrating on-roadmarket segments poised for growth,” said Scott Wine, Polaris chief executive officer. “We are excited about the outlook for growth within this market space, and are looking forward to developing even stronger growth prospects for the GEM business.”

 

“Our vision is to accelerate profitable sales growth for GEM, by combining Polaris’ strength in new product innovation with the most-recognized brand in the low speed vehicle market space,” said Mike Jonikas, Vice President of the On-Road Vehicle Division.  “These new product efforts for GEM will be supported by an expanded distribution presence within select domestic and international markets.”

 

The agreement to acquire GEM will officially close within the next 60 days once Polaris secures the required state sales certifications to sell GEM products.  During this interim period, since Polaris will not yet have officially acquired GEM, operations will proceed as usual and Polaris will continue to learn and understand the GEM business through information exchange.  Following this interim period, Polaris will be in a position to outline specific plans for the GEM business.

 

Polaris Reports Record First Quarter 2011 Results; EPS Increased 127% to $1.34 on 49% Sales Growth

MINNEAPOLIS, Apr 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today reported record first quarter net income of $47.3 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. By comparison, 2010 first quarter net income was $19.8 million, or $0.59 per diluted share. Sales for the first quarter 2011 totaled $537.2 million, an increase of 49 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $361.7 million.

“Given our excellent start to the year we are significantly raising our expectations for sales and earnings for the full year 2011,” continued Wine. “We will continue to make prudent strategic investments and our strong balance sheet, with $346 million in cash on hand and only $200 million in debt at March 31, 2011, gives us the strength and flexibility to remain aggressive in identifying opportunities to accelerate growth. In addition, product innovation remains at the forefront of our strategy, as evidenced by our January launch of the all-new RANGERRZR XP(TM) 900 recreational vehicle and the Victory High-Ball(TM) custom cruiser, in addition to the March introduction of our model year 2012 snowmobiles.”

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Polaris Acquires Indian Motorcycle

MINNEAPOLIS (April 19, 2011) — Polaris Industries Inc. today announced the acquisition of Indian Motorcycle. The business was acquired from Indian Motorcycle Limited , a company advised by Stellican Limited and Novator Partners LLP, U.K. Private Equity firms. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are excited to be part of the revitalization of a quintessentially American brand,” said Scott Wine, CEO of Polaris Industries Inc. “Indian built America’s first motorcycle. With our technology and vision, we are confident we will deliver the classic Indian motorcycle, enhanced by the quality and performance for which Polaris and Victory are known.”

With this acquisition, Polaris adds one of motorcycling’s legendary brands to its strong stable of Victory cruiser and touring bikes. Indian will operate as an autonomous business unit, building upon the potent combination of Polaris’ engineering acumen and innovative technology with Indian’s premium brand, iconic design and rich American heritage.

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Polaris. Polaris will utilize its well-known strengths in engineering, manufacturing, and distribution to complete the mission we undertook upon re-launching the brand in 2006: harness the enormous potential of the Indian brand,” said Stephen Julius, chairman of Indian and managing director of Stellican. “Polaris is the most logical owner of Indian Motorcycle. Indian’s heritage brand will allow Polaris to aggressively compete across an expanded spectrum of the motorcycle market.”

Novator Partners LLP is a London based alternative investment firm founded and led by the investor Mr. Thor Bjorgolfsson. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Mr. Bjorgolfsson said “After a troubled past, our goal was to bring the legendary Indian bikes back on the roads. The initial phase of that project is done and now our great partners at Polaris will carry on the work to realize the full potential of this classic American brand.”

Conference Call and Webcast Presentation
Tomorrow, April 20th at 9:00AM (CT), Polaris Industries Inc. will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the acquisition, as well as the first quarter 2011 financial results. The call will be hosted by Scott Wine, CEO, Bennett Morgan, President and COO and Mike Malone, Vice President-Finance and CFO.

A slide presentation and link to the audio webcast will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Polaris web site at www.polarisindustries.com/irhome approximately 30 minutes before the conference call begins.

To listen to the conference call by phone, dial 800-374-6475 in the U.S. and Canada, or 973-200-3967 internationally. The Conference ID is #36643140. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call for a one-week period by accessing the same link on our website, or by dialing 800-642-1687 in the U.S. and Canada, or 706-645-9291 internationally.