Engine sales help drive robust growth despite Brunswick’s exit from sport yacht market

Brunswick Corporation is reporting consolidated net sales of US$1,275.9 million for the first-quarter of 2019, up from US$1,211.4 million a year earlier. Diluted EPS for the quarter was 42-cents on a GAAP basis versus 99-cents on an as adjusted basis.

The company notes that the quarterly growth year-over-year was achieved despite its exit from the sport yacht market, which accounted for US$15.1 in Q1 sales last year.

Marine engine segment sales were up 11.5% during the quarter, with the acquisition of Power Products contributing approximately 8% to the growth rate. International sales, which represented 32 percent of total segment sales in the quarter, were up 15 percent compared to the prior year period. The segment reported net sales of US$766.0 million in the first quarter compared to US$687.1 million last year.

Brunswick's David Foulkes

Brunswick’s David Foulkes

“Our outlook for 2019 remains consistent with our existing three-year strategic plan, with top-line growth and strong operating leverage generating solid returns for our shareholders,” said David Foulkes, CEO in a company statement

The Boat segment, reported Q1 net sales of US$373.3 million a decrease from $376.5 million in the first quarter of 2018. International sales, accounting for 27 percent of total segment sales in the quarter, decreased by 2 percent from last year. For the first quarter of 2019, the Boat segment reported operating earnings of US$22.0 million, which included US$2.0 million of restructuring, exit, integration, and impairment charges. This compares to operating earnings of US$14.4 million in the first quarter of 2018 which included US$8.1 million of Sport Yacht and Yacht operating losses and US$2.6 million of restructuring, exit, integration, and impairment charges.

Brunswick expects its fitness segment to remain unchanged as it continues to seek a buyer, anticipating single-digit sales declines. For the quarter, the Fitness segment reported operating losses of US$139.1 million, which included US$138.3 million of restructuring, exit, integration, and impairment charges, mostly related to an impairment of goodwill resulting from a re-evaluation of the fair value of the Fitness reporting unit, which was informed by significant progress made on the sale process, and US$1.7 million of separation costs.

“Our outlook for 2019 remains consistent with our existing three-year strategic plan, with top-line growth and strong operating leverage generating solid returns for our shareholders,” said David Foulkes, CEO in a company statement. “Our full-year guidance for the combined marine business remains relatively unchanged. Absent significant changes in the macro-economic climate and the marine market, we anticipate overall revenue growth rates in the range of 8 to 10 percent which, while slightly lower than the previous estimate, still represents strong top-line growth for the year,” Foulkes added.