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Harley-Davidson is a publicly traded company having a good stock performance result. Harley-Davidson is a fortune 500 stock listed company trading under HDI.
Harley-Davidson is the only major US maker of motorcycles and the nation's 1 seller of heavyweight motorcycles. The company offers 33 models of touring and custom Harleys through a worldwide network of more than 1,300 dealers. Harley models include the Electra Glide, the Sportster, and the Fat Boy. Besides its bikes, Harley-Davidson sells a line of clothing and accessories .The Company also makes motorcycles under the Buell nameplate. Harley-Davidson Financial Services offers financing to dealers and consumers in the US and Canada.
In 2005, the Harley-Davidson family raised 4.6 million dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, topping out the 25-year total at more than 55 million dollars. In Harley-Davidson’s hometowns, the Harley-Davidson Foundation supported initiatives to build strong communities, to the tune of 3.1 million dollars in 2005. It also reached out to those impacted by disaster, with a 1 million dollar gift to hurricane relief efforts.
In 2005, Harley-Davidson consolidated revenue grew to 5.34 billion dollars, a 6.5 percent increase over 2004, while net income grew 7.8 percent to 959.6 million dollars. Diluted full year earnings per share roused to 13.7 percent to 3.41 dollars compared to 2004. They shipped 329,017 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles to dealerships globally.
The dealers again retailed record numbers of new Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycles. For the full year, worldwide retail sales grew 6.2 percent to 317,169 units and international it grew 15.0 percent compared to 2004. Harley-Davidson Europe had an absolutely gangbuster year, with retail sales of 19.9 percent over the prior year. Parts & Accessories revenue grew 4.4 percent to 815.7 million dollars in 2005. Revenue from general merchandise, which includes motorclothes apparel and collectibles, totaled 247.9 million dollars, a 10.8 percent increase over 2004.
HDFs reported operating income of 191.6 million dollars, up 1.6 percent from the prior year. HDFs’ market share of consumer new Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycle loans grew to approximately 45 percent in 2005, compared to about 40 percent in 2004. These hard-won results demonstrate HDFs’ ability to navigate the increasingly competitive consumer lending environment and aggressively manage the business for growth.
At year-end Harley-Davidson had over 1 billion dollars of cash and marketable securities on hand, even after increasing the Company’s total dividend payout 45.7 percent to 173.8 million dollars for the year and repurchasing stock totaling 1.05 billion dollars. Cash is a powerful driver of their performance, enabling them to do many things that are the underpinnings of their growth.

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