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Thor’s Shares Lower Than Analysts’ Expectations

Thor Industries recorded weaker sales and earnings that missed expectations for the latest quarter, leading shares sharply lower Thursday.

This story by Matthew Rocco originally appeared on Fox Business News.

The company reported $1.87 billion in fourth-quarter sales, down 3.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago but slightly higher than Wall Street’s estimate. Sales of towable RVs were flat, but motorized RV sales were down 13.2 percent.

Thor’s net income slipped about 26 percent to $88.2 million. On a per-share basis, Thor earned $1.67. Analysts were looking for stronger earnings of $2.03 per share.

CEO Bob Martin said Thor has grappled with rising costs, including expenses related to materials and labor, and the company offered more dealer incentives during the quarter to spur sales. Thor also reduced production of its RVs and lowered wholesale shipments.

Thor also incurred costs from its planned acquisition of Erwin Hymer Group, a European RV manufacturer.

Despite a weaker fourth quarter, Thor booked record full-year sales and earnings. Shares dropped nearly 13 percent. Thor has slipped about 39 percent since the start of the year.

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