17 Years and Counting for H-D

Harley-Davidson Reports Record Fourth Quarter And 17th Consecutive Record Year
Net Income of $580 million on Revenue of $4.1 billion.

Milwaukee, Wis., January 21, 2003 -- Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HDI) today announced record revenue and earnings for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2002. Revenue for the quarter was $1.03 billion compared with $905.9 million in the year-ago quarter, a 13.3 percent increase. Net income for the quarter was $150.9 million, an increase of 27.5 percent over the year ago quarter. Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share(EPS) were 49 cents, a 25.6 percent increase compared with last year’s 39 cents. Revenue for the full year was $4.1 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in 2001, a 20.1 percent increase. Net income for the year was $580.2 million, a 32.5 percent increase versus last year’s $437.7 million, while diluted EPS for the full year were $1.90, a 32.9 percent increase compared with $1.43 in 2001.

“The year 2002 was our 17th consecutive year of record revenue and net income,” said Jeffrey L. Bleustein, chairman and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Worldwide retail sales of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles were strong in 2002 with 15.9 percent unit growth over the prior year. Strong demand for our products gives us confidence in maintaining our production goal of 289,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles for 2003.”

“We believe that the excitement surrounding our 100th Anniversary celebration combined with the strength of the underlying fundamentals of our motorcycle business are helping us continue to grow – even in the face of a weak global economy. We are fulfilling the dreams of many new customers as we welcome them into the Harley-Davidson family,” said Bleustein.

Motorcycles and Related Products Segment – Fourth Quarter Results

Revenue from Harley-Davidson motorcycles was $820.3 million, an increase of $86.1 million or 11.7 percent over the same period last year. Fourth quarter shipments of Harley-Davidson motorcycles totaled 65,970 units. The Company had four fewer workdays in the fourth quarter of 2002 compared with 2001, yet shipped 2,435 more units, or 3.8 percent more than the same period last year.

Revenue from Parts and Accessories (P&A), which consists of Genuine Motor Parts and Genuine Motor Accessories, totaled $129.9 million, an increase of $18.5 million, or 16.6 percent over the year-ago quarter. Revenue from General Merchandise, which consists of MotorClothesTM apparel and collectibles, totaled $54.8 million, an increase of $7.3 million or 15.4 percent. Revenue from 100th Anniversary P&A products was $12.7 million and revenue from General Merchandise associated with the 100th Anniversary was $12.5 million. “We are very pleased with sales of our 100th Anniversary products, but we realize that not all of these were incremental because some substitution from standard offerings to commemorative anniversary products did occur,” said Bleustein.

Fourth quarter gross margin was 36.1 percent of revenue, up from 34.5 percent last year. Gross margin improved primarily due to wholesale motorcycle price increases, favorable product mix and foreign exchange effects.

Fourth quarter operating margin for the Motorcycles and Related Products Segment was 20.7 percent of revenue, which was better than last year’s fourth quarter operating margin of 18.6 percent. The increase in operating margin was driven primarily by the increase in gross margin.

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