February 20, 2008

Garmin Profit Jumps

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Garmin's sales for the 4th quarter were up 99% versus year ago to $1.2Billion in the quarter. That's too bad, they were up 100% last year; missed it by that much...... Anyway, earnings were also up 70% to $1.39 per share. Things were up all over the place as sales grew significantly in their Automotive, outdoor/fitness, aviation and marine. Growth was seen in all geographies too.

Wall St hit them a bit after the announcement as the street is a little concerned over the decline in selling prices. I have noticed that Garmin used to carry a premium price over TomTom on many models, but are now undercutting them on some models. It is certainly a more aggressive market out there as people are fighting for their share of the explosive growth. Expect TomTom Earnings out in a few days...

Garmin also mentioned that they expect retail prices to drop by 20% this year; not sure if that means a drop across the board, or average price when you include the new high end units that have yet to hit the market. But to me a 20% drop on a $260 Nuvi 350 means a Nuvi 350 that is around $199 for the holidays.

Dr. Min Kao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "Garmin experienced an exciting fourth quarter, which brought a strong finish to fiscal 2007. The strong holiday season demand we experienced clearly demonstrated that our products are well-positioned to take advantage of the growing interest in portable navigation devices. Independent market research indicates we have maintained a strong leadership position in North America, and our market position in Europe continues to improve as well."

Press Release is below....

Highlights 4th Quarter

-- Total revenue of $1.217 billion, up 99% from $611 million in fourth
quarter 2006
-- Automotive/Mobile segment revenue increased 124% to $999 million in
fourth quarter 2007
-- Aviation segment revenue increased 16% to $71 million in fourth quarter
2007
-- Outdoor/Fitness segment revenue increased 43% to $114 million in fourth
quarter 2007
-- Marine segment revenue increased 31% to $33 million in fourth quarter
2007
-- All geographic areas experienced significant growth:
* North America revenue was $836 million compared to $393 million, up
113%
* Europe revenue was $338 million compared to $194 million, up 74%
* Asia revenue was $43 million compared to $24 million, up 79%
-- Diluted earnings per share increased 70% to $1.39 from $0.82 in fourth
quarter 2006; excluding foreign exchange, EPS increased 51% to $1.31
from $0.87 in the same quarter in 2006.


Fiscal Year 2007 Financial highlights:

-- Total revenue of $3.18 billion, up 79% from $1.77 billion in 2006
-- Automotive/Mobile segment revenue increased 115% to $2.34 billion in
2007
-- Aviation segment revenue increased 27% to $295 million in 2007
-- Marine segment revenue increased 22% to $203 million in 2007
-- Outdoor/Fitness segment revenue increased 19% to $340 million in 2007
-- Revenue from our automotive/mobile segment continued to become a larger
portion of total company revenues when compared with 2006, at 74% of
total revenues.
-- All geographic areas experienced significant growth:
* North America revenue was $2.067 billion compared to $1.094 billion,
up 89%
* Europe revenue was $969 million compared to $593 million, up 63%
* Asia revenue was $144 million compared to $87 million, up 66%
-- Diluted earnings per share increased 66% to $3.89 from $2.35 in 2006;
excluding foreign exchange, EPS increased 62% to $3.80 from $2.35 in
2006.
-- Over 12 million units sold during fiscal 2007 -- a new and exciting
benchmark -- which brings the total Garmin units sold worldwide to over
31 million units.


Business highlights:

-- Strong sales in our automotive/mobile segment continued to exceed our
expectations and are expected to drive much of our growth during 2008.
-- Aviation, marine, and outdoor/fitness segments all posted double-digit
growth in 2007, and we anticipate stronger performance in 2008.
-- Strong holiday sales drove unit sales in the fourth quarter to over 5.5
million units -- just slightly less than the total number of units sold
in all of 2006. These unit sales reflect an increase of 177% from the
same quarter in 2006.
-- We continue to build out our third Taiwan manufacturing facility,
increasing the number of production lines to 36 and production capacity
at the end of the fourth quarter to an annual run rate of nearly 20
million units. Expansion of our engineering and office space in Taiwan
continues.
-- We continue work on the expansion of our North American warehouse in
Olathe, Kansas, with expected completion in March 2008. We have also
begun planning to expand our headquarters and research and development
facilities in Olathe.
-- Acquisitions of distributors in France, Germany, Spain, and Italy were
completed in 2007. In early 2008 we completed the acquisition of our
distributor in Denmark as well. These activities are part of our
ongoing efforts to increase our market share in Europe.


Executive overview from Dr. Min Kao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer:

"Garmin experienced an exciting fourth quarter, which brought a strong finish to fiscal 2007. The strong holiday season demand we experienced clearly demonstrated that our products are well-positioned to take advantage of the growing interest in portable navigation devices. Independent market research indicates we have maintained a strong leadership position in North America, and our market position in Europe continues to improve as well.

"We were prepared to meet the strong demand for our automotive/mobile products. We effectively managed inventory to meet holiday demand; as anticipated, we ended 2007 with appropriate inventory levels in our retail channels. We remain committed to proper inventory planning as we enter 2008. As the automotive/mobile segment continues to become a larger portion of our business, we expect our business to experience even stronger seasonality for 2008 and beyond. As such, we intend to more effectively level our production requirements and our inventory levels throughout the year. We believe our strategy of extensive market segmentation using our popular nuvi(R) product offerings will continue to drive positive results. Useful content and competitive features integrated into reliable, easy-to-use products at attractive price points are what customers want -- and what they receive when they choose Garmin. Given growth in our existing markets and opportunities we see in new markets during 2008, we anticipate automotive/mobile segment revenues will grow 45% in 2008.

"Our aviation segment grew steadily throughout 2007. Positive response to our WAAS and GMX200 product offerings and growth in the sales of our G1000(R) cockpit continued. Wins for our G1000 cockpit for future microjets and business jet as well as retrofit opportunities are expected to continue to create additional strength in this segment during the second half of 2008. We anticipate aviation segment revenue is positioned to grow 30% in 2008.

"Our marine segment also showed steady growth in 2007, as our revolutionary new marine products and cartography created opportunities to draw customers to our products. While marine segment revenues typically decline sequentially in third and fourth quarter each year, in 2007, results continued to be seasonally strong during these quarters. We expect our exciting suite of marine products, as well as additional new products to be released this year, will allow the marine segment to post revenue growth of 25% in 2008.

"Holiday season demand for our outdoor/fitness products was strong, as we posted over 40% revenue growth for this segment when compared with the same quarter in 2006. Increased sales generated by the new Astro(TM) dog tracking product, as well as new products with high-sensitivity GPS drove growth in the latter part of 2007. We see continued growth opportunities for this segment and anticipate that outdoor/fitness segment revenue is positioned to grow 25% in 2008."

Financial overview from Kevin Rauckman, Chief Financial Officer:

"We are clearly very pleased with our financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2007," said Kevin Rauckman, chief financial officer of Garmin Ltd. "Our revenue and earnings per share during 2007 grew 79% and 66% respectively, exceeding our expectations. Garmin has now completed seven years as a public company and has consistently generated top line and bottom line growth, with a 7-year compounded annual growth rate of revenue and earnings per share of 37% and 33%, respectively.

"Our gross and operating margins held strong, exceeding our expectations, coming in at 46% and 29% respectively. We also generated $525 million of free cash flow in 2007, resulting in unrestricted cash and marketable securities balance of $1.1 billion at the end of the fiscal year. Our return on invested capital (ROIC) was 63% during fiscal 2007."

Fiscal 2008 Outlook

We remain optimistic about the future success of our business and our ability to serve customers and distributors around the world. General perspective on overall business expectations for 2008, including our four business segments are:

-- We anticipate overall revenue to exceed $4.5 billion in 2008, and
earnings per share to exceed $4.40 assuming an effective tax rate of
approximately 12 percent.
-- We anticipate automotive/mobile revenues to grow 45 percent in 2008,
with declining gross and operating margins due to product mix and a
continued transition toward mass market levels.
-- We anticipate aviation revenues to grow 30 percent in 2008. Growth is
expected to occur within both G1000 OEM and aviation aftermarket
shipments.
-- We anticipate marine revenues to grow 25 percent in 2008. Growth will
come from our innovative offshore and inland marine cartography and
additional new product releases.
-- We anticipate outdoor/fitness segment revenues to grow 25 percent in
2008 led by new outdoor products with enhanced features, high
sensitivity GPS receivers, built-in cartography and unique
functionality. Exciting new products for our fitness line and better
penetration of targeted fitness markets are expected to drive revenue
growth as well.
-- We expect the recently announced nuvifone(TM) to be released during Q3
2008 and will see initial unit shipments of this new category for
Garmin during the second half of the year.
-- We look forward to introducing many innovative product lines again this
year. 2008 product introductions began with new auto, outdoor, fitness
and wireless products introduced during January's Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas and our recent media event in New York City.
-- We expect continued expansion of our LinKou, Taiwan manufacturing
facility to meet growing demand for our products in 2008.
-- We will maintain our focus on new opportunities and expansion of
distribution throughout Europe; growth will be supported through the
distributors we have acquired, continued improvement of our
distribution systems within Europe, and continued emphasis on
advertising to enhance awareness of the Garmin brand.

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