Thor Industries racks up $14 billion order backlog amid sustained RV demand

Even as Covid restrictions raise, RV-maker Thor Industries is seeing sustained demand for outside residing — and a rising order backlog, CEO Bob Martin informed CNBC Tuesday.

Thor’s backlog was value $14.32 billion as of late April, the corporate stated in its fiscal third-quarter report out Tuesday. That’s up 32.5% from $10.81 billion on the finish of January and up 550% from a 12 months in the past.

Martin informed Jim Cramer on “Mad Money” that the corporate is “pretty much sold out for the next year” with a lot of the new leisure car stock already promised to ready prospects.

“We have backlogs that are full of retail orders, so those will hit the dealer’s lot and then leave, and so we’re still not able to build inventory at our dealer’s lots,” he stated.

Demand for outside residing surged throughout the the pandemic as homebound customers sought new methods to spend time safely. And youthful prospects have began to purchase in, Martin stated.

“Right now, we see this as a long-term trend, and if we get people in at an entry-level price and entry-level product, they grow throughout their lifetime,” he stated. “People trade every 3 to 5 years, but right now we’re seeing it a little bit quicker, and we see this for a long runway.”

Thor makes towable and motorized RVs below a number of manufacturers, together with Airstream, Heartland RV and Jayco. The firm’s provide within the North American market stood at about 75,000 on the finish of final quarter, down nearly 30% from almost 106,000 models in 2020 and 43% beneath 132,500 models previous to Covid-19 in 2019.

The outcomes are related in Europe, the place Thor’s backlog is rising exponentially. The firm reported a backlog worth of $3.34 billion, almost 5 occasions larger than pre-pandemic ranges.

Thor beat top- and bottom-line estimates for its third quarter. The firm’s complete gross sales greater than doubled to $3.46 billion from $1.68 billion a 12 months in the past.

Shares of Thor fell 1.26% to $115.60 Tuesday. The inventory is up 24% 12 months so far.

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