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Tuesday, 10 February 2004
February 10, 2004 Thor Industries (THO)
Hello Friends. I feel like I was AWOL today from my website. Fortunately, I don't have to answer to Meet the Press about it! It is late and I decided to scan the lists to see if I could find something for all of you readers. Here is one that I do not own any shares but looks interesting to me! Thor Industries (THO) had a great day today closing at $33.86, up $3.46 or 11.38% on the day.

According to the money.cnn.com "snapshot", Thor "...manufactures and sells a wide range of recreational vehicles and small and mid-size buses in the U.S. and Canada."

On February 2, 2004, THO announced their second quarter results for the quarter ended January 31, 2004. Sales in the quarter were $426 million, a 29% increase from $330 million last year. Their latest full quarterly report was reported on December 1, 2003, when they reported their first quarter results for the quarter ended October 31, 2003. During the first quarter, sales were $490.4 million, up 21% from $406 million the prior year. Net income was $23.7 million, up 14% from $20.8 million the prior year. On a per share basis, this was $.83/share vs $.73/share the prior year.

Looking at the "5-Yr Restated" financials on Morningstar, we find that revenue has been growing nicely from $0.8 billion in 1999 to $1.7 billion in the trailing twelve months. Earnings/share have grown during this period from $.63/share in 1999 to $1.42/share in the trailing twelve months.

Free cash flow has been erratic but positive ranging from $4 million in 2001, $126 million in 2002, to $32 million in the trailing twelve months.

The balance sheet is biased in favor of assets with $113.8 million in cash and $276.8 million in other current assets with $201 million in current liabilities and only $6.7 million in long-term debt according to Morningstar online.

Looking at "key statistics" on Yahoo.com, we find that the market cap is at $1.94 billion. The trailing p/e is 23.90 and the PEG is at 1.11 with price/sales also reasonable at 1.05.

There are 57.24 million shares outstanding and 35.40 million of them that float. As of 1/8/04, there are 1.54 million shares out short representing 4.34% of the float or 3.627 trading days according to Yahoo. The company DOES pay a small dividend of $0.06/share yielding 0.20%. The stock recently split 2:1 on 1/27/04.

Overall, this is an interesting stock. Frankly, I do not know much about the R.V. market and the stocks. I suspect that this may be related to the economy, and as the economy prospers, there will be more spending on things like R.V.'s. But that is just my simple understanding of this company!

Like always, please do your own due diligence before acting on anything posted on this or any other website! Also, use your own investment advisor to determine the suitability of investments discussed here!

Thanks again for stopping by! If you have any questions, comments, or words of encouragement, please feel free to post them right here or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com and I will try to get right back to you!

Regards again!

Bob


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