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Brunswick Executives Update Progress, Offer New Three-Year Plan

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Nov. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) hosted a meeting at the New York Stock Exchange today to share the progress that the Company has made since communicating its three-year strategic plan (2014 - 2016) in November, 2013. It also provided a fresh, three-year outlook through 2018 about its plans to further increase shareholder value. The presentation was webcast, and can be accessed through the Brunswick Corporation website at https://ir.brunswick.com/.

Citing a continuing, steadily improving global marine marketplace, Brunswick executives told the group that they believe a number of elements will contribute to the Company’s continued success going forward. These include:

  • A strong cadence of new product introductions to extend its product leadership, which results in market share gains,
  • Solid operating fundamentals and cost discipline, and
  • Plans to invest in its core Marine and Fitness segments, including acquisitions and adjacency initiatives.

Brunswick executives told representatives of the financial community that the Company believes that during the plan’s time frame of 2016 - 2018 that it will:

  • Experience revenue growth at a compound annual growth rate of 7 to 9 percent,
  • Produce an operating margin of 12 to 12.5 percent in 2018, and
  • Result in a target of $4.35 to $4.75 earnings per share in 2018.

Further, Brunswick’s healthy balance sheet and strong free cash flow support a growth strategy that will enable the Company to meet or exceed its long-term financial targets, as well as return capital to shareholders.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about Brunswick’s business. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain and often contain words such as “may”, “could”, “expect”, “intend”, “target”, “plan”, “seek”, “estimate”, “believe”, “predict”, “potential” or “continue”. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations as of the date of this news release. These risks include, but are not limited to: the effect of adverse general economic conditions, including the amount of disposable income available to consumers for discretionary purchases, tight consumer credit markets, and the level of consumer confidence on the demand for the Company’s products and services; the ability of dealers and customers to secure adequate access to financing and the Company’s ability to access capital and credit markets; the ability to maintain strong relationships with dealers, distributors and independent boat builders; the ability to maintain effective distribution and develop alternative distribution channels without disrupting incumbent distribution partners; negative currency trends, including shifts in exchange rates; the ability to successfully manage pipeline inventories and respond to any excess supply of repossessed and aged boats in the market; credit and collections risks, including the potential obligation to repurchase dealer inventory; the risk of losing a key customer or a critical supplier; the strength and protection of the Company’s brands and other intellectual property; the ability to absorb fixed costs and manage production facilities while expanding capacity and enhancing product offerings; the ability to successfully manage the expansion of the Company’s manufacturing footprint; the ability of the Company to successfully implement its strategic plan and growth initiatives; the ability to obtain components, parts and raw materials from suppliers in a timely manner and for a reasonable price; the need to meet pension funding obligations; the effect of higher energy and logistics costs, interest rates and fuel prices on the Company’s results; competitive pricing pressures, including the impact of inflation and increased competition from international competitors; the ability to develop new and innovative products in response to changing retail demands and expectations that are differentiated for the global marketplace at a competitive price and in compliance with applicable laws; the effect of competition from other leisure pursuits on the level of participation in boating and fitness activities; the risk of product liability, warranty and other claims in connection with the manufacture and sale of products; the ability to respond to and minimize the negative financial impact of legislative and regulatory developments, including those related to environmental restrictions, climate change, healthcare costs, taxes and employee benefits; the ability to complete environmental remediation efforts and resolve claims and litigation at the cost estimated; the ability to maintain market share, particularly in high-margin products; the ability to maintain product quality and service standards expected by customers; the ability to protect the Company’s intellectual property; competition from new technologies; the uncertainty and risks of doing business in international locations, including international political instability, civil unrest and other risks associated with operations in emerging markets; the risk of having to record an impairment to the value of goodwill and other assets; the effect that catastrophic events may have on consumer demand and the ability to manufacture products, including hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and environmental spills; the effect of weather conditions on demand for marine products; the inability to attract and retain individuals who could be key contributors to the organization; and risks associated with the Company’s information technology systems, including the continued use of legacy systems and the risk of a failure of or attacks on the Company’s information systems, which could result in data security breaches, lost or stolen assets or information, and associated remediation costs.

Additional risk factors are included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2014. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Brunswick does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release or for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet service providers.

About Brunswick
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corporation endeavors to instill "Genuine Ingenuity"(TM) in all its leading consumer brands, including Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land 'N' Sea, Kellogg Marine, Diversified Marine, BLA and Bell RPG parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray and Uttern boats, and Life Fitness, Hammer Strength and SCIFIT fitness equipment, and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture and InMovement products and services for productive well-being. For more information, visit http://www.brunswick.com.


Contact: Bruce Byots Vice President – Investor Relations Phone: 847-735-4612 Email: bruce.byots@brunswick.com Contact: Daniel Kubera Director – Media Relations and Corporate Communications Phone: 847-735-4617 Email: daniel.kubera@brunswick.com

Source:Brunswick Corp