Is LCI Worth Buying at The Current Price Levels?

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Written By Keziah Monique Gayo

LCI Industries operates primarily as a supplier to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the aftermarket in the recreational vehicle (RV) market.

The company has seen financial performance decline since the end of 2022, largely due to a surge in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic that front-loaded future demand for these vehicles. As the pandemic’s effects wane, sales, profits, and cash flows have suffered.

Recent financial results suggest that while the company is not significantly undervalued, it is also not overpriced. Despite some positive developments, such as a slowing decline in revenue and improvements in profitability, the overall picture does not yet justify a more optimistic outlook.

Performance Analysis

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In the first quarter of 2024, LCI Industries reported revenue of $968 million, down slightly from $973.3 million in the same period of the previous year. However, sales to OEMs remained stable, and travel trailers and fifth wheels saw a notable increase in sales from $330.6 million to $390.8 million.

Wholesale units climbed from 62,700 to 73,500, though the average content per unit fell due to pricing decreases and changes in unit mix.

Net profits for the company rose significantly from $7.3 million in the previous year to $36.5 million. This was driven by a decrease in costs and an increase in gross profit from $186.1 million to $223.9 million. Other profitability metrics, such as adjusted operating cash flow and EBITDA, also showed improvement.

Market Dynamics

The recreational vehicle industry has been experiencing a post-pandemic slump. Sales of RVs have been approaching the lowest levels since 2015. Higher interest rates have affected consumer appetite for motorhome purchases, with RV loans averaging around 10%, up from 7% before interest rate hikes began.

While an interest rate cut is possible before the end of the year, it is uncertain how significant the cut will be and how quickly it will impact motorhome purchases.

Despite these challenges, there are positive indicators. The company’s quick ratio, which measures its ability to meet short-term liabilities with liquid assets, has increased slightly from 1.23 in August 2023 to 1.29 in May 2024.

However, long-term debt has also increased by over 7%, raising the ratio of long-term debt to total assets from 24.35% to 26.24%.

Industry Outlook

For the remainder of 2024, the RV industry is expected to see an increase in shipments to between 329,900 and 359,100 units. This would represent a modest improvement from 2023, with a more significant uptick anticipated in 2025.

The industry is projected to see between 374,200 and 408,600 shipments at the wholesale level next year.


Projecting the company’s financial performance for the entire year based on the first quarter results suggests approximately $369.4 million of adjusted operating cash flow and EBITDA totaling $438.9 million.

This would position LCI Industries’ shares at a forward price/operating cash flow of 11.5 and an EV/EBITDA of 13.3. These multiples indicate that, relative to similar firms, LCI Industries is somewhat pricey.


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LCI Industries is currently facing a challenging market environment with reduced demand and higher interest rates impacting sales. However, the company’s recent financial performance shows signs of stabilization and improvement in profitability.

While the stock is somewhat expensive compared to its peers, the potential for a market rebound and the company’s strong positioning in the industry could offer upside if current trends continue.


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