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Dorel to report weak fourth quarter due to Recreational/Leisure softness

February 6, 2014

First quarter to see substantial rebound in bicycles



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MONTREAL, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B
DII.A) today stated that 2013 fourth quarter Recreational/Leisure
earnings will be substantially below prior year levels due to top line
weakness and a poorer product mix. As such, the Company’s consolidated
results for the quarter and full year will be below 2012.



Sales volumes to Pacific Cycle’s mass merchant customers were lower
during the fourth quarter than last year as retailers in general
experienced fewer consumer visits during the holiday period and
curtailed orders. Cycling Sports Group (CSG) sales to the IBD channel
were more profoundly affected as dealers were reluctant to increase
inventories going into the new year. Industry discounting continued to
be a market reality and the number of 2013 model year bicycles sold
carrying lower margins was more than anticipated. In addition, supply
for firm customer orders for more than US$10 million of CSG 2014 models
did not arrive in time for fourth quarter delivery and are being
shipped during the current first quarter. Another negative factor
during the quarter was unfavourable foreign exchange.



“We had felt that things were improving at the end of the third quarter
but the issues outlined above had more of an impact than originally
expected. With January completed, normally the quietest month of the
year and barring any disasters in weather, Recreational/Leisure
earnings for the first quarter should improve by at least 20% to 25%
over the corresponding quarter last year. There are now several
positive trends working in our favour. Dealer orders are being driven
by a firming consumer demand with new models selling at full margins,
new SKUs at some of our largest customers, increased licensing revenue,
strict cost controls and foreign exchange benefits,” said Martin
Schwartz, Dorel President and CEO.



“Management at the Recreational/Leisure segment is invigorated and is
confident about the year ahead. To be clear, the restructuring and
associated charge announced last month was not related to the fourth
quarter’s poor performance but was undertaken to enhance our
competitiveness in the bicycle industry. This will improve profit
through 2014 and 2015,” concluded Mr. Schwartz.



Dorel will announce year-end results on March 4, 2014.


Profile

Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a world class juvenile products and bicycle
company. Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety,
quality and value. The Company’s lifestyle leadership position is
pronounced in both its Juvenile and Bicycle categories with an array of
trend-setting products. Dorel’s powerfully branded products include
global juvenile brands Safety 1(st), Quinny, Maxi-Cosi, Bébé Confort and Tiny Love, complemented by
regional brands such as Cosco and Infanti. In Recreational/Leisure,
brands include Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, IronHorse and
SUGOI. Dorel’s Home Furnishings segment markets a wide assortment of
both domestically produced and imported furniture products, principally
within North America. Dorel has annual sales of US$2.6 billion and
employs 6,300 people in facilities located in twenty-four countries
worldwide.

Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this press release may constitute
“forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian
securities legislation. Except as may be required by Canadian
securities laws, Dorel does not undertake any obligation to update or
revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements, by
their very nature, are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties and
are based on several assumptions which give rise to the possibility
that actual results could differ materially from Dorel’s expectations
expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements and that the
objectives, plans, strategic priorities and business outlook may not be
achieved. As a result, Dorel cannot guarantee that any forward-looking
statement will materialize. Forward-looking statements are provided in
this press release for the purpose of giving information about
Management’s current expectations and plans and allowing investors and
others to get a better understanding of Dorel’s operating environment.
However, readers are cautioned that it may not be appropriate to use
such forward-looking statements for any other purpose.

Forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on a
number of assumptions that Dorel believed were reasonable on the day it
made the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations expressed
in or implied by the forward-looking statements include: general
economic conditions; changes in product costs and supply channel;
foreign currency fluctuations; customer and credit risk including the
concentration of revenues with few customers; costs associated with
product liability; changes in income tax legislation or the
interpretation or application of those rules; the continued ability to
develop products and support brand names; changes in the regulatory
environment; continued access to capital resources and the related
costs of borrowing; changes in assumptions in the valuation of goodwill
and other intangible assets and subject to dividends being declared by
the Board of Directors, there can be no certainty that Dorel’s Dividend
Policy will be maintained. These and other risk factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially from expectations expressed
in or implied by the forward-looking statements are discussed in
Dorel’s annual MD&A and Annual Information Form filed with the
applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The risk factors
outlined in the previously mentioned documents are specifically
incorporated herein by reference.

Dorel cautions readers that the risks described above are not the only
ones that could impact it. Additional risks and uncertainties not
currently known to Dorel or that Dorel currently deems to be immaterial
may also have a material adverse effect on our business, financial
condition or results of operations. Given these risks and
uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.

Except as otherwise indicated, forward-looking statements do not reflect
the potential impact of any non-recurring or other unusual items or of
any dispositions, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or
other transactions that may be announced or that may occur after the
date hereof. The financial impact of these transactions and
non-recurring and other unusual items can be complex and depends on the
facts particular to each of them. Dorel therefore cannot describe the
expected impact in a meaningful way or in the same way Dorel presents
known risks affecting the business.

SOURCE Dorel Industries Inc.


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