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Quarterly Results Overview Video
Caterpillar Group President and Chief Financial Officer Brad Halverson discusses the company's fourth-quarter 2014 results.
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“Overall, we had many positives and a better year in 2014 than 2013,” said Caterpillar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Oberhelman. “Our emphasis on cost management, operational execution and cash flow helped us deliver better profit per share than both 2013 and the 2014 outlook we provided at the start of the year. At the mid-point of our original 2014 outlook, we anticipated sales and revenues of $56 billion and profit of $5.30 per share, or $5.85 per share excluding restructuring costs. We ended the year with sales and revenues within 2 percent of $56 billion and delivered much better profit per share. In addition to improved profit, Machinery, Energy & Transportation (ME&T) operating cash flow was higher than we expected and the third best year in our history,” Oberhelman said.
“We are pleased with the overall performance of our business during 2014 including continued strong portfolio health during the year,” said Kent Adams, president of Cat Financial and vice president with responsibility for the Financial Products Division of Caterpillar Inc. “With our ongoing focus on expanding our ability to serve customers globally through financial services excellence, we remain well-positioned to serve the needs of Caterpillar, Cat dealers and our growing customer base worldwide.”