Caterpillar Reports First-Quarter 2017 Results

April 25, 2017

 

Caterpillar Reports First-Quarter 2017 Results
Company announces higher year-over-year sales and revenues 
for first time in ten quarters 

 

  • First-quarter sales and revenues up from 2016
  • Outstanding operational performance in quarter
  • Full-year sales and revenues outlook raised to a range of $38 billion to $41 billion
  • Continued uncertainty and economic volatility for remainder of 2017 

PEORIA, Ill. — Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced first-quarter 2017 sales and revenues of $9.8 billion, compared with $9.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016. First-quarter 2017 profit per share was $0.32, compared with $0.46 per share in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding restructuring costs, first-quarter 2017 profit per share was $1.28, double first-quarter 2016 profit per share excluding restructuring costs of $0.64 per share.

“Our team delivered outstanding operational performance and, for the first time in more than two years, same quarter sales and revenues increased,” said Caterpillar Chief Executive Officer Jim Umpleby. “We’re also benefiting from our significant cost reduction and restructuring actions, which have improved cash flow and further strengthened an already healthy balance sheet. With this momentum, we will continue to focus investment on improving our competitive position by investing in new technologies and improving our productivity to deliver profit growth and shareholder value.”

2017 Outlook

While Caterpillar had strong first-quarter performance and is seeing signs of recovery in several of the industries it serves, geopolitical and market uncertainty along with volatility in commodity prices continue to present risks for the rest of the year.

In January 2017, Caterpillar provided an outlook range for sales and revenues for the full year of $36 billion to $39 billion with a midpoint of $37.5 billion. As a result of a stronger than expected start to the year, the company’s expectations for full-year 2017 sales and revenues have increased. The current sales and revenues outlook is now a range of $38 billion to $41 billion with a midpoint of $39.5 billion.

For the full year of 2017, Caterpillar expects profit per share of about $2.10 at the midpoint of the sales and revenues outlook range, or about $3.75 per share excluding restructuring costs. The previous outlook for 2017 profit per share was about $2.30 per share at the midpoint of the sales and revenues outlook, or about $2.90 per share excluding restructuring costs.

Restructuring costs expected in 2017 are significantly higher than the prior outlook primarily due to ongoing manufacturing facility consolidations. The company expects to incur about $1.25 billion of restructuring costs in 2017, an increase of $750 million from the prior outlook, as the current outlook now includes restructuring costs for recently announced actions at manufacturing facilities in Gosselies, Belgium, and Aurora, Illinois.

“There are encouraging signs, with promising quoting activity in many of the markets we serve and retail sales to users turning positive for both machines and Energy & Transportation for the first time in several years,” continued Umpleby. “While we are raising the full-year outlook for sales and revenues, there continues to be uncertainty across the globe, potential for volatility in commodity prices, and weakness in key markets.”

The 2017 outlook does not include a mark-to-market gain or loss for remeasurement of pension and OPEB plans.

 

Notes:

Glossary of terms is included on pages 15-16; first occurrence of terms shown in bold italics.

Information on non-GAAP financial measures is included on page 17.

Caterpillar will conduct a teleconference and live webcast, with a slide presentation, beginning at 10 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, to discuss its 2017 first-quarter financial results. The accompanying slides will be available before the webcast on the Caterpillar website at http://www.caterpillar.com/investors/events-and-presentations.

 

About Caterpillar:
For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.537 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

 

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Caterpillar contact:  Corrie Scott, 309-675-0425 (Office), 808-351-3865 (Mobile) or Scott_Corrie@cat.com