April 22, 2016
Cat Financial Announces First-Quarter 2016 Results
Cat Financial reported first-quarter 2016 revenues of $643 million, a decrease of $46 million, or 7 percent, compared with the first quarter of 2015. First-quarter 2016 profit was $100 million, a $33 million, or 25 percent, decrease from the first quarter of 2015.
The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a $23 million unfavorable impact from lower average earning assets and a $13 million unfavorable impact from lower average financing rates.
Profit before income taxes was $145 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared with $187 million for the first quarter of 2015. The decrease was primarily due to a $17 million decrease in net yield on average earning assets reflecting geographic mix changes and currency impacts, an $11 million increase in provision for credit losses and a $10 million unfavorable impact from lower average earning assets.
The provision for income taxes reflects an estimated annual tax rate of 30 percent in the first quarter of 2016, compared with 28 percent in the first quarter of 2015. The increase in the estimated annual tax rate is primarily due to changes in the geographic mix of profits.
During the first quarter of 2016, retail new business volume was $2.29 billion, a decrease of $173 million, or 7 percent, from the first quarter of 2015. The decrease was primarily related to lower volume in the mining and marine portfolios.
At the end of the first quarter of 2016, past dues were 2.78 percent, compared with 3.08 percent at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Write-offs, net of recoveries, were $31 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared with $12 million for the first quarter of 2015. The increase in write-offs, net of recoveries, was primarily driven by the Caterpillar Power Finance and North American portfolios.
As of March 31, 2016, the allowance for credit losses totaled $340 million, or 1.21 percent of net finance receivables, compared with $392 million, or 1.38 percent of net finance receivables at March 31, 2015. The allowance for credit losses at year-end 2015 was $338 million, or 1.22 percent of net finance receivables.
"Our portfolio has performed well overall despite ongoing weakness in many of the key end markets we serve," said Kent Adams, president of Cat Financial and vice president with responsibility for the Financial Products Division of Caterpillar Inc. "The global Cat Financial team is focused on actively managing portfolio health and continuing to serve Caterpillar customers and Cat dealers worldwide through financial services excellence."
For over 30 years, Cat Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., has been providing financial service excellence to customers. The company offers a wide range of financing alternatives to customers and Cat dealers for Cat machinery and engines, Solar® gas turbines, and other equipment and marine vessels. Cat Financial has offices and subsidiaries located throughout North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe, with its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
Click here to download the full version of the Cat Financial 1Q 2016 results release, including Statistical Highlights.
Caterpillar contact: Rachel Potts, 309-675-6892 or 309-573-3444, Potts_Rachel_A@cat.com