Caterpillar Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Results

July 23, 2015


Caterpillar Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Results

·   Profit per share – $1.16, or $1.27 excluding restructuring costs

·   Sales and Revenues – $12.3 billion

·   Strong ME&T operating cash flow of $1.6 billion  

·   Challenging second half of the year still expected –  low oil prices are a major factor

·   Reaffirming 2015 profit per share outlook – $4.70 per share, or $5.00 excluding restructuring costs

·   Company intends to repurchase $1.5 billion of common stock in the third quarter

PEORIA, Ill. — Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced profit per share of $1.16 for the second quarter of 2015, a decrease from $1.57 per share in the second quarter of 2014.  Excluding restructuring costs, profit per share was $1.27, down from $1.69 per share in the second quarter of 2014.  Second-quarter 2015 sales and revenues were $12.3 billion, down from $14.2 billion, or 13 percent, in the second quarter of 2014.

“Our Caterpillar team continues its track record of solid operational performance in the face of difficult conditions in several of the key industries we serve.  Because we serve cyclical industries, we focus intently on operational execution and cost control.  This is particularly important when sales decline; our goal when sales decline is to manage costs so the decline in operating profit is less than 30 percent of the decline in sales and revenues.  We did much better than that in the second quarter.  We’ve achieved that by closely watching costs, the restructuring we’ve done over the past two years and the work done by Caterpillar employees across the world who are proving we can excel in this challenging economic environment,” said Caterpillar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Oberhelman.

“Our focus during these challenging times is on operational execution and customer success through efforts like Lean Management and our Across the Table initiative with dealers, while also investing in tomorrow through new technologies, innovation and data analytics – both within Caterpillar, and by partnering with and investing in other companies,” continued Oberhelman.  

The economic and industry conditions that were expected at the beginning of the year are occurring.  World economic growth is about as the company expected: severe weakness in mining continues, construction-related sales in China and Brazil are lower and new orders for oil-related applications declined.   

2015 Outlook

The 2015 outlook for profit per share is unchanged at $4.70, or $5.00 excluding restructuring costs.  The outlook for 2015 sales and revenues is about $49 billion, which is down $1 billion from the previous outlook.

“We originally set the $50 billion sales and revenues estimate in January, and our expectations haven’t changed much since then.  However, currency impacts from a stronger U.S. dollar are causing sales in many countries to translate into fewer dollars than we initially expected,” said Oberhelman.  

“While economic conditions in the United States are modestly positive, the global economy remains relatively stagnant.  Many of the key industries we serve remain weak, and we haven’t seen sustained signs of improvement.  Continuing economic weakness in China and Brazil, as well as uncertainty in the Eurozone and over Greece, haven’t helped confidence.  Prices for commodities like coal, iron ore and oil are not signaling an improvement in the short term.  We are committed to controlling costs as we manage through this downturn, and that will position Caterpillar for better results when conditions improve,” added Oberhelman.

Stock Repurchase

Caterpillar is announcing its intention to repurchase approximately $1.5 billion of Caterpillar common stock during the third quarter of 2015.  The $1.5 billion expected repurchase is in addition to the approximately $500 million of stock that was repurchased in the first half of 2015, and $4.2 billion repurchased in 2014.  However, our stock repurchase plans are always subject to the company’s cash deployment priorities and can change based on business and market conditions.

“In addition to operational execution around cost, quality and safety, we have a strong balance sheet and generated $1.6 billion of ME&T operating cash flow in the second quarter.  Repurchasing stock is one way we return capital to stockholders, and our healthy balance sheet and strong cash flow are helping us do that despite weakness in the cyclical industries we serve.  In addition to the share repurchase, the Board raised the quarterly dividend 10 percent in June,” said Oberhelman.


About Caterpillar
For 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 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 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  To connect with us on social media, visit


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