Caterpillar Reports Third-Quarter 2017 Results

October 24, 2017
 

Caterpillar Reports Third-Quarter 2017 Results
Improving End Markets and Continued Focus on Operational Performance Drive Strong Quarter

  • Third-quarter sales and revenues up more than $2 billion from a year ago 
  • Operational performance driving improved results
  • Full-year 2017 sales and revenues outlook about $44 billion
  • Full-year profit per share outlook about $4.60 (adjusted profit per share outlook about $6.25) 

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced third-quarter 2017 sales and revenues of $11.4 billion, compared with $9.2 billion in the third quarter of 2016. Third-quarter 2017 profit per share was $1.77, compared with $0.48 per share in the third quarter of 2016. Excluding restructuring costs, third-quarter 2017 adjusted profit per share was $1.95, compared with third-quarter 2016 adjusted profit per share of $0.85.

Caterpillar’s financial position continued to strengthen in the quarter. Machinery, Energy & Transportation (ME&T) operating cash flow was about $600 million during the third quarter, and ME&T’s debt-to-capital ratio improved to 36.1 percent, down from 38.6 percent at the end of the second quarter. The company ended the third quarter of 2017 with an enterprise cash balance of $9.6 billion.

“Higher sales volume and our team's focus on cost discipline resulted in improved profit margins across our three primary segments,” said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby.

2017 Outlook

Caterpillar continues to see strength in a number of industries and regions, including construction in China, on-shore oil and gas in North America, and increased capital investments by mining customers. We are working with our supply chain to increase production levels to satisfy customer demand for those markets that have improved.

In July 2017, Caterpillar provided an outlook range for full-year 2017 sales and revenues of $42 billion to $44 billion, with a midpoint of $43 billion. The company now expects full-year 2017 sales and revenues of about $44 billion.

For the full year of 2017, Caterpillar now expects profit per share of about $4.60, or adjusted profit per share of about $6.25. The previous outlook for 2017 profit was about $3.50 per share at the midpoint of the sales and revenues outlook, or adjusted profit per share of about $5.00. The company now expects to incur about $1.3 billion of restructuring costs in 2017, a slight increase from the previous outlook of about $1.2 billion. The outlook does not include potential mark-to-market gains or losses related to pension and other postemployment benefit (OPEB) plans. While the final impact will not be known until year end, the impact would be negative to profit based on information as of the end of the third quarter.

“As a result of our team’s strong performance, we are raising our 2017 profit outlook,” continued Umpleby. “We are executing our new strategy for profitable growth based on operational excellence, expanded offerings and services.”

Notes:

  • Glossary of terms is included on pages 14-15; first occurrence of terms shown in bold italics.
  • Information on non-GAAP financial measures is included on page 16.
  • Caterpillar will conduct a teleconference and live webcast, with a slide presentation, beginning at 10 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, to discuss its 2017 third-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 primary 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, 224-551-4133 (Office), 808-351-3865 (Mobile) or Scott_Corrie@cat.com