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lunes, 28 de enero de 2013

Caterpillar profit falls

NEW YORK (MarketWatch)
Caterpillar Inc. said its fourth-quarter profit fell 55% to $697 million, or $1.04 a share, from $1.55 billion, or $2.32 a share, in the year-ago period
The latest quarter included a previously-disclosed goodwill impairment charge of 87 cents a share
"Lower sales and revenues and the cost impact from sharply lower production and the $2 billion decline in Caterpillar inventory also had a negative impact on fourth-quarter profit," the company said
Caterpillar also booked a $300 million positive impact related to a tax settlment
Revenue dropped 7% to $16.08 billion
Wall Street analysts expected Caterpillar to earn $1.69 a share on sales of just under $16 billion, according to a survey by FactSet

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El Genio dijo...

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Caterpillar Inc. expects 2013 profit of $7 to $9 a share, compared to the estimate of $8.54 a share in a survey of Wall Street analysts by FactSet.

Caterpillar forecast revenue for the year of $60 billion to $68 billion, compared to the analyst view of $64.6 billion.

The Peoria, Ill., maker of mining and earth-moving equipment said the range of its outlook "reflects the level of uncertainty" in the world economy.

"We're encouraged by recent improvements in economic indicators, but remain cautious," the company said.

"While we expect some improvement in the U.S. economy, growth is expected to be relatively weak.

We believe China's economy will continue to improve, but not to the growth rates of 2010 and 2011. We also remain concerned about Europe and expect economies in that region will continue to struggle in 2013."

El Genio dijo...

Caterpillar Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings fell 55% amid a $580 million write-down related to the uncovering of accounting misconduct at a unit of ERA Mining Machinery Ltd., which Caterpillar acquired last year.

The maker of construction and mining equipment also reported that the changes in dealer new machine inventories hurt revenue.

For the year, the company projected per-share earnings of $7 to $9 on revenue of $60 billion to $68 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters recently expected $8.54 and $65.12 billion, respectively.

Chairman and Chief Executive Doug Oberhelman said the outlook reflected the recent level of global economic uncertainty. While Caterpillar is encouraged by recent improvements in economic indicators, the company remains cautious, he said.

The world's largest seller of bulldozers, excavator and wheel loaders has seen its sales growth rate slow recently as tougher year-earlier comparisons, rising inventories of unsold equipment and deteriorating economic conditions, particularly in Europe, pressure sales expansion.

"I'm extremely pleased with our performance on reducing inventory $2 billion in the fourth quarter," Mr. Oberhelman said. "As the world economy began to soften at mid year, we increased our focus on reducing inventory. Cat dealers also worked to lower their inventories, and, as a result, reduced their order rates during the second half of 2012."

In response, production levels and inventory were reduced substantially and had a significantly negative impact on fourth-quarter sales and profit, he said. The company expects reduced production levels are likely to continue at least through the first quarter until inventories and dealer order rates are realigned with demand, Mr. Oberhelman said.

Caterpillar reported a profit of $697 million, or $1.04 a share, down from $1.55 billion, or $2.32 a share, a year earlier. The latest period included a per-share write-down of 87 cents related to the company's acquisition of ERA Mining Machinery, parent company of Zhengzhou Siwei Mechanical & Electrical Manufacturing Co., known as Siwei. Caterpillar recently disclosed that an internal probe revealed deliberate accounting misconduct at Siwei starting several years before the acquisition.

Revenue decreased 6.8% to $16.08 billion.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters most recently projected earnings of $1.69 a share on revenue of $16.12 billion.

Caterpillar's world-wide sales of machinery and power systems declined 7.3% to $15.36 billion from a year earlier.