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Cummins Responds to Global Slowdown
Cummins Inc. recently lowered its full-year revenue and EBIT guidance for 2012 and also announced actions to respond to the weakening global economy.
The company lowered its full-year revenue outlook for 2012 to approximately $17 billion compared to the company’s previous guidance of $18 billion. Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) are now expected to be approximately 13.5 percent for the year, compared to prior guidance of 14.25 percent to 14.75 percent. Based on preliminary results and subject to normal quarterly financial statement closing procedures, third quarter revenues are expected to be approximately $4.1 billion and EBIT is expected to be approximately 12.0 percent. The company does not provide quarterly revenue or earnings guidance.
“We continued to see weak economic data in a number of regions during the third quarter increasing the level of uncertainty regarding the direction of the global economy. As a result of the heightened uncertainty, end customers are delaying capital expenditures in a number of markets, lowering demand for our products,” said Tom Linebarger, chairman and chief executive officer. “We have lowered our full year revenue forecast for several markets, with the most significant changes in North America heavy duty truck and international power generation markets. Demand in China has weakened in most end markets and we have also lowered our forecast for global mining revenues. EBIT margins will also be below our previous guidance primarily due to the sharp reduction in revenues.”
The company announced that it is taking actions necessary to respond strategically to the current environment by cutting costs while maintaining investments in key growth programs. Actions include a number of measures to reduce cost including planned work week reductions, shutdowns at some manufacturing facilities, and some targeted workforce reductions. The company expects to reduce its workforce by between 1,000 and 1,500 people by the end of the year. The updated EBIT guidance does not include the benefits or costs of these actions.
“Responding quickly and strategically during these challenging economic times will pave the way for Cummins to emerge stronger as a company when markets inevitably rebound’’ continued Linebarger. “Taking these actions now will allow us meet customer needs, maintain strong financial performance and allow us to capitalize on future growth opportunities.”
Details of third quarter results and the updated full-year outlook will be covered during the previously scheduled third quarter earnings conference at 10 a.m. EST on Oct. 30, 2012. The company will not be making any further statements about either the third quarter or the full year until the third quarter earnings conference.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.85 billion on sales of $18.0 billion in 2011. Press releases can be found online at www.cummins.com.
Article Date: 2012-10-15
Source: Cummins Inc.
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