Cummins Reports Higher Quarterly Profit

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Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), which marked its 95th anniversary this week, is reporting fourth quarter net income of $432 million, compared to $369 million for the same period last year. The engine manufacturer says full-year net income was $1.48 billion, compared to $1.66 billion in 2012. February 6, 2014

News Release

COLUMBUS, Ind. - Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.

Fourth quarter revenue of $4.6 billion increased 7 percent from the same quarter in 2012. The increase year-over-year was driven by higher revenues in North America, China and Brazil partially offset by weaker sales in Mexico, India and Australia.

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were $566 million for the fourth quarter or 12.3 percent of sales. This compares to $532 million or 12.4 percent of sales a year ago, excluding restructuring costs.

Net income attributable to Cummins in the fourth quarter was $432 million ($2.32 per diluted share), compared to $404 million ($2.14 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter of 2012 excluding restructuring charges. The effective tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2013 was 15.7 percent and reflects one-time benefits of $0.18 per diluted share, and a lower than expected operating rate in the fourth quarter that contributed $0.20 per diluted share.

Revenues for the full year were $17.3 billion, flat with 2012. Revenues in North America increased 3 percent but were offset by international sales which declined by 4 percent. Within international markets declines in Mexico, India, Australia and Europe offset growth in China and Brazil.

EBIT for the year was $2.16 billion or 12.5 percent of sales, compared to $2.35 billion or 13.6 percent of sales in 2012, excluding special items.

Net income attributable to Cummins for the full year was $1.48 billion ($7.91 per diluted share), down from $1.68 billion ($8.83 per diluted share) in 2012, excluding special items.

"We faced weak demand in important regions and end markets in 2013," said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO. "Revenues for the year ended flat with 2012 as strong growth in the Components business, market share gains in the North American medium-duty truck market and distributor acquisitions offset weakness in global mining markets, international power generation and the North American heavy-duty truck market. I am pleased that in this environment of weak global growth, we were able to generate record cash flow from operations that allowed us to continue to invest in the business and increase the cash returned to shareholders by 34 percent in 2013. We expect revenues to grow between 4 percent and 8 percent in 2014, with earnings projected to grow faster than revenues and we expect to return to shareholders an amount of at least 50 percent of cash from operations."

Based on the current forecast, Cummins expects full year 2014 revenues to grow between 4 percent and 8 percent, with EBIT in the range of 12.75 - 13.25 percent of sales.

2013 highlights:

The Company was named the 2013 Newsmaker of the Year award from Diesel Progress North American magazine for introducing a broad range of on- and off-highway engines and power systems

The Company increased its dividend by 25 percent in the third quarter

For the sixth consecutive year, Cummins has been named one of the world's most ethical companies by The Ethisphere Institute

The Company repurchased 3.3 million shares in 2013

Cummins was named one of the Top 50 companies for diversity by DiversityInc for the seventh consecutive year

Fourth quarter 2013 detail (all comparisons to same period in 2012)

Segment results and comparisons below exclude special items in 2012

Engine Segment

Sales -- $2.6 billion, up 2 percent

Segment EBIT -- $235 million, or 9.2 percent of sales, compared to $272 million or 10.9 percent of sales

Strong demand for construction equipment in international markets and increased demand for medium duty trucks in North America offset weakness in global mining markets and lower demand in the North American bus market

Components Segment

Sales -- $1.1 billion, up 21 percent

Segment EBIT -- $140 million, or 12.3 percent of sales, compared to $84 million or 8.9 percent of sales

Higher demand in on-highway markets in North America, Europe and China

Power Generation Segment

Sales -- $759 million, down 1 percent

Segment EBIT -- $46 million, or 6.1 percent of sales, compared to $54 million or 7.1 percent of sales

Lower revenues in Europe and India offset increased demand in North America and the Middle East

Distribution Segment

Sales -- $1.1 billion, up 18 percent, up 3 percent excluding acquisitions

Segment EBIT -- $107 million, or 10.0 percent of sales, compared to $98 million or 10.8 percent of sales

Higher revenues were primarily driven by acquisitions and stronger demand for power generation equipment and parts and service in the US

About Cummins

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 currently employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.48 billion on sales of $17.3 billion in 2013. Press releases can be found on the Web at www.cummins.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at @Cummins and on YouTube at CumminsInc.

Source: Cummins Inc.