Caterpillar Reports All-Time Record Quarter Driven by Strong Growth Outside North America

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PEORIA, Ill.— Driven by robust growth in emerging markets and strength in key industries like energy and mining, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today reported all-time records for sales and revenues and profit per share.
Profit per share for the second quarter of 2008 was $1.74, a 40 percent increase from $1.24 per share in the second quarter of 2007. Sales and revenues of $13.624 billion were 20 percent higher than second quarter 2007
sales and revenues of $11.356 billion.
“Team Caterpillar has delivered another remarkable quarter,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Owens. “While North America remains depressed and we’ve seen softening in Western Europe and Japan, Caterpillar continues to grow in emerging markets and in global industries like energy and mining … and we continue to see good growth in our integrated service businesses. It’s gratifying to see the positive impact of being such a diverse company in terms of products, services, geography and the industries we serve,” Owens
Sales and revenues were up $2.268 billion from the second quarter of 2007. Sales volume improved $1.402 billion, price realization was up $398 million, the impact of currency added $384 million and Financial Products
revenues were $84 million higher. The geographic mix of sales continued to shift outside North America with sales and revenues increasing 30 percent outside North America compared with 7 percent inside North America.
Sales and revenues outside North America represented 60 percent of total sales and revenues in the second quarter—up from 55 percent of the total a year ago.
Second-quarter profit of $1.106 billion was up $283 million, or 34 percent, from second quarter 2007 profit of $823 million. The increase was primarily a result of improved price realization and higher sales volume, partially
offset by higher material and freight costs and increases in Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) and July 22, 2008

Research and Development (R&D) expenses. While SG&A and R&D costs increased to support growth and product development, they were both lower as a percent of sales.
“We are seeing significant improvements in safety and quality from the deployment of the Caterpillar Production System (CPS) with 6 Sigma, and I am confident that CPS will improve product delivery, inventory turnover, plant capacity and manufacturing costs as we continue to aggressively deploy it throughout the company,” Owens said.

The full-year outlook for 2008 reflects sales and revenues of about $50 billion and profit of about $6.00 per share. The previous outlook expected 2008 sales and revenues of $47.2 to $49.5 billion and profit per share of
$5.64 to $6.18.
“Never in my 35 plus years with the company have I seen Caterpillar do so well in the face of such a difficult economic climate in the United States,” Owens said. “We are on track to deliver our fifth straight year of record
profits despite very tough conditions in the United States, declines in Europe and significantly higher material costs, particularly in the second half of the year. Still, for many of our products, supply is very tight, and we are
producing as much as we can. That’s why in June we announced capacity expansions in the United States, China and India. We need to bring additional capacity on line to support world demand for infrastructure, energy and
mining, and to be prepared for the upturn in the United States when it comes. Together with the best dealer network in our industry, Team Caterpillar is well positioned to meet our goals for 2010 and beyond.”
Note: Glossary of terms included on pages 19-20; first occurrence of terms shown in bold italics.
For more than 80 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making progress possible and driving positive and sustainable change on every continent. With 2007 sales and revenues of $44.958 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More
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