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Cummins Announces Second Quarter Results; Raises Outlook for 2017

COLUMBUS, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) today reported results for the second quarter of 2017.

“As a result of stronger than expected orders in truck and construction markets in North America and China, and improving demand from global mining customers we have raised our 2017 full year outlook.”

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Second quarter revenues of $5.1 billion increased 12 percent from the same quarter in 2016. Higher demand for trucks and construction equipment in North America and China, and stronger sales to mining, and oil & gas customers were the main drivers of revenue growth. Currency negatively impacted revenues by approximately 1 percent compared to last year, primarily due to the appreciation of the US dollar. Revenues in North America increased 13 percent and international sales grew 11 percent due to strong demand in China and India.

Net income attributable to Cummins in the second quarter was $424 million ($2.53 per diluted share), compared to $406 million ($2.40 per diluted share) in the same quarter a year ago. The tax rate in the second quarter of 2017 was 26.4 percent.

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was $620 million, or 12.2 percent of sales, compared to $591 million or 13.1 percent of sales a year ago.

“We delivered strong revenue growth in all four operating segments in the second quarter due to improving conditions in a number of important markets where we also have leading share. Earnings increased due to solid operational performance, partially offset by higher warranty costs that resulted in second quarter EBIT that was below our expectations” said Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger. “As a result of stronger than expected orders in truck and construction markets in North America and China, and improving demand from global mining customers we have raised our 2017 full year outlook.”

Through the end of the second quarter, the Company has returned $463 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchase and recently raised its quarterly cash dividend by 5.4 percent. Cummins plans to return 50 percent of its Operating Cash Flow to shareholders in 2017.

The Company continues to execute its strategy to be the leading global powertrain supplier. Cummins and power management company Eaton (NYSE:ETN) have successfully completed the formation of the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture that was announced on April 10, 2017. Cummins and Eaton each own 50 percent of the global joint venture which will design, manufacture, sell and support all future medium-duty and heavy-duty automated transmissions for the commercial vehicle market. Eaton’s current medium-duty automated transmission, Procision®, and next generation heavy-duty automated transmissions, will be part of the business which will also market, sell, and support Eaton’s current generation of automated heavy-duty transmissions to OEM customers in North America. Today marks the first day of operations for the joint venture and the financial results will be consolidated within Cummins’ Components Segment. We are still in the process of completing the purchase accounting associated with our investment in this new venture, as required by GAAP1, but we do not currently expect the joint venture to have a material impact on Cummins’ financial results in 2017.

Based on the current forecast, Cummins expects full year 2017 revenues to be up 9 to 11 percent, higher than the prior forecast of up 4 to 7 percent. EBIT is expected to be in the range of 11.75 to 12.5 percent of sales, unchanged from prior guidance. This forecast excludes the impact of our new Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture.

Other recent highlights:

  • Cummins announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors - Karen Quintos, Chief Customer Officer, Dell Technologies and Rich Freeland, Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer
  • DiversityInc named Cummins one of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity for the eleventh consecutive year. Cummins ranked No. 21 on the 2017 annual list, which included more than 1,000 participating companies

Second quarter 2017 detail (all comparisons to same period in 2016)

Engine Segment

  • Sales - $2.3 billion, up 15 percent.
  • Segment EBIT - $277 million, or 12 percent of sales, compared to 206 million or 10.3 percent of sales a year ago
  • On-highway revenues increased by 14 percent, and off-highway revenues increased 20 percent primarily due to increased demand in global truck and construction markets

Distribution Segment

  • Sales - $1.7 billion, up 12 percent
  • Segment EBIT - $96 million, or 5.6 percent of sales, compared to $87 million or 5.6 percent of sales
  • Organic sales increased 7 percent and revenue from the acquisition completed in the fourth quarter of 2016 added 6 percent with a negative foreign currency impact of 1 percent

Components Segment

  • Sales - $1.5 billion, up 14 percent.
  • Segment EBIT - $190 million , or 13.1 percent of sales, compared to $190 million or 14.9 percent of sales
  • EBIT in the second quarter of 2017 reflects a $26m unfavorable change in estimate of warranty liability
  • International revenue increased 25 percent, primarily due to China and India, in addition to a 6 percent sales increase in North America due to higher heavy and medium-duty truck production

Power Systems Segment

  • Sales - $1.0 billion, up 10 percent
  • Segment EBIT - $61 million, or 6 percent of sales, compared to $90 million, or 9.8 percent of sales
  • EBIT in the second quarter of 2017 reflects a $31 million accrual for the estimated costs of a quality campaign
  • Increased demand in mining and oil & gas markets was the primary driver of revenue growth

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 55,400 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 7,400 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016. Press releases can be found on the Web at Follow Cummins on Twitter at and on YouTube at

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Presentation of Non-GAAP Financial Information

EBIT is a non-GAAP measure used in...