Stressing a commitment to deliver results that place Caterpillar Inc. in the top 25 percent of the S&P 500 for total shareholder return, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman and members of the company‚Äôs Executive Office updated analysts on the company‚Äôs strategy and expectations for 2015.
The analyst meeting and discussion took place at MINExpo International 2012 inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. At MINExpo, the world‚Äôs largest and most comprehensive show dedicated to mining, Caterpillar is showcasing the broadest line of both surface and underground mining and materials handling equipment available in the mining industry.
‚ÄúThere are a number of geopolitical and economic factors driving uncertainty in the world today, but our base case scenario calls for modest global economic growth over the next few years,‚ÄĚ Oberhelman said. ‚ÄúWe think this is a reasonable view and the most likely outcome, and based on that, we expect 2015 sales and revenues for Caterpillar to be in a range of $80 to $100 billion, and for profit in a range of $12 to $18 per share,‚ÄĚ Oberhelman added. ‚ÄúBut just as we have done in the past, Caterpillar is ready to act if we enter a recession. We don‚Äôt think it‚Äôs likely, but if it happens, we are prepared to react and would expect to remain attractively profitable and to maintain our dividend.‚ÄĚ
During the meeting, Caterpillar outlined a number of operational improvements that have occurred in the last few years, changes driven by the execution of the company‚Äôs updated Vision 2020 strategy, which included a revitalized focus on customers.
‚ÄúWe have done a great job of delivering on our strategy, and over the past 10 years we have delivered a total shareholder return near the top 15 percent of companies in the S&P 500,‚ÄĚ Oberhelman said. ‚ÄúFrom the shop floor to the executive office, we are all working to create a culture within Caterpillar that expects more from ourselves and delivers more to our customers. That attitude, along with a drive for constant improvement, is a requirement in today‚Äôs highly competitive global marketplace. We are changing the culture of the company and building on Caterpillar‚Äôs legacy to grow its leadership position,‚ÄĚ Oberhelman added.
MINExpo 2012 runs Monday, September 24, through Wednesday, September 26. Nearly 100 different Cat dealerships are represented at the show. Hundreds of dealer personnel and Caterpillar Global Mining staff will host almost 6,000 customers and business partners during MINExpo, which is held only once every four years.
Press Release, September 26, 2012