Cummins Responds To "Weakening Global Economy"

Posted on October 9, 2012

Cummins Inc. has lowered its full year revenue guidance for 2012 and also announced actions to respond to what it called a weakening global economy.

The company lowered its full year revenue outlook for 2012 to approximately $17 billion compared to previous guidance of $18 billion. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) are now expected to be approximately 13.5% for the year, compared to prior guidance of 14.25% to 14.75%. 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%, Cummins said.

"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," said Tom Linebarger, Cummins chairman and CEO. "As a result of the heightened uncertainty, end customers are delaying capital expenditures in a number of markets, lowering demand for our products.

"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."

Cummins also said it is taking actions to respond strategically to the current environment by cutting costs while maintaining investments in key growth programs. Actions include planned work week reductions, shutdowns at some manufacturing facilities and some targeted workforce reductions. The company said it expects to reduce its workforce by between 1000 and 1500 people by the end of the year.

"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," Linebarger said. "Taking these actions now will allow us meet customer needs, maintain strong financial performance and allow us to capitalize on future growth opportunities."