Cummins Announces Third Quarter Results; Maintains Outlook for 2018

Columbus, Indiana

Third quarter revenues increase 12 percent from same quarter in 2017.

Third quarter revenue of $5.9 billion

GAAP1 Net Income of $692 million and EPS of $4.28

Record EBITDA of $983 million or 16.5 percent of sales

Full year revenues expected to increase 15 to 17 percent

Full year EBITDA is expected to be 14.8 percent to 15.2 percent of sales


Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) today reported results for the third quarter of 2018.

Third quarter revenues of $5.9 billion increased 12 percent from the same quarter in 2017.  The Company delivered growth in most major markets as demand for trucks, construction, and power generation equipment all improved. Currency negatively impacted revenues by 1 percent, primarily due to a weaker Brazilian Real.  

Sales in North America improved by 17 percent while international revenues increased by 6 percent led by growth in India, China, Latin America, and Europe. 

“We delivered record earnings this quarter due to increased demand in a number of key markets, growth in our market share and the benefits of cost reduction initiatives,” said Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger. “We have completed our previously announced $500 million accelerated share repurchase plan and our Board of Directors recently authorized a new $2 billion share repurchase plan, which reflects our confidence in our long-term performance. Year to date, we have returned $1.4 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchase, consistent with our plan to return 75 percent of Operating Cash Flow in 2018.” 

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the third quarter were $983 million, or 16.5 percent of sales, up from $788 million or 14.9 percent of sales a year ago.   

Net income attributable to Cummins in the third quarter was $692 million ($4.28 per diluted share), compared to net income of $453 million ($2.71 per diluted share).  Third quarter results were positively impacted by $37 million in discrete tax items, of which $34 million was related to U.S. tax reform.  Excluding these items, net income attributable to Cummins in the third quarter was $655 million ($4.05 per diluted share). The company now expects its 2018 effective tax rate to be 21 percent, excluding discrete items, compared to the prior guidance of 23 percent.

Based on the current forecast, Cummins expects full year 2018 revenues to be up 15 to 17 percent and EBITDA of 14.8 to 15.2 percent of sales, unchanged from prior guidance.

Recent Highlights: 

  • Cummins was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index for a 13th consecutive year. The index is considered one of the most prestigious sustainability rankings.
  • The Cummins PowerDrive, an advanced suite of plug-in hybrid electric powertrain solutions spanning light, medium and heavy-duty applications, was unveiled at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show.
  • The Company returned $682 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases in the third quarter, including the recently completed the $500 million accelerated share repurchase announced in August.

View the full release, including third quarter 2018 detail., by visiting Cummins' Investor Relations website

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About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins currently employs approximately 58,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world. Cummins serves customers in about 190 countries and territories through a network of some 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1 billion on sales of $20.4 billion in 2017. Press releases can be found on the Web at Follow Cummins on Twitter at and on YouTube at

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