Cummins Announces Strong First Quarter Results; Raises Full Year Profit Outlook

Columbus, Ind.
Cummins First Quarter 2019 Earnings

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) today reported results for the first quarter of 2019.

First quarter revenues of $6.0 billion; GAAP1 Net Income of $663 million 

EBITDA in the first quarter was 17.2 percent of sales; Diluted EPS of $4.20

The company is maintaining its full year 2019 revenue guidance of flat to up 4 percent

EBITDA now expected to be in the range of 16.25 to 16.75 percent; up from 15.75 to 16.25 percent

First quarter revenues of $6.0 billion increased 8 percent from the same quarter in 2018.  Increased truck production in North America and stronger demand in global construction and North American power generation markets drove the majority of the revenue increase.  Currency negatively impacted revenues by 2 percent primarily due to a stronger US dollar. 

First quarter sales in North America improved by 13 percent while international revenues increased by 1 percent.  

"The company shipped a record number of truck engines in North America during the first quarter" said Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger.  "Our market-leading position in this region reflects our close partnerships with our customers who rely on us to provide a broad range of power solutions for their needs."

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the first quarter were a record $1.0 billion, or 17.2 percent of sales, compared to $700 million or 12.6 percent of sales a year ago.  First quarter results include a non-segment and non-taxable gain of $37 million ($0.23 per diluted share) related to the mark to market impact on assets related to our non-qualified benefit plans.

Net income attributable to Cummins in the first quarter was $663 million ($4.20 per diluted share), compared to net income of $325 million ($1.96 per diluted share), or $403 million ($2.43 per diluted share) excluding the impact of tax legislation in the first quarter of 2018. 

"We achieved record EBITDA in the first quarter while also celebrating our 100th anniversary," Linebarger said. "We are on track to deliver record results for the year and return significant capital to investors, and will continue to invest across our broad portfolio to power a strong future for our stakeholders." 

2019 Outlook:

Based on the current forecast, Cummins is maintaining its 2019 revenue guidance of flat to up 4 percent driven primarily by increased demand in North America on-highway markets. EBITDA is expected to be in the range of 16.25% to 16.75% of sales, an increase from the prior range of 15.75% to 16.25% of sales, primarily due to lower projected material costs. The Company expects to return 75 percent of Operating Cash Flow to shareholders in 2019 in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

Our outlook does not include any potential impact of the company’s recently announced review of its emission certification process and compliance with emissions standards.

First Quarter 2019 Highlights:

  • Cummins was named to Ethisphere’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for a 12th consecutive year.
  • Barron’s magazine announced that Cummins made its 100 Most Sustainable Companies list, moving from No. 60 in its inaugural ranking in 2018 to No. 14 in its 2019 list.
  • The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced that Cummins received a perfect score for a 14th consecutive year in its Corporate Equality Index. 
  • Amtrak announced that it will be purchasing 75 Charger locomotives for delivery starting in 2021 which will use Cummins’ QSK95 Tier 4 engine systems to help deliver clean, efficient power for passenger trains.

View the full release, including first quarter 2019 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, natural gas, electric and hybrid powertrains and powertrain-related components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, batteries, electrified power systems, hydrogen generation and fuel cell products. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 61,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves its customers online, through a network of company-owned and independent distributor locations, and through thousands of dealer locations worldwide and earned about $2.3 billion on sales of $23.6 billion in 2019. See how Cummins is powering a world that’s always on by accessing news releases and more information at

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