Cummins announces third quarter 2019 results

Columbus, Indiana
Cummins Corporate Headquarters - Columbus, Indiana

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

Third quarter revenues of $5.8 billion; GAAP1 Net Income of $622 million

Third quarter EBITDA of 16.6 percent of sales; Diluted EPS of $3.97

Full year 2019 revenues expected to decline 2 percent, lower than previous guidance of flat

Full year EBITDA expected to be 15.9 to 16.3 percent of sales, compared to prior guidance of 16.25 to 16.75 percent

$910 million returned to shareholders during the third quarter in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

Third quarter revenues of $5.8 billion decreased 3 percent from the same quarter in 2018. Lower demand for trucks and construction equipment drove the majority of the decline.  Sales in North America were flat while international revenues decreased 8 percent. Currency negatively impacted revenues by 1 percent, primarily due to a stronger US dollar. 

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the third quarter were $958 million, or 16.6 percent of sales, compared to $983 million or 16.5 percent of sales a year ago.  

Net income attributable to Cummins in the third quarter was $622 million ($3.97 per diluted share), compared to net income of $692 million ($4.28 per diluted share) last year.  Third quarter results were positively impacted by $23 million ($0.14 per diluted share) in discrete tax items and gains of $28 million ($0.18 per diluted share) from closing out certain derivative contracts associated with the company’s foreign exchange hedging program. Third quarter net income included expenses of $35 million ($0.23 per diluted share) related to one-time actions taken to cease development and production of certain products, which will benefit future financial performance.

"Despite weakening conditions in a number of our largest markets, Cummins delivered strong profits, record operating cash flow, and returned a record $910 million of cash to shareholders in the third quarter," said Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger. "While we expected to see a moderation of demand in the second half of the year, sales have weakened even faster than we anticipated. Cummins is taking actions to align our cost structure with the lower revenues while maintaining investment in products that will deliver sustainable growth and profitability." 

2019 Outlook:

Based on the current forecast, Cummins now expects 2019 revenue to decline 2 percent compared to prior guidance of flat.  The reduction in our revenue forecast is driven by lower truck production in North America, India, Brazil, and Europe, as well as lower demand in off-highway markets, including North America construction and global mining markets. The company now expects EBITDA to be in the range of 15.9 to 16.3 percent of sales. This projection for EBITDA is lower than the prior guidance of 16.25 to 16.75 percent, due to the impact of lower volumes and the acquisition of Hydrogenics.  

The company plans to return 75 percent of Operating Cash Flow to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

Our outlook does not include any potential impact of the company’s review of its emission certification process and compliance with emissions standards or expenses associated with executing future cost reduction initiatives.

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights:

  • The Company’s new 2020 X15 Efficiency Series engine will meet 2021 greenhouse gas standards one year early in North America, delivering up to 5% better fuel economy than the prior X15 Efficiency Series. The X15 Efficiency Series is paired with a 12-speed Cummins Eaton Joint Venture Automated Manual Transmission and delivers both improved fuel economy and reliability for customers, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Cummins closed on its previously announced acquisition of fuel cell and hydrogen production technologies provider Hydrogenics Corporation.  The acquisition was completed for $15.00 per share, representing an enterprise value of $291 million.
  • The first Cummins-powered battery electric bus entered service in Santa Monica, California.
  • Cummins was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index for a 14th consecutive year. The index is considered one of the most prestigious sustainability rankings.
  • The company returned a record $910 million to shareholders in the form of dividend and share repurchases in the third quarter.  We repurchased 4.6 million shares during the quarter, representing 2.9% of shares outstanding.
  • Cummins and Freightliner announced the increased availability of the Cummins X12 engine.  The X12 will be available in a Freightliner Cascadia day cab in 2020, this is the first time the X12 will be utilized in regional haul applications in North America.  The X12 combined with the Cummins Eaton Joint Venture transmission delivers substantial value to weight sensitive customers as it is the lightest powertrain available for the Class 8 on-highway market, weighing only 2700 pounds.

View the full earnings release, including third quarter 2019 detail, by visiting Cummins' Investor Relations website


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Information provided in this release that is not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our forecasts, guidance, preliminary results, expectations, hopes, beliefs and intentions on strategies regarding the future. These forward looking statements include, without limitation, statements relating to our plans and expectations for our revenues and EBITDA percentage for the full year of 2019. Our actual future results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements because of a number of factors, including, but not limited to: the adoption and implementation of global emission standards; the price and availability of energy; the pace of infrastructure development; increasing global competition among our customers; general economic, business and financing conditions; governmental action; changes in our customers’ business strategies; competitor pricing activity; expense volatility; labor relations; and (i) a sustained slowdown or significant downturn in our markets; (ii) our truck manufacturing and OEM customers discontinuing outsourcing their engine needs; (iii) the development of new technologies; (iv) the discovery of any significant additional problems with our engine platforms or aftertreatment systems in North America; (v) performance or safety-related recalls; (vi) policy changes impacting international trade; (vii) the United Kingdom’s decision to end its membership in the European Union; (viii) lower than anticipated market acceptance of our new or existing products or services; (ix) a slowdown in infrastructure development and/or depressed commodity prices; (x) vulnerability to supply chain shortages from single-sourced suppliers; (xi) potential security breaches or other disruptions to our information technology systems and data security; (xii) financial distress or a change-in-control of one of our large truck OEM customers; (xiii) our reliance on significant earnings from investees that we do not directly control; (xiv) our pursuit of strategic acquisitions and divestitures; and (xv) other risks detailed from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including particularly in the Risk Factors section of our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at http://www.sec.gov or at http://www.cummins.com in the Investor Relations section of our website.  

About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units 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 employs approximately 62,600 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 customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and over 7,600 dealer locations and earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $23.8 billion in 2018.

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