More on Caterpillar Q4: Plans major stock buybacks

Caterpillar (CAT) plans to buy back $1.7B in shares during Q1, which will complete a $7.5B program. The company also announces a new $10B plan that will expire on December 31, 2018.

Expects 2014 EPS excluding restructuring costs of $5.85 per share; including restructuring costs, the outlook is for $5.30. Consensus is for $5.78.

Forecasts 2014 revenue to be similar to 2013 - "about $56B in a range of plus or minus 5%." Consensus is for $55.27B.

Expects the cost of restructuring to be $400-500M for a post-tax impact of $0.50-0.60 a share.

Shares +6.7%. (PR)


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  • AZ Desert Trader
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    Nice! Just like McDonalds and all these other huge Dow companies. If you can't organically grow EPS, buy back shares!
    27 Jan 2014, 07:59 AM Reply Like
  • fuzzymc
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    Earnings stink, sales stink, outlook stinks buy back more shares to make numbers look better!!
    27 Jan 2014, 08:03 AM Reply Like
  • Papaswamp
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    So companies are using excess cash to buy back stocks and keep prices propped up? Not exactly a positive indicator for the future economy.
    27 Jan 2014, 08:07 AM Reply Like
  • Momintn
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    This is why you don't want to short good companies that are already down. People love to own Caterpillar. CAT is down over 8% for the year. Caterpillar has had no gains in 3 years. It could go to $94 today and it will probably go to $104 this year.
    27 Jan 2014, 09:02 AM Reply Like
  • Deja Vu
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    Party on! Revenues dropped 10% year over year and will continue to fall...China, a major customer, teeters on the brink of a financial crisis...but, hey, back the truck up to the fed and get some more of the 0.25% overnight money and inflate the stock....
    27 Jan 2014, 09:16 AM Reply Like
  • karlfigg
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    It appears China represents 5% of the company's total sales.
    27 Jan 2014, 03:53 PM Reply Like
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